WTF!? What’s going on with your hair, bro?

I’ve had my hair in dreadlocks for the better part of three and a half years.  I started growing my hair out in June of 2008 and first tangled it during the summer of 2010.

How do you even make your hair look like that?

There are several different methods of starting dreads, but I used a process called backcombing. Essentially, you separate one’s hair into many small parts and comb them towards the scalp until they turn into matted coils. Over time they will tighten up and form into mature locks.   Time, persistence, and patience are the most important factors.  They look pretty awful during the first few months.

Interesting, but why that hairstyle?  Isn’t easier to just have a normal hair cut?

You could make a case that it would most certainly be easier to have a normal hair but it would also be much more boring.  I’ve had long hair for over a decade and wanted to find a new way to style my hair without keeping it short.  I like that dreads are completely unique, as no set is the same- similar to how no two dota matches are exactly the same.


But aren’t you afraid of the negative stereotypes around dreads given your chosen profession requires you to be on camera?

Not really.  I’ve always been one to enjoy an outward appearance that differs from the norm.  I started my dreads a few months before I began in esports, and they always served as an effective way to differentiate myself from other small-time streamers.

At this point in my career I’d be lying if I said it doesn’t have an impact on how other parties interact with me as on-camera talent.  Some companies think its appropriate for talent to be more ‘flamboyant’ and others don’t want dreads associated with their brand.  Such is the nature of this profession.  I’ve always operated under the assumption that companies whom would rather judge me by my looks, rather than my abilities, are generally not companies I’d want to work for anyhow.  That mindset has treated me reasonably well over the years.

Surely this hairstyle means you are part of the Rastafari movement?

Although many Rastafarians have dreads, they do not have exclusive rights on this hairstyle.  Dreads are not indicative of any particular culture or religion.

Its rather presumptuous to assume that anyone with dreads believes that Ethiopia is the one true Promised Land and Heaven on Earth.

I’ve always been told the only way to get dreads is to not wash your hair, is that true?

No.  That is a load of total bollocks.  Although it is possible to form dread locks through the ‘neglect’ method by means of not washing your hair, it is not something you see very frequently.  Those that find this method appealing often cut their dreads within the first six months because they become unbearable in both sight and smell.

If that’s true then how do you wash them?

The same way you wash your hair- shampoo and scrub.  I use Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap as a nice, natural shampoo that strips my hair of oils and leaves nothing behind.  You want to use residue-free shampoo so that the “leftovers” found in most name-brand shampoos don’t build up.  Conditioner is not a dread’s best friend.

Be honest now.. even if they don’t smell bad, they must not smell good..

No.. they smell like normal hair. Chances are they don’t smell much different from your hair- except right after I wash.  In that case they smell like lavender.

You are correct, however, in assuming that they do hold scent. Upon swimming in a pool it takes at least two washes to completely remove the stank of Chlorine.

Are you ever going to cut them?

Naturally the answer is yes.  I don’t intend on having dreads for the rest of my life, though I don’t have a set time frame in regard to chopping them off.  They are a core piece of my brand right now, though I will say they are a bit more jarring to first time viewers than I’d like.  At some point I’ll decide enough is enough.

But won’t you have to shave your head?!

Not entirely.  If you intend on cutting them, you can let them grow out and brush out the roots leaving at least an inch of hair to play with.

What’s with the pink hair tie?

It’s starting to feel like this tiny piece of vibrant elastic has stolen the spotlight.  I spoke about this particular hair tie in episode #32 of The Zyori Podcast. To reiterate, I wear it for three primary reasons:

1.  I do indeed have a breast cancer survivor in my family, who is still alive and in full remission.

2.  It was a gift from a very special individual in my life, whom I reference thoroughly in the podcast.

3.  I find the pink highlight to be rather stylish, as pink is one of my favorite colours.

Are those rings I see in there as well?

Yes.  It’s always been one of my goals to look more like a pirate.

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