Amy Adams, 10 years of dreadlocks

As a teenager she used the press comb, she was one of the first with the Curly Style in Suriname and has relaxed her frizzy hair for a year. Since the first Sabi Wiri Dei in 2006, teacher Amy Adams decided to go natural again and started locking her hair. ,,I learned from Mireille that frizzy hair went well with a different comb, other care products and other styles. I gained even more self-confidence and I want to show that.”

As a teenager she used the press comb, she was one of the first with the Curly Style in Suriname and has relaxed her frizzy hair for a year. Since the first Sabi Wiri Dei in 2006, teacher Amy Adams decided to go natural again and started locking her hair. ,,I learned from Mireille that frizzy hair went well with a different comb, other care products and other styles. I gained even more self-confidence and I want to show that.”

As a little girl, 49-year-old Amy Adams knew very well what she wanted to be, a school teacher or an interior decorator. Ultimately, I became a teacher because of my love for children and because it was within the capabilities of my parents. Studying abroad was not an option for them.” Amy now teaches Geography at the VWO and she teaches Competent Leadership at the HBO Economics.

Amy started to relax because she was tired of the press comb. ,,The hair burned regularly and after a week it was frizzy again. I felt that relaxing was more sustainable, easier and more modern. And I had to fit in.” It's not that Amy wasn't happy with her frizzy hair. “I've always loved my frizzy hair, but I didn't dare to do any other hairstyles with it than afro, braids and twists. We also live in a Euro-centric world. We have been taught the atoledo that you will only be accepted if you resemble a white westerner as much as possible. So light skin, smooth hair, the same clothes and language. Each woman decides for herself what to do with it. What we can do is show that we are proud of our beautiful curly hair and show the world the possibilities our hair has to offer. That's why Mireille's work is so important and I go to the Sabi Wiri Dei in Su every time!”


The teacher does not want to have to defend herself for the fact that she has frizzy hair. ,,It belongs to me and it is therefore good. I don't care what others think about it.” She would therefore never exchange her locks for another style. ,,In 2006 I had my hair locked into thick dreadlocks according to the so-called tuck-in style. But in retrospect I was not satisfied with it. The locks were thick and stiff. I then started an experiment myself, in which I split the dreads, by always using the same opening when turning the outgrowth. Then I cut off the thick parts and I was left with thinner, nice and flexible dreads with which I can do all kinds of things. I don't want it any other way, but nowadays I tend to cut the dreads shorter.''


Amy's two daughters, like their mother, have a long hair history. ,,They started with frizzy braids, then straightened, the straight hair cut off again, frizzy Braids, straightened again, cut that again and the youngest started dreadlocks a year ago. The eldest started her dreadlock journey two weeks ago.” And the dreadlocks of these three women require good care. ,,I wash my hair weekly, or more often, with water, olive oil and natural shampoo, which I mix into a conditioner. I use some water with a dash of shea butter every day for shine and every four months the hair gets a wash with baking powder and apple cider vinegar."


If you also want to start with dreadlocks, Amy has another important tip for you. ,,In the beginning, the dreadlock haircut looks a bit less, but there are nice haircuts for that too. If you find it difficult that things are not immediately satisfactory, tell those around you what you are doing.”