Summer Boat Life

 

 

Beautiful hot summer’s day, rude not to enjoy being outdoors.  Nature on the canal giving Emma and ourselves a meaninful experience for her locks tidy up.

First JātaDreads Client COVID Precautions

 

Beautiful summer’s day, helping to give Nancy and us, the meaningful experience that we aim to achieve, when one chooses us to have their fresh locks installed or maturing locks maintained.  We are grateful to Nancy for her patience, as we meticulously followed the Government guidelines in providing our services.

Aboard our home, a widebeam canal boat, cruising the Kennet & Avon canal, basing ourselves in the ancient lands of Wiltshire.  The room at the bow, where we practice and study the ancient teachings of Yoga, making it a sacred space.  The room opens up into the countryside and through the french doors, there is a seated outdoor space, where one can take time out for refreshments, to connect with nature, soak up her peace and enjoy the canal.

Today was Philip’s first time locking hair for someone other than myself, he did amazingly well.  It won’t be long before he is cool to go solo.

Yogashanti

Reopening

Bookings Update:

Gratitude and love to all that have been patient, waiting for us to re-open. We are now fully booked till the end of October. Some of you are already aware that my partner Philip is now training to also lock hair, he’s doing incredibly well and as soon as he feels confident to go solo, I will update on what days we will be adding to the JataDreads appointment diary.

In the meantime, if you would like to make a booking for fresh locks or maintenance on maturing locks, sooner rather than later, to save on further long waiting times, then please get in touch.

Remember, we do have strict COVID-19 H&S precautions in place, which I will elaborate on when you make a booking.

Relaxing Lockdown

JataDreads Update ~ Opening up for Bookings.

Date for the relaxing of lockdown might be July 4th, nothing has been confirmed yet. I will keep you updated.

It is very important that you take into consideration, that I am in the high risk category, I have asthma.  My asthma is controlled, however, asthma is a respiratory condition, therefore I will be taking all necessary precautions to ensure my health and safety.

Information of what to expect on the day of your appointment.

Please do not use public transport to get to us.  If it’s not possible to walk or use a bicycle, then you must ask a member of your family living in the same household, to drive you to your appointment.  Obviously, after your appointment, you are free to use public transport.

When you arrive, I will meet you at the car park that is close to where we are moored.  Unfortunately, I will not be as tactile with my greeting as I usually am, I will keep some distance between us, please do not be offended about this.

You will be asked to wash your hands as soon as we reach the boat and I will be asking you to wear a mask, which I will provide.  I will also be wearing a mask.

Weather permitting, I will have prepared a shady area for us outside, for me to work on your hair/locks.

All tools I use for locking, this includes combs etc, will have been sterilised.

More often than not, depending on how long an appointment is booked for, I prepared food as part of your day’s experience with us, makes me sad to tell you, that I will not be permitted to this for the foreseeable future.  However, I will provide teas, coffees etc, and you will have to keep your mask on and only remove it enough, to drink. Unless of course, taking breaks and go sit outside, we can then remove masks and enjoy refreshments.

I appreciate this is all very clinical, really not ideal, especially as our time together should be meaningful.  I will do my utmost best to continue to provide a space that is calming, positive and therapeutic.

When booking an appointment, I will confirm reiterating the above information, together with all the details you need to have, to get safely to our mooring.

Thank you in advance for your patience, loyalty and support.

Yogashanti

Anna-Marie 

Please don’t call me a loctician

I don’t like it, I’m not a loctician, I’m Anna-Marie.  I have no idea where this label came from, however, I’d hazard a guess, that it originates from the fashion industry and in my book, that isn’t cool.  ‘Loctician’…. seems to me, that people put labels on themselves because they need some sort of status; loctician, it’s not even a nice word, it sounds clinical.  I don’t appreciate people deciding for me that I should be labelled.  So please do not call me a loctician.

We’ve not washed our locks for 2 years!

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May 2018 we stopped washing our locks and so far, for both of us, scalp, new hair growth and the locks, have never been healthier, look or felt better.

The first 3 months was about breaking the cycle of washing, which to be honest, wasn’t difficult.  The first 3 months both heads went from dry and itchy to oily.  The 4th month, everything calmed down and balanced out, scalps and new hair growth began to look and feel healthy.   Jumping forward to the present day, Philip’s and my locks look and feel great, we are happy with the result and will continue, not washing.

We didn’t do any research or follow any guidelines, we simply used common sense.

  • We both have active jobs. Philip works outside in a dusty, dirty environment.  I have a physical job and again a lot of my day is outdoors.  Philip uses a head-tube to protect his locks, I tie back and put my locks up and out of the way.
  • Sweat.  When not at work, we allow the locks be free so air can circulate.  It is necessary to regularly maintain the locks stopping them from matting and clotting together.  It is important we check each other’s scalp and locks regularly, to make sure that the scalp is healthy and the locks do not smell, so far they haven’t.
  • It rains a lot in the UK, we live on a boat, moving every 14 days, come rain or shine.  We have to chop wood, carry water plus other jobs to do with sustainable living.  Living day to day, we do not let our locks get wet or damp, especially in the winter.  Philip’s and my locks are very long and dense, takes all day for both heads of locks to dry, so to prevent them from getting musty and mouldy, we protect them from rain and the damp outdoors.
  • When we go swimming, we rinse the locks in clean water only.  Obviously only swim in the warmer season, locks dry much quicker and thoroughly from the sun.
  • We do not put any oils on our scalp.  After almost 24 months of letting the scalp and hair do it’s natural thing, we don’t need to.
  • From day one, at no time, did Philip’s or my locks smell!

Why did we do this?  We wanted to at least give it a go, worst case scenario, we would have to wash our locks again.  Not being fans of cosmetics, we began to feel passionate about letting hair self clean, results are amazing.  We do believe ,for us that is, that the washing with soaps, was more of a contribution to itchy heads, dry skin and oily hair.

This blog entry is by no means an effort to persuade peeps, to stop washing their hair, this is simply, Philip’s and my experience, and we would like to share it with you. 

Fresh locks with blunt ends 8th March ‘20

Fresh locks, with blunted ends. Amazing day, privilege to start these locks for spirit of true courage. An inspiring day, thank you for trusting me.

My locks

Cultivating my own locks for approx 12 years, no hair extensions. Patience is a Virtue.

Fresh locks 1st March ‘20

Fresh locks today, love the transformation and the happiness in self expression through change. Look forward to the first tidy up in 3 months.

Tidy up 28th Feb ‘20

Installed these partial locks 3 years ago, wonderful to see how well they have matured.