It has been a while, but here it is: the first newsletter of 2010. In case you are wondering why it took so long... this is why: on 11 March Yani, son of Linda and Roland, is born. Such a pretty miracoulous being is a great joy, but also a big investment time-wise. That is why the last months we concentrated on processing order. But now the time has come for some new additions. We have an exciting new brand of dreadlock care products, and also a bunch of cool badges and stickers.
You can always check our special offers at www.dreadspullen.nl/specials.php, the newest articles can be found on www.dreadspullen.nl/whatsnew.php. An overview of all dread beads, sorted by holesize, is here: www.dreadspullen.nl/beadsbyholesize.php. Piercing jewelry by gauge size can be found on this page: www.dreadspullen.nl/piercingsbysize.php
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In this newsletter:
1. Exclusively at Dreadspullen: homemade dreadlock care products from Abeni
We are thrilled to be offering you the wonderful Abeni dreadlock care products on www.dreadspullen.nl. For washing your locks Abeni have a (very large) shampoo as wel as liquid shampoo. Furthermore there is a moisturizing spray for mature dreads. All these products are homemade in the UK and contain plenty of essential oils. No wonder they have an absolutely georgeous fragrance!
The shampoos contain essential oils of tea tree, lime, peppermint and lavender. These keep skin and hair clean and fresh. The spritz contains essential oils from several citrus fruits, and these will make your dreads smell really nice. We are very satisfied with the products and we're pretty sure you won't regret buying them!
2. Badges, stickers, postcards and keychains
We will be adding a whole lot of cool badges, stickers, keychains and postcards on the website. Here is a sneak preview:
3. Back to the roots part I: saddhus
Dreadlocks are often linked with the Rastafari-movement and even the dreadlocks themselves are called "rastas" sometimes. It is not really surprising, as dreads play a very important role in the life of Rastafari; not shaving/cutting hairs is more natural and brings the Rasta closer to Jah. Yet the Rastafari are not the only ones growing dreads for spiritual reasons. Take the saddhus for example, hindu ascetics living in India and Nepal. They devote themselves to religous activities as meditiation, and live without possessions, except for a few clothes.
If you have been travelling in India or Nepal, you have no doubt met them; handsome man, with incredibly long dreadlocks, who are living in holy cities and villages along the Ganges. Some of them practice yoga, others meditate, some are doing penances and others are blessing marriages and so forth. The jata (long strand of hair) derive from the worshipping of Shiva; with his long hair strands Shiva filters the water from the heavenly river the Ganges, the sacred river, to prevent damage as it falls from heaven to earth.
Saddhus mostly have their dreads tied together on top of their heads, and only show them on special occasions. Think taking a bath in the Ganges. Dread maintanance is done with ashes and ... cow dung. However they are quite rare, female saddhus exist also: sadhvis.
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4. Upload your photo and win!
As with each newsletter, we give away credit to use in the shop, to those who uploaded their photos. Take a look here for the ones we have received so far.
Do you have a picture of you with a bead, piercing jewel or hat for example that you bought at Dreadspullen? Then log in, go to the product page and click "Upload your photo" (just beneath the small products pics).
Every photo on the page customers' photos equals 1 chance to win. Other rules: when you win with your photo, that photo will not count for the following give-aways. You cannot win more than 1 prize per time. Winners are chosen randomly by a computer. If you've won, you will receive a notification by email. You can only compete if you upload your photo through the website and that photo gets approved. More about uploading photos: Dreadspullen.nl FAQ
5. We present you: Yani
Some of you are already aware of the big news: Linda en Roland got a healthy little boy. Yani was born on 11 March and is keeping mummy and daddy pretty busy all day. But: Linda has taken on her work again and that means everything is like how it used to be!
Dready greetings from the Dreadspullen team!
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