Hi, I'm Mandy
My journey with dreadlocks began when I was in school. With my curly, frizzy, unmanageable hair- looking tidy was something that happened to 'other' kids. I got through my early childhood years with all of my hair tied back so tight I rarely looked like a girl. A few years later my teenage years were upon me and so was a world of make-up, boys, hair-dye, straightening and trying desperately hard to look like any of the ‘other’ kids did so naturally. Doing my hair was a choice but often something that left me feeling insecure and in a never-ending spiral of spending time, money and energy fighting against the inevitable.
As soon as I found out about synthetic natural looking dreads that could be braided into my hair I was on my way towards dreadlock harmony. Whilst travelling Europe adorning my synthetic dreads that I thought were the bee’s knees, I learnt to crochet natural dreadlocks. Before I knew it I was tidying dreads for other people on a regular basis. Living in a community of quirky folk that lived as naturally as possible my love for dreads and what they represented grew immensely. Dreads were no longer a hairstyle that looked gorgeous or a way of not having to use straighteners- they were a symbol of experience, travel and letting go of material superficiality (to me).
Just me, showing off my
100% natural dreadlocks
for extra length in a messy natural style-
my fave at the moment!
As soon as I figured out that I could dread up my hair extensions and crochet them into my own dreads for perfectly seamless length the seed was sewn. After a few months, I had a full head of white-blonde natural dreads down to my waist. For the first time in my life I felt pretty. I woke up later every day, didn’t have to spend much time in the mirror and best of all I could dance in the rain and my hair looked even better.
If you have your dreads made up by us or know me already you will learn that I can never keep the same hairstyle for longer than a few months. I think I’m on my 8th set of real natural dreadlocks now. Thin dreads, thick dreads, tidy, messy, long, shorter, fringe out, fringe dreaded, dark hair blonde hair- I think I’ve pretty much had nearly every type of dread style possible. I am obsessed with dreads and see them as an art. I still can’t decide which ones are my favourite and don’t think I’ll ever settle. Most of this comes from feeling so passionate about the work I do it usually makes me want to have a bit of all of your styles entwined in my own. This combined with meeting so many wonderful people doing what I do makes me extremely proud to be the founder of Hypknotic Transformations.
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