I would like to begin this blog entry with many thanks to those who are supporting our decision, during these unprecedented times, to close our services for the second time,
It is with heavy heart, that I have decided to shut down JātaDreads with immediate effect. Due to the rise in new infections and now more people are having to go to hospital, I feel it is my responsibility to be a part of the solution to this situation and help stop the further spread of COVID-19. Should humanity collectively act with compassion towards each other and effectively adapt to the necessary changes required to dramatically decrease the spread of the virus, then, I will consider re-opening JātaDreads.
In the meantime, my advice to you is to learn how to lock your own hair, and become self-sufficient in your quest towards self expression. Cultivating self-sufficiency, ie independent discipline, is a fundamental step that gives rise to integrity in the true essence of spiritual devotion.
We wish you all well and please act safely.
Anna-Marie and Philip
Started these baby locks in March ’20 just before the COVID lockdown, so today was the first tidy up. Thank you Mark, for trusting me to start these locks for you and with your loyalty to my regular maintenance of them, especially as these locks are symbol of something special to you.
I started these locks 21 months ago, they have matured so well. A joy to work on them today.
Today’s tidy up. Wonderful afternoon spent outside on the stern, Tom watching fish swimming at the water surface and spotting Kingfisher darting about the bank. Great to catch up with this top chap.
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.
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.
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.
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 blunted ends. Amazing day, privilege to start these locks for spirit of true courage. An inspiring day, thank you for trusting me.
Cultivating my own locks for approx 12 years, no hair extensions. Patience is a Virtue.