The locking of hair has ancient beginnings …….

The locking of hair has ancient beginnings in historical cultures from all over the world.  As far as I’m aware, the earliest written record of locked hair, is in The Vedas, which is the oldest ‘written’ text.

From my studies, reading a branch of The Vedas, called Samkhya Karika, I’ve come across a reference, to what I believe, to be that of locked hair.

As it was said, a person who knows the twenty-five principles, becomes liberated, no matter in what stage of life, young or old, whether with clotted hair or shaved, the one who knows these principles will be free.’

Allow me to give you an idea of how old the text is and how old this quote is, what the philosophy is about and what I deduce from the above quote.

Samkhya Karika was written in the 2nd Century, not much is know about the original author ~ Lord Kapila .  A revival of the philosophy came about in the 8th Century, with commentary by Gaudapadacharya.  In 1933 a further commentary of the text, with a clearer explanation, by Swami Bawra.

In brief, the Samkhya Karika is a science of Spirit and causal nature, the objective to bring about emancipation from mental affliction.  This philosophy is the seed to Yoga, Ayurveda, Hindu, Buddha and Jain, without the Samkhya, these life paths would not exist.

From the quote above, I deduce that; 

  • a) this reference is not the only one and I believe that as my studies continue I will find more 
  • b) the reference to clotted hair, is that of Sadhu’s locks, heads shaved is a reference to Buddhists 
  • c) from this I believe, at the time of this reference, Hindu and Buddha was in existence

To have unruly hair is to indicate …..

“To have unruly hair is to indicate a separation from conventional society, a sign of someone who flouts the rules, whose ideas are different from the norm and whose long hair is a symbol of liberation from the constraints of society. This is not a recent symptom of societal changes but predates the time when people wore flowers in their hair in the 1960’s and 70’s. Traditionally, witches and wizards had unruly and disheveled hair and lived apart from their neighbours, as did the hermit, whose long robe and tangled hair are an archetypal uniform. The ‘mad professor’ who teeters between genius and insanity is given away by his hair, which stands on end.”

“Our hair is a symbol of our individuality, and to make someone cut or shave his hair is to wield power over that person”

From the Element Encyclopedia of Secret Signs and Symbols by Adele Nozedar

Just a few heads I’ve done this year.

Such a busy year, meeting so many inspiring and interesting people, who are either, maintaining their maturing locks or who have decided to begin the hair locking journey. Thank you for making that choice to have your locks croched by me.  Everyone a pleasure, everyone a personal interaction and an exchange of energy and everyone, individual, diverse and mind expanding.

Yogashanti

Recent fresh locks and tidy-ups Aug to Dec 2017 #jatadreads #dreadlocks

 

A few of the heads I’ve done from August to December 2017

Important Fee Notice

I’d like to begin with saying a huge thank you to everyone who has trusted me with their JataDread journey.  I am sorry that I have to do this but my hourly rate will be increasing to £20 as off 1st January 2018.  I don’t like having to do this but my study fees have also increased and I use all the money I earn from locking hair to pay for my Yoga studies.  I hope you all understand.

Yogashanti

Recent tidy-ups and fresh locks #jatadreads #dreadlocks

Here is some locks that I’ve either started as fresh locks or tidied up since my last post in February 2017.   Happy days x

Recent Fresh Locks and Tidy-Ups #jatalocks #dreadlocks

 

First pic is a close up of a before and after tidy-up of loops.  Second pic is a tidy-up and the third is fresh locks.  So lucky I get to this work, it is happy work.

Yogashanti

17/01/17 Fresh new locks…. #jatadreads #dreadlocks 

Fresh new locks, love love love love. When one makes that life changing choice, I’m so grateful that they choose me to help start that journey. Amazing experience locking these baby jata, we connected in so many ways. I feel I’ve made a friend for life.

Yogashanti