Posts Tagged "Dreadlocks"

One Year Later: “Do you miss your dreads?” {video}

I’ve gotten a lot of that question, especially on YouTube where new people find this still-awesome-to-watch video. So I decided to do an update video, mainly for you YouTubers who have asked, and partially just cuz. In it: the answer to that question, “do you miss your dreads?” and if I have any regrets what I do to naturally style my short hair my awesome new sidecut plenty of weird faces (I’m, er…expressive) why I kept it shaved off for so long what I learned about myself/experienced in the process some of the crazy things people have said about my shaved head a challenge to those of you who think you can’t do something radical P.S. If you’re tempted and need a little inspiration and support to take the leap, check out Tiffani’s challenge. Oh hell, why not share the ever-so-awesome video again too.

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The Life Lessons of Purple Hair

I did something I haven’t done since I was a teenager. I applied chemicals to my head, drained the tips of color, and filled it back in with purple. Yes, I’m the “Organic Sister”…my life orbiting around the natural, the innate, the organic, the mindful. And I bleached and colored my hair. (@tarawagner on Instagram) I don’t use shampoo. I don’t condition. I don’t use styling product or tools. (I use water, and my fingertips, and that be all, folks.) I cut it myself and I intentionally avoid products because, quite frankly, figuring out what’s safe and what’s not is a royal pain in the arse and why bother when it’s not really necessary. Having dreads for almost 4 years got me into this habit of minimalism. Then, shaving my head placed me square in the habit of fully alive. Still, it’s sort of a big deal for me, being…

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Burning My Dreads: The Final Goodbye

I assumed when I cut my dreads I would still have to let them go afterward. I pictured myself spending time reflecting on them as I burned them or buried them. I pictured it being ceremonious and personal and meaningful. Yup, not so much. From the moment I turned around from checking out my bald head in the reflection of the truck’s window and saw my pile of dreads laying on the ground, I’ve had no attachment to them. They felt so distant, like looking at a relic of my past…once a part of me, now just a detail in my story. Maybe it’s because it wasn’t the dreads that I had so much gratitude for, but the experience of them. Or maybe once I do take the next step it’s when I feel ready to truly let go of the last. Or maybe cutting them off cut that tie…

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Cutting My Dreadlocks, Contagious Clippers – And a Video!

The always gorgeous, always talented Tiffani Bearup sent me over the first of two videos of our Head Shaving weekend. I love you, Tiffani. You helped me commemorate one of the most incredible experiences of my life. Thank you for your talent, your heart and soul and all the tiny things you offered me in one brilliant weekend. ♥ It’s Contagious, I Tell Ya There is something about it that is contagious. Check it out: From Wild Zen: It was perfect, a part of the deep cleansing I was doing, a way to take what was inside and wear it outside, a symbol of new transformation in my life. I thought it was going to be a lesson in embracing my ugly – I wasn’t expecting to feel so radiant and sexy! I have bounds of clarity, especially in what is “other people’s stuff” and what’s mine (like how some…

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Part Three: On the Experience of Shaving My Head and Being Free (Before, During and After Photos and Video!)

I’ve sat here looking at a blank screen grasping at inadequate words to describe the shaving of my head for way too long. Incredible? Weak. Empowering? Still weak. Enlightening? Closer. Let me start by backing up a little to the beginning of my weekend. We’ll see where it goes from there. The Start of One Incredible, Life-Changing Weekend Tiffani, my badass freeplaylife photographer, arrived in Orlando on Friday evening. Now let me just say something about Tiffani. She’s flipping amazing. Colorful. Playful. Daring. Vibrant. Envelope-pushing. But she also has this deeply sensitive side that you only get to see in her photos or videos or in long conversations about Life. So I knew she was the perfect person to help me commemorate this powerful step. Because she totally “got it”. ♥ We had an amazing weekend that I know I’ll be talking more about later. But the photos! Oh wow,…

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Part Two: It’s Not About The Dreads, It’s About the Process (Video)

You can find part one of my goodbye process to my dreads here. Part two is in the (um, pretty emotional) video below… Want to read more about my process from dreadlocks to a shaved head? All dreadlock posts from start to finish are here. Part One: My announcement video of my decision to shave my dreads Part Two: A more in-depth, emotional and raw video on my decision Part Three: Putting The Process of Shaving Them into Words (and lots of photos) Part Four: A GORGEOUS Video and words from other women who’ve done the same And lastly: Burning My Dreadlocks: The Final Goodbye

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Part One: Releasing and Letting Go (Video)

I wrote about some of the inner work my 30th birthday was bringing me. Here’s where I am 3 days later…and be sure to watch until about half way through to hear what’s in the plans for my hair this week! Eeeee! Be sure to check out freeplaylife. Want to read more about my process from dreadlocks to a shaved head? All dreadlock posts from start to finish are here. Part One: My announcement video of my decision to shave my dreads Part Two: A more in-depth, emotional and raw video on my decision Part Three: Putting The Process of Shaving Them into Words (and lots of photos) Part Four: A GORGEOUS Video and words from other women who’ve done the same And lastly: Burning My Dreadlocks: The Final Goodbye

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How I Wash My Dreadlocks (Video) and Other Dreaded Things

I’ve had enough people ask how I wash my dreadlocks naturally, that I made a video. For you curiouser minds. And here’s my official announcement… For three and a half years I haven’t felt I was anywhere near cutting my dreads. That’s changed now. I don’t mean the time is NOW. But I feel like it’s soon. Of course, soon could mean tomorrow or it could mean in 6 months. I’ve learned I rarely get to choose my timing or the pace at which I transition. And I can’t explain it right now (although I’m sure I will in the future). I just feel like I’m starting a new growth process, one of letting go. There I said it. I’m at the beginning of the end of this life-changing journey. To be continued…  

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3 Year Dread Anniversary!

Guess what?! My dreads are 3 years old, as of May 17/18! Well, most of them. I felt like making a little video to talk about how things are going, what they’re doing and what this past year has taught me. I also thought it might be fun to create a little game called Count How Many Times Tara Can Say Um in 8 Minutes. Taking shots is purely optional. Other dread-y links you dreaded folks might want: A Radical Change in First Impressions I Am Not My Hair One Year Old Dreads Two Years and Authenticity FAQ About My Dreads No ‘Poo for Dreadlocks And photos of my dreads….  

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On Our Way South and Dancing Rabbit

Working our way from Madison to Dallas took some time. We stopped at six places along the way (two of them overnights in the middle of somewhere), meeting new friends, scoping out new towns and trying not to feel rushed (which we still felt). Our first stop after Madison was Wisconsin Dells, home of America’s Largest Water Park. We spent our honeymoon amusement park hopping; it seemed only fitting that we celebrated 10 years together with water park hopping. It wasn’t a perfect two days: Zeb crashed on his bike, my dreads gave me whiplash, we got all turned around on an incredibly long bike ride to and from the park and it was pretty darn cold. But it was still an amazing two days! After the Dells, we left Wisconsin behind and headed into Iowa where we stopped to meet two new fiends, Niki and Toast in Decorah. They…

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