The dreaded post

I have always wanted dreadlocks.

I’m not talking the ones held together by the grease resulting from not washing my hair for 3 months, I’m talking about deliberate, clean dreadlocks.

I’ve recently thought that if I’m planning to do this, now is really the time – my last chance, so to speak, unless I wait till I’m an eccentric old lady, but I’m worried I may not have enough hair left at that point to make a respectable go of it, and will end up looking like this guy:


I want to do it before my kids are old enough to be totally embarrassed by me, and I’m afraid I may already be too late based on this conversation with my 3-year-old last week after I scrunched my hair into curls rather than my usual straight blow-dry:

G: Mom, you forgot to dry your hair today!

Me: No, I didn’t forget, I’m having my hair like this today.

G: Oh.

Me: What, you don’t like it?

G: No. I like it better the other way. I don’t want you to do that anymore.

Nothing beats the honesty and complete lack of tact exhibited by kids, and I’m not sure I could handle her opinion of dreads.

Carl also says he will disown me if I am be-dreaded but I am 94% sure he’s joking, and I do like to call a good bluff, much to his frequent chagrin.

I think this desire for dreads started in early high school, when I rode the bus with a kid who sported horrible, fuzzy, unwashed dreadlocks that people shuddered to sit beside for fear of what might live within them. I wanted to do the look right, and the thickness of the mass drew me in like a moth to a flame. I have naturally very thin hair, and the idea of having to tie it in a ponytail with a shoelace or scarf since nothing else is big enough is oh-so-tempting! I thought I would have to first grow my hair super-long, which is a challenge in itself for me, but then I saw some shorter-hair dreads that I think are totally adorable.

So, what are your thoughts? Can white girls pull off dreads?  Did other American Idol fans love Crystal Bowersox’s hair as much as I did? More importantly, can THIS white girl, whose hair has always been the epitome of capital-B Boring, pull off dreads? I have no intention of piercing any part of my face to go with the look…do I have to do that to make it work?  I would definitely consider dyeing a strand or nine funky colours though.

Will you all disown me too?


  1. says

    DO IT!
    Look up dreads by Randi for pictures of styles. You could also just do dread extensions that are permanent until removed by a salon.

  2. says

    I like dreads, well more specifically good looking guys with dreads….phwoa :) haha but the cleanliness thing is a alittle of a turn off sometimes! I say go for it if you have been thinking about it for a while, its not the end of the world if it doesnt turn out quite as planned and you will not have the regret of not trying it!

  3. Katy says

    Haha. They can look really cool. I think it would be fun to try. I’m also not totally opposed to having to cut my hair short to get rid of them . Hmm definitely try . . .

  4. Kim says

    Would I disown you…yes! Would I disown you twice if Erin decided to follow your example…yes! Out of the mouth of babes and infants comes wisdom…Gemma, make sure mommy behaves herself!

  5. Heidi says

    Um… I don’t think you should. I, too, have this hidden suppressed desire to get some dreads, but I did some research on it once and found out that they’re actually a lot of work! It takes a lot of maintenance and dedication to keep them looking good… But, if you really truly wanted to do it, you could pull it off :)

  6. says

    Well, your hubby is the opposite of mine… I think dreads would guarantee my husband would never even glance at another woman again… not even a perfect butt walking alongside the road! I say go for it, even if you don’t like it, you’ll never regret trying it, and you’ll always wonder what could have been if you don’t! And it might spur on a facial piercing???? Good luck :)

  7. Theresa says

    i think dreads look awesome especially with a few coloured, or beads, like Erin said. BUT – the down side to having dreads – when you want to get rid of them, i think you have to cut off the dread part, and will then end up with short short hair, unless of course you grow them out a couple inches, and then they get fuzzy and look awful :S (and even if they look clean and nice, they still smell lol). but i say go for it :)

  8. Erin says

    I LOVE dreads! I think they are so cool and laid-back, and definitely something I’ve always wanted to try. I think colouring a couple strands would be fun, but I always liked the look of a couple discreet feathers or one or two beads. :) Go for it!!!

  9. Jen S. says

    Anna I had no idea! I, too, have wanted dreadlocks for so long. Rob just laughs at the idea and so far hasn’t said anything about disowing me if I did. Phew! In church, if I ‘m lucky, I’ll see someone with them and I get my little fix. Unfortunately, if you think you’re too old then I am waaay too old to consider it now!! :)

  10. Sara says

    I think they can be fun…but not really in to them but think they look awesome on dark curly hair on some island. As far as I know the dreads come from the Rastafarian Cult and you may get comments…Hmm… would it be comfy for sleeping? I mentioned to my boys I was thinking of getting a cute short cut and then said: “No way! You’d look like a boy” and they mentioned some of my friends who had had short hair and said it looked terrible. :-) Cannot even pick my own hair style. LOL

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