Sunday, August 27, 2006

It's been finally a year!! I've been locking my hair for one whole year and I've enjoyed the journey. I look at my hair now and I amost get misty eyed at how far I've come and how much I've been through to get to this point. I've loved my locks from day one, but my DH hated them and we actually got into a physical fight about them. I had my doubts about how it would all turn out.. And I'm happy with the outcome. DH has setted in on the idea of my being locked up and all.. And we don't get into it anymore.. (Thought I know he's not THRILLED about having a dreadlocked wife.) Anyway. So many people are curious about my dreads. How I did them? How do I keep them up? How do I wash them? Ect.. I keep everything simple. I'm a freeformer so I don't twist. (Though I do play with them sometimes.) I wash them like you wash well.. Regular hair. I kinda wash them with each other. (Rubbing locks agains locks.) Make sure I rinse it well. Put some TTree growth cream on them and call it a day as they air dry.. Easy as pie..

In this year I was looking forward to some adversity about my locks. Mostly because of what I've heard from others and DH about how society looks at those with locks. I'm not sure if it is my attitude or the fact that I'm a woman, but I haven't had any problems yet about the decision to lock except from him. Maybe they're talking behind my back. :) I can never tell. But this has been a pretty smooth ride so far. I look forward to the coming years.

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Saturday, July 22, 2006

Well, it's almost 11 months now and things are still looking.. Well.. Pretty much the same. My dreads are softer now I don't know WHY.. Maybe it's the extra rinsing and the pantene I've been using. I haven't stated conditioning yet but the shampoo has (get this.) Petroleum in it.. GREASE. So it's like a conditioning wash I guess. I think I'll stick with this stuff. I was against petroleum usage in dreadlocks, but I think this is OK. It's in the shampoo (and probably the conditioner too.) but I still don't use grease on my hair (Petrolatum) cause it's too hard to wash out. The Parnevu isn't thick or greasy and can be used daily. (I use it every other day or so after wetting my locks a little. Works wonders.)

I need to clip my ends believe it or not. Apparently not all the perm got cut off and I have these little tails on the ends of some of my locks. They aren't really BOTHERING anybody, I just wanna cut them off.. but I'm not in a particular hurry to do it. Like I said they aren't bothering anybody. My bang is going to have to be slicked back after a bit cause those three locks are hanging right on my eyebrows in about I'd say 3 months or so they'll be in my EYES!!! Can't have that now, I'm already blind. :P

My eczema is acting up a little. It was getting better, but now I'm not so sure. Well, it IS better than it was cause I was PITYFUL.. Sores and all, but now I just have dry crusty skin between my fingers, a rash on my hand and wrist that goes and comes on a daily basis. And fingers that itch, dry out, crack and bleed occassionally. Sounds shitty I know and it is, but just something that some folks have to live with til they find their own personal cure. I find that alcohol kills the itch of the rash and some petroleum jelly kills some of the crusty hands. But it's a balance. Sometimes the moisturizers make the rash itch. Go figure. But I've seen worse days. :) I'm living with it.

I have no new pictures. I plan to take some next month sometimes cause that will be my year mark being a dread head. I'm still in love with them. They hold special meaning to me. Not really sacred, but still important. I want to take care of them and make sure they grow to their fullest potential. (This is what happens when you don't have kids and no time for a dog.)

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Well, it's been 10 months already since I began these dreads and things are looking bright. I'm happily shaking my dreads in dis b*tch.. LoL.. I've noticed they are changing colours too. When I was little my hair was a sandy reddish brown and now it's turning that colour again. I've mixed the expensive shampoo with some pantene relaxed and natural. And it's working pretty well. I've also started rinsing better and that is keeping things "shiny" around here. I've been using this growth cream by Parvenu (Yes it's a perm company, but this stuff is great for locs.. nOt sure how well it works on perms though, but whatever.) It's light and washes out in a hot minute. Perfect for dreads cause as all us dread heads know, rinsing takes FOREVER as it is without all that greasy mess to wash and rinse away.

As far as learining lessons in life, I've learned only this. All is not as it appears to be. Except when it is, then it's usually for the worse. :)

Have a nice day..

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Shit! I had a post all ready to publish and it got erased!! I'm such a stupid asshole!!

Alright.. Enough of the self bashing.. I'll just begin again with what I remember. I'm in my 9th month with my locs. I'm totally locked. My locs shake now. I'm enjoying being a dread head.

My routine is just wash, grease shake and go. Loving the simplicity. I'll start conditioning in about 3 months. My hair kinda needs it. But right now I'm battling build up from my product junkie days. DH was right about not needing all the product. But he just thought I wouldn't lock with out product.. Scarred on him cause I locked faster with no product. I've been using Naani's shampoo for about the last 3 weeks. It's OK, but it's just expensive shampoo to my idea. Smells wonderful. (I got the yummy moisturizing shampoo.) But I think I'll be looking for another source of shampoo. I can't drop $20 for Adequate shampoo or even very good shampoo. I can get shampoo from the salon.. THE SALON.. Pick one.. For about $10. No shipping.. Much cheaper.

Is the product good? I don't know that. For someone who twists with heavy products, it will strip all that crap out of your hair. But I'm a pure freeformer and I don't have extra oil and gunk to wash out really. So all it did was soak into my hair and make it dull and dry. Plain and simple. Maybe if I add oils to it, it will do better. I'm gonna try that.

Anyway.. Me 9 months.I'll add a picture as soon as I remember how the hell I did it last time.


These are the little dears now. They 9 months old and Just learning to behave themselves. :)

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Well, I've been locked for nearly 6 months now and those little buds are locs now.Cute little locs. Sometimes I twist them up to make them alittle neater, but there are times when I just say, "Alright kids, GO WILD!!" and just let em hang free. They're not that long, but they are coming along nicely. I'll be 6 months along in my journey the 27th of this month. Maybe I'll have new pictures then. In the mean time, here's my last picture I took..

I know they look wild and crazy here.. But know what.. It's all good..