And It Begins!
A few years ago I decided that I desperately wanted dreadlocks. I've always gotten bored with my hair quickly. From my natural brown I would dye red, platinum, black, purple, fire engine red...every color you could imagine until it just wasn't enough and I'd eventually shave it all off.
First I tried crocheting it and adding my own extensions. I worked my ass off making those extensions. Crochet hooks getting stuck in my finger, my thigh! Those suckers are hard to remove, especially because I was on the floor trying not to pass out. Yeah, I faint at little things.
Those looked awful, sticking out straight all over my head. So I combed them out and then tried twist and rip. Those were better but I just couldn't leave well enough alone. I started dying them and they turned a funky red from henna. They started maturing, pulling in, especially in the back. I started to feel really ugly. It was an awful feeling, but I was also dealing with deep depression at the same time and I think it was the wrong state of mind to start with.
So after about 6 months I combed them out and went about my life.
But the idea of dreads called to me constantly. Honestly, I always wanted a big mass of African American type wild kinky curls, but I am the whitest white girl you've ever seen, with fine hair. It would never happen. And then someone mentioned dreads again. YES! DREADLOCKS! It's time.
My one concern is that I have a 10 year old daughter who is reaching that point in school where kids can be incredibly cruel. We live in a fairly conservative area where my purple hair is already a shock for her primary schoolmates. So far all the kids have only complimented my hair. I know things change in middle school though. I fear embarrassing her, but she's always been pretty secure in her momma's funkiness and she knows I'd never intentionally make her life more difficult. Luckily, I guess, I don't have to worry about a job situation because I'm a disabled veteran.
Last night I decided to get started. I didn't have any dreadlock shampoo so I used my normal Black Magic face and body soap by One Hand Washes The Other. You can find her amazing soap on Etsy. Once you try it, you'll never want to use anything else! I doubt it has residue depositing properties, but here are the ingredients. You guys know more about it than me and can give me some feedback:
-Tea Tree Oil
-Peppermint Essential Oil
-Grapefruit Essential Oil
-French Green Clay
-Activated Charcoal (bamboo)
So I scrubbed my hair with it and rinsed...and scrubbed again. I usually use a super conditioning shampoo and then spend at least 10 minutes deep conditioning. My hair has been bleached and dyed so it has a rough texture if I don't. Instead, I just dried it and went to bed.
Woke up this morning to a beautiful mess!! Light curls separating all over my head. Body and frizziness everywhere! I'm hoping this immediate sectioning bodes well for quick locking and maturing, but of course there's no way of knowing until it starts to happen.
Here we go! I'll keep you updated on progress and hopefully we'll get some changes quickly!
A picture of my normal conditioned hair (and hey, check out the pendant...I made it!)
And here is what I woke up with this morning: