Yes, I’ve now officially crossed the line to Cheesyland by adding a poll to my blog. ‘t Was the last thing that was missing, I couldn’t resist.
You can skip to the photos if you want, those don’t need a lot of explanation, except: No, they’re not synthetic, they’re real. And yes, the chance of being able to remove them without sacrificing my hair will decrease significantly every 3 months.
Yes, you can see from the pictures, I have dreadlocks now.
So, you might be wondering, why did I do it? We-ell.. Before Sander and I moved to our new apartment, I lived in a student house with a girl who had dreadlocks. And this really got me thinking. — Here, I wanted to explain I never did anything exciting with my hair, but I ended up with a list of how I once dyed my hair black, cut it short, dyed it orange-ish (by accident actually) and dyed a lock of hair green. So I *have* done weird stuff with my hair. But not crazy weird… In my opinion anyway 😉 — A few months before I moved she cut them short (just below her ears) and combed them out. At that time, her dreads got me thinking and, not wanting to risk my hair, I decided to get synthetic dreads. (FYI, synthetic dreads are braided into your hair, they’re not made from your own hair. Sorry, I have no pictures.)
However… synthetic dreads aren’t real dreads. I’ve been thinking about getting real dreadlocks. Not every day, but every now and then. During my internship, I decided that I could
- (A) get them and take the risk of not wanting to keep them after, say, half a year and *maybe* having to cut my hair short again.
- (B) … not taking dreads and regretting it when I hit my mid-life crisis and then be one of those old ladies that desparately try to stay young and have dreadlocks and wear skirts. (I am NEVER going to wear skirts. If I ever do, please hit me with a frying pan…)
So anyway, I went with (A) 😛
Also, I really liked my appearance with the synthetic dreads and people confirmed that and said it suited me (if you didn’t really mean it, you should start feeling sorry and/or guilty about now 😉 ) but even if they hadn’t said so, I thought it was neat and after some research I discovered that if you don’t use chemical stuff (permanent wave / perm stuff. Dutch: permanentvloeistof) while backcombing the hair and don’t knot the hair in other weird ways, you have quite a good chance of being able to comb out your hair and still have long hair (I really really really don’t want to have short hair!!!) (Are you tired of the brackets yet?) after your dreads.
Worst case scenario is ending up with hair just below my ears. I can live with that.
Well, that’s the story. I have to admit it, this isn’t easy for me. I’ve already passed stations: “What responses will I get?” , “OMG I’m so brave!!!1 XD”, “What if I can’t comb it out(?!?!?!?!?!) I’m gonna feel so stupid!”, “Does it stay this puffy?” and “I should stop thinking and just enjoy the ride :)”. I expect this will take me quite a while to get used to… But I feel kinda… Well… a few years ago I was too scared to dye my entire hair green, instead I did just one lock. I’m not that scared anymore.
It’s just hair.