Hey Ladies! Joining this thread finally as a dready mama too! I'm about 3 months and am loving my dreads :)
So I work in a very earthy vegan restaurant/holistic center mainly as an herbalist and energy worker. But occasionally I serve customers too. So today I get into work and there is a letter posted on the bulletin board that among other complaints says "and there was a woman working there with a hairstyle that showed she clearly hadn't washed her hair in weeks or even MONTHS who was making my drink. Clearly you're employee's need to learn proper hygiene". It really shocked me because I've gotten so many positive comments on my dreads that it I forget how ignorant some people are. Some of her other points in the letter were somewhat valid but it's a shame that many people still believe that dreads = dirty, unclean or that I don't shower. It made me kind of mad (and embarrassed) at first but I have since let it go because I know it is only her ignorance.
At any rate, just wanted to vent a bit to a crowd that would understand!
Oh...and what are your favorite site for dread beads and things. I know a woman somewhat locally who makes these amazing macrame/beaded dangley things to add to your dreads but she isn't making any right now that I know of and would love to know of other people who might make something similar!
I'm sorry you had to deal with such ignorance, Kristen.I've been fortunate to only get dirty looks and have yet to receive any negative comments.
As for dread beads, I find etsy has a good selection. That is where I've gotten all of mine, so far!