Saturday, June 19, 2010

Day 52 of natural dreads & photos

OK, so where have I been? it is so hard to get good pictures of my hairs stages, and then by the time I do, it ends up being weeks later, and they've already changed again. Nowhere to begin like the present (and maybe a little ways back too :) )

Before getting going on the pics... I will remind this is the natural/neglect method where you wash and let dry, separate into the sections that are forming and otherwise, just leave it alone to mat into dreads on it's own. I separate normally after I wash and let it dry. It mats up like crazy after washing, or wearing my llama beret with my hair up inside it.

Day 26

wet, with beads to keep sections

Day 52
beads out, sections still going on

Day 45
this is the back as it's drying, before separating the matted roots.

this one dread is making crazy loops and bumps. fear not it will be a normal dread as the hair mats and pulls in tighter.

my hair likes getting bumpy

more matting going on at my nape

These hand-dyed berets/tams/hats are for sale in my Etsy shop. I also do customs :) 

Day 52

whew... have I caught up? I hope so. I will try to have DH get some pics of the actual dreaded hair that resembles more matted sections. there's a couple of them in these pics, but they are soo hard to capture and they are all underneath.

it's going well so far. my hair is really taking to dreading. it is so amazing to feel and see the changes my hair is going through on it's path to dreadlocks.

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

It is better to travel well, than to arrive.

So it's been just over one month since I started my dreads. They were started with some t&r which was fairly unsuccessful due to not really trying to make them perfect. But, learning that that stuff doesn't matter anyhow, since the hair has to be allowed to do what it wants to do, which is mat itself into dreads on it's own, well, it makes the whole t&r thing a moot point.

A couple of weeks ago, after washing my hair, it felt like a humongous mass of knotted hair at the nape of my neck. My hair loves to knot there naturally... hmmm... it felt like it wasn't doing what it should be doing. that manner of thinking, is exactly incorrect though. It was doing exactly what it should be doing to dread. We really are taught to manage everything so much in society that even when you know, sometimes you find yourself being a slave to holding onto concepts and ideas, that really, don't matter, and are counterproductive.

I had my husband separate the big tangle in the back into my hair that was sort of in it's own sections. I had some tiny baby dreads in the back of my hair that joined together as one. It's actually rather interesting to watch your hair evolve and change on it's own. There are many other times in my life that I've witnessed this...  being pregnant with my children, and watching my body change, and watching all of my kids grow, through gardening and watching Nature do what it does best when it's undisturbed. I love watching life unfold when you guide, but let life happen and evolve without trying to over-manage it all.

So, back to my hair. Every time I wash my hair it feels like it's completely tangled up and unraveling at the same time. However.... after it dries it feels super soft and like it's going to just lay flat and easy and never dread. Then, boom! I feel my hair again later in the day and suddenly it feels like it just dreaded itself more. It is the coolest thing! Have faith Christina, it is doing what it should be doing, and what you want. When I felt it this last time I washed it, and thought I had the whole knotted thing going on again, I asked my husband what it looks like and he told me it looks normal, just like I have lots of hair and it's sort of fluffy, but it doesn't look like a big knot like it feels like to me. Hmmm..... curious. So, I reach back again a little bit later and discover that the knots are not knots, but they are matted dreads. The first few inches of the tops of my baby dreads in the back are locking up! They are dreading themselves. What an amazing feeling that my hair is doing what I want, finally. Ah, patience. I know I have it. I have five children, they test it every day. I've had four unassisted home births, the last two pregnancies going to 42 weeks nearly, and me trusting my body and Nature in that regard; I know I have patience. But, I am never satisfied with where I am, and will always strive to see if there is more that I can learn. More that I can understand, when I just let go and allow myself to grasp it.

My dread journey is cool. So very cool so far. What started as a wish for a new hairstyle turned into the opposite; a quest for complete peace, and a lesson in letting go. It's been the best thing I've done in a LONG time, for my spirit.