For the past 17 years, I’ve been working with dreadlocks in my salon in Stockholm.
Clients from all over the world have flown in to get their hair done and I have always woken up with a smile on my face every morning and looking forward to who I’m going to meet today and to help them on their dreadlock journey.
Over the years I’ve had people contacting me saying that they want me to teach them to do dreadlocks, in a professional way like I make them, and also how to run a professional business.
But I’ve always hesitated and said no.
Would you like to know why?
The reason that I’ve said no is that deep down inside I’m an introvert, I hate standing in front of people and talk, I never ever think that someone is going to remember me when I meet them and when I was a teenager I didn’t even want to shake people’s hands just because I was afraid.
Today I look back at that young girl and I see that somehow I chose this path in life to get out of my comfort zone, and chose a profession where I had to hang out with people that I didn’t know all day =)
Did I change? Yes!
So why did I change my mind about teaching?
I’ve had a few persistent clients that every time when I meet them they’ve said “Will you train me? Will you train me? Will you train me?” for years.
Just one year ago something huge happened to me, I remember it so well because it was Easter and I was going to be off from work for five days and I was filled with energy and wanted to do things with family and friends.
But I got sick, really sick, I lost control of my body and I could not move, I felt like I hade lost all feeling in my body and my arms had no energy.
So I stayed in bed for those five days, instead of doing fun things, and when I didn’t get better I started to freak out!
What is going to happen to all of my clients, what do I want to do in life and what do I want to get out of life?
I realized that I got this huge gift of knowing so much about dreadlocks that it’s crazy (I think I’ve worked over 35.000 hours making dreadlocks… yeah I know, crazy! How did that happen?).
What if I can’t work with it anymore?
It would be kind of egoistic of me to just keep all this knowledge to myself and just hold on to it (it’s mine, its my precious, it’s only for me, my own).
Me and my husband Andy, who is also working in the company with computer things (he is the one that’s been taking care of Dreadstuff.com
), started to talk about doing a dreadlock course.
The first thing I asked myself was: What is the most important thing for me in having a dreadlocks course and what is it that I want to get out of it?
For me it is to create a space where people feel safe, inspired and wanting to learn new things, not only in dreadlock making but also within themselves, because what I have learnt over the years is that to be a good dreadlock maker you need to be able to stand up for yourself and you must be open to grow within yourself.
I also wanted to build a community of dreadlock makers so that my students would not feel alone, something that I never had.
I opened the application process for the first course in June and I was in awe when I started to get all the applications in.
It was amazing to see that so many people wanted to learn these skills.
Fast forward to today, I have trained 17 people from all over the world that traveled to Stockholm, Sweden to learn from me and it has been so amazing to see them thrive, it has really touched my heart and we have created friendships for a lifetime.
I’m truly honored and proud of my students and I love to see how they are making the world a more beautiful place with one dreadhead at a time =)
During this time, more and more questions have come about an online course, will I have one?
So I thought and thought about it, and now it’s finally here!
Do you want to join our network of professional dreadlock makers and start running your own dreadlock salon?
Take the huge leap and send in your application today!
I just wanted to let you know that a lot of people have applied already and there are only a few places left, so make sure to get your application in today!
Best regards Ann-Marie