have some recognizable dreads now! I think I have around a dozen or so real dreads. I backcombed one in (you can kinda see it, it's the one sticking straight up at the front top of the orange section, with a blunted tip), but I really, really don't like the look or feel of it nearly as much as the dreads that have formed by themselves--so as much as my impatience is beginning to get to me, I'm gonna keep letting my hair do its own thing.
My biggest frustration thus far has been that only the top back of my head and the orange section have been dreading, but I've found a couple dreads in the left side of my hair, the brown stuff I was beginning to think wasn't going to do anything without some help.
About a week ago, a woman came into the store I work at and actually asked me if I was doing dreadlocks. SCORE, someone actually RECOGNIZED what my hair is doing!! She said she used to have dreadlocks down past her butt, but got rid of them when she had her kid. Others have given me shit about it--comments about letting the cats play in my hair too much, or making fun of me for looking like I just rolled out of bed (which is usually true when people say it, I'm on a flipped sleep schedule because my work shift is 6pm-1am, so I sleep through the day and usually wake up around 5pm). I know my boss' mom thinks I look awful, but she's nice enough about it anyway. Really, no one's been rude, which was one of my biggest concerns before I started letting my hair go. And my boss' mom has been pretty cool about it when I explain the difference between her idea of dreads (started with food products, never washed, etc) and the reality of my dreads, and many other people's dreads.
Anyhoo, that's enough text, have a couple more photos:( Collapse )