Julie's Dreadlock Story
What is your name?
My name is Julie Beloussow, I am an artist with a hell of an appetite for travel.
And tea, lots of tea.
Tell us a bit about yourself?
My homebase is Los Angeles, California. But for the past 1.5 years I have been traveling through New Zealand, Australia and many parts of Asia.
I love to travel, it's been a long time goal of mine to travel far and wide, now I'm doing it. :)
Prior to leaving I owned a popular hula hoop business, it helped me to fund my travels. Along with some side jobs and selling nearly everything I owned.
My passion is art though, which I try to do while I travel but it can be hard when you're moving so often.
I plan to return home eventually, and get back into my art more fully.
What makes you happy?
Art (surprise!), vegetarian food, foggy mornings in the forests, rain, body modification, a good cup of tea, flow arts (hula hoop, poi, juggling, etc.), jewelry-making, and alternative lifestyles.
How old are your dreadlocks?
My dreads are 9 years old now - March 2016.
Why did you get dreadlocks done?
The thought first crossed my mind upon seeing a photographer's portrait of someone with them, they just radiated happiness in the photo and their hair was gorgeous.
It just clicked.
Eventually I got over my hang-ups keeping me from going for it and just did it.
How are your dreadlocks made?
Backcombed over a period of two days.
How many dreadlocks do you have?
How do you take care of your dreadlocks?
I mostly just let them do their thing and keep them clean.
Do you have any personal tips about dreadlocks that you want to share with other dreadheads?
Never ever, EVER use a felting needle. It will ruin them. I've lost good 4-inch pieces from early experiments with a felting needle.
Also, wax is useless and at worst detrimental, stay away from it.
Last, but certainly not least: Have patience!
Have you experienced any judgment towards you just because you are a dreadhead?
I have experienced some prejudice, people who think dreads are dirty and such.
But mostly I experience positivity and plain curiosity.
The best one, as I am in India right now, is how many people will relate it to Shiva.
What is your favorite dreadlock product?
Just decorative elements, little gold rings are my favorite.
Who is your favorite dreadhead?
Can't say I have one.
Do you have any tips and advice to someone that is thinking of getting dreadlocks but is doubtful?
Just go for it.
If you're worried what others will think, don't, because they will form opinions on you regardless of dreadlocks or not.
How would you describe a perfect day in your life?
Oh I have had the good fortune of experiencing so many perfect days.
Road trips, lazy island hammocking, discovering the best local food in a faraway place, hiking through dense jungle, playing in the dust of Burning Man's playground...
I think my favorites are the simplest ones; a warm cup of chai in hand, stars above, laughter on the lips of friends old and new, a fire crackling and some fire spinning.
Anyway, thank you for taking the time to read this little vignette of mine.
May your life be an adventure, your roads wide open, and your tea just right. :)