In my previous post, I wrote about the struggles I’ve had with my hair since Rowan was born. It might seem silly, but my hair has been a source of anxiety for the past (almost) year and a half. In recent months, I’ve become hyperaware that A LOT of my brain space has been taken up by thoughts of “What am I going to do with my hair today?” And it’s not in the fun way, like I’m excited to figure out how I’m going to style it. No, it’s out of frustration for being at a loss for how to make it look presentable and not like I just got done rubbing my head against helium balloons. There’s a daily occurrence of me running to the bathroom for 15 minutes just to get ready to go for a walk while my husband and son play joyfully without me. I HATE missing out on this. I can’t stand that I feel like I’m trading in some of my time because I’m so concerned with my hair – how ridiculous! It seems insane now that I’ve typed it out, but the anxiety is very real to me.
I love the idea of dreadlocks because you wake up every morning, and your hair is the same. Every. Morning. I LOVE that. That’s what I’m seeking. I mean, I love the look of them, too – of course – but I just love that my focus won’t ever have to be on my hair. It won’t have power over me anymore! Freedom!
Also, fun fact: dreadlocks go all the way back to biblical times with Samson. He had these massive dreadlocks that were thought to be the source of his immense strength. When Delilah cut them, he lost all of this power…#christiandreadheads
Anyways, it isn’t lost on me that I might not seem like the “type” to get dreadlocks…I’m a mom. I’m white. I have a pretty ordinary life. I’m not really “alternative,” though I can tend to be a bit of a hippie – I am a yoga teacher, after all. But none of that matters to me. When I think about what I look like or when I’m walking up to a mirror, I intuitively imagine myself with dreadlocks. It’s so weird! And I’m always disappointed when my reflection reminds me I don’t have them. I think it’s going to be a way for me to be true to myself, much the same as people with tattoos all over their bodies. It’s just self-expression.
I honestly don’t remember how I stumbled upon dreadlocks as a viable option for me. I do know that I follow a few people on social media who I’ve always admired as having really cool dreadlocks that look pretty and clean. I’ve done hours and hours of research over the last month about getting dreadlocks done professionally, caring for them, their history…and all that jazz.
In case you’ve ever considered it, are on the fence about getting dreadlocks, or are merely interested in why people do this to their hair, here are the videos I watched to get educated about dreadlocks, and they ultimately helped me make the informed decision to dread my hair.
Pros & Cons of Dreadlocks
How To Make Dreadlocks
Maintenance & Care
I’ll be documenting my dread journey once I have them installed, so stay tuned!
Do you or anyone you know have dreadlocks? Leave a comment below!