I got my locks at a point in my life where i was depressed and pessimistic about how I would be able to live the life that I want, a life true to my values, in the society I live in. I was feeling very stuck, like I was being forced to fit a mold the wrong shape. I have been taught to live cautiously and and practically and it seemed like everything I wanted for myself (travel, experience, family, etc.) was just out of the realm of possibility. I know it seems silly that my hair style could have anything to do with such feelings and fears but it totally did. At first the idea of locking my hair seemed like just another impossible dream. no matter how beautiful I saw them a lot of people have negative feelings about them and they are probably considered the epitome of “impractical” choices to the average joe. I felt like I should be more concerned with being able to get a job than what I wanted. To cut this long story a little shorter I ended up starting them to give myself the chance to live “impractically” and put my desires before all else. After all life is too short to not take some risks for the sake of happiness, especially when it comes to something as personal as your hair. It ended up being the best decision I’ve ever made about my appearance. I have loved my locks since day one and can’t imagine not having them now. They have been conversation starter of many a great talk with strangers, they have given me more confidence in myself because I feel more like my personity is in sync with my appearance, they have given me a lesson in patience for sure, and there is something special about each set of locks being totally unique to each person. Like our own roots. :) (hence the name of this blog.)
Sorry to be so long winded! I’ve actually wanted to write this out for awhile. I hope this helps you out!