Dreads are started to actually resemble dreads visually and not just by touch. Mostly feel like they've stayed the same in length, though I'm sure they've shortened some. My hair still touches my shoulders in places, but it's more the loose tips and not the brunt of my hair (if that makes sense).
In honor of reaching 6 months I decided to do my first ever deep clean. I scoured the memories and finally decided on this recipe/method for a few different reasons. Andrew's and my sleep schedule is officially off its rocker; we got up at 7 PM Tuesday evening and I was going with the female in-laws to eat at 10:30 am today, so I decided to stay up. I figured a deep clean would take up time while being activity enough to keep me awake, and decided on the pouring method instead of soaking my head in a bowl to save time (? don't honestly know if it saved time, after all, but whatevs).
Also, somehow... graham cracker crumbs in my hair [?!?]. My hubby noticed them after Christmas (maybe the next day?). I know where they came from (ma-in-law makes a dessert she calls Yum-Yum that's basically a variant of 4-Layer Pie, including graham cracker crumb crust [WOO, say that 3X's fast!]) but I don't know how they managed to get on top of my head.
Following are some photos from Thanksgiving, as well as this month, and my take on the recipe posted 2 years ago by numbpill.
Reading through the comments, I saw some iffiness (or straight out NO) regarding tea in hair. I used mint tea (green tea, spearmint leaves, peppermint leaves, and lemon grass) because A] It was lying around (I have some various flavored green teas and mint is not my favorite), B] I didn't have any straight mint leaves or oil and, C] Just for experimenting, really. Wasn't worried about staining my hair as it's already dark, and since it was a green tea and not black, it didn't stain anything, honestly.
I also would like to point out that I have no clue what I'm doing. As in, I don't necessarily know what's good for what. I followed the recipe mostly, and added aspirin for extra dandruff fighting. That said, it's possible I put in things that weren't gonna do diddly for my scalp.
I plopped two tea bags in water, added 1 tsp salt and boiled it while crushing up aspirin. Once 5 minutes passed I squeezed out the tea and threw the bags away, then let it continue to boil, then took it off the heat. I added the aspirin to the 4 tsp of baking soda and poured the slightly cooled liquid into my measuring cup bit by bit (fizzy is FUN). Added the lemon juice and stirred it all up.
I again lamented my ignorance at not reading the bottle before I purchased it, and crudely filtered the liquid through folded paper towels to get out all the aspirin coating. Was gonna take a picture and caption it, "Don't buy coated, kids!" but I forgot. Just know it wasn't pleasant and you don't want shells of yellow in your hair. Was left with this:
I kept a towel around my shoulders but did pretty well keeping it outta my eyes and mouth. Then I wrapped it up in a plastic Walmart sack and a towel, and sat down for 30 minutes of Food Network.
I got in the shower and left the mixture in for a little longer while doing shower-y stuff, then rinsed well. Nothing much happened. I feel clean, yes, but pretty much the same as other washes I do. No tighter than usual. However, I like the mint idea (which who doesn't?) and I don't think it did anything to hinder my dreading. I look forward to doing a soaking deep clean; seems relaxing. But that won't be for months, of course. As for my dandruff, I may need to wash more often. It's winter and my scalp is extra dry, so possibly washing twice a week instead of once would help. Not sure.
Now for some pictures of me wearing various hair scarves because I dig putting my hair up in them. Not much in the way of showing off my dreads, but I have them! I promise.
Wore my hair like this to see Tron: Legacy when it came out, for my birthday :)
Some kinda overall shots of the underside and the back
Just various sizes and random textures. I'd said on Facebook that the last one reminded me of a Treble Clef.
I looked cracked out in this picture because I just woke up.
Lastly, some pics of the hat my Nana made me. She looked at some photos I'd emailed her and made this without instructions. It was a practice hat, really. She printed off a few patterns I found for her later and is working on another hat for me (in black or grey, hopefully).
Andrew doesn't like it; reminds him of a shower cap (though he was impressed with Nana's skill). But I do, and that's all that matters.
I'm irritated because I was gonna post the hat I purchased from missbell53, but even though it's always on or beside my computer, it suddenly got camera shy and disappeared. I have no clue where it is. So that'll have to wait. Just know that I wear it and I'm pleased with it! :) Thanks again!
I hope you all had a merry Christmas (or whatever you may celebrate) and pray you have blessed New Year! Happy 2011!
ETA: After submitting this, Andrew and I started watching Modify, a documentary about body modification. Some of you may have already seen it, or may know all there is to know, but I find it very informative. When I was in 12th grade I wrote a research paper about body mods, and while I'll never be as into it as some on this community are, it is extremely intriguing. Hope you guys enjoy (be warned, it's highly graphic).