june tenth: my dreads are six months today.
some quick math: an average person has 100,000 hair follicles on their head. i have a dreadhawk, which accounts for an estimated 3/5 of a head of hair, so 60,000 of my follicles are involved in my dreadlocks. the average human loses 50-100 hairs daily from a full head of hair, which means i drop 30-60 hairs per day into my dreads, or 5,460-10,920 hairs over a period of six months. so, according to this, my dreads are now 9-18% heavier than my 'hawk alone would have been. :D
anyhow, ( comparative & new pics behind this cut!Collapse )
now, a story:
this is a dreadlock from the head of beth smallwood.
she was the first girl i knew (or even saw close-up) with dreads. she started them at the beginning of our senior year, 1995, & her locks were amazing - solid, totally un-frizzy, soft hairs & rock hard knots at the same time. i remember she went about a month doing nothing at all, & after that was constantly found rolling them in her fingers during class. she used blue twist-ties to help separate the roots & always wore one of the cute tiny bandannas she cut herself from scrap cloth. she had a single bangs dreadlock, about 2" long & 1/2" around, that she wore out the front of the bandanna. her dreads became fat enough that she wore several finger rings on them, & nothing else, for decoration.
she ended up cutting them off a few weeks before we graduated because, i'm told, she was impatient with her undercut growing out & also wanted thinner locks. she gave them all away, & i wound up with one of the best.
i started my first set about a year after beth chopped hers (& kept them five times as long, heh). if i hadn't moved eight hundred miles from her by then, i would've asked for her help. as it was, i had to learn everything on my own - i've posted before about how very little dreadlock information was available on the web at that point - but it was a good experience overall, as evidenced by my return to dreads this year.
to beth smallwood: if you ever happen upon this post via egocentric google'ing or any similar method, know what a positive influence you've been on my self-image. dreads are me. & i didn't know that until i held one of yours.
(ps to beth: then email me, you bitch.)
& speaking of dread-love... ( click one more time.Collapse )
yay for half-year locks! enjoy.