Of Letting it GROW: hair

Hello……

A few questions I get asked fairly regularly include how long I have been keeping my hair, why I have dread locks and if I have any hair care tips for someone wishing to grow theirs too and who my hairstylist is?
Well today you are in luck……

The last time I tried to measure my hair length was a couple of days ago……..

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I don’t quite remember the length I got from the tape measure, mostly because, well, one was pretending to measure the length, one mustn’t measure their precise hair length one must stay humble…… Just let it grow, let it grow!!!!! 

let it go

Generally it’s somewhere close to Mid Back length MBL or something like that:

mid back length locks

How long have I been keeping my hair?
•hmmm I have been keeping it since the last time I got my hair cut, and to be honest I don’t remember when And I can’t recall what my scalp looks like.

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Why do I have dreadlocks?
• correction, first of all they are not dreadlocks as such, what I have going on is called two strand twists…. because well twisted into two strands.

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• I used to have such a big Afro hair, I loved that huge Afro and I  wore it like that cause I could comb it out. That is, until the breakage during combing started really getting to me, this hair was never designed to be tamed by a comb and that’s why people get regular hair cuts or use hair relaxers and straighteners but I figured it would be crying shame to just cut it off and thus I started to keep it twisted……..

two strand twist

How to get length?

That’s easy don’t cut your hair!!!!!!

That’s the easy part not cutting your hair and then it gets complicated because it takes no small amount of commitment, especially in the beginning, the awkward phase is real when you have the short wriggly larva hair going on…

until one day boom the butterfly emerges

Two strand twist dreadlockss

The number of people you have to defend your hair from, The System; Lecturers, Dean of Students, Vice Chancellor, Employers, Potential In-law’s, Church Folk (because apparently the devil resides in long hair), random strangers, friends and family……….

I have a friend who cut his hair for a job interview and still didn’t get the job….

The closest I got to a hair cut was when a relation literally dragged me to a hair salon and offered, a then obscene amount of money; to the barber to cut my hair and the barber was like “NO, it would be bad Karma.” I have never been more thankful for karma than that day….  .

There’s always that relative whose first words are “I see you haven’t cut your hair……” like you an unrepentant criminal…

You will have to cultivate a streak of stubbornness and yep I am a keeper

Still I love my hair

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If you really like it put a ring on it 😂

dreadlocks in a suit

Who does my hair?
I have this pillow, you go to sleep and when you wake up;  you wake up like this….

I woke up like this with my locks

You can’t keep two strand twists without learning how to self twist your hair….

And sometimes hair strands will break off, it happens;

hair breakage
•like when a baby grips your hair as if all of existence depends on it *snap*
•Your hair gets caught on a Velcro strap *snap*
•Your hair gets caught on zipper as you pull off your jersey. *snap*

don’t panic, grab a needle and thread and just sew it back on, nobody will ever know……….

~B

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Of Hair Like Mine

 

I am still not my hair but people identify me via my hair, some people don’t even know my name, they just call me Rasta…..

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me from a year ago:

my afro locks

See my circle ….

My Circle

spot me

My hair is more than shoulder length.. and I still wake up like this….

I wake up like this

But having hair this long has its moments……..

hair tied.pngIts strange how when my hair was shorter, I used to find every reason to tie it up into a pony tail but not now….I prefer my hair free…

but I still get moments when:

A strand of hair moves over my arm or neck and my heart stops because you think it’s a spider or a snake….(o.o)

to be honest I was thinking more of the ghostly apparitions from the exorcist or insidious or conjuring or paranormal activity then decided you might relate more to spiders/snakes better than super natural entities…. A ghostly caress… goosebumps

When I bite a burger, I have to pay extra attention, its very easy for a strand of hair to get entangled and find its way into my mouth….., it doesn’t taste very good…..

Pay special attention, when I brush my teeth, I have to tie up my  hair unless I want my locks toothpaste coloured.. which I don’t…

And little kids are such terrorists… They will grab hold and not let go…..

And then there is that moment when a random stranger says:

“Omg I love your hair”
You  are all tongue tied trying to figure the best way to say “thank you”
And they tell “Hey, I am a hair dresser I can retouch your hair…. “(o.O)
So was the compliment real or just a means lie to get your attention cause if they wanna redo your hair it looks horrible……

What crazy moments has your hair gotten you into..???

~B

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