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#1 Old 05-08-2010, 02:18 PM
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1 week-ish. After a shower.





After another shower. Getting crazy. Almost 2 weeks.





Dry at 2 weeks.





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#2 Old 05-08-2010, 02:52 PM
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Looks like they're forming nicely! Looking good
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#3 Old 05-08-2010, 06:29 PM
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I'm quite surprised at how well they're forming as well. It went from, "NO I WON'T KNOT!" to "HAHAHA TRY TO BRUSH ME NOW!" in like a week.
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Cool! Call me stupid though, I have no idea how to make "natural" dreadlocks (but then until recently I didn't know how dreadlocks were made at all).



I've always wanted dreadlocks, and I regret not getting some before I cut off my long (almost waist length) hair
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Cool! Call me stupid though, I have no idea how to make "natural" dreadlocks (but then until recently I didn't know how dreadlocks were made at all).(



Ok so I'm stupid too. Have no idea how dreadlocks are made fullstop.... let alone 'natural'...... can someone enlighten me
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#6 Old 05-08-2010, 07:40 PM
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Natural = wash with non residue shampoo or just baking soda. Don't brush. Separate a few pieces when you get out of the shower so it's not one huge beaver tail looking thing (unless you're into that). I wash my hair everyday. It's a compulsive habit that I'm trying to break.



This also explains all the other ways:



http://www.dreadlocktruth.com/FAQ.htm
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Very cool and interesting. I really didn't know anything about dreadlocks before. Thanks for the link and good luck on your continued journey. It looks great so far.
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Oh that's really cool. I had no idea you could do it that way.



Do keep us updated, I'm very interested to see how the process goes
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Out of curiosity, what made you decide you wanted dreadlocks?
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I was wondering that too.



I would love dreads, as I think they can look really pretty. But I'm more scared that when I once day get bored of them I'd have to cut off my hair >.>
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You can comb them out if you have a lot of time. With a huge tub of conditioner and a good brush, anything is possible.



Besides the fact that I've always loved the way dreadlocks looked, the fact that I am tender headed as hell (when I heard about a hair style involving no brushing, I shat bricks), and I hate cutting my hair but at a certain point, it just gets unmanageable, I have some less vain reasons. They are also a way of keeping me natural. If you put just normal chemical laden shampoo on your head (as I am so tempted to do any time I shower at a friends house) you will rue the day. Maybe. I don't want to test that theory. I am also a control freak from hell. With natural dreadlocks, there is no control. You just have to suck it up. It's a tiny kind of chaos I suppose that you have to learn to love. There are other reasons, but I don't want to bore you guys to tears or get off sounding super cheesy. I think as time goes on, I'll have more and more reasons to keep and love my locs.
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You can comb them out if you have a lot of time. With a huge tub of conditioner and a good brush, anything is possible.



Yeah I was reading about that in the link you posted. I am very curious to know how long it takes you to get them out once you eventually decide you don't want them anymore. Combing them out just sounds like such a time consuming, frustrating, pain in the a**. I can see why some people just shave their hair off. I wouldn't have the patience to deal with all that combing. :/
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When I was at uni I had black, white blonde and red synthetic dreads braided into my hair, and I absolutely loved them. I still have them and I have them put back in when I go to festivals. I would love to have bright red natural dreads but my fiance HATES them! The things we do for love....

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Looks great, Jessyka!



My daughter has curly, afro-american hair that dreads naturally. When she decided she didn't like them anymore, it took many hours to comb them out. It couldn't be done all in one sitting but took several 1-2 hour sessions over the course of a couple weeks. Think of unraveling a huge ball of knotted up fishing line.
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Oh I am joining you in the journey... I haven't combed in about 2 weeks now... This will be my second set. If you haven't checked this board out yet... here is a link.



http://com3.runboard.com/bknottydreadlockforum
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Nice!!!!

It's great to see another dreadhead on here. Mine are nearly 5 months old.



Haha, I approve of the Dreadlocktruth link too. I'm a member of that.
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I like dreads, and yours are looking good, Jessyka.
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hmm interesting. my hair starts to dreadlock after three days or so, and i loathe it. but i'm always interested in why people want them in the first place.

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I lived in the Caribbean for a year at one point in my life, and decided to get cornrows. I thought they would stupid on me, but they were so comfortable and looked very natural on the island setting. I wish I had pictures left. They were really easy to take care of and I didn't miss washing my hair one bit.



They were a <deleted> to take out, though. Good luck on your journey!
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I wish I could get dreads! But due to an unfortunate medical condition that has left me almost completely bald on the top of my head (no eyebrows or eyelashes either), that really isn't possible... It's hard to make an effective, fashionable combover with dreads. Though, I'd love to shave my head this summer or dye the ends blue.



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^^^ My hair looks like that if I go a day or two without brushing. Ah, the joys of wavy/curly/thick horses maine hair.

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My hairs are very fine, but I have a LOT of them. I might consider dreading just to try it out if I didn't work in finance. We have a dress code, and I'm pretty sure that dreads of any kind run counter to it.

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Here be a better picture after I separated the mess and twisted just a bit.
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I had natural dreads, took three years for them to form.
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I had natural dreads, took three years for them to form.



Do you have any pictures of them?
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i would love to get dreads, i've been considering it more and more lately. i hate my hair. it's a pain to deal with when it's long, it's always full of knots no matter what i do, and when it's short i can't be bothered to get it cut regularly so i get the nasty in between stage where it just looks like garbage for ages til i either get it cut again or let it grow long enough to clip it back. i just recently cut it and the woman i went to did a terrible halfassed job. i could do dreads now except that she cut it too short at the back of my neck so i have to let it grow out a bit first. luckily my hair grows fast.

i may be spending two weeks in toronto at the end of the summer to work at the CNE, i was planning on using this time to go shampoo-free anyways since i'll likely be wearing a hat to keep the sun off anyways and i won't have to see people i know or anything lol. hoping 2 weeks is long enough transition time to get past the greasy stage. i was pondering the other day wether or not i could start dreads at the same time. i'm too impatient to let it knot on its own like that though, and if i did i'd have just one gigantic dread at the back of my neck which is a huge problem area for knots because of my weird "m" shaped hairline (it grows upwards and then down so i have a perpetual rats nest there when it gets too long), i think i would have to jumpstart it so it knots properly. i'm gonna bookmark those links and check them out tomorrow

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I was wondering that too.



I would love dreads, as I think they can look really pretty. But I'm more scared that when I once day get bored of them I'd have to cut off my hair >.>

Don't be scared to cut your hair off! I've done it a few times, you'll survive.



I've always wanted to both have dreadlocks and buzz my head. Can't do either in my job right now (pixie cut was the "weirdest" I could get away with). I'm thinking eventually when I go back to California I might dread my hair, and then if I get sick of it eventually I can just buzz my head. Win-win!
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They're looking good! I like the first few stages when you noticed them knotting up more and more each week.



Good luck with them
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