So I haven't taken the plunge yet, but I'm very close. I've been thinking a lot about why I want dreads in the first place, and I think the answer is that I've always been very crunchy on the inside, but I'm a fairly self-conscious person so I don't wear a lot of myself on the outside, if that makes sense. It would be a nice change for me, and a challenge. Plus I love the idea of my son growing up with a mom who has dreads.
I was thinking about who in my life would care if I had dreads, and I had to laugh because I thought of my in-laws first. My MIL wouldn't care, she'd think it was cool. She just got her first two tattoos at age 65. But her family is very white-bread and Wal-mart oriented (for lack of a better description). She and her brother and his wife and her sister all came to visit a few months ago, and they were introduced to quite a few new things while they were here (Swiss chard, cloth napkins, the apparently confusing array of coffee-like products at Sheetz). Between the kombucha and the sourdough starter on our kitchen counter, we had some heavy duty explaining to do. Thanksgiving will be quite an event if I show up with dreadlocks. Although, they're very nonjudgmental. They just ask A LOT of questions.
But I'm babbling. I actually have a technical question. My hair locks up at the ends very naturally, especially since I no-poo. If I allow this to continue, and go with the neglect method, can it possibly end well? I have visions of one big dread happening. I've tried twist-and-rip on a small scale and it works well, but I'd have to get someone to help me. So for the moment, I'm just kind of letting things tangle on their own. I guess I can go back and change it later, right?