Chloë's Dreadlock Story
What is your name?
Tell us a bit about yourself?
I live together with my cat, Gaea, in Groningen, in the Netherlands.
I study teacher fine arts & design at the art academy and I specialize myself in painting, though I also love to do something else once in a while. Like photography, clay and plaster or webdesign and digital drawing.
Besides the artsy fartsy stuff, I love to LARP (Life Action Role Play). It is my new hobby and addiction.
One of my passions is esotericism and everything that comes with it.
I love to collect books about it, but since I don't have any more space left in my home, I have to wait until I have a bigger house.
As a kid I always used to go hiking every summer with my family and I did all kind of sports.
Though, as a student I became moneyless, I still love fighting sports, climbing and hiking.
Once in a while I have a photo shoot as a model.
I love to work with a team and experiment together to make something awesome. I see it as a form of art.
Though I have done fashion and catwalk in the past, I focus on the more alternative style.
Pic by Hendrik van der Veen
What makes you happy?
Walking in the morning in spring or summer when it is still a bit cold, but the sun is already shining and is warm on the skin.
How old are your dreadlocks?
Why did you get dreadlocks done?
I've had dreads years ago for 1,5 year, but I didn't know anything about it back then and I wasn't satisfied.
So I cut them off.
I really missed my dreads, so after two years, I re-dreaded my hair. And this time I learned more about it and cared more about them.
I even make dreads for other people now.
How are your dreadlocks made?
With backcombing & crochet.
How many dreadlocks do you have?
How do you take care of your dreadlocks?
I wash them with natural soap blocks or Dollylocks shampoo and crochet once in a while.
Sometimes I use Dollylocks tightening spray.
Do you have any personal tips about dreadlocks that you want to share with other dreadheads?
* Don't use any wax. I did it with my first set of dreads.
It makes your dreads sticky and gross.
* When you do not have the awesome frizzy hair Jamaican people have, don't use their method for dread maintenance.
For a day, your dreads will be tight, but after a night sleep, you can start all over.
It just doesn't work for not frizzy hair.
* Don't use the normal shampoos.
There are substances in those shampoos to make hair shiny and soft. That doesn't work for your dreads.
You only get white mold and it is really difficult to get rid of it.
Use the dread shampoos, the natural shampoo blocks or baby shampoo.
* Against dandruff, the Dollylocks oil, spray and shampoo really work.
Have you experienced any judgment towards you just because you are a dreadhead?
No, for some reason for art teachers, people are more tolerant towards appearance.
What is your favorite dreadlock product?
I really like the Dollylocks products. Also, I love bone and wood beads.
The fun thing of dreads is, you can pierce stuff in it. So I made little linchpins with roses to stick in my dreads.
Who is your favorite dreadhead?
I don't have one person specific.
Every time I see someone with dreads, I'm like: "Oh, dreadies...<3"
Do you have any tips and advice to someone that is thinking of getting dreadlocks but is doubtful?
Read into it. Know what you want and be really certain.
Also, there are a lot of dread forms to submit to. There is a lot of information on it and always people to answer your questions.
A lot of people forget dreads need a lot of maintenance.
Making dreads is one, caring for them is another thing. But caring for them, makes your dreads your own.
I always say, dreads represent the person wearing them.
How would you describe a perfect day in your life?
Spending a summer day in nature with my closest friends and family, relaxing and having fun.
Pic by Orkfotografie.nl, visa by Melanie Groenendijk