Starting Your Lovely Dreadlocks
by Heather Farquharson (aka Fashion PrincessJ)
I know it may be difficult for you to make that big step to starting your lovely dreadlocks because I was once in your shoes and I know the feeling. Five years ago I didn't know what to do with my hair because to me I exhausted all options from bouncy curls to bone straight hair and even hair extensions. I can't even count how many times I had bad hair days, split ends, horrible scabs on my scalp after straitening (or perming) my hair using harsh chemicals. Five years ago is when I decided enough is enough. I made up mind that I was going to start my dreadlocks and choose the best method to begin the process. When I finally embarked on this hair journey into lovely dreadlocks it was one of the best decisions I've ever made in my entire life.
First and foremost, you have to have a different mindset. Start by picturing yourself having dreadlocks just like any person can picture themselves having a different hair color. For example, when I started my lovely dreadlocks I got current pictures of myself and paired it with people that had my same skin tone and wearing dreadlocks. Doing this really gave me a visual perspective on how I could look having dreadlocks. There are other methods that you tap into and get a better visual understanding of how you could look with dreadlocks like using Adobe Photoshop to mix and match photos of you having dreadlocks.
Secondly, you have to figure out how you're going to start your lovely dreadlocks. There are many different methods that are great in starting your lovely dreadlocks and the top three ways to starting your lovely dreadlocks are 1) Organic, 2) Interlocking, and 3) Palm Roll. All three methods are easy to maintain but can be costly depending on the time it takes to re-tighten or re-twist your hair monthly. The Organic method is overall very easy to start and maintain because you basically do nothing to your hair but let it grow, mat, and form on its own into your lovely dreadlocks. The Interlocking method is a great way to start your lovely dreadlocks because if you're starting with short hair interlocking your hair keeps it from pulling loose and it saves you the time and money that it takes to re-twist your hair every time this happens. The Palm Roll method is to me to most fabulous and effective way to start your lovely dreadlocks because all you do is add locking gel, twist your hair and leave it to form into your lovely dreadlocks.
Remember that starting your lovely dreadlocks is a journey and not just a one week hair style that you can undo and start with something different. On the other hand, dreadlocks are very versatile and you can do almost any hair style you want having dreadlocks. It's different from the norm because it's natural, eclectic, looks different and most of all you can make it your own. Starting your lovely dreadlocks is a lifetime matter and commitment that you will never regret but the time is now, why not make up your mind, pick a method and go for it. Good Luck :)
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