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« Reply #820 on: September 02, 2006 03:06:33 PM »

For my dreads Im not using wax. milkweed* sent me the link to a page about wax so now Im NOT using it Tongue I think Im going to do the neglect method. I did that before on accident and it worked for me. the whol back of my head was one huge dread. Maybe today I will have my mom separate my hair... I just wish my hair was a little longer. I dont want to look like a guy. One of the kids I babysot thinks im a guy because my hair is short and my voice sounds like a guy to her o.0

Well the pictures you've seen (along with the pictures I've posted on here) are from those who misuse wax. This is exactly why I tell people not to abuse wax.
Wax should not be used daily...
Wax should not be globbed on either...
Also wax should not have a very high beeswax concentration because it will be much harder to wash out... 
If you can, get something water soluble....

Wax can be used successfully but it is not necessary.
So if you don't want to use it... don't. Simole as that.

Also if you are doing the neglect method, it doesn't involve sectioning your hair. You do nothing. Absolutely nothing. Just wash your hair with residue free shampoo.
If you're going to section your hair you don't fall into the neglect/natural method anymore because you've interfered.
Neglect = not doing anything.
And by not doing anyting... I mean NOT doing anything... but washing your hair of course.

Also this method isn't for everyone. Chances are, it will take years for your locks to mature and in the mean-time your hair will be extremely messy looking. This usually doesn't go over well with schools, family, and jobs. Sooo be certain that you aren't going to have any drawbacks as a result of your hair.
Anyway it really isn't for everyone. Then again, dreadlocks themselves aren't for everyone.

But if you know what you're in for and have given it some thought... there ain't nothing wrong with the neglect method. Don't jump into something like that just because someone tells you to. Think about it first... People usually forget to think about it.

Here are some pics of those who used the neglect method (also known as natural method or just natural locks/dreads).

This is 3 months in:


This is a few months in:


These are at 8 months:


These are over a year old:


As you can see... it takes a while to get some progress...
Some progress faster... I guess it depends on the conditions (residue free shampoo and hair type).
It is the furthest from instant as you can get and it certainly will never be orderly. You definately need to know that and keep it in mind.

Also if you do any type of maintenance or tweeking... technically your dreads aren't considered naturals or neglected. 


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You really have to be careful as far as making your own wax.
It's very trial and error and if you have too much beeswax in there you'll really really regret it.  Undecided



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« Reply #821 on: September 02, 2006 03:09:45 PM »

my mom and i were researching, and the closest thing to a recipe i found was half beeswax half almond oil ((or any other type off essential oil)) with a tiny bit of fragrance in there too i believe. so im gonna make a small batch that way and hope it works, if not ill be washing my dreads a lot.  but i figure if its only 50% wax, it should be alright. 
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« Reply #822 on: September 02, 2006 03:22:45 PM »

sidetrack.... where in wisconsin are you?
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« Reply #823 on: September 02, 2006 04:24:38 PM »

waukesha, twenty minutes outside of milwaukee
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« Reply #824 on: September 02, 2006 05:58:42 PM »

i wish i had pictures of my dreads with me, but i dont think i do. two weeks ago i brushed/combed/waited them all out, and already miss them. i say i wish i had pictures because i had what would be called "neglected" dreads. they're my favorite kind, but be careful if it's something you're thinking about and have never had dreads before. i have pretty insane hair - messy, curly, wavy, whatever, and it's thick. obtaining neglected dreads literally meant just plain never brushing my hair.  i loved all the dreads that had formed but i had one so massive that it actually was in the process of sticking straight off my dome (it was about three months old). for the first time in all the years i had had dreads (about 4 years on and off), it actually looked gross, which is so rare of me to say about them. since i didn't do anything to them at all, it just got bigger and bigger, til i decided to take everything out (lots of conditioning and knotty boy remover) so i can start all over once my hair grows longer in a few months. they are fun, and i can't wait to do it again. what nakedninja said is right though, employers and school and family tend to give you some weird looks with them, but if it's not an issue, try it out. if i come across some photos of my mess, i'll post them!

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« Reply #825 on: September 02, 2006 06:03:56 PM »

hehe sweet... i'm in green bay.  good to see dreadies outside madison Wink
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« Reply #826 on: September 02, 2006 08:55:11 PM »

Well i guess tecnectly it wont be the neglect method. I HAVE to section my hair. I have gone without brushing my hair a lot of times and twice its gotten really bad. my hair is so fluffy that it just stays in one big dread. If I go without brushing my hair for a week I have serious knots in my hair. I might have a pic form the last time stopped brushing my hair... Here is is. http://www.flickr.com/photos/malegra/67669192/  thats after my mom spent a couple hours working on it. except for the two long parts everything else is one huge dread. I ended up getting my hair really short. So if im not neglecting my hair then i guess Im separating it and not brushing it. Tongue
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« Reply #827 on: September 02, 2006 08:59:01 PM »

i have pictures now!

here are my dreads...three to four days old and supa fluffy...



here is the hat i sewed in about an hour tonight, the fabric is from my boyfriend,, and it is lined with cheapo purple paisly from walmart, you can kinda see it on the underside of the brim



and here is the tam i knit in two days...i posted the pattern in another thread on the knitting board, but if anyone wants it PM me and ill find it for you



the tam is made from patons SWS ((soy wool stripes)) and for wool its super super soft, ive hardly taken the thing off since i finished it two night ago
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« Reply #828 on: September 03, 2006 06:41:41 AM »

Oh wow...

Most hairdresser's are product pushers because they get a commission on all the products they sell. Well it's like that here anyway...


yeah they are. Basically, they buy stuff for cheaper some where else and then sell it to their clients at a higher price. I get a lot of people who come in my store who are suprised that their hairdresser charged them 20 bucks for something when we only charge 5 bucks (and the hairdresser only paid 3 bucks for it).

Sooo sad.
Back in the pre-dread days, when I was getting my hair done for prom, my hairdresser told me that most of the money she made was on products. I was shocked.
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« Reply #829 on: September 03, 2006 06:46:22 AM »

Forgot to mention... Nice new dreadies missmermaid!!!
Also... thinking logically here...
Wouldn't an easy way to tell if your dread wax has a nice consistency is to see if it will become soft and basically melt in your hand? I would do that before sticking it in my dreads.
Also the less beeswax you use the better. It will have the same effect, only it will wash out way easier.  Wink
I'd love to know how things turn out... Just be careful!!! hehe
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