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.
After 3 n half months time out I’m back to locking hair. So glad. I’ve finally mastered a second technique which is important because hair types are so different. This lovely lady was excited to lock her hair and I felt privileged she asked me. Cos my hands are rusty from time out, we spread the locking over 2 days. She wanted to keep the tails so as to keep the length. Beautiful bonding time with her, I’m looking forward to teaching her how to lock her own.
I miss it, how bizarre is that! But taking the time out is proving to be valuable.
Returning home from my travels I had a back log of emails to get through, enquiring about bookings. The majority of the enquiries were asking about extensions and that just pissed me off; a) because these people obviously haven’t taken the time to read and note what JataDreads is all about and b) for fuck sake people, what are your locks supposed to represent? How false you are? How desperate you are? How vain you are?
Anyway, I’ve calmed down since then, done some yoga study and spent some time in reflection of that study. And I’d like to get back to locking hair, making new friends with like-minded people and sharing space and time. I’ll take the rest of the summer out so I can achieve a deeper study of yoga and get back to locking hair in September.
My plan is to limit the number of people though, keeping it down to 1 maybe 2 people a month, I don’t want the money I earn from JataDreads to become a necessary income, I need it remain a labour of love. I’m in no hurry to be busy and hopefully this will weed out the material thinkers who don’t take the time to read about JataDreads.
Had a lovely couple of days tiding up these locks, this special person is becoming a good friend. It’s time tho, she started to learn how to maintain her own locks, so the next part of her journey begins. The centre picture is my friend picking up some of my skills which I hope she will personalise on her journey.
Began the tidy up start of the Solstice/festive holiday, 2 weeks ago. Keeping my arms up for a duration of time meant I could tidy up about 8 locks with each session. I only used a mirror to catch the lose hair at the crown of the head, other than that, I locked every Jata by touch. The holiday has been particularly spiritual and magical, this time round and so this tidy up I fed into each one, the meaning of the season, which resulted in the best tidy up I have ever done on my own locks. It’s taken me 7 years to grow them and 4 years to learn how to lock them myself, finally I feel confident with the skill and confident that this tidy up will last all of 2016.