Tuesday, April 4, 2017

My Dreadlock Journey

"Both Eastern and Western traditions hold that bodily, mental and spiritual energies mainly exit the body through the top of the head and the hair. If the hair is knotted, they believe the energy remains within the hair and body, keeping a person more strong and healthy."

I started on my lock journey 2 years ago, just after I got married. Obviously, that journey ended fairly short. My locks were super tight and I felt a lot of chaos around them. I think I started to tear them out around the 1 month mark. This journey is much different and I'm so excited to tell you guys all about it!

My first set of locks, like I said, felt very chaotic. They were very tight, and physically hurt. I was told that with patience and time, they would loosen up and become more natural. At that time, I had an office job, working the typical work flow of 9-5.
When they say that locks will bring out all your insecurities . . . so true! I wore headbands every day to cover up the frizzies that were once my roots. I bunned my hair as much as possible in a subtle attempt to 'hide' my dreads. I was so worried about what the office though of me and who thought I had become an overnight 'hobo'.
Eventually, i think around the 1 month mark, if not sooner, I started to end my journey and spent numerous hours combing out my locks. (Ever want your hair thinned, just get locks and then brush them out)
So, once upon a time, this was my first journey...

My second journey has been totally amazing! First off, I told my hairstylist that I wanted looser locks this time. Which, because I made myself familiar with the crochet method, I can upkeep these on my own. They don't hurt my head at all, and I can still run my fingers through my hair. We also left some of my hair out so it all blends together and not 100% locked.

I got a spiral lock off Etsy so I don't have to use a hair tie and rip at my locks. (totally recommend one of these if you have locks) I love styling my locks now, and it's only been a month! I can't wait until they grow and mature.

This time around, I embrace my locks. Each and every one of them! I find myself proud to go out in public and show them off, and I have this attitude like 'This is me, this is my journey, watch me embrace it'. I no longer have to do the work flow. Hubby and I work from home and spend every minute together with our 3 month old son. I have actually found myself being nicer to strangers in public. Smiling and making eye contact more. Like i'm beaming my good vibes to strangers.

I feel more all around grounded and we've started up our Yoga practice again. I find myself more interested in hobbies, like I can tackle anything. BRING ON THE ADVENTURE!

I am convinced that the first journey wasn't the right time at all, because this journey is so amazing I don't know how I missed it the first time. Everything happens for a reason and I am beyond grateful for my locks.

I also want to add one more thing. If you notice, I've been calling them locks and not dreadlocks. The proper name is in fact locks. They started referring to them as 'dreadlocks' because people thought they looked dreadful. Locks is the proper term for them.

So, what do my locks look like now. . . . Let's take a look!

This is one amazing journey!

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