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98%

Today I got an expected piece of news! My loctician, V, told me that I was 98% locked. We hugged at that point. I almost felt like I was expected to give an acceptance speech. I mean I made it. I endured the itchiness, direct and indirect criticism, mood swings from liking my hair and the courage to start the journey in the first place. But no speech and no award, I am just left with a feeling of accomplishment and perseverance. perseverance is a big word for locking ones hair but it is the right word. If you knew me you’d know that I am fickle at times and don’t stick with the same thing (whatever it is) long. When things go long I like to change avenues, strategies or even careers so growing my hair in this unique way definitely left me with my doubts whether I wanted to continue. Granted those thoughts didn’t last long, nevertheless, they were there. So cheers to me! Toasting to the feeling of change and being unafraid to break away from my traditional (signature) bald look!

Natrodisiac

 

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Posted by on January 19, 2012 in dreadlocks, Dreads, Locks, locs, natural hair

 

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No Look Approach

I have really put growing my hair on auto and in its own priority compartment. Don’t get me wrong, I still want to loc but I am not hogging the mirror to see when and where the next bud is. I am not vain, in that respect. My hair just needs to grow normally for how normal goes. So these days I wear a do rag for the majority of the time I am at home. When I do look to be critical I am usually pleasantly surprised. So in my mind the ‘no look approach’ works! It’s where I am these days because there are more important things to focus on like work, school and kids. Hair is a women’s issue, a woman’s worry. I don’t want to crossover that threshold. It’s not manly to obsess over cosmetic things like hair. lol. So like a Magic on the court I will be passing up opportunities to be overly critical and just accept my phases with ease.

Natrodisiac

 
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Posted by on January 15, 2012 in dreadlocks

 

Ron ‘The Barber’

So I saw Ron ‘ The Barber’ again and like the first time a few days prior I had a lot of thoughts about running into him and what it meant during this journey. He was friendly and probably something of a local celeb because of his tenure in the hair cutting business. So smiling at me was no big deal for Ron.I am sure he vaguely remember me, if at all. However for me I saw so much more. He was iconic, at least back in 1985 when I used to sit in his chair every other week. I would walk to the barber shop about a mile or so away. When I got there those guy those guys were in a culture all their own. Before the movie, Barber Shop’ those guys were writing the script for directors who admired their self-made culture. I  enjoyed getting my hair cut because he was the coolest barber there. I thought I was cool, though I was more cocky and bull-headed than cool because of my position or job, I was 13 so you’d expect that I guess. Ron had the job, I did not. He could afford to be cool! lol.

These days Ron has lost the customer loyalty in me. I can’t help but think how much I have transitioned over the 25 years since I was a bi- weekly customer at his salon. I was a bald faded low-cut kind of guy. Then I went bald for over 20 years up until now.  Now I am on a journey. I am sure Ron would laugh because in our time during our client/customer relationship hair styles were a choice. We use tags now so I am on a journey. Seeing him reminds me of that somehow.

I enjoyed seeing my old barber. I asked him if he still listened to Frankie Beverly and Mase. He assured me he did! Though I have transitioned several times over in 25 years it felt good that Ron was still familiar. His confidence and complacency reminded me of the importance of change. It also let me know that my fickleness back then was actually a good thing. I wasn’t afraid to try something new. So my hair styles evolved until I found the bald look. But then like Ron I became complacent. It did not feel good, when I look at the sum of things now. But I did it. So in a sense locking my hair breaks that mold, There is a different look I can expect every day when I look at my hair. Internally there is a spiritual side that I link to. And most importantly I look better with dreadlocks than with any other style.

Ron added thought to my journey. I appreciate that.

Natrodisiac

 
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Posted by on January 8, 2012 in dreadlocks, Dreads, Locks, locs, natural hair

 

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Freshness Date: 1/5/12 (Reposted)

I was have major technical difficulties posting my latest post. So I will repost my thoughts about this dreadlock cycle.

Lets start with words that rhyme with itch: stitch, bitch, glitch, pitch, rich

I believe I need a stitch sewn in my head because I scratched it so. It was a bitch waiting for my next appointment. I wonder if V will take emergency calls at 2 am? I will check. lol…(my head itches more with my do rag on which is usually at night). Every morning that I take my do rag off my dreads get more wiry looking. I was starting to look crazy, (I have to post some mug shots when that happens again) I look like R2-D2 when his system has a glitch in it as he begins to run in circles.Simply put, I looked ridiculous! So just pitch me in a fire pit the next time my scalp yells for water. I would much rather burn. It’s that bad when you can’t scratch like you want to. If I had a choice between being rich or to scratch my head I would opt for poverty because life sucks when your hands are tied in cuff-less knots as relief is only an arm length away and you don’t scratch it like you want too!

Natrodisiac

Thanks V for the extra long rinse! You put the fire out!

 
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Posted by on January 6, 2012 in dreadlocks, Dreads, Locks

 

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Freshness Date: 1/5/12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by on January 6, 2012 in dreadlocks, Dreads, Locks, locs, natural hair

 

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I still love it but…

…life tends to get in the way when I would like to blog. Maybe because of my own allowances, then maybe not. Either way I have been off the scene for some weeks. I have missed it (blogging) everyday. I have thought about it everyday and yet some days it has been hard to pick up a pen or to sign on. Maybe it’s my ways, those hot/cold days when I am more moody than others. Or it could be nothing at all. However (Whatever) the case may be. I still love it and will continue to blog about all thing dreads!

Natrodisiac

I will be starting a second blog ‘A Photo Enthusiast’ chronicling my journey in photography to include my successes and failures along the way. Come through …I would love the company!

 

 
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Posted by on January 6, 2012 in dreadlocks, Dreads, Locks, locs, natural hair

 

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