1.5 years

I’m finally letting my hair down a bit in public… with a headband! They’re not fabulous yet, but not too bad, ay?Sarah dreadlock journey 1.5 year headband I need some cool headbands like these! il_570xN.470008903_feot
I wouldn’t be mad if someone got me one πŸ™‚

So what should be 6 months of progress is really more like 3 because I left my yarn extensions in for about 3 months. They have noticeably gotten longer, but I don’t think they’re any thicker. I really really hope they aren’t done thickening. I want them to look like a lion’s mane just like Gal April.

Sarah dreadlock timeline 1.5 year frontSarah dreadlock timeline 1.5 year backI have two cowlicks on the back of my head that have been driving me crazy because they always look like scalpy spots. They make it look like my dreads aren’t filling my head enough. I’ve tried combining dreads to cover it up, but it only makes other areas worse. For some reason I don’t have nearly as much loose hair on the top of my head as I do underneath. I’m not sure if there’s anything I can do about that. Ideas?

I’ve also come up with this theory for thickening dreadlocks. I noticed that most people get thickening for a year or two then just lengthening, but Gal April got about 5 years of thickening, which is what makes hers look so great. She hasn’t told me yet if she has a method for this, so I’m just coming up with ideas. You know how when your hair is wet, you put it in a pony tail, let it dry, take it out, and your hair is in pony tail shape all day? I hypothesize that going to bed with wet dreadlocks and sleeping on them will encourage loops which cause thickening. I don’t know if it will work, but I’m trying it anyway. It can’t hurt, right?

I read somewhere that baking soda and vinegar solutions help eliminate blackheads. Since I’m already using baking soda and vinegar solutions to wash my hair, I’ve replaced my face wash and I have noticed less acne. Pretty cool!

I’ve updated my Charlie images, but I just can’t find Olan anymore. There are too many dreads in that area that look the same.

Before vs. 1 year vs. 1.5 years

Before vs. 1 year vs. 1.5 years

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10 thoughts on “1.5 years

  1. thanks for sharing! Your dreads look great! I have really thin hair and have been wondering what my outcomes might be like.

    • Thank you! I do think they just take longer to look good than normal hair. And the volume you get is SO worth the wait! πŸ™‚

  2. I just started my dread babies a few days ago (I have to do a small section at a time because my two year old is in a needy phase :p ha) I’m so excited to have even the handful that I’ve started and uuber happy I found your journey!
    Good luck with the thickening! I hope you find your solution!
    βœŒβ€πŸ‰

  3. Hey chica , I hope you’re still rockin them locks ! They look great girl πŸ™‚ check out doctored locks on YouTube , shows you how to add human hair to weak / thin dreads .. I did read this lady said her dreads are wrapped in human hair to keep them smooth and even … Not sure how that’s done , but it’s possible πŸ™‚ good luck .. love & peace t πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Trina! I looked it up and it looks like she uses all sorts of terrible things for dreadlocks including wax, ties at the roots, and a crochet hook. It explains why her dreads look so thin and gangly. I would not reference her videos, but thanks anyway! I’ll find a way to get my locks thicker πŸ˜‰

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