This week I had my second surgical procedure in the last 2 months! Alas, it seems the year for body breakdown & repair! But through my pain and recovery stages, I always look for silver linings. Actually I've found many! I feel grateful my pain has forced me to begin deep inner work that I've avoided for so long. I feel grateful I run a business where I can put clients on hold & defer courses and still support people online and grateful I have a loving, capable partner & parents to support me physically when I need it. My message to others in pain "I'm so sorry you're experiencing this pain, sometimes life can be hard, find someone to share your pain with if you can & be gentle on yourself". I will take my own advice! BOOKINGS: Sept is out & October is full. I'll take a few clients in November & December then pause for a new year.
These bottles contains a magical concentrated essential oil blend I call LOVE YA SCALP. It relieves that dreaded scalp itch that occurs particularly in the 1st 6 months of getting new dreads. It also prevents dandruff, lice, mould & provides a dry wash for new dreads in the vital "no wetting" month. Google Divine Dreadlocks shop to get some.
DREADUCATION: Sectioning when creating dreadlocks is vital to get right because your sections are the foundations of your dreads! The shape isn't really important, but having clean lines & sizing is. The size of your section creates the width of your dread & when they're too small it results in a really thin dread, that may look awesome in the first month but thin dreads take a LOT of extra work. I've spent years joining thin dreads because they get bottom heavy & top thin & become in danger of falling off. So check in with yr Loctician not to make too skinny dreads!
MY STORY: These were my first dreads. They were created with the crochet method in Thailand 18 years ago. They started very short & when I traveled to India I'd joke with the women that I could be turned upside down to mop the floor. They didn't look good, but my decision to get them wasn't about vanity, far from it! They were a turn away from western female vanity & hair beautification rituals. I wanted simplicity. I wanted not to have to thibk anot my hair as I traveled the world. I bought a hook & maintained them twice a year. They were simple & perfect. And they still are!
Q: When & where did you first get dreads?
This week I called in Shannon, a Divine Dreadlocks Certified Loctician from Peace Love & Dreads. Together we transformed Daniela's medium length hair to long lush stunning dreadlocks! What a fun, satisfying day! Thanks Shannon for your great work! #divinedreadlockstribe
Jennifer is a braiding expert who wanted to increase her skill set to natural dreadlock creation & maintenance. She recently completed my Advanced Loctician Certificate Course & is now taking clients in her salon in Marsden! If you're interested to know what she thought of the course you can swipe to read her testimonial. #freedombiz
Love my #partialdreads but boy do I feel like a super diva when I wash my hair. Dreads requires little washing but A LOT of maintenance during their #babydreads phase. Constant palm rolling and using multiple #dollylocks products. When I wash it, I have to make sure is on a hot, dry, sunny day with lots of sunshine and time to dry. Did you know that smelly dreads aren’t necessarily dirty, but possibly rotten or moldy? Lucky for me there are plenty of sunny days in CO. Plus I swear each dread has a mind of its own and will do what it wants when it wants and there is nothing I can do to “master” a look. Everyday they look and feel different. Now the loose hair gets washed in the sink every other day and it takes its own set of different products, like regular hair does. The trick is to wash without getting the dreads wet and keeping the loose hair away from the dreads. Otherwise I will end up with really fat dreads. Brushing upside down and keeping it in a bun or braid helps - in case you were wondering how my #dreadlife was going... Now you know where the “have to wash my hair” excuse came from 🤣 #hairwashday#dreads#dreadhead#showertime#queen #👸🏼 #👑 #nowyouknow#dreadmaintenance#lovemydreads#lovehaterelationship#dreadjourney #✌️ct
I often get asked what I recommend to use to wash your dreads with. Well after trying numerous natural liquid shampoos over the last 18 years, I must say I've totally fallen in love with something else entirely! The Lemon Myrtle and Macadamia Loc Bloc is way easier to use to disperse through your dreads than any liquid shampoo and is very economical (unless you leave it in the shower for everyone else to use too!). If you wash once a month it will last you a year or more!! It is 100% natural, made in Australia, vegan friendly and conditions and tightens at the same time! You can find it by clicking my bio link and going to SHOP :)
A year ago I had a tiny little ponytail (pre dreads) now my ~9 month old locks are shaping up & shoulder length, long enough for my baby girl to grip & tug on! 💕 I've been generally wearing my locs down at home & mostly up when I go out but today was one of the first days that wasn't going to work much longer as locs were having their own way & wanted to hang loose 🤘
Dreadlock metamorphosis. As a Loctician often we see dreads that have been created by the neglect free/form style and sometimes we see dread heads initially well made that have been left unmaintained for too long. They can be loose , lumpy, bumpy or stuck together together, in a giant clump and needing dreadlock surgery! It is so satisfying to attack the monsters and end up with a clean head of lovely dreads again. Check out this video of some of my past dread surgery work. Love it! Moral of the story: Nice dreads need a bit of loving at least twice a year to stay nice :) Free form dreads don't become nice without some kinda work :)
Last year when I travelled to Ecuador, we spent 3 weeks in the USA on the way home, flying in and out of LA.
I had a request from a woman near LA who wanted me to create her dreads as she’d seen on my insti page that I was going to be passing through.
Meeting Jess and working with Michelle from Rising Dreadlocks was the highlight of my visit to LA. We spent 11 hours together locking Jess’s long hair, becoming good friends and finished it off with a nice relaxing spa!
These are the moments that make being a Loctician priceless!
Georgina and Jennifer were the first students to study the Advanced Loctician Certificate Course LIVE in studio with me! The dreadlocking skills they've taken away with them include the full tool bag of services from product free dread creation, to maintenance, to dread extensions and wraps! They're super excited & Jennifer has had some clients already within a week of doing the course! From now on every Level 1 Loctcian Course will have Level 2 added to the end after a day of rest! If you're keen the next one is the 3rd to 7th of Sept! Love to see you there. Pm me ✌💜✌
Curious as to how long you should wait before you wash your dreads after getting them? How far apart your washes should be? Or what types of products to use?
The video will answer your questions!
If you'd like more info, Em wrote a really informative blog post about this topic. You can find it through the link in the bio.