According to my cute li'l ticker, it's been 2 months and 5 days since I started my dreads ^_^. I have definitely been having doubts and worries, despite knowing I shouldn't (as far as the worrying goes). I took a hard look at my dreads in the mirror today and saw all the terrific (read: terrifying) dandruff flakes that are embedded in my roots, which are the only part of my hair which wants to knot up. Loose hairs are one thing, but I didn't expect my dreads to come completely undone, to the point that I probably could comb through my hair from about 1-2 inches away from the scalp all the way down. I realize this is an error on my part as far as backcombing goes, and am sorely tempted to rebackcomb but I won't -- A] I know it's wrong but, B] I can't find my comb :3 Seriously, I looked for it last night and couldn't find it, and figured it was a sign to quit trying to overdo it so soon. These babies are still young'uns, I know.
But it did spur me to look into the memories again for clearer info. For my weekly washing last Saturday I decided to use vinegar. I thought I remembered the ratio being 1:1 cup water and vinegar, and I'd seen both white and ACV used. I went for the white (my mom-in-law has both) and doused my head in the vin/h20 mix while showering. I didn't leave it on for more than a minute or two because I forgot that I intended to leave it for a longer time. And after rinsing it out I used my usual Suave shampoo (which isn't clarifying and I'm sure that's gonna be a problem; I'm looking into alternatives [thanks scar_wars!]). However, I've smelled like a pickle all week, and it's only faded slightly. I figure I didn't rinse well enough. More experience thrown in the pot.
The hubby needed a new battery for his truck so we went to Walmart with his dad. Before doing so I looked through the mems again and read up on the recipes for gentle deep cleaning, no-poo, and rinses, especially for dandruff. I bought some baking soda and aspirin and some time today I'll be attempting one of the many lovely options for better cleaning my hair. I also bought some trinkets to (some day) wrap/sew/tie in, and a tiny crochet hook (which I'm not planning on using soon, but the last time I looked Walmart didn't have that size so I wanted to get it while I could).
You can see that most of my visible hair is ringlets (which is fine for now, and I'm grateful for them) but not knotted, really. I'm fortunate in a way because hopefully I won't be discriminated against for dreads yet. I wear the scarves to church (sometimes a bandanna) and bandannas when I head out, but only for a few hours. When I'm at home it's all free, and only pulled up when I shower.
All these were taken the same day, when I was job hunting (which lasted about 30 minutes; I get discouraged too easily) so the clothing (and unfortunately, poses) are all the same. I'm apologizing now.
^These two were taken before I left, which doesn't matter much, but I looked a bit fresher.
^Sitting on my in-laws' back porch. I am so in love with this scarf it's ridiculous. That final photo is the World-Record for biggest cheese* -- I am not a fan of smiling at all. So instead of my fake/mug-shot/school photo day smile, I grinned so hard my fat ate my eyeballs.
^My first LOOP! I'm so excited, because I know this means the hair is knotting up. These pics were taken 3 days later, the 28th of August.
^And here be the trinkets I bought: keys. I love antique keys, and was happy to see these at Walmart for a price I was willing to pay, and small enough that I don't think they'll weigh my hair down when I fix some wire/wrap to put them on. Also, the two smaller ones in the middle remind me of ankhs, which is something else I love.
*Totally isn't world-record winning.
Have a great weekend, all :)