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Accepting my dreads for who they are

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By: Tessa Smith
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For four months of my dreading process I wore synthetic dreadlocks in my hair to make my hair appear longer instead of doing the right thing; what I should've done from the start... accept my short dreads for what they were. I feel as if by wearing those synthetic dreadlocks I've missed out on the growth of my own dreadlocks and being able to see them mature and become the dreadies they are today. When I go back to reminisce about my dreadlock experience from day one, I won't be able to look at pictures of MY dreadlocks, all I have are pictures with the synthetic dreads .

When I started dreading my hair back in January my hair was just barely touching my shoulders. As they got older they started shrinking which I knew was going to happen but I figured I would accept it better then I did. I was self conscience of my short dreads and felt that wearing synthetic dreadlocks would be the only way to feel less embarrassed. By the time my dreadlocks were six months I finally decided to take out the synthetic dreadlocks. Even cut off a dreadlock on accident while trying to take out one of the synthetic dreads.

I'm so sorry dreadlocks for everything I put you through. I now love you for the dreadlocks you are and regret even putting those nasty things in my hair to begin with. The one thing that I will truly miss is being able to watch my dreadlocks blossom in to the beauty they are today. Although they still have a ton of growing to do, I will love them for the dreadies they are.

☮ soaring eagle ॐ
04/01/18 07:19:16PM @soaring-eagle:

@jahman wearing a hat during the early stage will just make that tage last til you stop wearing the hat

it can prevent it from ever dreding and just staying messy

Castaway J
10/03/11 01:04:17AM @castaway-j:

that poor lock :(

Tessa Smith
07/30/11 12:49:57AM @tessa-smith:

It's definitely been a difficult transformation from medium length dreadlocks to short dreadlocks. I get a lot of heads turning, but I just tell myself that one day they are going to be long and pretty! Good luck on your short dreads I'll be looking to see how they're coming along. =)

07/29/11 03:43:04PM @elaureng:

Thank you so much for writing this. My hair is barely touching my shoulders now, and I am less than two months into the process. I am nervous about not liking my hair when it starts to shrink up. I know it may sound silly, but I could almost get a little teary/choked up reading this because I can totally relate to the feelings that lead you to get synthetics. Your acceptance of your shorter dreads inspires me to try and do the same. Congratulations on your journey to acceptance! Best wishes!

Tessa Smith
07/28/11 02:29:54AM @tessa-smith:

Thank you, I only wish I knew before I decided to put them in, and I'm going to tell everyone I hear thinking about putting synthetics dreads in to reconsider. I cannot wait till they're long though it's definitely something I look forward too. :)

☮ soaring eagle ॐ
07/27/11 04:16:32PM @soaring-eagle:

oh i love this and my dreads started off very very short too and were funny as hell but i loved watching them grow from tiny lil stubs the size of my pinky to mighty long locks a foot past my toes

i try to explain this to everyone wanrting extentions

but they rarely get it

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