hi lovely dready mamas-
i hope it's ok that i write here, because i need your wisdom and experience. i have been thinking about dreading my hair for a long time now, and i'm starting to really seriously consider it, reading a lot and trying to learn whatever i can about it before i actually decide that i really want
them (not even trying to consider how
i'd go about doing it). i overthink things, and i'm honestly not very impulsive.
i would really like them, though, because they seem to fit perfectly in the trajectory of my crunchy life. i know no one personally who has them, so i have no real-life experience to draw from, but i feel like they'd be a good physical and spiritual fit for me.
here's my hair background and my biggest questions for you:
i have long (almost elbow-length), straight hair, no bangs. i always wear it up in a bun, because i hate having hair in my face, and i don't do hairstyles. no time or motivation. i don't own a blowdryer, and i don't know the last time i brushed it with anything other than my fingers. i own no styling products and like it that way. for the last year+, my hair has been washed, on average, once a week, going as long as a few weeks during the cold months. typically, my hair is really healthy, shiny, strong, and quite pretty, it's just always swept up out of the way.
the last year of my life has been relatively inactive, because of my third baby, and the toll it's taken on my personal time. before that, i exercised a lot. this summer, i have a large vegetable garden, and i'm getting in the dirt every day.
my worries come here:
1. how often do you REALLY wash your hair, or how much care do dreads really take? does the fact that i typically neglect my hair for so long mean that i'd be a good fit, or would i be committing to doing some sort of time-consuming hair maintenance more than once or twice a week? (it's hard to find a straight answer to this one, i'm finding.)
2. can i exercise? i have to say, i've never really seen a lady with dreads jogging down the street. would my breaking a sweat be somehow kind of counterproductive to the whole dreadlock thing? i'm a hiker/power-walker. (granted, i would gladly take on more washings if necessary.)
i'm really excited about dreads, and i hope they're a good fit. i know i am giving it way too much thought and not enough action, but i'm a pretty thorough person, and i'd hate to put all the effort in to find out that it was a bad idea in the first place... please enlighten me!