Q. Here is another story that might help you decide whether to try a dread perm or not.. this dreadlocks.org-girl doesn’t want her name mentioned, but be sure to read her story!
A. “I fell upon your website whilst surfing. I spent hours reading with great interest. It certainly has wetted my appetite for trying to dread my hair again. I read something about dread perms in your FAQ page and would like to relate to your browsers of the experience I had with a dread perm.
I have been wearing braids for the last five years. Only, last year, springtime, two weeks after taking out my braids I decided that I wanted to do something with my hair that I have been thinking about doing with it for years: dreadlocks. I had found a trendy American dreadlocks and tattoo salon in Amsterdam. I was asked to pay part of the cost for doing my hair upfront in order to secure my appointment (I have never been asked to do this before for a hairdressing appointment but, it also goes to show, that’s how desperate I was to have my dreadlocks!). I didn’t use chemicals in my hair for the length of time that I had been braiding it and wished to keep it that way but I was told that because my hair was both long and soft, a dread perm would help the locks to set properly. I still wasn’t totally convinced, but okay, the stylists were the experts…
I was in the salon for a total of four hours. Come six in the evening, I was more or less hurried out the door because, the guy who was doing my hair had to meet up with some friends for a night out and he didn’t want to be late. My hair was still wet, I resembled a mongrel dog just in from the pouring rain. But, I was assured that, by the next day, my locks would look fine and within a week they would have settled but that I must twist them regularly. This I did, everyday without fail. And, my locks did look fine for the first week. Then, the second week, the perm fell and my hair started to take on a matted appearance. By the third and fourth week, the hair on my hair frontline started to break off and look dull and hard. It took the patience and hours of time of my husband and my former braider to undo and comb out all those matted locks. I looked awful. My beautiful shoulder length head of soft afro-carib curls had been reduced to a dull, broken and uneven mass. I was so angry, disappointed and felt a fool for allowing myself to say, ‘yes’ to putting damaging chemicals onto my scalp and hair.
That was a tough lesson. Shortcuts can often end in long cuts instead.
I never contacted that salon and I never went back. I have seen people, black and white sporting some beautifully well-kept locks and I think to myself, why can’t my hair do the same? I find that dreadlocks are simply a beautifully versatile and natural way of wearing hair and, it is chemical free.”