Has Your Happiness Been Scientifically Proven? (thecatdoesdrugs) wrote in get_up_dread_up,
Has Your Happiness Been Scientifically Proven?
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Despite them being deceased as of last wednesday, i feel a timeline of their epic progress (and growth!) is appropriate. Literally dozens of pictures and factual tidbits under the cut.

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September 15th, 2005. Day 1.


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not more than four days. here we see my hair feigning nonchalance after i sewed in locks from my old set. this did not last.

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one month in. they were ridiculous and nothing more than a rats nest. rip and twist REALLY helped, as did washing them gently on a 7-day schedule. because of the short length, these dreads began life thinner than pencils and stayed that way until their chop.

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the front at 1.5 months. coming together pretty well because the front is easiest for me to reach. good photographic proof of their skinniness.

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two-ish months, maybe less. their condition improved after a (shoddy) bleach job. Lish, don't say anything. you can also see how fucking quickly my hair grows.

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i waxed them the next day. a lot. this actually helped them down the line, in that i realized it was a damn stupid fucking thing to do and didn't repeat the mistake. but, it did help hold the babies together.

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still doing the sewing-old-dread-in-the-front.

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2.5 months.

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three months. those blonde girlburns were mad fucking sexy, in my opinion. dreads becoming less baby, more infantile here. i loved this length.

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four months

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five

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six

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seven

and then everything went nuts! month 8:
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the back, holy shit. i was so happy they were this wild. can you spot the rattie?

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9

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month 10

then i get lazy and don't take pictures for a month or so. here they are at a year:
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this is around when i started feeling dissatisfied with my locks. i had been using crochet hooks on them very frequently and the results were showing in the neat, uniform look of my dreads. unfortunately, i wanted wild, messy, overwhelming tangles. as i found out, it's much easier to tidy mature dreads than it is to make them wild again.

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13 months

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14 months. these pictures make them look a lot fatter than they actually were.

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15 months, getting a tattoo touched up. look how SKINNY they are!!!!

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they suddenly went through an impressive growth spurt
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i didn't much like the length post-growth spurt, so i cut off the new growth:
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short again, fuzzy after a shower. i was trying to combine them in bunches of 2 and 3 dreads.

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july

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august, contemplating a change

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so I shave the sides into a hawk and feel satisfied.

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...for awhile, at least. we all know where that led:
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so there is my timeline, nostalgia and all. i really want to reiterate the point i tried to make up there: crochet hooks, when used properly and frequently, will tighten dreadlocks into neat, uniform cylinders. this was the opposite of what i desired, and the dissatisfaction that resulted was a primary reason for cutting off these, my second set.
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