Dreadlocks: 2013 Update
Hi everyone!!! I hope the new year started with a bang for all of you! It definitely has for me. I have some new projects I’m going to focus on and I’m re-vamping a few old projects, like this blog. I hope you like my new background theme.
I’m also going to start this year of dreadlocks blogging with a dreadlocks update. Ta-daaaaa…
Yep, I finally got new pictures of my dreadies. I’ve been running and hiding from the camera for the past 5 months. But 2013 and a promise to a fellow blogger hog-tied me down. So, here I go go….
As you can see in the 2nd photo, my dreads are forming well and my curls are starting to disappear. But I still have a lot of shrinkage. My hair actually reaches past my collarbone when I pull it straight. This shrinking business is so frustrating. I wish I could whip my hair into shape. <sigh>
I want my long dreads. Yep, I have no problems saying it. I don’t like my look with short dreads. Not to mention styling was soooo much easier with longer dreads.
I will also admit, I’ve been considering taking out my dreads. I’ve been having a lot of curly hair/straight hair envy lately. I keep on seeing beautiful black girls with long, straight, luscious hair and I just want it, even though I know I can’t have it without extensions. But my mind still wants it. Here goes another sigh hahaha
And now for one more complaint: dem fairy knots are getting on my last nerves. I wish I could whip them into shape too. Ok, so seriously, I’m not a violent person, but my hair, ooo …
So, now for the positive side of my dreadlocks journey (because you know I’m all into positivity).
1. I’m getting the knack of washing my hair with BS + ACV. Maybe it’s because I’m getting used to it. Either way, I no longer mind washing my hair with such a watery solution. And I’m figuring out which methods suit me better. It’s like I’m finishing my de-programming process.
2. My itching is nearly non-existent. Yeah!!! I never thought the day would come where I could actually write that with a serious face.
3. Dreadlocks are allowing me to indulge in my laziness. Seriously, not having to fight with natural hair everyday is a blessing. Permed hair messed me up. It deserves to be added to the “immediate gratification” conspiracy theory.
Ok, enough joking around… I had my one-year dreadlocks anniversary in December. Yeah!!! So, one year into this journey I can honestly say I don’t regret embarking on it.
On Christmas day, my younger cousin told a group of us that he wanted to get some dreads. And a couple of people vehemently told him no. His response was, he wants to have the experience, and if it doesn’t look good he can easily cut it off, but at least he will have had the experience. I had to admire him for that. He’s only in high school and yet his wisdom outshines many older people I know.
So, I may sound frustrated at times. But I get frustrated with every style, because none of them are perfect. They all have their advantages and disadvantages. This is what I’m learning. And I’m learning to live with who I am, in the moment.
That’s all for now. Wishing you all love and happiness. xx