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» Mama's Dreads
Started letting my hair lock after the birth of my first child. Three & a half years later and expecting my third anytime now. Natural free-form dreadlocks.
Lovely, Donna! Thank you for sharing your words of wisdom.
That's wussup! Great journey
My hair was very long before I started locking it. It was past my hips. I had been growing it for 10 years. I cut my first set of dreadlocks when I met my husband 10 years prior to started these dreads, and had been growing my hair ever since, only trimming the tips to maintane good health and promote growth.After the birth of our son in 2010 I let it start locking. My straight hair was so long it was almost unmanagable. I had to fight the dread every day with untangling, brushing and conditioning. Too much maintenance especially with a new baby to care for. I couldn't bear cutting the hair I had been growing since falling in love and it was so long that locking it up seemed the most natural thing to do. So I decided to stop fighting the dread and let it do its own thing. It shrunk up to a third of its length in the locking process but has started growing long again. It has been three and a half years now into locking.Dreads may not be for everyone, but I love mine and I receive compliments on them all the time. Taking the time to answer peoples questions (though sometimes tiring and repetative) is important. I know all the stereotypes and stigma associated with dreadlocks and I dont get offended by people's questions. It is merely ignorance and possibly a few dirty deadheads that they have encountered that have tarnished their views. But after speaking with people I feel like they have a much better understanding and appreciation for dreadlocks. Most conversations end with "they are very beautiful."It seems hard for people to believe that my hair did this on its own by simply no longer brushing and conditioning. I find people are curious about how I wash and care for my locs. A compliment I often receive is how clean my hair is. So I always take the time to explain how I wash with baking soda and acv, and condition with jojoba oil, and how I never ever put anything in them (like wax, honey, ash and/or any other bizarre things people may think go into locs)I always try to give good advice to young dreads just starting out and people interested in dreading and refer them to this site. Most of all I tell people it's all about patience. Dreading is a journey. It takes time. The first year is the hardest. That's when you have doubts that your locs will ever look the way you imagine. But hold on and have faith and your locs will mature. They will be yours. No two heads of locs would or could be the same. Embrace and accept your locs.
Great dreads! I just had my first son in Feb. And just started my freeform journey my hair needs to grow more
but your dreads are ideal!! And beautiful congrats on the fam and the dreads
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