Today at work, some new(ish) girl was sitting beside me. After about a half an hour, this is loosely what the conversation was:
Her: Do you not comb your hair?
Me: No I do not.
Her: Are you trying to have dreadlocks
Me: Yes, I am
Her: *smugly* Are they falling out?
At that point I try to explain that they're not falling out, they just haven't finished forming themselves yet, that I've had them before, and the whole thing about having hard water and losing patience so I T&R'd them to get them started when she interrupts with:
Her: Dreadlocks are bad for your hair.
Me: ... If you use harsh methods or fill your hair with chemicals they could be, but as a rule no they
Her: *interrupting* No, they're bad for your hair, it makes your hair break
Me: No, it doesn't
Her: Yes they do too, they make your hair break, and if you don't comb it they don't get all the nutrients it needs and they break
Me: ... No, no they don't. I know people (Brian Fair, SoaringEagle <3, and some guy who's name I don't remember) who've had dreadlocks for over 20 years and they've had no issues
Her: *smugly, and pointing at herself* Cosmetology school
Are you fucking kidding me? Your few months in some community beauty college trump 60 combined years of experience? I didn't say this hahaha, I just quit talking to her. She did say after that "You know that for dreadlocks you have to put glue in your hair" I told her that no, you most certainly did not and that the only reason to do that would be if you wanted your hair to be disgusting.
It was a learning experience that there's no reason to stress over others ignorance, just try and talk to them as long as you can, and if it gets stressful, walk away. I'm doing my best to be more positive (in general) and dreads are helping me do that (as I knew they would).
A little off topic, but much love for everyone on here.
updated by @highlordmugfug: 02/14/15 06:15:07AM