June 14th, 2009

happy flowers

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10-12 years ago I helped my boyfriend (now husband) dread his hair. We didn't know what we were doing, and took someone's advice to twist them up and use wax. Needless to say the outcome was not good-the dreads were sticky and gross and greasy and I hated them and he cut them off and has had a shaved head ever since. This experience gave me a bad opinion of dreads for a long time. I was wrong and now I know better. This website's memories section was a wealth of info, and gave me a new perspective on dreadlocks. So for the last 4 days, I've been backcombing my hair. My husband finished it last night, 62 total. Our arms are sore, I can't believe how much they cramped up!

My reasons for doing this are:
1) I hate taking care of my curly hair. It is nice enough looking when I maintain it, but why should I have to? Too many products and too much time combing out knots- no more!

2) I am a control-freak, a perfectionist. I'm not sure where this came from as I was once carefree and not so picky about everything, but either way, it is how I am. I don't want to be like that anymore, I want to let some stuff go and relax. I have a 5 yr. old and 15 month old twins, I need to get over my perfectionist issues! This seemed like the perfect way to force myself to face this image of myself I try to uphold, and let it go and just be me. I need to take this journey.

3)My hair seems perfect for dreading. Not as perfect as my husband's, but ringlets make it start to dread on its own, especially underneath, so why keep fighting it?

So I began my journey...
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