March 25th, 2007

let's retouch the topic of separating...again

I want dreadlocks for the rest of my life. Well, that's how I'm feeling at the moment. I've had them for 2.5 years, and so far, it's the best thing that has ever happened to my hair. I always figured I'd cut them off when I grow up and get a real job (just a maturity thing), but right now, I'm not too keen on that. I want to have them forever!
I have this idea that thinner dreads are more "professional looking" than bigger ones. Anyone agree or disagree with me on this? I'd love to hear opinions. If my original thought is true, then I have some work to do on the fat motherfuckers in my hair. There are a few thin ones, mostly in the front, but in the back, a bunch grew together at the beginning of their lives and now are huge and awesome and are not coming undone. They're tight and thick. I love them! So, in planning for the future, I would either have to:
a) cut off all the dreads and start over--which would suck because they're gonna look awful for at least a year until they begin to mature
b) comb out/cut a minimal amount of the few fat motherfuckers and form them into two or three smaller dreads each. This was my dad's idea.
I am leaning toward the last one. My plan is to cut off about two-thirds of the foot-long dread, combing out the remains, and backcombing into smaller ones. I don't think it'll be too noticable--they're in the middle of the back of my head, kind of the underside. Also, that hair has grown the fastest over the past few years, so I'm not too worried about it being ridiculously short for too long. I would have to separate 5 or 6 dreads in all.
I'm nervous about doing this myself! my friends might help me, but I think I'll wait and go see Lish this summer out west. Best to leave things like this to the semi-professional.
So, to recap:
-What size dreads look most professional?
-Does this seem like a sound plan to separate?
-Lish, I'm gonna come visit you!
-Here's a recent picture of me inside St. Patrick's Cathedral in NYC:
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