I've been growing my hair out to dread it. Right now it's brushing the tops of my shoulders and just a hint longer in front than in back. (Been growing out a swing bob and trying to even it back out.)
I want to dread my hair after Xmas. That will give me a little over 4 months to go through the terrible fuzzies before I have to face my grandmother (after spring semester ends) and try to make a case to her as to why I've done this to myself. Ha! She already thinks my nose ring makes me look like a "damned aborigine." I've hidden my lip ring and my tattoos from her, but I won't be able to hide dreadlocks. She'll probably have a cow over my hair. (You know, I am in grad school for sociology and anthropology. I might be able to play it off as "I'm changing my appearance in preparation for participant observation research... I want to blend in." Maybe? Ha! That would be a riot!)
My husband knows I long for long, thick, ropey, mature locks that I can pull back in a lazy ponytail. He thinks I should wait another year and dread next year after my hair has grown out another 5 or 6 inches. I've been waiting over a year already and I'm going mad!
I'm trying to decide if I should do it or wait. Honestly, if my short dreads will lock up and look presentable more quickly, I'm probably going to just go ahead and do it after Xmas. It will be easier to show my face to my disapproving grandmother if I can somehow minimize the fuzz/rats nest/unkempt look around her. Probably going to wear a headwrap anyway, but I'd rather be safe than sorry.
My dreadlocked idols:
Whoopi is actually the reason I wanted dreadlocks in the first place. I remembered her on Star Trek TNG when I was little. I was enchanted with her hair and wanted mine to be just like it. Alas, I'm a blonde white girl with fine, straight, glossy hair. I'm not sure my dreads will ever look as tidy and beautiful, but I can sure try!
Then of course, there's my latest dreaded heartthrob, Jason Momoa. Geez, I thought he was amazing the first time I saw him in Stargate Atlantis. He seems to have only gotten prettier since then. (Star Trek, Stargate... gee, I'm not a sci-fi geek or anything!)
And finally, this is my hair as it is now:
And where it will be in about a year: (I'm bouncing a quarter off my friend's velvet-clad rump!)
So... dread now while short? Or wait and dread later when long?