I think I'm on my ninth month right now... I'm pretty sure I got my dreads on January 7th... yeh... pretty sure... But i'm really bad with dates so I'm not sure. So I'll just stick with the "I'm on my ninth month right now". I can't believe I'm past the half-way mark and only a few months away from having them for a year. I can't imagine myself with anything but dreads.
I'm happy with how mine are progressing. I've had to kind of come to terms with a few things about them. For instance - how they were sectioned. The girl who did them for me didn't really presection them or anything, so that they'd look more 'natural'. Which is great... but in some parts my roots are not forming very well, which I think is due to their really random size and shape. I'm not trying for any quick fixes... I've just been root rubbing and leaving them be the rest of the time in hopes that they'll gather theirselves together or something...
I also kind of wish she had just backcombed... and not done the rip and twist method. I think that the r&t has caused weak spots in my dreads, as well as some pretty nutty loops.
I also wish that I hadn't croched in the way that I had. I don't think that for the first 6 months or so I was crocheting properly, and I think I created some of the weak spots I now have. Now I know how to do it in a way that won't perpetuate the somewhat braidy-er look that r&t had given me. From now on I've been taking smaller pieces to put through my dread, and I've been trying to pull it up and along the dread's length... instead of pulling it in and out the other side multiple times to the point where it looks wrapped.... This was a big no no and I see it now.
Hmm...what else do I wish I had of done... Oh! Left my tips loose for as long as I did. I'm a fan of the naturally tapered end... but when I say my ends were loose... I mean about 2.5 inches of loose hair on the bottom of some of them.... I took a flea comb and did some hardcore backcombing on my ends and most of them have stayed pretty well. I'm amazed at how much length this gave my dreads! And how full they look now. I'm really happy with them.
All of that being said... I don't regret anything that I've done in this journey. My dreads aren't perfect or anything, but who has dreads that are? I'm just going to leave them and let them be. I've found that in the beginning, I was a maintenence junkie. Not that maintaining is a bad thing... but for me i was trying to be too controlling with it I think. For the last 5 months or so I've hardly touched my dreads... I've done the odd palm rolling... the odd root rub... a tiny bit of *proper* crocheting... but nothing near what I did before.
I love my dreadieeees. More and more.
And here are some really bad pictures that don't really show too much detail... that'll have to come later, along with pics of a BEAUTIFUL tam that trashclass made me (Sorry... I don't know how to link to people on here...)
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