Maria's Dreadlock Story
What is your name?
My name is Maria.
Tell us a bit about yourself?
I am Buddhist, and my husband and I are raising two little buddha-boys, aged 6 and 10.
We live in the south of Norway, right by the ocean. I love living here, and the beach is definitely my happy place.
I am a registered nurse, and I work in the ICU at the hospital. It´s exciting, and hard, emotional and humbling, interesting and action-filled - and just everything I love about my job.
My other passion is yoga. I have been practicing, and sometimes teaching, yoga since I was 14 years old, so that actually makes it 19 years now.
It is a beautiful journey to be on, and I live, breathe and love it.
What makes you happy?
Happiness is an inside job, I really believe that. And I try to live a happy life with an attitude of gratitude.
And so I fill my life, and our family´s life, with music, traveling, friends, dancing, wine, food, books, stories, adventures, swimming, surfing and togetherness.
To share our Happiness. That makes me happy.
I believe in community, and taking care of each other.
How old are your dreadlocks?
My dreadlocks are now 4 years old. But I also had dreads when I was younger.
Why did you get dreadlocks done?
Once when I was 5 years old, and out in town with my dad, I saw a couple with dreadlocks down to their knees.
My heart stopped, I thought it was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. My hair is naturally very curly and thick, so I guess it was meant to be.
I got my first dreadlocks when I was 19.
When I cut them a few years later, I soon regretted it. It felt like something was missing.
So I was so happy when I made a new friend with beautiful dreadlocks, who helped me make my new ones.
How are your dreadlocks made?
They are made with a crochet hook and my very curly hair. Nothing else.
How many dreadlocks do you have?
I don´t count very often, but I think I have about 52 of them.
How do you take care of your dreadlocks?
I wash them about once a week.
I use clean, organic shampoo, like Dr. Bronners or Dr. Organic. I never use conditioner or styling products.
I love swimming in the ocean, so a lot of salt water too.
And sometimes I rinse them or spray them with a solution made from water, coconut oil, and essential oils from lavender, rosemary and teatree.
I make it myself, it´s very simple, and all natural. Takes great care of your scalp and smells lovely.
Do you have any personal tips about dreadlocks that you want to share with other dreadheads?
Yes, swim in the ocean, shake your locks when you dance, feel free and celebrate!
And feel free to copy my recipe for that mixture I described in the question above, it´s great!
Have you experienced any judgment towards you just because you are a dreadhead?
More curiosity than judgement…. But yes, some people express their curiosity in a less than polite manner.
Others are fascinated and ask to touch them!
What is your favorite dreadlock product?
A hair oil I buy whenever I am in India. It is called Parachutes or something, and contains coconut oil and jasmine.
Need to go back to get more.
Who is your favorite dreadhead?
Two of my best friends: Gilbert from Botswana, who encouraged me to start my new dreadlocks four years ago, and Kath who made them.
Do you have any tips and advice to someone that is thinking of getting dreadlocks but is doubtful?
If you come up with too many excuses to why it is a bad idea, you are probably not ready for them. It´s a journey and a commitment.
Follow your heart.
Anyway, it´s not the end of the world, it´s just hair.
Whatever you do, you can always grow your natural hair back.
How would you describe a perfect day in your life?
Waking up with my husband, hearing our two boys playing, and hopefully the sound of waves and lots of time on our hands.