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21  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Embroidered and appliqued postcard. Not so P.C. on: June 02, 2008 09:48:22 AM
Isn't it funny how we are all fetuses at the beginning, but our culture has made it practically a dirty word?
Anyway, I was thinking how he would look with a glo-stick... either some glow-in-the-dark paint or maybe somehow attach a Lunker Light, which are little lightsticks used by fishermen that are a couple inches long.  Would that be too big for him?
22  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Dreadlocks on: June 01, 2008 06:39:54 PM
Okay, having read a TON of this board (though not quite all of it), I am seriously thinking of getting dreads. It wasn't something I've thought a WHOLE lot about, BUT. But. Smiley a) I barely ever brush my hair anyway. It just gets ridiculously knotty. Like, by the time I finish one half, the other half is knotted again already. It drives me bonkers. b)I don't ever DO anything with it. It's always back in a ponytail or MAYBE pigtails. It's too poofy to let stay down by itself. c) I'm tired of short hair (which is what I usually do when I'm tired of brushing my really long hair, and it's at about 20 inches right now) d) They look really cool. Smiley And since I'm one of those people who doesn't really care what other people think anyway... Yeah. It's about time for my drastic hair change anyway (which usually takes about four years. xD I'm not one to quickly change my mind after I make a decision). Having read a lot about it, I don't think I'd have a problem with maintenance early on or anything.

What I want to know is: opinions about dreadhead HQ vs. knotty boy? Some people apparently had a really bad time with DDHQ, but the reviews I've read online are pretty favorable about their products (no residue, lingering scent etc). SO. Opinions? I'm going to think it over for a few months, I think, and then if I decide to do it I'll do it when my stepdad is out of town so he doesn't get to freak while I'm doing it. Heh.

Thanks guys!

I've used the knotty boy stuff when I started mine, and bought the dreadhead hq kit for my ex who needed some motivation to clean up his dreads.  We both definitely preferred the knotty boy wax and shampoo.  The wax smelled better and was a little softer so it spread through the hair easier.  The shampoo seemed to work better and was definitely foamier.  I know that doesn't necessarily reflect on its ability to clean my hair but I liked it.  However, there was nothing wrong with the Dreadhead HQ stuff.
I wouldn't waste your money on those products, though.  Get some Dr. Bronner's or Prell shampoo (since everyone raves about it, I'm going to give it a try, too!) and you probably wouldn't benefit from the wax, if you have poofy hair is it safe to assume that it's at least a little curly or frizzy?  I just used it because mine is fine and straight and I needed to look neat for work.
23  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Embroidered and appliqued postcard. Not so P.C. on: June 01, 2008 06:28:58 PM
I think it's really cute, just be prepared for some people to be offended by it... especially the implications of Harold going to techno fetus heaven.  As a biologist I think fetuses are lovely but as I learned from a friend's band in high school whose mascot was a fetus on a swing, people can get the wrong idea.
24  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Flounder of Love on: June 01, 2008 06:22:57 PM
A friend recently began living alone by the ocean, and I wanted to make him something to keep him company.  OK, well, he's living in his car, so it had to be something that didn't take up a lot of space.  Plus I was out of polyfill.  Also, I am stranded on Martha's Vineyard, there is only one yarn store and the woman who owns it doesn't know the meaning of customer service, so I had to make do with the four skeins that someone sent me-so I used tan Super Saver and pink Sugar 'n' Cream, plus a piece of black wool thread I had left over from a needlepoint project and two buttons from the thrift shop.
He's not exactly huggable due to the flatness.  I worked the body in the round from tip to tail so he'd be a little fatter in the middle, then back and forth on the tail and the fins.
The best part is, after being featured on MySpace for just a day, two people already want to commission me to make them one!
25  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Re: name that plant on: May 30, 2008 02:10:16 PM
Are the stems square?  Could be something in the mint family.
26  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Dreadlocks on: May 30, 2008 09:42:06 AM
Thanks, I get a lot of compliments because I manage to keep them pretty neat.  People are shocked by how long they're getting these days, you can't tell from the photos but they are down to my buttcrack!  I did all but a few by myself over a long weekend.  I backcombed with a flea comb, palm rolled and used the wax.  I also put some small elastics in to train them to go where I wanted, and I thought I had removed them all after a few months but to this day little pieces of black rubber still emerge once in a while... ick!  My maintenance consists of taking the root between two fingers and rubbing circularly against my scalp.  I do this whenever I am not in public and my hands aren't busy with something else, like when I'm reading or driving or watching a movie.  I also wash with vinegar a few times a year, generally in the summer when it's humid and they aren't drying well, to get rid of the mildew smell.
But man, are they getting heavy... and working outside for the summer in the most tick-infested and poison ivy-covered place in the country is getting me a little worried!  I've already become tangled in the briars a couple times, too.  Undecided
27  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Dreadlocks on: May 29, 2008 08:33:51 PM
So I have read most of the 149 pages but I am definitely not going to read them all... and well I started my dreads umm 4 months ago?? maybe less but not by much. and I can't seem to find a good way to clean my scalp because every once in a while my head itches just like everyone else (dreaded or not) and well i get this almost waxy kind of substance in my fingernail after scratching...not entirely sure what this stuff is but can anyone suggest anything to help me out plz. Oh, and also I'm wondering a good way to wash the dreads themselves without the knots slipping out because every time I was my dreads seem to get worse and I wash 1-2 times a week...depending on how dirty I feel... I also use a non-residue shampoo made by nutragena or w/e. but im not sure i trust it. anyone have any shampoo suggestions also?

much thanks to all

I get that stuff when I scratch, too.  It's probably just a mix of dead skin cells and the natural oil your scalp produces.  I have psoriasis so I wash twice a week with Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat shampoo http://www.giovannicosmetics.com/WLine/PROD_teatreeshampoo.php ... I get it at the grocery store in the natural section, it costs like 8 bucks a bottle but it lasts me about 6 months.  Or I use Dr. Bronner's followed by Neutrogena T-Gel shampoo for the serious psoriasis flare-ups.  I also use the Dr. Bronner's when I've been working in poison ivy to get rid of the oils from the plant.  I've had good luck with the Nature's Gate shampoos, and the Suave "clarifying" one, but the Tea Tree Triple Treat just seems to give them the perfect amount of body and frizzes them up just enough to help them lock, but not so much that they look like they're surrounded by a brown frizz cloud.

Incidentally, I USED BEESWAX (from Dreadhead HQ, I think) and I had NO ISSUES with it.  I was working at JCPenney so I needed to look presentable and the wax helped weight them down and tamed them a lot.  Eventually it washed out, but while it was in there it helped grab all the loose hairs.  I think if you use just a little so your hair is sticky, but not so much that it forms strings, then there is no problem.  I know most of you are all down on the wax, but keep this in mind- if you use it, and you don't like what it's doing, IT WASHES OUT!!!!!  Yeah, it takes a lot of shampoo and effort, but it does come out.

After six years, my dreads still start an inch out from my head, which I like because it makes them easier to control if I want to do something fun with them.  Also, the ends are 1-3 inches of straight hair, they have never knotted up simply because I had fine, straight, healthy hair to start with.

That tuft at the back of the top of my head is from my cowlick... never seems to want to join the rest of the herd...

28  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Dreadlocks on: May 11, 2008 06:47:45 PM
I hate to even broach this subject, but...
Anybody have experience with fleas?
 Embarrassed  Embarrassed  Embarrassed  Embarrassed
I've only found one so I'm hoping it's kind of a fluke.  I pet dogs all the time...
29  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: FOUR 90S RAPPER BEARS- Fresh Prince of Bear-Air, Notorious B.E.A.R, EAZY-P... on: April 26, 2008 02:47:00 PM
These are GREAT!  The Fresh Prince fabric is perfect, and the hood just completes it!
How about LL Cool J... Ice T... MC Hammer... I think most people would recognize them.
30  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Macro challenge- Some form of aquatic life... on: April 26, 2008 02:41:33 PM
I don't think the link works?  I would love to put this on my desktop!  He's beautiful!
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