Hey Ninja, I didn't know you were in Canada, me too, but I'm on the east coast in Halifax, Nova Scotia. As for knottylocks, I've always been hesitant to post there because since I've been on there (it's only been about 3 months) I've seen so many people ripped on for the smallest things. I don't get it and it's unfortunate, but oh well. It was nice to read your thoughts on it though; you articulated exactly how I feel when it comes to looking professional. Sometimes, it's just reality and you have to do it. And I don't think that having dreads and being a professional are incompatible. I've worked my ass off for this degree so I can help people and make a difference in the world, and I'm not going to waste it over the way my hair looks. I'm also not willing to get rid of my dreads. I love them, and I think the only way people's misconceptions can be challenged and changed is if they see something that doesn't fit into their stereotype/prejudgement, e.g. I have dreads, don't smoke weed, am a hard worker, and my hair is far from dirty. Even if it makes one person question their assumptions about people who choose dreads, then that's great.
So here are some recent pics of my locks:
I'm quite pleased with how they're coming along
I get excited about every little change they go through!
I'd like to try the aloe...I have an aloe plant, but no blender. Can I just take the jelly part from the middle and use that?
As for styling, I do lots of things with them. I've got some cool hats, lots of funky headbands, etc. and that helps on those days where they're all crazy. I too love those headwraps on the kb site; it even gives the measurements...hmmmm it'd be pretty easy to make one...I think I'll give it a try.
In the next day or so, I'm going to try the dreadballing method, and also, using an elastic to hold everything in place while I tie the thread on. Thanks for your suggestions Ninja, you've been very helpful!
Oh, one last thing, how far away from the root do you tie the thread?