Has anyone ever felt ashamed of their dreads? I've had my dreads for the past five months, and I'm always been proud of them. I bounce them around everywhere I go, they're a part of me. I love my dreads, they've given me confidence and actually made me like something about myself. But, for the first time, I felt ashamed of my dirty nappy head yesterday. I was in the emergency room, being treated for burns (long story), they went up to my hairline. My dreads were in a pony tail, but as the nurse was putting cream on me, she stopped for a second, and wispered in my ear "You really need to wash your hair". She wispered it so my mother couldn't hear it, like it was something I should be ashamed of, that I have a bit of dandruff floating around, or that my hair is a bit stiff or greasy, that's just how it is. I don't wash my hair everyday, not even every week, but why should someone else tell me when I need to wash my hair? That's their standards, not mine. Still, as she bandaged me up, I couldn't help but feel ashamed of not washing my hair for a couple of weeks, that this nurse was touching my dirty hair. Maybe it was just the circumstances, but Iunno. It made me feel weird, so I thought I'd share it with the class.