Laverne's Dreadlock Story
What is your name?
My name is Laverne ”HippKhoi” Maart
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HippKhoi-1702964293283428
Tell us a bit about yourself?
Laverne also known as HippKhoi is a creative junkie from Cape Town South Africa.
I have a ton of things I’m interested in.
Music is my life, I’m a vocalist and a poet however I’m mostly known for fashion and character modeling.
I love green and it’s pretty evident lol.
I love turtles and tortoises, I feel like they are the hippies of the animal kingdom. I enjoy skateboarding as well.
DIY is my thing so I’m always trying to make my own unique creations.
I’ve recently dipped my hands into designing and manufacturing of clothing and accessories, my line will be released hopefully in August this year.
Charity is the best part of what I do, giving back has always been important to me; I am currently with a charity organization called Point Africa where we do a lot of outreach, fund raisers, awareness campaigns and workshops to help aid other charities, orgs, schools and underprivileged communities.
What makes you happy?
The Forest because I love to be surrounded by nature, I feel at peace within myself just listening to all those natural earthly sounds that mother nature so divinely creates, like the sound of birds singing, the sound of the wind caressing the trees and the leaves and then the sound of the river flowing or falling from the rocks.
How old are your dreadlocks?
They are about 4 years old.
Why did you get dreadlocks done?
What inspired my crown was basically the love for curly bushy hair, dreadlocks, my favourite colour green and Native Americans!!.
Growing up I loved the thickness and curliness of my hair but as I got older I just fell in love with dreadlocks.
I couldn’t decide on whether I want to keep my curly bushy hair or whether I want to dread my hair, so I decided to have both.
I have a little obsession with the colour green. I have to wear something green everyday even if it’s just an armband that has green in it that’s why In 2014 I decided to dye my whole head green and it has been green ever since.
I have thirteen dreadlocks in total six on each side and one infront on the left.
I love Native Americans.
They inspire me so much and I really wanted a part of my identity to represent them and that’s the reason for the dream catchers in my hair.
I have 3 in total hanging from my dreadlocks.
How are your dreadlocks made?
My dreadlocks were crotchet because I didn’t have the patients for it to grow and form into dreadlocks naturally.
How many dreadlocks do you have?
I have thirteen in total, 6 hanging on each side and one infront on the left.
How do you take care of your dreadlocks?
I wash my hair with natural hair products because I also have natural curly hair.
I use coconut oil on a daily basis, it doesn’t make my hair oily at all because my hair soaks it up.
I crochet new hair growth every second month. I wrap my hair with a silk hair wrap when I go sleep.
Have you experienced any judgment towards you just because you are a dreadhead?
Not really, it’s rather funny at times; most people go crazy for my hair. I think they notice my hair before they even notice me.
Some people appreciate the creativity and they found it interesting enough to want to spark a conversation with me about my hair or to comment on it.
What is your favorite dreadlock product?
I dont use any dreadlock products, just coconut oil, it really works for me.
Who is your favorite dreadhead?
Do you have any tips and advice to someone that is thinking of getting dreadlocks but is doubtful?
Just do it!!!!
If you don’t want it you can cut it off and keep your dreads your hair will grow back and if you want the dreads back just crochet it back in.
Learn to listen to yourself, unlearn everything that society has taught you and create your own opinion, do things that would bring about happiness for yourself as well.
How would you describe a perfect day in your life?
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z, I couldn’t find the words to describe it so I sent the whole alphabet hahaha.
Sometimes it’s difficult to describe something so beautiful that words cannot explain.
Do you mind when people touch your hair?
No, I don’t mind at all. I got so use to it. I know they’ curious and want to feel the texture of my hair and they genuinely just want to know more about it.
I have a lot going on so I can understand why they would want to touch it hahaha!
Tell us about your process towards creating your unique identity?
As a child I always had this picture of what I wanted to look like and I turned out to be nothing like it but so much better that what I had imagined, because the picture that I had in my mind was created by the uniform society has painted for me.
I wanted to be free, and with me wanting freedom I had to basically undo what society had taught me, along with some of the things my family has taught me, and so my journey began in the mission to find myself without other people’s opinions or what was trending in the world to influence my decision making.
My physical identity was just my love for the colour green, dreadlocks and my curly bushy hair, I couldn’t decide whether I want to keep my curly hair or whether I wanted to have dreads, so I decided to have both haha.
I have 13 dreads in total and a full natural curly bushy green hair.
I love vintage bohemian clothes so I am always on the hunt to find one of a kind pieces.
What inspires you on a day-to-day basis? What motivates you to be creative?
Everyday life inspires me, my surroundings, my pain and my joy.
I find myself walking the streets for inspiration and also checking peoples pictures on Instagram that’s how I came across your (Dreadstuff’s) pictures, it inspired me so much that I checked and still checking it every day, and now I get to feature in a book that have inspired me and hopefully I will inspire someone else.
The force behind my creativity is knowing that I am free to create whatever I want to.
I am basically the goddess of my own universe I have created for myself and I find freedom and peace within it.