Juliette's Dreadlock Story
What is your name?
I'm Juliette Rose and I'm 17 years old.
Tell us a bit about yourself?
I live in Paris, and I am still in high school.
Last year I studied biology and biochemistry in a special high school with laboratories, but this year I changed to follow a literary program.
What makes you happy?
I'm totally in love with all kind of music, that's the only thing which always makes me happy, the only thing I need to live, and my only true drug. I go to all kinds of concerts and festivals and never reject a musical genre :)
I love reading books, all kinds of books too, and if I can recommend you one author, it's Milan Kundera.
I'm very curious about everything in life, if I could I would stay in university my whole life to learn about all the knowledge areas.
I'm also passionate about museums and art, I don't draw or anything but love to study it. So I chose to study history of art next year.
I'm a little girl fascinated by life and everything it can offer, educated with anti-capitalism and tolerance creeds, and looking for a continual expansion of my mind and consciousness.
People who smile and who like to talk about everything makes me happy.
How old are your dreadlocks?
My dreads will be 2 years old on May 2.
Why did you get dreadlocks done?
I wanted dreads for the first time when I went to the USA as I was 8 yo, there I met my cousin.
She had like cheeks piercings, ear plugs and a few dreads, and I thought that later I wanted to be like her.
Moreover, I always lived in principles of tolerance, love of the human being, rejection of inequalities, and my mother made me listening to Bob Marley since I am a child :)
So I thought that dreadlocks will embody well this state of mind.
How are your dreadlocks made?
A friend made my dreads with a hook, and a lot of patience haha.
Since my last dread was formed, I don't use hook anymore, except for a maintenance one.
How do you take care of your dreadlocks?
I take care of my dreadlocks with natural products, essential oils and organic shampoo.
Otherwise, I let them grow as they want, maybe separate them sometimes but I don't maintain them often.
Do you have any personal tips about dreadlocks that you want to share with other dreadheads?
I don't think that I can know more about dreadlocks than you :)
Just, be careful of lice!!
I had lice once and it was so hard to get rid of them, at a moment I even thought about cutting my dreads… but I finally succeeded without losing my babies.
Have you experienced any judgment towards you just because you are a dreadhead?
Every morning in the subway there are some people who look at me as I were a monster haha.
And I'm in a catholic school, so at the beginning of the year they asked me if I could get rid of my dreads, I answered that I could shave my head haha, so they preferred to let me keep them but I must always put them in a bun.
And I'm happy because when they saw me they imagined like « a dreadhead who just smoke weed and don't work at school » but I have very good grades and tell them fuck :)
Also, many teenagers, when they meet me for the first time, say that I'm a rasta, but I'm not, people have to understand that having dreadlocks don't imply that you're necessarily a rasta, as wearing Dr Martens don't imply necessarily that you're a punk, or I don't know all the prejudices that people can have because they need to categorize the others.
What is your favorite dreadlock product?
I do love jewels, so I put many pearls in my dreads, that make them colorful.
Who is your favorite dreadhead?
Hmm I don’t know.. I think Max Romeo's dreads really impress me, because of the length and the gradation of color, from brown for old hair and grey for the new.
But I like seeing all the possible various forms of dreads, it's amazing.
Do you have any tips and advice to someone that is thinking of getting dreadlocks but is doubtful?
I think that everybody will tell them to really think about it before doing it, to be sure that they really want it.
Just want to add that it isn't just a hairstyle, it involves a state of mind and some principles, even if all the dreadheads don't have the same ideas behind their dreads.
But I mean it isn't just esthetical, it's psychological too.
And also, you have to be sure that you will assume them, support the way that people will see you, and be aware that many people will have a judgment about you just by seeing your dreads.
How would you describe a perfect day in your life?
All days are good, all that life can doles you is good, you just have to pull the right messages of everything.
But, okay, a perfect day in my life would look like : go to the museum in the morning, see people I love in the afternoon and go to a concert at night, and read a book and listen to music between these activities.