here they are, four weeks old.
they're frizzy and itchy and the victims of many a' raised eyebrow ... and i love them. some days they are completely silly and terrible looking, and others they're funky & charming. i've been washing them once a week. seven days seems like an eternity when your head is itchy and flaky and begging to be cleaned ... so i'm going to start washing more often. (are you grossed out? ..sorry) other than that, i am simply waiting to see who they're going to turn into. i am taking hair & nail vitamins in hope that they'll grow a little quicker, and slather them in aloe vera every few days. on especially itchy days i mix coconut oil and a few drops of tea tree oil together and massage it into my scalp ... this process, my friends, is glorious. it's refreshing and relieving and smells heavenly. mmmmmm.
about a week ago i was looking at them in the mirror after showering and noticed that quite a few of my hairs were coming out at the root, they are incorporated into the dreads, so they're still on my head, but definitely not connected. i panicked a little. i imagined all of my hair falling out at the roots ... and me going bald would not be a pretty site. i thought about giving up and having to cut them off. i am still not sure if that's normal or not, i should probably do a little research or contact someone, but my fear has subsided and everything's still intact :)
also, i got referred to as a "hippy" for the first time the other day.
hip·pie - noun
a person, esp. of the late 1960s, who rejected established institutions and values and sought spontaneity, direct personal relations expressing love, and expanded consciousness, often expressed externally in the wearing of casual, folksy clothing and of beads, headbands, used garments, and the taking of hallucinogenic drugs.
although i'm not much for LSD or ecstasy, and i don't necessarily participate in "free love" sexual activity ... i will gladly accept the other definers, especially the "values direct personal relations expressing love & expanded consciousness." yes, please, give me a little ... a lot ... of that!
that's all she wrote.