January is over, so I can finally say Happy New Year guys! Everyone can relate that January seems to drag on with more extra days than any other month. Nonetheless, it’s a New Year, and with it comes new opportunities.
Speaking of new, I’ve been thinking of cutting my dreadlocks. This was a hard choice. I remember the pressure I had to do so back in 2010 when I got my first job. At that time, dreadlocks were not really acceptable in the work place. To make matters worse, the place I was offered a job most of the guys had shaved heads.
The amount of love and time I’d spent on my dreads wouldn’t allow me to separate with them so easily. So I decided to keep them as neat as possible and see if they (my boss/ management) would raise an issue. The first week was tense because at any time I was expecting to hear the bad news – cut them or leave.
Keeping my hair as neat as possible meant me sacrificing my time and almost half my salary. After retouching, dreads can last a whole month but I decided to go to the salon every week on either Fridays or Saturdays. Two to three hours in the salon doing the same process of trimming, washing, fixing and drying. After, I’d get a clean cut from the barber. I thought I would get frustrated with the process, however I learnt to enjoy the grooming. Soon at work people began to appreciate my dreads, positively commenting on my style – including the clients. My dedication was paying off!
So after surviving all that, here I am in 2017, ready to make the dreaded cut…
Chris Kanyanya ( MY LOCKTICIAN )
Elias ( BARBER )
Roots Dreadlocks Center
Nanak House, Opposite Nation Center
Photo Credits To Mavo ( +254-720-210-090 ). His Instagram – Mavo_gg
Watch my short video of the whole process at the salon;