Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Pros & Cons Of CUTTING Dreadlocks!

Two things I want to get out of the way straight off: yes dreadlocks do grow, and secondly yes you can trim them - you are not forced to grow them and grow them until they either consume your entire person or you remove them completely.

So while dreads can be trimmed, just like regular hair, unlike regular hair the trimming often needs to be justified, often both to yourself and to others. I often find that people who are relatively new to growing dreadlocks are wide-eyed and say they want to grow their hair forever and ever… and then those who’ve been at it a few years begin to see some benefits to having them at a more manageable length - so I’m going to go through some of the pros & cons to trimming as I see then.


Dreadlocks grow REALLY slowly, when you make the decision to trim them you’ve got to be real certain, as a rushed choice can leave your hair shortened for a LONG time, and permanently shorter than they would be naturally… which leads me onto my second downside…

Dreadlock length is often used as an indicator of dreadlock age and maturity, the longer the dreads, the older they must be, the more committed you must be, and often the more experienced you must be - this is often the reason why some people get so opinionated on dreadlock extensions.

Bit of an opinionated one, but I’m fairly sure it’s one that most can get behind… long dreads look excellent.

Lastly, a bit of a practical downside: while most people considering trimming will have had their dreadlocks for a long time… since their dreads have grown to be long enough to consider the trimming - however should you decide to trim dreads that are not yet fully matured you run the risk of the new ends fraying and unlocking - forming new tips that are looser than you’d potentially plan on.

Ok, so why would anyone trim their dreads? Well, the benefits include:

They’re all around more manageable - there’s less ‘dread’ to deal with. There’s less overall volume to wash and dry - so the whole process is quicker. The dreads straight up soak less water and there’s less length for the water to have to flow through and so drying times can be reduced dramatically even with just a minimal trim. If you’re maintenance-inclined, well there’s less dread to maintain. And as far as manageability goes from a practical point of view, they’re just easier to deal with, easier to keep track of… less chance that they’re going to go wandering onto your neighbours bus seat…

Less dread also means less weight. While the weight of dreadlocks creeps up very slowly over time, it can start to add up, especially when they’re wet, and especially when they’re wet and take a long time to dry. Long, heavy dreadlocks can not only start to become impractical, they can become uncomfortable.

Similarly if they get too long they can stop you from being able to do certain things that you otherwise might simply because so much hair can easily get in the way.

And to balance my previous opinion early - some people just prefer dreadlocks of a certain length, and may simply not want dreads to their waist, knees or ankles.

Monday, 5 December 2016

Dreadhead Holiday Gift Guide!

The gift giving season is upon us! So let's take a look at my top gift suggestions!

3) Dreadstuff tams/beanies -

I practically live in Dreadstuff beanies, especially at this time of year. They have a huge range of hats designed specifically for accommodating heads of dreads. They're made tough and can be treated rough and just thrown in the washing machine at the end of the day. A great gift choice.

2) Knotty Sleeves... sleeves -

I've been a fan of Knotty Sleeves for years now, she makes unique dreadlock sleeve decorations to order. There are many different variants available to suit a wide range of tastes and interests, and colour substitutions and total custom orders are also available. I think these are miles ahead of the standard generic dread decorations you often find online.

1) Dollylocks sample set -

If you're going to buy soaps or shampoos, do it right. Dollylocks do sample sized versions of all their products, allowing you to tailor your gift to your budget - the total sample set includes a full complement of great smelling miniatures, allowing you to try the products before investing in the full size version - find the flavours you like!

Bonus) Fimo Clay!

My bonus option this year is to simply go for some Fimo clay. With Fimo you can easily form your own decorations that will be completely unique - or you can even gift the clay itself if you have crafty friends!

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Long Time No See!

///So it's been a little while since I've recorded something new...