the nappy robotrix (cleojones) wrote in get_up_dread_up,
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The Loc'ed Up Story...



Hello, I'm cleojones and I'm a newbie here...

I was reading a friend of mine's post and it referred to this community. I checked it out and thought "Oh! That's right! I do have those..Ehh, what the heck. :-)" and I joined.

So, here's the "napptactular" story of my mighty locs...

I've always been a hair rebel...I had goddess braids back when folks thought they looked very medusa-like, I shaved my own head once out of boredom, and I even had the Tempsett Bledsoe afro-triangle, BY CHOICE (if you don't know what I'm talking about, just act like you know ;-).

Most of my college years, my hair was braided, cornrowed, and twisted in many a "little-black-girl-hairstyle", with every bead, bauble, and blossom stuck in it, one could think of.

But never, had I considered dreads.

Once, I started working, I began to favor individual braids and twists, for creative and financial reasons... They looked cute, and I didn't have to dump a good portion of my check into the salon as I saw many of my girlfriends doing.

So, I joined AmeriCorps...And found that I didn't have the time to be creative with hair like I usually was and I just let my braids go...

Soon they began to loc. People started asking me if I were growing dreads and I just said "I don't know", "Maybe" "I guess..." as I regarded one of my fuzzy braids...

But, maaaany people in the Corps were also loc'ed and instead of that encouraging me, it made me feel like "one of the pack", so I found an excuse to chop 'em.

I made a bet with a friend that I could be a vegan AT THE EXACT moment that we were all sent to Texas, the meat capital of America... :-)

Of course, I succumbed to the inevitable and shaved my head again...

After that, I sported an afro for a good while, sometimes with cornrows in the front (a'la the Fugees' "Killing Me Softly" video) and it was good. :-)

Then some months ago, I braided my hair in the teeniest, tiniest braids ever and just let them do their thing...They curled up and were quite cute...

But again, laziness led to loc'ing once again and this time, I was ready...I said, "What the heck" and just let them. :-)

Now I have gorgeous locs, which I will post a pic of, once I get access to digital camera...They are very Lauryn Hill-like and I love them.

Anyway, I'm glad to be here...I hope to learn quite a bit.

Oh, and here's a personal recommendation....I LOVE Dr. Bronner's Tea Tree Oil Castile Soap. The best non-residue leaving, fresh-feeling, non-damaging, cleansing stuff ever!! I love it, love it, love it.

NO, speciality dread shampoos I've used have ever been able to match it. :-D
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