Every once in a while I wonder whether or not to put my hair into dreadlocks. Well, truth be told, it is only very recently that I have had hair long enough to even consider doing such a thing, and to be completely honest, it seems like such a huge step. There is a lot of work involved in making your hair into nice even dreads, and once you’ve done it, there’s no undoing it.
The most natural dreads of all form completely naturally; all you have to do is stop combing your hair completely, or brushing it, and just wait for it to start naturally forming into clumps which will become your dreads. There are some downsides to doing it like this, since you cannot guarantee that all the lumps that form will be of the same size, and apparently it is quite easy to end up with uneven dreadlocks.
To make sure this doesn’t happen, you need to work on the developing dreads by pulling apart the larger ones and making them into more even-sized dreads. Then you need to spend a little time regularly rolling your dreads so that they tighten up into nice compact tubes. You can speed this process along by using beeswax, but the problem is that beeswax will not wash out, and cannot be gotten out even with hot water.
The other option, as far as I can gather, is to go to a specialist salon where they start all your dreads off by back-combing and rolling them together. It will apparently still take some time and work for your dreads to be fully formed and compact, and the dreads will need that regular attention of rolling and tightening over a period of months to get them all neat and super-cool.
Once you have your dreads, you’ve got them for life. Contrary to what many people believe, you still wash your hair when you have dreadlocks. In fact, dreadlocks often require more care and attention than regular hair to keep in good condition. I really like the idea of having them, and I would simply love to know what I would look like with dreads.
One of the problems is that dreadlocks are associated by a lot of people with a set of lifestyle choices. Of course, you can’t live your life by what other people may or may not think of you and your hairstyle. Don’t get me wrong, I totally love Bob Marley, and I have a real soft spot for Indian Sadhus, but I don’t know if I’m ready to take the step to where it is obvious to all who look at me that I love these things. Daft, I know.
Since I am approaching forty, I can only assume that everyone who knows me will think that a change to dreadlocks is clearly some kind of mid-life crisis, but I’m not going to let that stop me buying a motorbike when the time is right. It’s a crazy notion. And my wife does loads of totally crazy things like blasting the hair off her legs with a crazy IPL device thing that I’m sure came from Mars.
So Can I really turn myself into a dreadlocked, motorbike-riding-type dude at my age? I don’t suppose it would come as much of a shock to my nearest and dearest. 🙂