They are 9 days old today. I had tried going the neglect route for about 2 weeks without a SINGLE knot forming, so I decided to go back to my original plan of backcombing, and I'm glad I did. However, since my hair does not like to tangle very easily, I'm having a couple of issues. I've got LOTS of strands that have worked their way out of dreads, and almost all of my ends are brushable again for the last 1-3 inches. But I'm not too worried.. Based on the days and days of reading I've done in the memories, I'm pretty confident my hair will sort itself out and do what it needs to do. Of course, I'm having days where I feel much less confident and want to go through and "fix" the hell out of them, but I'm resisting for the most part. This release of control is going to be good for me. I'm undergoing a serious lifestyle change lately... Deciding what I want for my life and going for it. Freedom, creativity, living outside of the norm - doing what I WANT to do instead of what everyone else tells me I have to do - are what I am finally allowing myself. Patience, and acceptance of imperfection (when it comes to myself) are two things I believe finally taking this plunge to dread my hair will help me develop. So far, this has been a very freeing experience, and I'm excited for all the stages of change to come!
Here are a ton of pictures of my journey thus far. :D
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