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prittykitty
May 6th, 2010, 03:53 AM
After being here at LHC, I have learned a lot about my hair. I have also learned that my hair is a lot more curly than I thought and that after going cone free and condition washing only, my hair grows nicer but not the way I want it to. It grows out very big and wild. I have been gone from here for a while searching. I came across several pictures of very beautiful dreadlocks. I especially really like the ones that Lisa Bonet has. They are not those great big thick ones that I don't like but instead on the thinner side. I do know that hers have had human hair extensions added also. I want to get dreadlocks that are similar to that kind, being thinner and with added extensions and I plan to wear them permanently. I feel this is the only way I am ever going to be able to wear my hair down and have it look normal without added products to hold it in place. For the last couple months I have been wearing my hair up in a bun. I know, I said a while back that I would never do it. Well, I had to because I had no other choice other than heat styling. I don't like to wear my hair up all the time like that. I feel bald. I look and feel so much better with my hair down. I thought about cornrow braids but they are so much work and I would have to redo them every couple months when I get growth. I have had some people tell me that dreads will look very nice on me yet I have had others say "don't do it". Well, after a lot of research, I have decided to do it. I have ordered human hair for the added length I need for a while. As my own hair grows out I plan to cut the dreads until it is all my own natural hair. After I do this I will post pictures. Also I will post pictures of my very big and wild curly hair so you can all see why I have made this decision to join the dreadlock world.

Has anyone else ever had dreadlocks? If yes what was your experience with them? I would love to hear everyone's opinion on this long thought out decision of mine to dread my hair. Thank you in advance.

manderly
May 6th, 2010, 04:17 AM
If dreads are what you want, then by all means.

I do just want to point out to you that after looking at your photo the problem with the growing "out" and poofiness of curly hair goes away with length. At APL you're still at a length where it's very hard to have curly hair. If you want to give it a chance to see what your hair can be naturally, then I'd give it until you get to BSL to see how it works out for you.

But again, if you would prefer dreadlocks then go for it. It just sounds like you felt that was your only option due to the "poof" :)


ETA:

Here's my shoulder length "poof" (with no product and air drying for my hairtyping photo)
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/astrauser/0819.07summersunshinevo5naturalairdrynooil.jpg

And here is is a few months ago with added length and proper curl care:
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50/astrauser/CIMG2251.jpg

Ludde
May 6th, 2010, 05:29 AM
Some methods for making dreads require more maintenance than others and extending your dreads with extra hair will need a little more attention, I think. Try to make sure you choose a method that suits you also later on.

I love my rolls, but dreading the hair did in no way tame it or make it any less opinionated. Bad hair-days continues, and I can do less about it than ever. Just saying. :) But it is a good feeling to let go of control and just be what you are.

frizzalot
May 6th, 2010, 06:11 AM
theres a whole thread of info on dreads

dread thread (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/showthread.php?t=47238)

hth

Ludde
May 6th, 2010, 12:07 PM
theres a whole thread of info on dreads

dread thread (http://forums.longhaircommunity.com/showthread.php?t=47238)

hth

... perhaps not the best source of info about Lisa Bonet-type of dreads, though ...