Dreadlocks have always appealed to me. I love their look and feel, the versatility of them. My dreads have always made me feel confident, have given me power and strength, and have taught me the value of perseverance, patience, and acceptance. Over the years I’ve learnt the right ways and the wrong ways to look after them. Hey, when I first had dreads, they were made with Wax; gross I know, but we have to learn somehow. I’ve built up a wealth of knowledge and skill, allowing me to give the best possible start to all my customers dread journey. And for those who already have dreads, I can confidently resolve issues like matted dreads, wrong sectioning, weak spots and splitting dreads. Simply put, making people feel happy about how their dreads look and feel makes me happy and I hope to carry on doing this for many years to come.
Before we started making dreadlocks professionally, Abbi and I had looked after each other’s homemade dreadlings since 2005. During a life changing trip around Asia in 2008, we studied traditional Indian and Thai dread making techniques; their speed and skill was incredible, and I felt inspired to become as good as them.
During our stay in Nepal we met two lovely French guys, Matthieu and Jules, who ran up to us one day and said, “Guys we looooooove your dreadlocks, can you make them for us?” We spent a wonderful day with Mattieu and Jules, hanging out in Yeti Guest house in Pokhara, making their dreads and enjoying making new friends. Little did we know at the time that this was the birth of Blue Bramble Dreads.
During the rest of our travels around Asia, I perfected my dread extension work by practicing on Abbi. Because I felt I needed to conform when we returned to the UK to get a job, I cut off my dreadlings towards the end of our travels. Sad Times.
Upon returning to normal life and work, Abbi’s beautiful dreads started getting more and more attention, with people asking if we could install and maintain their dreads for them. And so, in 2010, Blue Bramble Dreads started accepting customers. We worked on people’s hair during our spare evenings and weekends and over the years my passion for making and caring for dreads prompted the question, “Could Blue Bramble Dreads be a full time thing?”
In 2014, after taking a break from working two jobs full time, I went part time as a dread artist and ran Blue Bramble Dreads on Fridays and Saturdays until October 2014. The waiting list built and built, and in October I could afford to make the decision to go full time. I was ready to get out of the rat race and become my own boss.
Interest for Blue Bramble Dreads started coming in from all around the world. I remember getting a message on our facebook page in the early days asking if we had a studio in Hong Kong! Our Instagram was going crazy and I was getting a lot of interest from people in America who wanted me to work my magic. I had never expected that this adventure could become an international one, but it did. I set my sights on taking a trip to the USA, started to book in customers and talked with other dreadlock artists over there. Soon enough I had organised a two month trip, covering over 12,000 kilometres, meeting with 10 customers and working with another dread artist. I headed to America in January 2015 and the trip was a massive success. It proved that I can take my skill anywhere and that I could rock having dreads again; even better, that I could put them in myself! I may have picked up a few more during the trip thanks to Erika 😉
Over the 3 years since we updated this page so much has happened!
Were to begin! So we’ve worked closely with Dreads UK to help bring the dreadlock community closer together. We helped organise and manage the Dreads UK festival Tent. In which we brought together, other like minded dreadlock artist to various festivals around the country.
In 2015 we travelled to Standon Calling, Truck Festival, Y Not Festival and Maui Waui Festival. 2016 brought No Mans Land, NW Roots, Truck Festival, BareFoot Festival, and Maui Waui festival. Our journey with the festival tent came to an end in 2017 after visiting Blissfield, and Maui Waui. We brought the festival experience to an end because people just dont want to spend the time at a festival getting their hair done. They want to be running around dancing to music with their friends. To be honest we all wanted to as well. Music brings all our dancing feet out.
Even though we ended the festival experience we still worked to bring together the community, working with Artists up and down the country. We’ve worked with Dawn of the Dreadlocks, Dreads UK, DreadMechanic, Tangled Roots, MakeMeDreadful, and RavenLocs. The list will just keep growing over the years. If you are a fellow Dreadlock Artist and would like to work with me drop me a message via our contact page.
This is part of our philisophy here at Blue Bramble Dreads. We want to work with the community, help bring it together. When we work together we can achieve bigger things than when we stand alone!!
Part of our collobration with Dreads UK has given us the oppurtinity to become a Dreads UK approved Stylist!!
We’ve also hit 4 years full time of looking after and creating all those dreadlings out there. You’ve all been totally amazing in helping make this dream become a reality! Our Youtubing adventures have grown, undertaking a project called ‘Meet a Dreadling’, in which we show all the different jobs and roles that people with dreadlocks have! In UK, the last 30 years dreadlocks have gone from being worn by people on the fringes of society, to now being worn by Doctors, Nurses, Solicitors, Shop keepings, bar workers, every where. So we are going to try and share with you the people we have met along the way. We’ve also recently become dreadspiration for guys out there who want normal hair on top, and dreadlocks underneath.
The future is bright, adventures globally for sure. America i do hear you calling me back! So watch this space!!