Its actually something I've been thinking about off and on for months, but now I know it just has to be done.
There are a lot of reasons that got me here...
I used to be one of those people who changed her hair on a weekly/monthly basis. Different cuts, styles, colours, etc. I dont have as much versatility with my dreads as I used to with straight hair. My dreads arent easy to dye. I used to like using veggie dyes a lot and now I cant get my dreads to bleach blonde enough to be able to use them.
Strangely enough, I am also starting to miss my curly hair. Not to sound cocky, but it was really thick and quite pretty. I never thought I'd say this, but I do miss that.
And I know how a lot of people in this community feel about synth dreads, but I run a successful synthetic dread extension business. I'd like to be able to wear my own products. Heh. Yes, I know synth dreads can be added to natural dreads, I do it all the time. But I find there are more limitations, and I'd like to be able to switch it up more often.
My dreads used to mean something to me. I replied in a previous post about how I started my dreads to show that my father no longer controlled me and that I could make my own decisions.
Well, I'm far past that now. He's been dead for 4 years and I am well past his reign. I know this is hard to understand for people who have a good relationship with their parents, but I dont even really think of my father anymore. My life began when he died and my dreads were to show that, but now 4 years I have bigger and more important ways to show that.
They just dont mean as much as they used to. They are sort of an empty shell now. They once had intense meaning to me, but now not so much. I feel like I dont need to show that my father doesnt control me anymore because he was part of a life so long ago that I dont even think about it. Being freed from jail is only a novelty for so long, then you just accept it as the norm. You have the memory of where you once were, but its not as strong as your first few years of freedom.
I dont know how easy that is for other people to understand, but thats basically how I've been feeling.
So far I've combed out 10 dreads. They take about a half hour each. The thinner once are easier, the thicker ones sometimes take longer. My hair is actually pretty healthy under there.
I was a wax user, and I'll be honest, even combing out my dreads, I'm not really finding anything gross in there. Just a lot of loose hair, thats about it. And some pillow fluffs. Haha.
My hair is really long too. Combed out, its about bra strap length whereas my dreads are only chin-shoulder length. Its amazing how much my hair shrunk up inside those dreadies!