The one-year anniversary for my dreadlocks came and went and I didn’t mark the event. Several of the dreadlock ladies whose blogs I read marked their “dreadiversaries” with updates about their dreads and pictures of how they’re coming along. But I kept silent. Several people in my life would like to see my beautiful dreads disappear, and increasingly they are making their opinions known (you know who you are!). In fact, every time I hear someone tell me it’s time to cut them off, I add another couple months to the time I’m keeping them 😉
Actually I have no idea how long I’ll keep them. But more than any other hair-do, this is the hairstyle that everyone wants a time limit on. I’ve never been asked with any other style, “so, when will you be changing your look?” What is it about dreadlocks that makes them so controversial?!
As I wrote, now more than a year ago, I got dreads because I wanted them for so long, but never before felt comfortable enough with myself to actually pull it off. But I’m more comfortable in my own skin now than ever before. And I love having dreads! They feel ‘just right’. Sure, I have bad hair days where nothing I do makes me feel like they look good. Just like every other hairstyle I’ve ever had. And it’s usually on my bad hair days that I get a compliment on my dreads! Just when I need it 🙂
To celebrate my dreads, I recently put a bunch of beads and fun stuff in them, dress ’em up a bit. You got a peak yesterday in the photo Steve took of me reading. Before I did the embroidery work, I got Steve to snap a few photos of the fun beads I put in:
Try doing that with with normal hair!
To the dissenters – keep on racking up the months, I don’t mind 😉
To the advocates, thanks for seeing me for who I am – that is, who I am today instead of who I was yesterday and who I may not be tomorrow!