First of all, round of applause for my mom who took the time to take these photos for me! She's not a photographer but I tell ya, she gets the job done when you ask her for help!
On February 11, 2012, I started my journey with my dreads and I could not be happier! After years of hearing "you'll never get a job with that hair, why are you growing dreads, cut that off," I have learned that having dreads has been embraced by many. My dreads have been great conversation starters for people of all races and sparks long conversations with people who already have dreads. We'll talk about tips and tricks for when a dread gets too thin, braiding ideas, to what kind of scarf we use when we sleep at night.
When I started my dreads five years ago (at Mom and Pop Jones' house), they were literally as small as my last knuckle on my pinky. And I have super small fingers so you know those dreads were small. Everybody in high school made fun of my little "worms" for a while but I embraced it and prayed that the "ugly phase" would end soon. Besides, having those little dreads wasn't as bad as when I wore a back brace my entire freshman year, right? I started my freshman year of college at EMU and my dreads grew a few inches but it still took forever to grow. By my junior year, my hair had grown so much that I could finally get it into a ponytail. Now, there has never been a better feeling than finally being able to get the dread that's in the front to finally be long enough to reach the band that holds the ponytail together. By my senior year, I was able to use some of the dreads in the back to tie a ponytail. That's when I knew these jokers were getting long!
I want to share with you a poem that I found on the internet a while ago. It accurately describes why I chose to grow dreads and why they are important to me. So definitely take a second to read it if you'd like!
Also, I want to give a huge shoutout to the beautiful hands who have washed, retwisted, and put some sparkle on my dreads over the years! Y'all are awesome!