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dreadlocks • twist • heritage
play-dough • balance
  1. You can make a pizza out of , but don't eat it.
  2. She has become very interested in learning about her family's history and .
  3. The doctor told me that I have this rash because of a pH on my skin.
  4. To make the bread, you just take the dough and it like this.
  5. When you decide to look for a professional job, you may have to cut off your .
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628 Hair Care for Dreadlocks
Tre talks about having dreadlocks and how to get them and maintain them.

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I've had dreadlocks ever since I was in high school.

A 'dreadlock' is a piece of braided or twisted hair which stays in a combined section on its own. You can either have just one or a whole head full of them. Notice the following:

  1. Bob Marley was well-known for his dreadlocks.
  2. If you want to get rid of your dreadlocks, you will have to shave your head.


One of the ways I get dreadlocks is I just twist my hair to lock together.

When you 'twist' something, you rotate it in the same direction many times. When you are talking about hair, twisting it brings a group of hairs close together in a tight bunch. Notice the following:

  1. Your belt is twisted in the back.
  2. It would look nice if you twisted those curtains there in the middle.


Because of my African heritage, my hair locks much easier because it's curlier.

Your 'heritage' refers to your cultural or genetic history. Here, Tres is referring to his genetic history that makes his hair a certain way. Notice the following:

  1. Many of the people in this part of the country are of German heritage.
  2. One of the goals of this institution is to celebrate Mexican heritage.


I rub my hair between my hands, sort of like when you're a kid playing with play-dough.

'Play-dough' is a toy that children play with. It is a squishy material that you can form into many different shapes. There are also toys that you can use for shaping the play-dough, and it comes in many different colors. Notice the following:

  1. Make sure you don't mix the play-dough colors together, because it will turn a really ugly shade.
  2. My kids can play with play-dough for hours.

pH balance

Watch out for your shampoo's pH balance to make sure it doesn't damage your scalp.

Scientifically speaking, the 'pH balance' something refers to the balance between an acid or a base. In the conversation, Tres is just talking about keeping the skin on your head healthy and clean, so not to oily and not too dry. Notice the following:

  1. This shampoo will help maintain a pH balance in your hair.
  2. When you are a teenage, keeping the pH balance in your skin is very important.