JātaDread Ethos

How and why anyone chooses to lock their hair is a personal choice.  However, if one chooses to come to me to have their hair locked, then please note, I won’t get involved with any extending or filling methods of locking, be it synthetic or natural hair.  However, should one of your locks break away, as long as the lock is your hair, I am happy to re-attach it.  Please understand, that I regard, locking hair is a spiritual process, extending or filling methods, using synthetic or natural hair, contradicts Dharma (Virtue).  I would like to add that the Hair Extension Industry, is not ethically regulated, protecting adults and children from human exploitation.  For more information please check out my blog post ‘Hair Extension Industry – Human Exploitation

I use the crochet method of locking, I do not use rubber bands, waxes or any fixing agents, everything is natural and has to be your own hair.

It is nice to have a brief consultation, which can be done using emails, photographs and or telephone.


We live on a widebeam canal boat, frequently travelling either the Kennet & Avon Canal or the Thames, cruising through, Berkshire, West Berkshire and Wiltshire.  We have other work commitments, so we aim to moor close to public car parks, and or railway stations, therefore, not an issue getting to us.  You are always greeted from the car park or the railway station, so you do not have to concern yourself with finding our house-boat.  Your day with us is much more than having your locks installed or maintained.  A separate room at the ‘Bow’ of the boat, is dedicated to spiritual practice and locking hair.  The room is airy, spacious, filled with natural light from several windows, which give you a great view of the beautiful countryside.  You will be taking yourself away from your regular routine, into a peaceful, calm and healing environment, where you will reconnect with nature, giving you a humbling experience, to take positive vibes home with you.

Whilst I am locking, I hope you will share with me some of your life’s adventures, the energy from you will connect with my hands and I will pass these experiences into your locked hair.  Your Jata become your timeline.  Please rest assured our time together is confidential.

I will share with you, a Pranayama technique (breath control), which will help you to relax, especially when some of the areas of your head are sensitive and uncomfortable.

It is important that I look after my hands to prevent over use injuries;  locking someone else’s hair is not easy and can be a strain on the hands, wrists, arms, shoulders and back.   I have a week day job, teaching Corporate group classes in Functional Fitness Training, together with full time studies.  Therefore, I limit my services to two full days a week, Friday and Sunday, maximum of 8 hours a sitting.   Looking after myself, has to be a priority.  I am devoted to Yoga and that means a commitment to Ahimsā (non-harming). An important principle to my services, is that I bring sincerity to the task, I am not in a rush, what I do, I wish to do well.

I will encourage you to get up ever so often, to walk about, get some fresh air and if we are doing an 8 hour locking session, I will provide refreshments, all food is plant-based

I will teach you how to look after the postural muscles in the back of your neck. Locked-up hair gets heavy, locks will cause your head to tilt back, shortening the back of your neck.

I will promote lock maintenance, advising you on their hygiene and showing you how to help stop your locks from matting together.  Also, I am very keen for you to learn how to tidy up your own locks, if you would like to learn, then happy to share.

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