Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Second Dreadiversary



My dreadies are two years old this week.

I continue to love them more every day, which is a little weird because I don't think about them every day.

I love that they are just there and look basically the same all the time. I love how when I'm feeling like spending time on them, I can just move around beads or peyote stitches, make something new, whatevs. I love that "washing" is now just a good rinse followed by a cocktail of lavender, peppermint and tea tree essential oils in some water. I love how I undreaded the ends this past winter to color them, and now I get to watch the tips as they slowly work and wind their way up into each loc. I love how crazy and gnarly they are. I love how I have frizzy fly-aways sticking up and out all over the place.

For some people, dreads are a very high maintenance hairstyle as they prefer to have them more uniform and tame. They find great pleasure in the process. For me, the opposite brings me joy. The whole point is simplicity. The intent is to embrace what my hair wants to do naturally. To leave it be and hang on for the ride.

Art in the strands.

Creativity in the natural process.

Beauty in the unruly.

7 comments:

catina jane said...

i love love!! this

Emma said...

Very cool.

Teri H said...

I love this photo! You are so darn cute!

Erin said...

Love your dreads! Mine are the same - definitely NOT uniform and tame. They do their own thing...

Dianne said...

I love your dreads - and the undreaded ends. You *almost* inspire me to get them. *almost* :)

Kelley said...

You are just so dagnabit beautiful! I wanna hug your next - 113 days is too long.

Rachel said...

I wish I were brave like you!!!