Having started my dreadlock journey a few months ago, I am very very new to the game. I have watched what may be every available YouTube video out there in order to get as many opinions and perspectives as possible. This is definitely a journey and labor of love for me. What it has taught me above all else has been patience and acceptance of something that to a very large degree is out of your control. I can choose to back comb, palm roll, twist and rip, but when it's all said and done, nature will take its course and I am 100% at the mercy of the dread gods. I do as much maintenance as I possibly can to try and cut down on what I call "fuzzy pineapple head", but with very few options locally, the days of sitting in a chair while someone else does your hair are a thing of the past for me (by choice of course). I have as of this week started to experience some serious shrinking of my dreads, which happens as a result of the locking process. It's to some degree a joyful experience because it means that things are starting to move in the right direction. I am still really not a proud owner of dreadlocks proper, but more the proud owner of dreadlock babies, also known ass knotted strands of hair. Ask anyone who has gone through the process before, and most of them will tell you that your journey is still very new and the babies are far from being grown ups. During this process, I was lucky enough to stumble upon a couple of pretty amazing Instagram pages, one of which totally blew my mind when it came to transforming natural free forming dreads into beautiful works of art. Dollylocks salon in St. Petersburg Florida is literally killing it when it comes to helping people achieve their dream of dreadlocks. When I first stumbled across Dollylocks, it was due to a video I had seen on a dreadlock tightening spray they offer that is completely organic and has a variety of amazing scents, as well as a slew of 5-star reviews. It wasn't until I ordered the spray and tried it out that I began to seek out the maker of this magic spray to let them know how amazing their product was only to discover that they have their very own salon. Even before I realized the power their tightening spray, the description pretty much had me at "Nag Champa". The smell of Nag Champa is one that literally sends me into a flurry of amazing memories and makes my soul soar. The combination of Sandalwood and Plumeria, this stuff is quite literally my happy place. It reminds me of a head shop from my teen years by the name of Stone Mountain, I believe those stores are long gone but have since been replaced by new hipster shops catering to the 20-year-old wandering heart. Keep in mind that if Nag Champa isn't your bag, there are many other scents as well as an unscented option. My next purchase will be the Dollylocks shampoo as well as the refreshing spray, just because I love the scent and I feel like between my wash days, I would like to enjoy a hit of my Nag Champa. I encourage you all to follow Dollylocks on Instagram because they are not only dreadlock gurus, but they are artists of color and all things hair. I plan to make the 11-hour trek as soon as my dread babies hit the one year mark. You will most likely find that post in my Adventures section because I anticipate a camping trip to happen. Until then, visit them here on their website for a complete overview of products they provide as well as contact information and find them here on Instagram for salon photos as well as here for products. You will not be sorry.