July 25th, 2010


Month 1

Yesterday my dreaddies turned 1 month old. It's been an interesting month and I'm really liking them. They are dreading really nicely. I'm realizing that as they tighten they're definitely getting thinner. That's OK as I like thin dreads. Plus I have thin hair so it's to be expected anyway.

This past week I've been palmrolling a lot and doing a bit of root rubbing (can't remember if that's the right term) and separating. I'm not able to do my entire head in one day...but that's mostly because it just takes too long. So I'm trying to make sure I get each of them in turn. I just have to remember to keep on working on the ones in the back as they've been quite neglected.

I have a lot in the back that have loops but I know that those will go away with time.

I love them so much! I've even reached a point where I can sucessfully ignore my mother's "ugh!" every time she sees them. lol My husband has stopped saying that they're not dreading, especially since most of them are tight enough that you can see the individual dread a lot better when they're all together. Though I did discover one that needed a lot of work (it's a skinny one that has too much loose hair hanging around it). That one I've been working on getting the hair around it to dread into it (I rub the hairs around it into the dread with my fingers and palmroll a lot. It's hard to explain but it is helping).

I'm so loving this journey. I can't wait to see how they'll look in a month! hehe

Here's a pic:

Month 1

four and a half years!

I had to take like, 10 pictures to finally get the full length in the shot.

I keep saying I'm going to make a timeline post, but honestly, I've been saying that since probably my 2 year mark, so I think it's safe to say, don't expect a timeline. Someday, maybe. For now, please enjoy my current love of/obsession with tying my hair into bows.
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Thought I had my dream job...

Evenin' everyone! I posted here a couple of times last fall when I started my dreadlock journey. I started backcombing when my hair was about 3 inches long, a grown-out pixie cut, and everyone, including myself, was surprised at how quickly they began forming in such short hair. I was so happy with how I looked and felt throughout the process, it was the first time I felt so beautiful in my whole life! My dreadlocks were about 6 months young when I painfully combed them out, but I did it for my "dream job." I got hired at the animal rescue I had been trying to get a job at for over 2 years, and was shocked when they told me I'd have to comb out my babies, but did it nonetheless, no regrets.

Until now! Of course, as life usually goes, I am no longer satisfied at this job, and have been screwed over a couple of times with my hours being reduced not being eligible for benefits, among other things. I'm very frustrated with it all, and I can't help but wish I would have been able to see the future and not have combed out my hair for this. It was so much more than a hairstyle for me- as many of us here have felt, having dreadlocks gave me a new kind of confidence I had never felt before in myself. It had been the first time I had ever been patient with anything before, and actually had seen results from my patience. And I'm so sad that I sacrificed that beautiful process of patience for a job that I no longer love. :( And I can't help but imagine how much longer they'd be now, and how they'd be maturing! They'd be a year this fall!

I will stay at this job, unfortunately, because I am in the process of being approved for a mortgage loan on my first house, and I can't quit a job during that time. However, I look forward to the day when I will be at a new job that allows me to express myself more openly, and my hair will grow together as one again!

Here were my tiny works of art I had so patiently nursed:

Sigh! Someday....

And thank you all for posting and keeping me inspired, can't wait to start my second set and I will think twice next time about where I choose to work. Have any of you had similar experiences?