September 18th, 2008

Almost through 9 months

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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Hair tied back

so after doing some tidying up on my hair last night, chixor1 tied my hair back for me with my hair and then took a pic to show it to me

i think it looks awesome and now have her doing this to my hair for work rather than pulling it back with a black rubber band thingy for ponytails

now if i could figure out how to do this for myself...

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Snagged some funky red sunglasses from a
clearance bin in some store yesterday. When
we got back to the boyfriend's house, he took
silly pictures of me/them/us/his rat baby.
And hey, you can see my dreads, so why not post?

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Buenos dias everyone. I just rounded up the tips of my dreadlocks yesterday and a few today. Just wanted to show them off. My dreads are about 3 weeks now :]

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Some CAREER HOPE for all the dreadies

Dear Unemployed Dreadies,

I'm sorry I don't have any pics to post today, but I would like to offer everyone a glimpse of hope if you are struggling with the issues of  "dreadlocks and work".

I lost my job about 6 months ago for extremely BS reasons, which I will not get into at this point.  It was particularly devastating because I lost it 5 days after buying my first home..... I worked for a company that I kind of felt like I was "selling my soul to".  So, when this happened I went through a depression, but then decided to take it as a blessing and a chance to get into a career in which I could feel like I was helping humanity and not selling my soul.

This is when I decided to start my dreads.  I wanted people to judge me based on ME, not necessarily my appearance, and work for a company that did this as well. 

I have been searching and searching for a job for the past 6 months and NOTHING.  I started doubting myself.  Was it the dreads?  Was it me?  Was it the ECONOMY?  I didn't know....

Then, this week, I got FOUR job offers at very reputable, professional, and ETHICAL companies!  I can now breath a sigh of relief and I now know for sure:  You CAN have DREADS ANNNNNNNNNNNNNND  a GREAT JOB!  So, for anyone else who might be going through this mental struggle about cutting your dreads for a job - Don't do it!  It is all a numbers game, keep on truckin, and you can get a job.  And you can get a job with people who wil accept you for YOU!

Much Love,
  • juny476

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Is getting professional maintenance worth it?  What do you guys think?

(I'm not actually looking to get maintenance done, I was just wondering what you guys think.)