kate (tangibile) wrote in get_up_dread_up,

I've spent a lot of my teenage years expressing my individuality through various means of expression including my appearance. I wore patchwork and dreaded my hair and walked around with a 'fuck you, society' attitude. About a year ago I started to realize that that was not how I wanted to present myself to the world. That revolution was going to happen in my mind, not with my wardrobe or my hairstyle. I could make my own clothes and believe in DIY, but they didn't have to be patchwork or completely outlandish.

I am at a point in my life where I don't want my hairstyle to cause people to pass judgement, I want to be heard for what I have to say; not what I look like.
But I happen to love the way dreadlocks look AND I miss not having to take care of my hair. Since I moved to Portland, OR where it rains 24/7 seven days a week my hair has become incredibly nappy. I could counter this by taking showers everyday, conditioning, brushing etc. but I am really much to lazy. I started dreads, but I keep on going back and forth on whether or not to brush them out and take care of my hair or just to give in. Here it seems more socially acceptable to have dreads and I feel more comfortable with it as just another hairstyle rather than something that is going to cause people to make judgements about me. I don't know, I am really conflicted, but for now I am gonna let it knot and see what happens. I am just curious if anyone else has felt this way or had similar conflicting feelings. Anyways, thanks for listening...
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