My dreads are two years old today. It's been a really great journey so far, I genuinely feel that dreading my hair is one of the best things I've ever done.
Lots has changed over the past two years for me. I've moved house, I've lost over 20 stone (about 30 pounds for the non-english among us), and my professiona life has improved incredibly. My own outlook and values have also changed, I feel my locks have played more than a small part in this. I have higher self-esteem, I feel better about the way I live my life and I think I have finally rediscovered my identity. That identity is inexorably linked with my hair, as it has helped my let go of many of the attitudes I had clung to for a long time. I am now able to embrace my femininity in a way I was previously afraid of, and I no longer tie up so much of my self-esteem in my gender and sexual ambiguity. I think it's fairly safe to say that my dreads have played a major part in changing my life.
So, on to an incredibly long time line!( Collapse )