So I want to make a timeline, but I’m also making one on dreadlocktruth.com. (the best dreadlock website!) where I can get more input and help from real dreadheads. My dreadlock journey begins July 7, 2012. I went to the Mountainland Applied Technology College to get my hair done. After my consultation I had to decide whether to spend $250+ on hair extensions (because my hair is so thin) or just get the dreadlocks in my natural hair and risk showing a lot of scalp for a while. After much research I decided to just get the dreadlocks because I know with a lot of time, patience, and care I can make them look good. My ultimate goal is to have dreads that look like these: Thin, neat, feminine, and not too messy. Of course, no two people’s dreads look the same. They all have a personality of their own. We will have to see how mine turn out.
Reasons for getting dreadlocks?
- My hair is extremely thin and there is no way to wear it in public without running an iron through it or putting it in an ugly ponytail.
- My hair is very damaged from repeated use of irons, hair dye, blow driers, and perms. (2/3 of it is actually frizzy from damage)
- I have not found any way to thicken up my hair. Biotin didn’t even work for me, it just left me with tons of acne.
- Dreadlocks bulk up and make your hair seem thicker and more full, which is what I’ve always wanted.
- I don’t think I’ll have the urge to change my hair anymore because you can put almost anything in dreads to decorate them and change them up all you want. Meaning no more damaging products – except the occasional hair dye!
Hopefully these photos help give an idea of my hair type – very thin and straight-ish. This video (1 month before dreading) shows my hair after it’s been straightened. This video (3 months before dreading) shows how damaged, frizzy, layered, and thin my hair is. It also shows my lovely bum 🙂