First blog: Why I chose dreadlocks
I thought I posted a blog already sort of explaining why I started to do dreadlocks but I guess it did not post so now I am going to try it again.
I started my dreadlocks on March 11, 2013 after thinking about them for many months before going through with it. I tried the backcomb method, TnR method and now am finally going to just do the neglect.
I will not lie, I used to think that dreadlocks were really gross...I had heard so many horror stories about them. I have always struggled with my hair. It is naturally curly (super curly in spots and only wavy in others) so I have been straightening my hair since I was 11 years old!! This has been extremely harmful on my hair so after it grew to my chin I would cut it off, and I mean SHORT! I have never liked my hair...especially long because it is just too much maintenance.
Then I met my husband and he loves long hair...so I decided to grow it out, however I feel so awkward with long hair unless it is pulled back in a ponytail. So after growing my hair for 4 years it just stopped growing once it got to my shoulders...it was so damaged from being washed daily (it is extremely oily) and straightened daily (if worn down).
Back in October 2012 I saw a guy who was about my age and he had dreadlocks pulled back in a tie and then tied again in the middle because they were sooooo long and I became fascinated. They were so gorgeous! So I started researching and fell in love.
The first loc I had, I had backcombed and it looked good at first but then turned all gross looking...so I took it out. Then I decided that I would twist n rip one and it eventually unraveled so I decided that going all natural was definitely for me...especially considering that I feel a person looks their best when they are in their natural state (no make up, natural hair, etc.).
Since I have started my dreads I have gained more confidence in myself and have truly started to love who I am. I have been able to understand people for who they are and accept that. I am currently working myself up to a full 2-3 week detox fast as I want the best for my body. I am growing so much mentally, emotionally and spiritually and it feels amazing!
My hair is still sectioning itself out but you can tell it is doing what it is supposed to be doing!!! I love not using shampoo or conditioner as they were so expensive!! Instead I just use the baking soda wash and ACV rinse. What a difference that made with my oily hair and my scalp has NEVER been so clean and healthy! I was only washing once every 3-4 days, however, I noticed that the progress was verrrrry slow as far as my hair knotting up so I have gone back to washing daily or every other day and it is a definite difference. I love it so much.
Well this is my explanation why I started dreadlocks. If you have any questions, feel free to ask