Just Mindless. (anabrie) wrote in get_up_dread_up,
Just Mindless.

2 monthish mark

Hello you living lovers and loving lifers of GuDu. I hope you're having a fantastic summer (which is drawing to a close). The last week or so has just been filled with gorgeous photos of all you guys and gals with your fantastic hairs and lives, all gleaming polished stones in the prettiest hot spring of life. Clichés aside, I can always count on a GuDu post to lift my spirits, and I think we all do.

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 :)
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