|Five years old, December 2011|
Five years ago, yesterday, we started backcombing my hair into locks. Five years ago, today, we finished.
I had wanted them for many years, but been too afraid. Would they look ok? Would I chicken out, hate them and then have to shave my head? What would people think?
|Five years ago, December 2006: we unbraided each section, then backcombed. We rubber banded the ends (and some roots), which I don't recommend. I think we got them all out. We also should probably have started from much bigger braids. I'd had my hair braided in Mexico.|
After I had Remy, I realized I did not give an iota about what other people thought. I mostly hadn't before, but having him supercharged me with moxie.
|About 2 months old, they just look messy. I still loved them.|
Five years later, they're pretty damn awesome.
|And I can do really silly things with them now that they are so long!|
And now the number one question I get now: are those yours? (Variation: are those real?)
I've had fake dreads installed, too, so it isn't like it isn't possible. I know it is.
|My pink/ pruple fake dreadlocks, circa 2004|
But yes, this is my hair. This is what my hair did, given a little bit of starting knots and five years.
|This morning, December 29, 2011.|