Friday, March 25, 2011

There is beauty in the dread



"Be sure you are ready to accept you and have confidence in your ability to look good with your dreadlock style. Not all people will accept the style and can/will judge you before they even know you, because of negative things they have heard about dreadlock wearers. Be willing to live with it and push forward. If you don’t think you are ready for some potential false judgment about this hairstyle, then it is not for you. You will know when you are ready and nothing will stop you when you get to that point." - Dawgelene Sangster


(photo by Sara Janssen)


“Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it” - Confucius



"It is easy to adopt the ways and culture of others,when we are afraid to live what is in our hearts." - The Beauty of Locks


(photo by Dia@RanchoChico)


"The concept of beauty is complicated, isn’t it? When we hear the word, we immediately jump to conclusions about what it means. There are stories in our heads of what beauty means. Maybe we associate it with youth and being thin. Maybe we associate it with what we see on television or pressures we’ve felt from friends and family. Maybe we associate it with what we used to be and not what we are now. Often, when it comes to beauty, our minds point to everyone but ourselves." - Darrah Parker



"I don't need plastic in my body to validate me as a woman." - Courtney Love


(photo by Dia@RanchoChico)


"The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself." - Henry Miller


(photo by Stephanie Kimbrough)


"Taking joy in living is a woman's best cosmetic." - Rosalind Russell


(photo by Sara Janssen)


16 comments:

Corey said...

I love all of these pictures.. especially the snorty one at the end. ;-) They make me miss you. xoxo

Kellie said...

I <3 you, Christine. You are truly a beautiful woman! In fact, when I see old pictures of you with no dreads, you look weird..... I think you are in your PRIME, baby!!!
xoxo

robyncalgary said...

thanks for posting this! ive been semi sorta kinda thinking about getting locks myself. i like the idea of sister locs, i heard theyre easier to make into "styles", but not sure if theyre possible to do with white hair, do you know anything about them? also a girlfriend of mine said her dreads made her head very itchy, i think you still go no-poo but wondering if you have any ideas, advice, thoughts on sister locs and itchy head for someone who does "poo"? (teehee) thanks! love the pics

PJ said...

I'm a week in to my dreadlock journey. I love this so much. I've already been the subject of stares and weird questions (do you have to put dirt in it?) My mom hates it but she hates my tattoos too. I've been a little annoyed by my stringy bits that didn't make it in to a dready. I love seeing others photos and realizing that I'm not alone with the wild hairs. Now I need beads! Love your dreads. You're part of the reason I went on this journey. Thanks.

Wife to the Rockstar said...

Beautiful. And after meeting you in person, I can say honestly that your are stunning. But what I admire most is that you glow with confidence ~ that you are comfortable in your own skin. How I hope to get there one day...

Christina said...

I second what Wife to the Rockstar said! Everything about you emanates beauty. It was such a blessing to meet you in person. I'm wondering.. if I sit next to you long off will it wear off on me??? :)

B said...

man! they are lookin' gorgeous! i miss mine so much :( maybe i'll dread again soon! thanks for sharing...beautiful as always.

wholetthishappen said...

Been tempted to loc my hair for years, especially after reading Anne Lamott's story on getting dreads. For now I shall content myself with locing my kids hair.

Lisa said...

Love the bathing suit shot. All these pics are so real, like something out of campaign for real beauty. Hope some of your self-esteem rubs off on those girls of yours. They have a great role model.

Momma Too Many said...

I repectfully disagree! Beauty is not in the dread... it is in you, and all over you and oozing out of your every pore! Dreaded, shaved, perfectly coiffed, or stringy dirty and gross, YOU make the hair, not the other way around, darlin'!

GB's Mom said...

You are beautiful on the inside and that just bursts through. Dreads have nothing to do with it.

Kim said...

I love that ending picture!!!!! You look so joyful.

Jenny said...

Ooo I love them!! I've always thought about getting dreads but I am afraid I'd look to much like a dork :(

Bethany said...

Beautiful!
I just dreaded my hair this week and I am absolutely loving it.

Kelley said...

I had the weirdest dream last night. There was a woman with a rat's nest for hair and I very clearly remember looking up at this dream person and telling her I had the perfect person for her to talk to because I knew Christine could help her. Because you are awesome! It's true. Every word. I have no idea what the rest of the dream was about though. :/

P.S. I agree with everyone else. It's you not the dreads and can I sit next to you and see if some of your greatness will rub off on me?

Mama Bean said...

when i saw this was a post on dreads, i immediately thought, ooh sara janssen would love this. and then i saw the photo credits. the blogosphere is BIG but not SO VERY big LOL :D