Wednesday, April 27, 2011
18 months of dreads
"How long are you going to keep them?"
Um, I don't know. Forever? Two more weeks? I have no desire to NOT have them right now.
"Do you still like them?"
No. I still love them. Just like any way you style your hair, I have days I want a change. I have days I want to cut them off. No different than you. However, I have more days that I DON'T want to do any of those things now that I have dreads. I think some people were just meant to let their hair go on its own. Apparently, I am one of those people. It suits me. My hair makes me happy and it perfectly fits my deliberately simplified lifestyle.
"How do you maintain your dreads?"
I don't! That's why I have dreads. They just ... hang there. I listen to my scalp. If I feel itchy or greasy, I wash my hair (baking soda and apple cider vinegar rinses). That may be every three days or it may be once a week. Depends. I just pay attention and do it when it says so. Every once in awhile my girls will watch a movie while weaving in some of my frizzies. Or I'll go weeks with my frizzies flying all over the place. People sometimes stare. People sometimes gawk. I don't mind. My hair IS a little strange and fascinating. I'm a walking exhibit. Whatevs.
"Do you take all that stuff out of there - ever?"
I have peyote stitch sleeves and beads stuck here and there. I rarely take them out (except for a fiber bead I have that likes to fall apart if it gets washed). I have made a few. I have been given a few. I just leave them. I move them around occasionally, because the thickness and shape of each dread changes from time to time. But usually they just sit there, waving at people.
"What does your husband think?"
Even when I still appeared more conventional, I was constantly changing my hair. It has always been like a canvas to me. My husband has said the same thing for years, "Do what makes you happy. You are the most beautiful when you are happy." That has never changed. I never have to ask. I watch his face when he looks at me. He finds me amazingly beautiful.
Eighteen months this week.