Updated: Mar 8
When I was about 18 years old, I really wanted to do something radically different. I wanted to be seen how I felt. I wanted everyone to know that I was different from everyone else.
However, it wasn’t possible for me to step up and really do what I wanted at that young age.
When I turned 25, I decided that it was the best time to do what I’ve always wanted to do. I really wanted to change in a way that I wanted and not the way other people wanted me to. During that time, I had my first baby and became a mum. I felt that it was really important for me to slowly move into a more caring role and to have a deeper connection with myself. Prior to this, I have been like a ball at a gate without stopping to look around.
When my first child India was nine months old, I finally went and got my dreadlocks done on the Gold Coast. I put five in myself and decided that it would be nice for someone else to complete it. When this happened, I only had 27 Dreads in total on my head. I thought that was okay but about two weeks, I realized that these Dreads we’re going to be so big and that’s not what I wanted so I need to get them changed.
The dreads that I put in were going to be half the size of the ones this other girl had put in. So over the next two months, I would brush one out and put two back in. I tried many different methods and realized what worked and what didn’t.
I spent many hours on YouTube looking at a thousand different recommendations about how to do Dreadlocks. The only thing I knew is that I didn’t want to use wax. I did a set of Dreads on a really good friend when I was about 20 and they were some of the worst Dreads he would have ever seen.
He was a concreter with short hair and waxed Dreadlocks that smelled terrible. Needless to say, they ended up shaved and his wife was incredibly happy when they were. So from this experience, the only thing I knew was I did not want to use wax.
So after brushing them all out and putting them back in, I ended up with 62 Dreadlocks. I maintained them myself and they slowly matured to some soft nice straight dreads.
Having a young baby at this time, I decided that I was never working for anyone else and was always looking for something I wanted to do. After my experience of not getting what I wanted and not starting my journey the way that I wanted to, I decided I would start a dreadlock business of my own.
My purpose was to give people good information and the dreadlocks that they wanted. To listen so the people got exactly what they wanted on their unique path. My journey has been in the direction of feeling more authentic and showing my authenticity on the outside. Therefore the birth of Authentically Me Dreadlocks came about in 2012 which formed into Authentic Dreads in 2016. This path of the business is taken is a real reflection on how simple and effective this journey has been.
In 2015, I shaved off my locks. At that time, I found that this adventure into being slower and more caring and more present had taken a turn into a little bit of laziness and not deliberately being. After shaving it off, things really aren’t up again but I felt more balanced in caring and being active so I could stay present while I was creating things in my life. It was the perfect time for the next step along the way.
Since this step, Authentic Dreads has grown and developed into a far-reaching adventure with over 350 clients in the last 12 months who are now much more happier and much more connected to themselves and to their authentic look.
I could not imagine a better way to meet amazing people and to support people wanting to be more authentic in this crazy life that we live in. And every step, from when I first got my dreadlocks to today, the lessons have been insurmountable and so beneficial to me my family and everyone I have in counted in some way.
I wouldn’t change it for the world.
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