It is with great pleasure that I introduce Carlos to the world. Carlos is my very first natural baby dreadlock. I noticed him on Sunday morning— or rather, Nikola fished him out of my mess of hair to show me that my dreads are actually starting to make progress. Strangely enough, Saturday evening I almost posting an update of my messy head declaring the same-old “nothing is happening, it is a practice in patience,” etc.
Carlos is tiny, I know, and he is not very strong yet, but he is definitely a collection of knots hanging out at the top of my head, and I am super excited about him. This means that at least the front of my head has gotten long enough to start dreading, and if I spend countless crazy hours at the beach in Bulgaria by the end of the summer I will have a good set started, that I can bead up and let set over the winter. I really cannot believe that I have my first baby dread in only two months. At the same time I cannot believe that it has already been 2 months since I stopped using shampoo and combing my hair. My hair is very soft and happy being washed in baking soda and vinegar. 🙂
The change in me is also very desirable. As I went walking on the rainy streets this morning: sandals, a long flowing skirt, tank top, scarf wrapped around my shoulders and head… I felt completely in my body, confident, and happy in a way that I haven’t felt in a very long time. I am definitely meant to be a little earth child. Hippie? Meh, if you wish to title me so. I’ll stop resisting it. But it is so much more than that.