Merituulia's Dreadlock Story

Pic by - Mika Vallineva (

What is your name?

My name is Merituulia, which is a Finnish name and translates into ’sea winds.’
I have tumblr and instagram;
and on Instagram I go by name - Noitatanssi (which translates into ’witch dance’ in English.

Tell us a bit about yourself?

I’m 21 years old but a child at heart.
I love fairytales, books, poetry, writing – anything to do with words and stories really.
I study literature in university and I’m really passionate about it.
Along with that, my passions include health and vegan food: I think food is art as well as painting, and I feel like an artist in my kitchen.
I live in a tiny little apartment full of carpets, tapestries and warm colors, and it’s probably my favorite place to be along with libraries and forests.
I love my alone time at home, doing what I love, listening to good music and preparing delicious food or writing poems as much as I love spending time with my girlfriend.
We don’t live together, but sometimes it feels like we really do – we have two addresses but one home; each other.
I don’t just chill at home though, I love spending time outdoors, seeing as the nature is growing and changing all around me.
I used to own horses when I was younger, and feeling that connection with an animal is one of the greatest gifts I’ve ever had.
I occasionally ride my friend’s horse and those moments in the woods, with just nature and silence are my favorite moments.

Pic by - Annina Vanhatalo (@mohatun on Instagram)

What makes you happy?

Finding something pretty from a second hand store, cats, horses, the feeling after reading a really good book, mornings when I have lots of time to drink my coffee and eat my breakfast, kisses and hugs, climbing to trees, going to art galleries..
What is common to all of these things is the feeling of presence; being present in this very moment, slowing down, feeling connection between you and other beings around you.
That’s what makes me happy.

How old are your dreadlocks?

They’ll turn two years in October!

Why did you get dreadlocks done?

I have always had long, thick hair that gets knotted really easily.
It was a real struggle to keep it knot-free and looking tidy.
I didn’t know (and still don’t) how to make different hairdos, so I was always wearing my hair down or on a ponytail, which got a little boring.
I tried to have short hair for a change thinking it might be easier to take care of, but I missed having long hair so much it felt like I had lost a limb.
I let my hair grow a bit, and I was 19 when my friend made my dreads for me.
It’s been the best decision I have made for myself, considering my appearance and overall self-esteem.
I don’t have ’bad hair days’ and I don’t have to fight to keep it in a certain way.
It’s just so nice not having to worry about something as trivial as hair.
For me, getting dreads was about ’’letting it be’’ and my journey so far has made me more accepting and loving towards myself.

Pic by - Hanna Karjalainen (@aichasheart on Instagram)

How are your dreadlocks made?

Twist and rip/backcomb method.
It took about 10 hours or something to get them done.

How many dreadlocks do you have?

I have something around 55 dreads, maybe a little more, maybe a little less – I never manage to count them properly.

How do you take care of your dreadlocks?

Usually I wash my hair once a week with natural, organic herb shampoo.
I wash my bangs almost every day, as I do sports and it gets sweaty so easily.
Sometimes I use Urtekram aloe vera conditioner, especially if I have dyed my dreads recently.
In summer I swim in the sea, it makes my dreads feel so tight and nice that I don’t always rinse afterwards.
I don’t do a lot of maintenance anymore, just separate after washing and if it feels necessary. Sometimes I palm roll if I’m bored!

Do you have any personal tips about dreadlocks that you want to share with other dreadheads?

I think the most important thing is patience.
Everyone always keep telling this, but it’s really important to give up the image of a certain looking hair and just let it do it’s thing.
All dreads are unique and different, and yours will probably never look like someone else's.
That’s why it’s important to change your mindset into thinking that your dreads will look like your dreads, not like the ones in that picture you saw – and it’s the most beautiful thing about them.
And just let them be, time is the most beautifying thing for your dreads.

Pic by - Annina Vanhatalo (@mohatun on Instagram)

Have you experienced any judgment towards you just because you are a dreadhead?

Not much really.
Recently there has been a lot of conversation about cultural appropriation, and on tumblr I have gotten a couple of hateful messages about that.
Some people also assume that I use drugs, which isn’t true.

What is your favorite dreadlock product?

I love using coconut oil on the ends of my dreads to keep them wispy and conditioned, and it smells really nice.
I don’t know if this counts but I love incense and keeping them around makes my hair smell super nice as well.
My current favorite is vanilla.

Who is your favorite dreadhead?

Captain Jack Sparrow!
There is no doubt about this.

Do you have any tips and advice to someone that is thinking of getting dreadlocks but is doubtful?

If you want to simple it down and not play around with hair products and such, dreadlocks might be the hairstyle for you.
There is a spiritual aspect to it in my opinion, and it’s more about the mindset and patience than looks.
If you solely want dreads because you like how they look, you might get disappointed – it takes a lot of time for them to mature, and they sometimes develop into directions you might not want them to (shrinkage, loopiness, crazy phases etc.).
But, if you want to look into it, experience the growth and changes and learn to live in ease and get more comfortable about being on a journey and not ’perfect’ – it’s a huge lesson learned and worth the while, and you’ll have the most gorgeous locks before you know it.
I’m pretty sure that the more you love them the more they grow and mature.

Pic by - Mika Vallineva (

How would you describe a perfect day in your life?

Slow morning, waking up to the smell of coffee and acoustic music.
Having a healthy, nourishing breakfast with my girlfriend.
Walks by the sea, deep conversation, going for a run.
Sunshine, sand beneath our feet, the feeling of 24 hours not being enough.
To love and being loved in return.
Phone call with mom.
Sore feet after walking around the city bare-feet.
My biggest dream is to travel around the world, waking up in a place I’ve never been before.
That would be perfect as well.
But I don’t have a lot of money, I’ve never had.
When I was a child, I learned to enjoy the simplest of things and make them the core of my life.
Some day I will travel and do the things I dream of, but I will have so many perfect days before that, too.
It doesn’t have to be much.