Well, the dreads didn’t last very long. After spending all that time, effort, and money into getting my dreads looking tight and clean, I decided to cut them off. To be honest, I was happy with them. I liked them a lot and felt like they were the right size and length. But, at the end of the day I think it is important to keep in mind what your spouse thinks. The lady friend, although supportive, didn’t really care for them that much.
So, with that… they are gone. I miss having them, because like I said, I liked how they turned out. But, at the same time I like that my head isn’t weighed down anymore. And besides, it feels good to be able to rub my scalp. My dreadlock parlor will be disappointed to find that I cut them off after all that work, but oh well. No turning back now. The fact that I cut my hair is the main reason why you will find that I totally redesigned my website. Since I don’t have that haircut anymore, I felt like I should take those photos down.
So, I did.
I think the new site design turned out to look almost as smooth is my scalp.
Well, I have had my dreads for over a month already and today I went in to the parlor and got them tightened up.
So far the experience had been pretty good. At first I was using an acceleration salt spray to speed up the tightening process, but I couldn’t stand it. My scalp was constantly itching. Not using it makes the maturing process longer, but so be it.
From here on out, instead of doing maintenance once I month I will likely just start doing it once every three months while just giving my hair time to mature and do it’s own thing.
Well, now that I am coming up on close to three weeks already with my new dreadlock journey… I thought I would give an update on how that seems to be going. When I first got them done I have to be honest and say that it was such a drastic change in look that even I thought it looked kind of silly. But, here I am three weeks into it and I like them. If I could change anything I am likely to get them dyed in the near future to a more natural looking color rather than the current bright color that I have now.
Other than that, I have two complaints that I already knew would be an issue with starting dreads, considering the fact that I have had this hair style in the past.
#1 Itchy Dreads
After getting them done I was using what is called an accelerator spray. It is essentially just a salt water spray that is used to dry out the hair so that it tightens up faster. The issue with this drying process method is that it has a tendency to also dry out your scalp. With that my head has been itching like crazy. That is, until I just quit using the spray. Not using it will obviously make the locking process take longer, but the benefits of not using it for me outweigh the benefits of using it.
I just couldn’t take it.
#2 Loose Hair
This is another factor that I knew would happen in the early stages of dreads. It’s annoying. The reason why people typically want to get dreads is the fact that they have seen some older dreads that have already gone through the tightening process, which means all that loose hair isn’t there. All that loose hair is tight and formed into the dreads, giving the dreads a nice clean look.
But, your dreads are new and this… well, is a problem. There is loose hair all over the place. And no matter how much you try to play with it and clean it up, they just keep coming back.
All you can really do at this point is just stick it out. The longer you go, the less and less this will be a problem.
So, other than the itchy scalp and the excessive loose hairs all over the place (which I knew would be a problem), things are going well with it. Right now I don’t have any pictures to post of it, because honestly it doesn’t look all that different to the header of this website. So, if you want to see what my hair looks like right now, just take a glace at the site header.
Well, I guess I officially have dreads now. So, yeah… that’s a thing that happened or whatever.
Rather than write up a big long deal about the process and everything, I thought I would just show a few highlight photos that got taken over the course of doing the install. It was done in three sessions back to back, three days in a row.
With that, here we go.
So… the short version is this; used to have dreads. Got tired of waiting on my hair to grow out. Took a shortcut and got extensions. I wasn’t able to find something that matches my natural hair color. So, I went with something light blonde that I would dye in the future if I feel the need.
For the next few months I will be doing some basic maintenance.
That’s about it for right now.
So, my human hair dreadlock extensions are on their way. I should be getting them in the mail within the next week. With that, it is time to look at scheduling my instal appointment with Morpho’s Parlor here in Austin.
I have visited the location once. And I have spent a bit of time talking with the owner and operator. Thus far my interactions have been very pleasant. I look forward to booking the instal and starting this new dreadlock journey.
To be honest I have two start off’s that I am not totally sold on, but I am going for it regardless. One, I would have preferred to just grow my own hair out and start it like that rather than the human hair extensions. But, after 2 years of growing my hair out for the intention of dreads I ended up cutting it. So there’s that.
The second thing would be the dreadlock extension color. I tried and tried to find a hair color that matched my own. But I was hard pressed to find exactly what I wanted. My hair is in that mid phase of graying. So, it is a salt and pepper brown. With that, the extensions are dirty blonde. I chose this color for two reasons. One, because it would have a natural fade look as if my hair had just started to grow out after having died it. And two, because it would be easier to attempt to die if I decided to go that route.
In any case… that much closer to the instal.