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Melanie2
@melanie2
5 years ago
99 posts

I guess after 7 years with my dreads I don't care so much about other people's opionions, I'm not sure I ever really did. I used to be Agoraphobic, which is a fear of being around alot of people, crowds...being judged by those people or embarrassed in front of them. I think it's helped alot with those fears as well as the passing of alot of time. I still get bad days when someone's remark will cut me to the bone...when my son tells me that his class mates mother said that I look like a tramp (bum/homeless person) WhatI find funny about people's remarks is that they have failed to examine their own image and critique upon that.

I have not had any major spiritual awakenings, or any kind of epiphany...butI have found alot of things that I am interested in. I guess I have a greater interest in learning about everything than I used to. That's probably more to do with age. : )


updated by @melanie2: 07/22/15 12:17:11PM
Amelia Nantume Marie Mayer
@amelia-marie-dreadybear
5 years ago
18 posts

Hey, what a great question to ask!

I have become waaaaay more self-confident. This might be too out there, but I'm gonna say it anyway:

I have always felt that shaving my legs and arm pits was sexist and totally unnecessary. Sooo, after having my dreads for a couple years, and gaining all that self-confidence, I have become much more comfortable with my whole entire body, as well as my thoughts. I have gained the confidence to walk around campus in shorts/skirts and raise my hand in class in a tank top, and now when people stare, it cracks me up! They have NO idea what's going on! It's great!

But aside from that, my dreads really have helped me mature a lot. I live in a pretty conservative town, and people have confronted me about my dreads quite often (thankfully more are simply trying to figure out what my hair is up to rather than insulting me!), so it has forced me to talk to lots of people I wouldn't normally be in contact with.

I also feel much more beautiful. I used to dye my hair all sorts of wacky colors, and it was sleek and very straight. It did not flatter my face at all. Now I have a sweet little fro of frizzies crowning my flowing locks, and i feel like a goddess some days!

Along with gaining self-confidence, I have been able to wear anything I like, even if it looks like trash to someone else. I don't wear makeup anymore, and haven't plucked my eyebrows inyears. I just feel so much more wholesome. It's for sure the best decision i have ever made. I feel like it has also taught me how to be humble, and how to not get hurt from things rude people might do or say.

So what about you? Would love to hear!

-Amelia

Timmy Carlsen
@timmy-carlsen
5 years ago
2 posts

ive only had mine for a little over a week and the only thing ive noticed is that people stopped calling me sir at work and now its just dude or man but its ok i prefer it like that

Farrash
@farrash
5 years ago
6 posts

ive gotten more PATIENCE!haha but that happends when your hair does its own thing.also ive wanted to be healthier.something about not putting crap in your hair(hair spray, gel ect.)makes me not want to put crap in my body in general:)

Angel Frye
@angel-frye
5 years ago
409 posts

Allowing my hair to lock up has provided me with insight as to just WHY I have always fought my curls so much. Answer: those blasted magazines, TV, and other media which try to tell us what beautiful is.

My husband hates my new look and although it's only three months along I am locking up fast and I am also letting my 50% gray grow out. I am 31 years old and nearly gray. I quit dying my hair, quit using all the nasty alcohol based shampoos which damaged my hair so much, and have learned to love the quirky pattern my hair goes through on days 1-4 between shampoos. I can look at my hair in the mirror and tell what day I'm on and when I'll need to wash it again just so it'll tame down a bit.

And so, instead of fighting my Scottish/Irish/Jewish 'fro of curls I have embraced them and let them be as naughty/knotty as they want. I love them.

I've also started admiring dreadies when we cross paths in stores. There's this one guy who works in our local Target ... yum. Anyway!!! lol. This is a great discussion. I think we can all agree that letting our hair do it's own wicked thing has freed us from a certain amount of vanity.

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
5 years ago
2,730 posts

I love that you mentioned how they have made you talk to more people. It really is that way. People that normally would never talk to you come up ask have all sorts of questions. Once you get started one the topic of you locks, it's easier to transition into a different topic.

Don't feel odd at all about bringing up not shaving or plucking. My girlfriend only shaves her legs once in a while, and more so in the summer because she'll sweat. She might not have locks anymore, but she's still a beautiful dirty hippie anyway.

And as for having a crown, get a picture of yourself with the sun behind you at around 6 in the afternoon. Thats the perfect time to take pictures anyway (called the golden hour. it changes with the seasons). As the light passes through your hair it'll look like a halo or aura surrounding your head

Amelia Nantume Marie Mayer said:

Hey, what a great question to ask!

I have become waaaaay more self-confident. This might be too out there, but I'm gonna say it anyway:

I have always felt that shaving my legs and arm pits was sexist and totally unnecessary. Sooo, after having my dreads for a couple years, and gaining all that self-confidence, I have become much more comfortable with my whole entire body, as well as my thoughts. I have gained the confidence to walk around campus in shorts/skirts and raise my hand in class in a tank top, and now when people stare, it cracks me up! They have NO idea what's going on! It's great!

But aside from that, my dreads really have helped me mature a lot. I live in a pretty conservative town, and people have confronted me about my dreads quite often (thankfully more are simply trying to figure out what my hair is up to rather than insulting me!), so it has forced me to talk to lots of people I wouldn't normally be in contact with.

I also feel much more beautiful. I used to dye my hair all sorts of wacky colors, and it was sleek and very straight. It did not flatter my face at all. Now I have a sweet little fro of frizzies crowning my flowing locks, and i feel like a goddess some days!

Along with gaining self-confidence, I have been able to wear anything I like, even if it looks like trash to someone else. I don't wear makeup anymore, and haven't plucked my eyebrows inyears. I just feel so much more wholesome. It's for sure the best decision i have ever made. I feel like it has also taught me how to be humble, and how to not get hurt from things rude people might do or say.

So what about you? Would love to hear!

-Amelia

Summer Opal
@summer-opal
5 years ago
9 posts

Hey,

So I know I am only about 1 week and 3 days into my journey but I have noticed a big change in myself. I am a lot more confident and have noticed a really big change in wanting to take care of myself a lot better. I have beenthinking becoming a vegetarian.I feel that will make me closer to where I want to be. Its crazy. I grew up with a family that was very far away from that. Now when I go out to eat I get my normal stuff and feel sick, because I think about what if this animal was my cat. =[

I know this is rambling but now that I feel more confident with myself because I love the way my dreads look I want my body to feel the same.

I hope this makes sence. Let me know if it doesn't. Haha

-Summer

Nicholas janousek
@nicholas-janousek
5 years ago
50 posts

Oh man this post got a lot more replies than i thought it would xD but these are all great and a relate with a majority of what you guys are saying I guess no matter who we are our minds are gonna kinda go in the same direction kinda but yeah I'm about to be on my 7 months and i just started really thinking about it doesnt feel like Ive been dreading for that long it feels like just yesterday i stopped brushing but then I'll start to look through some of the pictures I've taken over the months and its weird to watch the change as amall as they may be its still a change and is still going today and while they change I'm doing the same. As my dreads change and grow so does my mind, body, and spirit I'm almost a completely different person than who I was and I feel like I'm finding myself and becoming who I am meant to be in this world

and sorry it took so long to reply on this havent been on much lately schools been very busy lately lol but lets see if we can get some more? :]

Baba Fats
@baba-fats
5 years ago
2,730 posts

I hear you with school being busy. I used to be on a few times a day. I'd check every new post and reply as I pleased. The past few weeks have been murder with test after test and lab reports and all sorts of other work to do.

But I know the feeling of looking back at old picks. My locks were really short when they matured. It's fun to look at how they grew over time. When I first started growing them, they were only a few inches long. Now each one is about a foot or longer. It's really great. I can't wait till they are waist length

Angel Frye
@angel-frye
5 years ago
409 posts

What's really insane is when you transform from a "must have the appropriate amount of bounce to my curl!" kinda girl to a frizzy halo beads-in-hair chick. Nuts. I mean, that kind of stress will wear you out. Granted, the first few months have been kinda nerve wrecking with worrying about ingredients and such but now that I've got my routine down pat it's like I can sit back and enjoy The Frizz Show. lol And yeah, looking through those old pics from a few months ago is insane. I can't believe my hair was that short and curly and now it's down to my shoulders.

I love not worrying about how my hair will look if/ when I lay down if I lay down a certain way without protecting my hair. I couldn't do that before. I am much more easy going. You learn to let go of all that anal retentive mirror watching behavior.

 
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