Roots culture. Dreads are part of a way of life. A natural lifestyle.
Found around the world and as far back as the dawn of man. This is the original hairstyle.
Hollywood and rap culture have embraced Lock's as a fashionstatement but for the original man they are a spiritual connection to a higher vibration. God, Jah or Allah reaches down from the heavens and grabs you when you pass away.
"They have kept me warm."
"I have had to use them as a pillow at night."
As an artist I love them. As a professional I am honored to help in the process of maintaing a healthy environment and style for my clients. I know various techniques and the right and wrong products to use.
I have been dreading for years.
Recently, I have had a extreme circumstance. A clients locks were removed from his head forcefully. It has been months of growing and shaping. Care for the hair that was left to grow again. Missing his hair he asked what could be done. The only option I had was to be patient and let them grow. Leaving us both disappointed.
I came across a testimonial one day of a gentlemen who had cut all his locks off and months later had them reattached. He said he felt whole again. He was very emotional. I still didn't know how it was done!!! Countless hours of surfing techniques and stories from other industry professionals I came across a video. The answers that would take my skill set to a whole other level. A home video. Only a few views and one or two likes. A young girl sitting in a lawn chair with a dread lock boy sitting between her legs on the ground. Showing ever so simply, how she was going to reattach his locks for him. Perfectly. My missing link was found and it felt amazing.
I reached out to my friend and told him not only what I learned but just how confident I was about it. Our next visit was to be epic. The reconnection of his lost locks. Perfectly.
Picture break down:
1) His missing locks he had saved
2) His new locks. 5 months old
3) Each clip holds the reattached dread. Using a latch hook I gently weaved loose hair and merged the two pieces together making one solid. Taking my time, gently, in and out of the body until they were fused together.
4) Clips removed and I lightly twisted and shape, checking for security
5)Finished style..Perfect and strong as ever. The reconnection should last between 5-10 years.
Below, a before and after of using the same process of weaving or interlocking loose hair and separated hair strands into one strong clean lock. It will always look like this now. Using a latch hook, crocheting the loose hair in and out of the body of the lock. Bring in hair, turn lock to the left, bring in hair, and repeat until desired look is achieved.
I am into building relationships. I am not a one time, on the fly, hairstylist. Every 4-6 weeks I hear stories of how your family is, how the job is going, the happy and sad moments of one's life. I take this all into consideration when I am consulting. What might be happening in one's life to want such a dramatic change.
During an appointment that was suppose to be another segment of a long process of color correction, my client suggested to just" cut it all off". Her hair grown out for years and years, well past the bra strap, gone. Normally this would set off "alarms," that emotionally there might have been a epic event that has set the motion to shed one's hair. We mourn, the hair is cut. We break up, the hair is cut. This was not the case. I was willing to take this journey with her because even though her hair was in good condition, a series of Elumen hair color was unable to be removed from her hair. Thus leaving her with very limited color options of expression.
I have watched her grow from a shy girl into an adventurous women. Admiring her youthful spirit, wanting to be free, I agreed. I was not sure how or what wave pattern would be released from her hair as we cut, so I took my time. She was the last client of the day, so there was no rushing the process. Taking it shorter, adjusting, sitting back and looking. I took me time to see what style wanted to evolve. A little shorter we would go again. It was 3 short styles until we settled on a final look. A textured pixie accented tips using Neuma styling pomade. It was a honor to be a part of such a beautiful transformation.
You are not your hair. Your hair is a compliment of your own personal style and feel. A personal expression.
I am so in love with the process of transforming a clients hair color. Organic blending of natural, rich,complementary colors infused in shine leaving the hair in great condition and uplifting your happiness. This client was such a honor to have in the chair. All one length virgin hair. A stylist dream. She came to me after a 8" haircut that had not brought her the change or attention she was wanting. I suggested color to compliment a new adjusted haircut giving dimension and depth that just layers could not do. I did take off another 2", delicately layering for movement and fullness and not the "dreaded step layers". Her color we decided on natural hues of blonde, balayage and a row of summer baby lites technique i learned on my education trip to New York City. I free hand painted natural accents and the ending result was beautiful!!
Spring has arrived and inspired a new edition to Propagandaak, " Mother Earth" photo shoot series, Mitch Kitter designed the not only creative but regal organic dress from hand picked pussy willows he found in Alaskan fields. Model Jessica Armstrong wore it elegantly. For her hair I opted for a wig for the over all extension in length and volume. I will have a educational blog coming soon just on wig maintenance and styling. Location was the drama filled scenery of the Kincaid sand dunes in south Anchorage Alaska at sunset. It was a wonderful night sharing the experience Live world wide with our Periscope friends. Stay tuned for more exciting photo shoots coming soon!
Yes...You can tell the difference between professional hair color done in the salon verses the dreaded box color!! (insert evil music) First, the obvious, the artistry alone sets the standard. Creative artistic color placement that compliments your haircut can not be duplicated in your bathroom. Box colors are usual drab, drying and not consistent in manufacturing. Who knows what you will be getting. Do you even know the color theory behind what you have, what you want, and how to get there? That pretty picture on the box...Im gonna guess she went to the salon. The ph level for hair products and chemicals are very important. You want a ph level that is for the human head. Professional salon products guarantee safe natural ingredients. Lead which is a "natural" can be found in store box colors. Please, choose a healthier, prettier option. Color corrections are very expensive and timely. It can take several visits to your salon before you get your hair looking and feeling great again. If it is a expense issue, consult with me about options for maintaing your look on a budget. Box colors will cost you more in the long run.
Alaska is well known for its beauty and natural resources. Copper, iron, chlorine,lime and arsenic are abundant in and around your water systems. Many of us have home filtration systems or water softeners. Limiting the amount of elements we are exposed to but still exposed never the less. My worst case scenario of mineral build up was a lovely woman from Homer Alaska. The mineral build up in her hair was so extensive i had to consider the chemistry of mixing elements that were built up in her hair with the product i was about to use for her color correction. I offer a professional in salon treatment. This was done several times to her hair but the minerals were so in bedded even a clear gloss created a greenish brown stain. It was a hairstylist nightmare. Another mineral treatment and the phantom color would go away. Unfortunately this was not going to be a one time fix. i was able to remove some build up and I glazed her hair to tone out the uneven brassy tones. I sent her home with Malibu Hard Water wellness shampoo,conditioner and Actives package which will eliminate brassiness & discoloration, purifies & moisturizes, restores volume & radiant shine.
Swimmers this is a excellent product for you as well. It is a must to use it every time your hair is exposed to pool water. Chlorine leaves to hair feeling like wire and turns blondes into greens! Malibu Swimmers Shampoo is excellent. My experience with it has been a successful one.
Alaska has extreme weather conditions. Hair is tucked under hats, wind blown and if wet, freezes in the extreme cold. If we do not take the right steps in maintaining healthy hair the beautiful look we are going for can be disappointing. Yes to hydrating professional hair products . I recommend Color Proof Super Rich shampoo and conditioner. Leaving the hair nourished and protecting your fabulous hair color..
Now with that said, sometimes the hair and scalp need even more help. Natural coconut oil is of course natural and wonderful!! Apply to your scalp with your finger tips to help relieve dry, itchy and maybe even painful dry scalp. You can apply coconut oil scalp to ends if your hair is overly weathered. Slightly warm the oil in a small dish in the microwave or stove top, apply directly to your hair and cover with a shower cap,hair bag or plastic wrap. Leave in for 2 hours then shampoo and condition with my recommended products listed above.
Your hair will feel great, shine and wont feel weighted down.