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« Reply #960 on: October 01, 2006 06:28:29 AM »

viri - they look awesome!  Grin

and slb2724:
different people get dreads for different reasons.
some people get them for the look of neat, manicured dreads.
some people like them big and fuzzy.
and some people don't even care about the look, and are doing it for the journey.
perhaps the girl is enjoying just leaving her hair to do whatever, and defying social conventions of having hair specifically to "look good".
it may be much more about letting herself be natural than looking a certain way. and beauty is of course in the eye of the beholder.
many people find being natural far more attractive than people who shave and preen and apply all the time.  Wink

this is just a guess, though. there are ALL sorts of reasons that people wind up with dreads, and all different types of dreads. they're not all meant to look perfect.  Grin
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« Reply #961 on: October 01, 2006 10:38:38 AM »

Wow Viri, they look perfect! Smiley You're so cute. Cheesy
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« Reply #962 on: October 01, 2006 11:02:44 AM »

i have a question, theres a girl at my school with dreads, and they look HORRIBLE. everyone here has dreds that are tight and nice, but hers are like she hasnt brushed her hair in a year, like a fro almost.....why is it like that???
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they don't form overnight.  they tighten up slowly, over time.


ok. shes had them for a year now, and theyre nasty

Dreads can take several years to look "good" (by your standards of course). What you see as "nasty" is what is infact completely normal for  dreadlocks that are being formed using the neglect method (or backcombed and then neglected).
This is exactly why certain people should never lock up... Dreadlocks are messy and most people can't handle that.
Of course a little maintenance may make things look more tidy... but many folks don't want to do maintenance... This is their choice of course and I personally love messy dreads just as much as I love tidy ones.
When it comes to locks, beauty really is in the eye of the beholder... and sometimes that beholder doesn't have an eye for the kind of beauty that can only be aprpeciated by those who appreciate locks.
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« Reply #963 on: October 01, 2006 11:05:00 AM »

Viri your locks look great hun!!!  Cheesy
They are about the same lenght mine were at the beginning.
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« Reply #964 on: October 01, 2006 11:06:29 AM »

viri - they look awesome!  Grin

and slb2724:
different people get dreads for different reasons.
some people get them for the look of neat, manicured dreads.
some people like them big and fuzzy.
and some people don't even care about the look, and are doing it for the journey.
perhaps the girl is enjoying just leaving her hair to do whatever, and defying social conventions of having hair specifically to "look good".
it may be much more about letting herself be natural than looking a certain way. and beauty is of course in the eye of the beholder.
many people find being natural far more attractive than people who shave and preen and apply all the time.  Wink

this is just a guess, though. there are ALL sorts of reasons that people wind up with dreads, and all different types of dreads. they're not all meant to look perfect.  Grin

Ah jesus... I should read before I post... we basically said the same thing. Hahaha  Wink
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« Reply #965 on: October 01, 2006 11:46:54 AM »

Thank you for your nice compliments Cheesy.

Do you still have itchy scalp? (The rosemary spray really did the trick tough.) After a few month will my scalp get used to locks and will the itching go?

Naked Ninja: Did you have the same length of normal hair as I did? I was a bit shocked when I saw how much my hair shrunk, but after the first shock I love as it is.... Grin
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« Reply #966 on: October 01, 2006 11:58:50 AM »

Thx toeknuckles and nakedninja for the help.

I bought everything i need to dread my hair yesterday and am planning on dreading my hair the 22nd of november since thats the start of Thanksgiving Vacation, but i'm not sure if i can wait that long!  Grin

i still need to get wax, and even though i know its not nessisary i am gonna get it cause i want my dreads to look nice a tidy.


I'm so excited to dread my hair!!
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« Reply #967 on: October 01, 2006 02:59:02 PM »

dont use wax!!!!!i used wax on my dreads over a year ago and it's still in them. I also know others that have used it and still cant get it all out, and is still coming out years after they have stopped using it. You can never get it all out, even if you think u do, u dont. It leaves some in there and even can leave a coar of wax in your dreads.
Some alternatives to just keeping your dreads tidy would be to use some pure aloe, put some leaves in a blender and use some of that to smooth out your frizzies. You can usually buy pure aloe gel at any natural food store around too.
if you dont want  your dreads to unravel after backcombing them u can put an elastic on the tip of your dreads, not the root (this weakens the dread). But you have to expect some, if not a lot of unraveling. Your hair is being forsed to do smething its not use to doing, so some will unravel but if you let it be it will all works itself out in the end, just dont keep backcombing and backcombing, this causes breakage and your tips can even break off.
My advice, go out and buy some aloe gel and use that to tame the frizzies until you are knotted well, otherwse you will have remnents of wax in your dreads for life ( and could even cause your dreads to wrot).

Though it is your dreads, if you feel u would rather wax i cant stop u. Hope everything goes well!
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« Reply #968 on: October 01, 2006 03:33:32 PM »

roskate:
Glad that you understand that wax isn't a necessity.
Like I said... just make sure you use very little of it. Whatever it says on the jar just ignore. Also, don't expect wax to make your dreads look perfect. The only thing it will do is hold things together which prevents your hair from unkotting during those first washes. It will also smooth them out a bit, but it definately won't make them look perfect. New dreads are always messy. Wax just helps tone down the messyness a bit.
 
A few rules of thumb:
- Never wax when your dreads are wet
- Don't bother using a hair dryer on the wax...
- Only use about 1/2 of an m&m sized ball per dread.
- If the heat from your hands doesn't melt the wax on your dreads by palmrolling, you've used wayyy too much.
- Don't use it daily. I'd say once a month is plenty.
- Once your dreads mature, it should only be used to relieve dry dreads.
- If at any time you decide you don't want to use wax, just stop using it. It isn't necessary.

Irishchicky:
If I recall... you used pure beeswax...
There is a difference between pure beeswax and dreadwax.
There is also a difference between proper dreadwax usage and improper dreadwax usage. Those who encounter problems like you described usually used the dreadwax improperly thanks to the companies who post faulty directions.
Many people on here and elsewhere (including myself) have used wax without any complications.
My locks are 2yrs+ and I most certainly do not have a "core" of wax at the center of them.

viri:
I still get an itchy scalp once in a while. Doesn't happen often though.
But new dreads are always itchy. It's completely normal. Once your scalp adjusts to this new hair, it will calm down.  Wink
For now just keep using the rosemary water. If you want try adding a few drops of either Tea Tree essential oil or Peppermint essential oil to the mix. This may help more.
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« Reply #969 on: October 01, 2006 03:39:18 PM »

yes i know that i used pure beeswax and know that there is a difference between that and dread wax, but i know others that have used it the "correct way" of just a little and still have it in there. Aloe gel will do teh exact same thing that she is looking for , tidyness, without any reprecutions, even if the reprecutions arnt noticable yet.
In my opinion i'd go for the aloe, it's all natural and risk free.
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