Hello, SoulFlowers! Guess what? My dreadlocks turned 2 years old in May of this year. Woot! They’re still growing longer and getting thicker, which makes me very happy. To celebrate this milestone in hair, I’ve created a video showing the progression of my dreadlocks. This is also the first video that I tried morphing software. It’s not great, but it’s not too bad for my first try. I hope you all enjoy seeing the progression. I’ve also included pictures in this post, after the video.
Hello, lovelies! Last month was the start of my new hair journey. After having sat on the thought of growing dreadlocks (which I’ll be calling “locs”) for about 3 years, I’m finally ready. I’m all about having low maintenance hair, so I’ve decided to grow my locs using the “freeform” method. But first, a little hairstory.
My hair never behaved. NEVER. I attempted different hair styles throughout the years, and most looked “okay”. Nothing great. I used to have “straight-ish” hair. I say “straight-ish” because even with a perm, my hair would not get “stick straight”. The only time I had completely straight hair was when I went to the hair salon. After my second trip to the hair salon (my first was when I was 9 years old and it was a disaster), I had very straight hair. Unfortunately, I also had a raw scalp. I was, and still am “tender-headed“, which is somewhat of a sin in black-owned hair salons. I went to the salon with hair that already had a red tint, so I ended up with orange hair instead of blonde. It didn’t bother me, though. Since I was in my “alternative, grunge” moment, the orange hair suited me just fine.
After years of dyeing, frying and laying my hair to the side, my hair went on strike and said, “Fuck you! I can’t do it anymore!”. I deserved it too, because I put my hair through hell – bleaching, dyeing, AND straightening with a perm. My hair had had enough. It got to the point where it couldn’t even hold a curl. Styling my severely damaged hair was out of the question. That was the day in 1998, that I told my roommate to cut off ALL of my hair. I said, “Fuck it”, went bald and loved every minute of it! So low-maintennance, so free. This is also when I realized how important hair was to some people, especially men. Most of the women complimented me; the men absolutely HATED it. But I knew that my hair would grow back and since I don’t need anyone’s approval concerning my hair, their cries went in one ear and out the other.
**FUBAR: Fucked Up Beyond All Repair (or Recognition).
So, for 17 years I’ve worn my hair in its natural texture (I still dyed my hair, of course). It was a fresh start for my hair, and even though I dyed it, it was still a lot healthier than before. It also helped that I didn’t use heat on my hair. For the past 2 years though, I did blow out my hair occasionally. Since I could never blow-dry my hair completely straight, I just ended up with big hair. And I LOVE big hair! Not dirty hair. Not unhealthy hair. BIG hair.
I was never one to “do” my hair, meaning I couldn’t be bothered with styling my hair after I went natural. Too much work and too much fuss for me. It’s too bad, because there are some fabulous, natural hairstyles that black women wear. But I’m just too lazy and too impatient. I only bleached and dyed my hair on the weekends since it took a bit of work.
So, here we are. Last month on May 1, 2015 was the last day I picked up my comb. And my pick. And my conditioner. With my loose, natural hair I didn’t use shampoo, but conditioner instead (known as the “no-poo” method). Except for washing out the bleach in order to dye my hair, I used conditioner to wash my hair. If you have naturally curly or kinky hair, I highly suggest the “no-poo” method. Way less drying than shampoo. But with locs, I now use shampoo – no conditioner. I’m going with freeform locs, so right now all I’m doing is washing and separating my hair.
If you are thinking about growing dreadlocks or just want to learn more about them, there are 2 websites that I highly recommend: Dreadlocks Site and Raging Roots Studio. Both of these sites are educational and have wonderful advice concerning growing natural dreads (natural meaning no wax or other added chemicals that are unnecessary).
Each month, I will post a progress report on my locs. One thing that I’m hoping to learn from growing locs is patience. Growing dreadlocks can be a long process and some people say, a huge learning experience. I also know that my hair is not going to look “pretty” at times, but that’s part of the process.