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.
Probably one of my favorite sayings of all time would have to be the title of my post today. Hey, I didn't say that I would always be spewing copious amounts of zen like intelligence all of the time, so, cut me a little slack will ya. Today I have opted to cover a journey that I have embarked on with what I have always referred to as "my damn hair". Dreadlocks. To me, dreadlocks are a magical thing of wild and crazy and dynamic women. Last night as I stood in line at Kroger, I heard an older couple behind me say "how'd you like to have hair like that?" I immediately was taken aback by the rude remark, and it really prompted me to address common misconceptions when it comes to having and maintaining dreadlocks. First and foremost I want to say that my dreads are in the stage of being fuzzy and wild and they stick out pretty much everywhere. I have a combination of dreadlocks on the underside, mixed with hair that I have yet to dread, which makes maintaining it all a little daunting. The first common misconception that I would like to debunk is that your hair is dirty. I truly wish that I could have dirty hair from time to time, but my hair is naturally oily, so it really isn't an option to skip more than one day, and that is only with the use of a dry shampoo. I wash my dreads every other day. I spend lots of time with a crochet hook late at night tightening them and working on them so they will stay locked up. I do anticipate that when my entire head is completly, and it is all in dreadlocks, I may be able to just wash it twice a week, and that is because dreads tend to stay dry and even when I'm sweaty, which is often around this time of year, it doesn't stay greasy. Something else I used to hear from people when I would voice my love of dreads and how I wanted them was "well just stop brushing it". Sure, I could have natural free forming dreads, but I have to have some sort of control over "my damn hair". I don't want my locks to be too large or too small or too tight. So, when I started my dreadlocks, I had a lovely lovely friend of mine by the name of Marian to section my hair up in very specific sections. This allows your dreads to fall the way you want them to. While the attraction for me is the wild nature of a dread, I'm going for an earthy, wild, whimsical look with my mane, not Alfalfa from Little Rascals. I can safely say (not that I have to), but nevertheless, my hair is very clean. Much cleaner than say, my grocey store feet that I get over the course of the day from gardening barefoot, or just being barefoot in general. Is this some sort of PSA to convince everyone that my dreads are the most awesome thing ever? Of course not. Its not for the faint of heart. It takes time and patience that is far beyond anything I've been able to accomplish prior to doing it. However, it has added something to my soul. I feel grounded and free. It's deffinately a journey and not something that you decide on a whim and go for it. You have to be able to surrender yourself to something that is slightly uncontrolable. If any of you know me personally, you know that I am bad to micromanage things. It's a struggle and something I don't enjoy about my personality, which was a big driving force behind the decision to finally pull the trigger on something I have wanted to do for years. I don't want to be the boss anymore. I am turning some things over to the universe to control. It's made it for centuries before I exsisted, and I feel certain that it doesn't need me to boss it around now.