Well, today was the day.. This morning I woke up about 8ish, had some breakfast and got on with doing some curtain based work on my car I now - all the curtains apart from the back window ones have been fitted and work well. All that is left to do is sew some velcrow strips to them so they stick to the bits on the door, holding to the side of the car. The back one I have changed plans with, due to hanging+weight issues I have just cut out a window shaped piece of cloth which will stick to the back window via velcrow.
I messed about doing this till lunch time, then had something to eat and had a shower.
I left to go and get my dreads done at 11:30, and didn't arrive home till 5:30pm! It was about a 45 minute motorway drive to get there (which was a good test for my car, which it seemed to be fine with..) and back, and I spent 4 HOURS in the chair having them done.
Paula who did them for me, runs a small 'natural hair business' in a conservatory style room off the side of her house in Cooran. I found out she had run her own salon for over 10 years, but now for a quieter life she works from home and does call outs.
All in all I think the best way to put it is 'an experience'. Paula was really nice to chat to (fortunately as it takes so long!) and she did a great job. However the actual process is far less pleasant. All the ones pulled together on the sides and top of your head, especially around the ears, are painful to say the least. To have one done is an eye opener, especially as she starts on your forehead, but having your whole head done genuinely takes some balls..or to not know what your letting yourself in for! Apparently she has been told by other clients who's dreads she has just maintained, she is one of the most gentle they have experienced. Now I nearly let out a little yelp on a couple of occasions, and had a tear I my eye more than once towards the end. To have a 'rough' person do them would be torture!
Anyway enough moaning - I am definitely glad I had them done, and although they look pretty good now, in a couple of weeks when they had settled in I am hopeful they could look great!
For this next week they will be an inconvenience though, firstly (as I am finding as I write this) laying your head on the pillow is faaar from comfortable, and secondly they can't get wet for a week...guess I better get a shower cap, and can't go surfing. Each morning its advisable to use the wax and 'roll' between your palms to help stick together the hairs that loosen in the night..
So getting dreads and faffing with the car took up my whole day really. This evening we had dinner and watched 'the boat that rocked' which was a great film actually, then I went to bed knakered.
(Photo - dread making in progress!)