1) I've recently switched to being a no_poo girl, meaning I plan to only wash my hair with baking soda and apple cider vinegar, no shampoo. Will it be OK for me to do this when I'm getting/when I have dreads, or is it important that I only use residue free shampoo?
2) Although I'm not worried about people judging me for having dreads (people judge me already, pffft) I do have a concern about what potential employers may think if they see someone with dreads turning up for an interview. At the moment I do volunteer work for a non-profit organisation and I have done so for a year, mainly working in the office handling all the admin but also doing part-time childcare at one of our orphanages. Nobody in our organisation would begrudge my dreads, in fact it'd probably be encouraged - problem is, I'm moving back to my hometown next week as I've run out of money (you can only live without a proper income for so long). I want to get a job, even if only for a few months, to save up some more money. My preferred occupation would be something in admin or a call centre, as that's where my experience lies and I did call centre work before I started volunteering full-time for our organisation. But I am concerned that, as slack and casual as call centre work can be, my prospective employers might immediately disregard me as soon as they see the dreads. I'm hoping my body of work and personality will help them to see past the hair, but as we all know, there are some people out there who just can't get past it. Has anybody ever been in this situation, and how did you handle it? Do you guys think I will honestly have a hard time getting a "conventional" job sporting the dreads look, or don't you think it will be that much of an issue? If it will be an issue, do you have any suggestions for other areas I might find work in where people will be a lot more open minded than people in an office situation might be?
x-posted to dreadgrrls