Now this debate will definitely take on different meaning depending on if we’re talking natural dreads or extended dreads. I do not have natural dreads, so I can only speak from the perspective of extensions. I do invite conversation and commentary from those of you with natural dreadies, or the combo of natural with extensions. So, are my dreads part of my inner self, or are they just a hairstyle? I’m not sure, to be honest. I know that the proposition of not wearing them ever again (or at least for extended amounts of years) makes me feel as though I would be losing a part of me. So I guess if I look at it that way, yes, my dread extensions are a part of me. However, if for some reason (job, illness, sudden zombie apocalypse) did occur and I could not wear them, I would go on. It wouldn’t be the death of me or anything, it wouldn’t stop me from living life; I’d just feel like a bit of a poser. I’m not being 100% honest with the world if my outside doesn’t match my fabulous inside. And for me, that’s what dread extensions are; they are an extension of the fabulous, sparkly, unicorn I am inside. I suppose then that it is more than just a hairstyle, for me. I’ve been making/wearing some kind of alt hair extensions since 2002. That was around the time that I went through a major interior change as well. Perhaps another major interior change will happen again for me, and the dread extensions won’t be as important later on down the road. But for now, yes, they are a part of me and not just a fashion statement. In fact, I’ve never been much of one to be interested in “fashion” anyways; I don’t care if dread extensions are popular or not, I just want to wear them to express my inner self. Do you feel like your extensions or natural dreads are part of your inner self? Or have you chosen them because of the fashion statement they make? Or maybe a combo of both?
Me wearing my Cruella inspired dreads; yes, I wore them to Disney World.