Making dreadlocks since 1998 to the day
This is how it all began back in 1998. How I made my first and my second dreadlock as well as how I began to make dreads for others.
I've always wanted to have dreadlocks and I tried to make them by my self, but without success. And I tried everything I could come up with, heating, lard, honey, bees wax eggs, you name it. None of it worked for my hair.
I was happiest man in the world!
I managed to make my own dreadlocks.!
After short time it all started to fall apart. Short hairs started to poke from all sides and then the whole noodles are pushing out of 'dreads'. Panic seized me. How to save them?It all started to happen very quickly, within three weeks. These hair strand who appeared alone I manage to tease again, but it was not helping with dreadlocks. I decided to help them by sewing them, to squeeze them a little bit and not let the hair go where it wants. I was hoping they will turn out in good dreads.
I really like how this solve everything. I loved my new dreadlocks, everything is great. Then again, during third month, everything came back. Determined to do whatever it takes to take care of them, I grabbed the scissors and trimmed all the hairs that are not in dreadlocks and poking out.
Result = perfect!
However, after first hair wash the short hair ends showed even more. I worked my butt off in this period with them. I groomed them for six months after which I decided to cut them off. I immediately regret that.
After six months, starting new dreadlocks from scratch!
This time, most of my hair was cut much shorter. I teased my short hair in to dreadlocks, and cut everything else that could not be turned in to dreadlock.
At this time I had no idea for how long I would have dreadlocks, I only knew that I had to have them now. I had even more loose hair coming out of my dreads. However, I decided not to cut the loose hairs this time and did not use any needle and thread. When my hair started to grow and there's enough loose hair in the root, I would get a comb, stick it in the dread and tease all dread again, all the way to the root. Dreadlocks were open at the end at the time, so this option was doable.
They are no longer spiked, they are flat at the end, but not cut off. I know that I will be in trouble in three months when I get enough hair at the root, and I can not tease it anymore to fix the root because my ends are fully closed. And it does not matter, I'll do it all, so I'll probably think of something along the way or I'll get a haircut if there is no other solution. And everything will be ok when you want it to be okay.
However, one day I was introduced to a guy with great dreads. I decided not to ask for advice because I know that I will get a banana answer again. But then, I think to myself, since I'm standing here, it does not cost me anything to ask him.
"Mate, how do you maintenance dreadlock at the root, since I see that they are tight?"
The guy says: "Nothing special, is easy", and in 15 seconds he show me how to do it.
During this time, I've made dreadlocks to a lot of folks but since I made them all in same way I did it for my self we were all having troubles with roots of dreads. With this knowledge I was completed and finally able to finalize hairs of all other people I dreadlocked so far. There were friends from all over who wanted me to make dreadlocks for them and there was a lot of work to do. Every time work lasted for days. I visit them, they came to me and it was all great fun.
I wouldn’t trade those times for anything in the world!
Creation of dreads has always been my favorite thing to do and I enjoy it the most. I remember how much I wanted them and all the trouble I went through to have them, and now, I want to help anyone who wish to have perfect dreadlocks first time and save them all troubles I went through.
Some conclusion would be:
I love dreadlocks and I enjoy making them. When I see a person in doubt, weather to go with dreadlock style or drop it, will it look good on me, what if I'm making a mistake. . .
I say go for it and then I enjoy happy faces saying "This was the best decision!".
That is when I am most proud at my self!
Dreadlocks are a hairstyle like no other. It's constantly changing, growing in length, shape, color etc. As the old hairs are constantly falling off and new ones are also growing, it is usual for some locks to become a bit thicker, others a little thinner and thus constantly changing. They grow with you and they always get better.