middle-aged newbie dreadhead
Hi! I am 55 and started my dreds 4 years ago. They are completely natural. I just quit combing (on July 14 '07!)I also worried about the workplace. I kept my hair pulled back during the messy phase ... I was working for a conservative company, and had to keep a low profile ha ha! So, I used a scrunchie or bunned it the best I could. Used a soft head band too. People would tell me that my hair would not dred .. that I didn't have the kind of hair that would dred .. people kept trying to get me to do different things ... people critiqued me behind my back saying things like "she's trying to be black" and so on. My mom was real cool about the whole thing .. but, well she's cool .. ! You are going to encounter all kinds of stuff positive and negative. I was so fortunate to have a close friend who encouraged me and led me in a good direction ... i feel my dreds are his dreds too ... he saw them be born
SO i advise to have patience, enjoy the process (i smiled a lot!) I wish you the best! Let me know if i can help! Blessings to you!