fruchtzwerg (beebox) wrote in get_up_dread_up,

Hey guys, I've missed this community. I was kicking it in Ocean Beach for a month, sleeping on the beach and living on the street. Now I have a home again (in DC) not to mention a MIRROR. And my God, my hair was a MESS when I inspected it for the first time this morning. It had grown into shape of the pigtails I'd kept it in and curled up to about half the length I left home with, and the locks were matted to my head and full of sand. I managed to get my locks looking the way they used to (or the way I like it, I guess) with some sea salt and lemon juice in a spray bottle and some vigorous palm-rolling (and the usual TLC).

So this has me wondering if there's anything you do in the morning to keep your dreads looking full and not like you just slept on them? (Wearing a hat has not really helped me.)

A cute girl from Alaska with little dreads poking out of her tam came up to me and asked me if I'd "do" the rest of her head (she'd only "done" the front half). I said I'd do it if she'd do some maintenance on mine, I needed some dreads cut apart because they were eating each other.

We both did horrible jobs. Let me tell you, it's probably a good idea if one of you knows what she's doing. I'd never tried to "make" dreadlocks before, mine came by themselves, I just separated them and shaped them, "tamed" them. I had absolutely no idea what to do and just teased and damaged the hell out of her hair until my fingers hut too bad. Then she started on my head and the same kind of chaos ensued; I could kick myself for ever letting this girl near my head with a pair of scissors. I swear there's at least two dreads completely MISSING and a few that are attached by only a few hairs to my scalp.

I didn't know whether to laugh or to cry.
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