May 3rd, 2009

Jason //Island in the sun.

A wow moment! And pictures! AND questions!

I remember reading posts when I first started my dreads where people would write "I woke up today and realized I had dreads!" and I was always like.... what? But it happened to me! I rarely look at the back of my head, and the other day I pulled out a mirror to see how they were doing back there, and waddya know! I actually have dreads!

So now that it's been quite a while, I figured some maintenance would be nice. So... anybody in the Bay Area, preferably San Francisco, willing and able to do maintenance? Maybe even within the next two and a half weeks? :D

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Two more questions:
1. Do you find that your dreads collect lint? When I first found some lint in one of my dreads I freaked out, and dissected the shit out of it, thinking it was mold, only to find a little ball of fuzz. Talk about a mini-heart attack. :]
2. I've been thinking about dying my hair brown or maybe even auburn. Thoughts?

Starting second set of dreads...

Hey! I'm going to be putting my second set of dreads in sometime soon- probably within this coming week. I know how to do it, but I'm having someone else do them for me because I don't think I can do my best work on my own head. Problem is, she doesn't know how to do them. Is there a video/tutorial somewhere that any of you recommend that I can show her? Thanks, and sorry if this is repetitive, because I know people ask about this stuff all the time.
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I have been feeling frustrated with my dreads - they are 4 months old and formed completely on their own - no backcombing, I just pulled them apart when it looked like some hairs were going where they shouldn't. I have about 10 very fat ones. They are very heavy and uncomfortable. I get a lot of headaches, I can't style my hair without it being painful and pulling at the undreaded hairs at the scalp, it's really hard for me to find a comfortable position to lay down at night

So I was reading over the memories last night and came to the conclusion that since they were only 4 months old, they'd be easy to comb out.

So I took a shower and used an entire bottle of conditioner. Then I did a hot oil treatment and let it sit for a few hours. I started combing and after about 3-4 hours I still hadn't gotten the first one out.

So I went to bed and woke up this morning less convinced that I wanted to get rid of them.. but still not loving them.

Anyone have any advice? I guess my choices now are keep them or cut them off because there's no way I can comb them out. If I keep them, will the crazy amount of conditioner I used yesterday be a problem? As I was combing, all this gross stuff was coming out... i guess it was conditioner mixed with dead skin and dirt. If I really thoroughly wash my hair will it all come out???

update: the first one is gone. it took me a while to figure out a technique but once i got it, it was a lot easier. i am using a fine toothed metal comb to kind of saw at them to loosen the knots up, then pulling hairs out with a pen (ideally i would be using a needle or the end of a rat tail comb) and my fingers

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I have a lot of loose hair. I saw a post where someone (unfortunately I can't remember who!) posted saying that their head felt so free after they got maintenance.

Is there a post in the memories with a list of people who offer maintenance? If so, may some one pelase direct me to it?

If not; we should get a list going. (And I know that's been suggested before.)

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I feel like I've been posting a lot lately.


Hey guys!

I have a job interview tomorrow. Reason I say that is to set up for why I'm doing this.

I've been doing neglect for a small amount of time. Pretty much, since I did my full-head combining, I've only retwisted it about 2...3 times. That's like...what...a couple months of neglect? Anyway...

Under my braided locs where the newgrowth is, there's a part on almost every dread that I thought was flat. I would mess with it & roll it between my fingers until I said 'screw it' [usually a minute or less after initial touching]. Well those 'flat' parts are actually my hair locking! I've been wanting to lock neglect-style because I think my locs will look more like I want them to in terms of thickness & whatnot. It makes me feel special, because despite knowing it'd lock I didn't think it'd start happening THAT fast. It's only been like...2 or 3 months, and I already got half an inch [or more] of lockiness and about 2 more inches of hair under that 'flat' part that is just newgrowth.

Alright. That's all. I just felt excited cuz it's actually doing it. =)