Lazy Dreads / Christian shares his life as a dreadhead!
Posted: Oct 21 2014
What is your name:
My name is Christian - although I am probably better known as ‘Lazy Dreads’.
Tell us a bit about your self: I am a 22 year old university student from Sheffield, England. My interests include traveling, blogging and filmmaking. My time is generally split between studying and running my Lazy Dreads website - as this is a dreadlocks blog, you’re probably more interested to hear about the latter! I’ve been running the Lazy Dreads page for 2 years now, sharing my dreadlock journey and experiences and also helping others as best I can by creating guides and answering questions.
What makes you happy:I would say that I am happiest when the work is done, when I can relax and enjoy the moment.
How old are your dreadlocks? 7 Years this past June, coming up now to 89 months.
Why did you get dreadlocks done? I’m not sure I could really cite one specific reason. I had long hair for a number of years before my dreadlocks. While I enjoyed having long hair and had no desire to cut it, I wasn’t completely content. I think maybe as time went by I would have been happy with the long hair, but at the time…well… I just looked like a girl! One of my favourite bands at the time (and still to this day) was the Swedish metal band In Flames, their front man Anders Fridén was quite icon for his dreadlocks at the time so I would say he was my main influence at the time.
How are your dreadlocks made? My dreadlocks were originally started via backcomb. I have never crocheted or maintained my roots and so I let the new growth lock by itself. Over time as the dreadlocks have grown I have trimmed them to a more manageable length and so there is no longer any of the original backcombed section remaining.
How many dreadlocks do you have? I have many congo/combined dreadlocks, but I currently have 38 dreadlocks roots.
How do you take care of your dreadlocks? I wash them 2-3 times a week, taking care to wash and rinse them thoroughly. I make sure to dry them effectively. I will deep clean them every 6 weeks or so and separate them as required - other than that, I let them do their own thing.
Do you have any personal tips about dreadlocks that you want to share with other dreadheads? I think the most important thing is patience. I think it is very easy to worry when dreadlocks get loose and messy, but it’s important to realise that the process is not instant, it takes time, but all hair will naturally want to knot together and so provided they are given enough time and space, they will lock up.
Have you experienced any judgment towards you just because you are a dreadhead? I would imagine that I have - I will often get strange looks on the bus or on the train… although maybe I’m just a weird looking guy! they might stare whether I have dreadlocks or not! I would say my experiences have definitely been more positive than negative.
What is your favourite dreadlock product? Product-wise I have shampoos from Rockinglocks and Dollylocks. I also enjoy essential oil sprays - I will often make these myself, but I must say I am rather fond of the coconut & lime one sold by Dollylocks.
Who is your favourite dreadhead? I don’t think that I have a specific favourite dreadhead… if you had asked me previously I would have gone for dreadhead who inspired me, Anders Fridén… but of course he has now cut his hair!
Do you have any tips and advice to someone that is thinking of getting dreadlocks but is doubtful?
I think I would recommend taking the time to think it through. Dreadlocks are not the easiest of things to get used to, especially when they’re young and messy. They’re not necessarily a lot of work overall, but they can sometimes be quite difficult and uncooperative. I think it takes a lot of mental strength to deal with the early messy stages so I would recommend that people considering dreadlocks wait until they’re 110% committed. It’s going to take a lot of determination to deal with them while they’re young, but provided you have that level of commitment, you’ll reap the rewards in the end.
How would you describe a perfect day in your life? I would say I had a few perfect days this summer, we traveled to New York - walked way too far, ate way too much, but had way too much fun getting lost and found again.