Greetings from Los Angeles.
I guess I should start by saying my name is Joseph and I am 26 years old, pleasure to meet you all.
As long as I can remember I've always loved dreadlocks, even as a child seeing them made me feel happy and I never knew why.
I have almost always had long hair, I remember when I was maybe 8 years old I had it all shaved off. I cried for hours I felt like I lost a piece of myself.
When I was in middle school I had some friends that where African, I was one of the few Caucasian children at my school. One day I had told them I loved dreadlocks and wanted to get them one day. Thats about where our friendship ended, apparently since I was white I wasnt allowed to have them in their eyes. For a long time after that experience it haunted me. That was until I learned that its not only African culture, but human culture.
For many years I always assumed with my blonde hair it just wouldnt look good until one day I saw a man with gorgeous blonde dreads.
I told myself that night that one day I would dread my hair that was almost 10 years ago. What has been a burden on me has been work and family.
My mother pushes me to do everything I want that makes me happy but my father is not quite as lenient. However its time to make myself happy, not him anymore.
As it stands my hair is very long, about down to my shoulder blades. After reading lots of stuff via this site I want to let it dread through neglect but I willl have problems with my job at that point. I talked to my boss and she doesnt care if I have dreadlocks, nor does she care if my hair is long and taken well care of like it is now. The one problem she has it that its going to look nappy for 6 months to a year, that was kind of the deal breaker. What would be the best method in my case? Is it viable for me to just backcomb? If I had more money saved I would quit now, Id like to just travel but I dont have enough money saved yet. Just under 1/2 way there. I really want to start them and have time for them to mature over the next year or two before I start to travel.
updated by @irie: 07/11/16 04:22:26PM