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on: June 23, 2005 09:37:03 AM 
Started by CircusManager220, Message by Souldier
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I posted pics earlier on in this thread... It's almost hard to believe all of the knowledge I've accumulated over the months. It's also hard to believe the progress they've made.

Here are my dreads at 9 months - if I'm not mistaken:

Here are the newest pics. Almost 11 month old.

Here is a little closeup... you can really see how they are starting to get all smooth and matted:

You can see the difference between 9 months and 11... just goes to show that dreads are ever changing and they get more and more beautiful with age. It takes a little patience, understanding, and acceptance, but it's well worth it in the end.
on: August 11, 2006 11:13:42 AM 
Started by CircusManager220, Message by Souldier
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Now just because I haven't updated in a while... Here are some pics!!!

These range from around 1 year 6 months to now (1 year 11 months). This winter I dyed my dreads dark chestnut brown which faded back to my natural color. Hair dye doesn't last on my hair for some reason. Anyway just so you know that my hair doesn't randomly change color on its own. Haha.

Now just so you can all see how much they've changed and how much they've grown. Here are a few pics from way back when.



Here is me practically falling asleep on the carpet. A word of caution... never leave a camera out in the open when you're sleeping. haha

This was at the festival:

This was just a week ago. My fuzzy mess! A result from swimming 4 times a day for over a week! I love them messy too.

After a little crochet action in the car on the way back home:
on: July 13, 2006 10:00:38 AM 
Started by CircusManager220, Message by Strangel
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Well I thought I would share my dreadlock experience...which lasted only three weeks...So this will be a short story..haha.

    I had wanted dreadlocks since the first time i saw them in 7th Grade. ( i came from a small town)  My mom said NO! they are dirty..blah blah blah...i had no reason not to believe her because i knew nothing about dreadlocks.  I got into punkrock that same year and to spite her i shaved a mohawk...(she loved it) that backfired....well i was 12 then...now I'm 19. i had done tons of research on how to take care of dreads..and decided to go for it with full support from the boyfriend.
   I had 3 friends come over and told them how to do it and they started right at it enthusiastically.  2 hours later they were complaining and getting on the computer and being very easily distracted.  then someone else showed up to help and did about 3 and quit...It took all night because of this.  heres a picture when they were nearly done....watch out..it's scary!

It took my hair about 2 days to calm down enough to even put them in pig tails...

and about 5 days to where i didn't have to restrain them with a ponytail..  I was in love with them at this point.....not to mention this was about the time i stopped getting headaches because of them.

I was very happy with them because i had seen pictures of people with locks only after a week and they didn't look nearly as nice as mine did.  well a week after getting them done i left to tour with my boyfriends band for 2 and a half weeks..Last summer during tour i hated my hair because of all the humidity and it always looks like shit. this summer was a completely different story.  humidity doesn't affect dreadlocks so i was super happy about that. heres a pic from tour..

Well by the end of tour i wanted them out.  not because i didn't like them but because i just wanted my hair back.  I'm the kinda person that cuts my hair all the time and changes it all the time and the same thing for a long period of time drives me crazy...  yea i dint know what i was thinking when i thought i could actually last with dreadlocks..
   Well anyway the day after we got back i took a long hot shower to get my dreads all nice and soft and to get all the wax out..then grabbed a bottle of conditioner and a comb and started going at them in front of the TV.  it took about 2 to 3 hours to get them all out.  so i showered again and took a look in the mirror to see how much hair i lost.  It thinned out a bit and some of it was shorter in some places but nothing a haircut couldn't fix.. soo heres the day after picture..

well I'm glad i combed them out but it was a good experience!

The End(not as short as i thought it was going to be)

I have nearly a full jar of KnottyBoy wax if someone is interested in buying it from me.
on: August 24, 2006 05:54:55 PM 
Started by CircusManager220, Message by the wallaby
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Guess who has new photos!
And photos of my dreadums no less.

The back. Sorry for the shoddy lighting, I live under my bed. I have 2 'un-dreads' back there. I'll get to em soon.

Again under the bed. This time I discovered the flash on my camera. Top of my head, many many many frizzies!

Pretty little bead I got for a quarter. I also have a glass bead in the back of my hair, and a metal nut.

Me being arty with the camera and the rope lights. Not so much of my hair, but you can see all the fuzzies in the back.
And... its not my hair, and I'll take this one down if its too off topic for ya, but this is my new home!!!

See the black tulle curtain below? Thats where I live when I'm not in class.

Ok, a couple things about my hair now.
I had them maintained/ done professionally I think the middle of June. Since then I haven't touched them. I don't mind my extremely unkempt look (college student, hello.) so I'd appreciate no 'you should do maintenence' comments. The new growth (about 2 inches now, my hair grows fast) is knotting up nicely on its own, but the bottoms are fringy and silky smooth. So I have a plan!!
My super dooper plan- Wrap my hair in black and red boondoggle! (lanyard lace.) School spirit, plus I did a test lock with some purple boondoggle, and it helped it stay tight and knot up alot, plus I like it better than thread, and you use less of it because it's thicker, and plastic (vinyl?), so it wont rot out or get icky. So, pictures of that will come in a couple weeks when I can get to a craft store.

Overall, I'm very happy with my hair, dispite the lack of organization. And people still give me high-fives and call me dreadlocks, so its all good Grin
on: April 25, 2006 09:57:56 AM 
Started by CircusManager220, Message by piratasucia
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i just thought i'd post some pics of how it looks when you don't do any maintainance. FYI- I post on Knottylocks but I am definitely not anti-maintainance or anything, I'm not high and mighty about dreads- they're just fun!! I just don't need to worry about jobs because I'm only 16.  Smiley

I have a bunch of loose hair but I guess it has never really bothered me, oh well. Anyway, everyone else's dreads look awesome!!
on: October 22, 2006 12:12:43 AM 
Started by CircusManager220, Message by jpatti
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Well, I'm halfway there!  We've done half of my head and it's already 23 dreads which took a number of hours to do, so decided to take a break and finish up another day.

What we did was backcombing using salt water as an accelerant.  Varied widths instead of parting... I decided I wanted a more free-flowing look rather than a manicured type of look.  So the widths vary a lot... some dreads being as little as 1/4 the size of others.  I did most of them and my husband did a few in the back that I couldn't reach.

This is the first four, when we were just getting the hang of it in the underside where they'd be well hidden:

This is when I had 10-12 or so done:

Since we decided to take a break halfway through, I have my "before" and "after" pictures in the same timeframe.  This is the 23 dreads on the left side of my head:

This is the undreaded right side of my head:

This is the back of my head showing both dreaded and undreaded sides:

I've been reading and thinking about this for some time... my hair is very thick and curly and knots easily even when heavily conditioned.  I think I shall dread easily, so I'm not putting tons of energy into it.  My dreads are not terribly tight yet, so I didn't lose much length.

I am planning my maintenance scheme as continuing use of the salt water and lots of palm rolling and twisting.  I can see already that I shall be paying a lot of attention to the tips until they're locked. 

My "residue-free" shampoo shall be my homemade soap, lathered into the scalp and rinsed through the dreads.  Once they lock, I'll do an occassional deep cleansing via a soak in rosemary tea and start conditioning via a spray of diluted aloe gel.
on: January 03, 2009 11:32:51 PM 
Started by CircusManager220, Message by chocodog
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Check out what I made! I was going to put this in finished work, but I thought it would be better received here.

Non-permanent dread decorations.
I always wanted those dread wraps in pretty colors.

With Flash

No Flash

Close up

Close up

These are made of embroidery floss and are crocheted. One is tunisian crochet. (The second one from the right.)
on: April 22, 2006 03:34:29 AM 
Started by CircusManager220, Message by shannon1981
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I haven't posted on here yet, but I've have looking and learning from all of you.  I got my dreads about a month and a half ago and I'm really excited to post my pics.  My sister and sister-in-law put them in for me (thanks, Jezebel!!!).  I have really thick hair and ended up with over a hundred dreads.  I'm loving the way they look and the wonderful personality they all have.  My husband calls me a dirty hippy a lot and isn't quite sure if he likes them, but he'll get used to them (cause I'm not getting rid of them!).  Here's some during pics:

And here's them now about 1 1/2 months old:

I've got the tips banded with rubber bands, but I'm going to try to get those switched over to thread soon.  I would love to be part of a swap if someone would like to organize one, new accessories are always nice.

on: August 21, 2006 03:30:13 PM 
Started by CircusManager220, Message by BambiKhantastic
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Alright, I finally managed to attempt taking pictures of the back of my head. I just re-tightened the roots with black rubber bands(you can see some of the stress on my scalp). I know they'll rot out, but I have such a tough time with the thread for some reason.

About my hair:
All the length is human extension. It's so processed, it dreads really easilly, and nicely. the Gal who does my hair really put a stick in my works over my wedding, and we havn't spoken since. But that has just forced me to experement more!

The bottom half is dreaded(about 3 weeks now?) the crown of my hair is undreaded human extension. The dreads are very grabby about it, so I tend to keep it ponied on it's own. WHy not dread the whole thing? I like the texture contrast, and If my hair gets any beefier, It won't fir in my helmet. Smiley

The brown dreads are my dabbling into double-ended dread extensions. Synthetic, and doubly grabby than the human. I have yet to perfect the smoothing/steaming process. The pink is all synth Braids, they hang to my butt.

Oh, and sallys Beauty sells this organic "dry shampoo" gel...and it feels AWESOME(which I think is mostly the alcohol in it, but seriously, it's hairgasm) I think I can re-create it with alcohol, Aloe, and essential oils, but it's not too expencive as-is, $5 or so.

on: October 12, 2006 07:14:14 PM 
Started by CircusManager220, Message by mitsie99
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I have the internet again, so I was finally able to read the last 20 pages of this thread...and I'm all up to date now Smiley I loved loved loved looking at all the pics in this thread and I think it's time we each do some dread photo updates! I'm clueless about posting pics so these may be huge, teeny, who knows. Sorry  Wink

1 month:

3 months:

7 months:

These are from today, just over 9 months:

Here you can see the beautiful bead that Ninja made Smiley

Wow it's really hard to take a picture of your own head.
on: November 13, 2006 09:57:26 AM 
Started by CircusManager220, Message by irish_chicky
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woo one year and three months today!!
Sorry for the not so good web cam pics!

and a time line fore kicks
on: July 04, 2007 05:54:49 AM 
Started by CircusManager220, Message by Safetyfox
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My dreadies are just over 2 years old now. I've done a little timeline:

May 05: brand spankin' new!

August 05: 3 months old

April 06: almost a whole year old!

And taken just a couple of days ago, 2 years and 2 months old:

As you can see there's a lot of loose hair so I might get them tidied up soon. But I still love them Cheesy
on: October 02, 2007 04:29:59 PM 
Started by CircusManager220, Message by paisley-sink
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i would like to say i feel some what guilty for almost never posting in this thread, i've been lurking in this thread since its early beginnings. so i thought i would post pictures of my long gone dreads.
i had them for about a year, i did a little backcombing to get them started but as you can see i wasn't big on the maintainence thing.
I loved my dreads but they just got out of control and were all stuck together. At one point i couldn't scratch they back of my head and had to have someone seperate them with scissors. Also, they were all thick at the bottom and skinny at the top because where my hair was bleached they dreaded up more. So anyway after i graduated I cut them til they were each about 5 inches long and then spent 3 days tediously combing out the hair i had left. but it worked out pretty good after i was done because since they were all about the same length from my head when i cut them, it gave my hair a kind of layered effect.
My hair is MUCH thinner than it was before i dreaded my hair, which i attribute most of that loss to the combing out process i wish i could show you the trash bag full of hair i had after i finished Grin but i have been dreadless for about 4 months now and my hair seems to be making a comeback so i'm happy.
Once my hair grows out a bit i will be starting the dread process over again, this time i plan to take a little bit better care of them in their beginning stages.  Smiley

And that is the story of my dreads!
on to the pics!

my fattest dreadies:

the after:

Thanks for looking!
I love seeing pictures of you're alls beautiful dreadies!
on: January 19, 2009 07:29:13 AM 
Started by CircusManager220, Message by MCRguitarMCR
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Here are a few recent pics. Click them to go to the bigger versions

on: May 23, 2005 03:43:39 PM 
Started by CircusManager220, Message by piratasucia
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I have had my dreads for about 9 months, i back combed with random sections, but then i just went natural! I love them.

I hope all of those work! From personal experience I would say dont use wax, it seemed to make my hair rather dull and icky. Plus it attracts dust like... something really dusty. anyway, i wash my hair... occasionally and do nothing other than that. My hair was wavy and very thick to begin with.

PS: I LOVE all the other dreadlocks on here!
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