Now a teenager, Jordan Reynolds made the call to change the way he looked. For nine years, he had worn his hair in dreads. One day, he finally decided that it was time to alter how he looked after such a long time. A new haircut was the order of the day! He must have felt lucky to have a dad that was willing to help him with this. But what about his mother? Once she arrived home and saw her son, she could not help but cry. What gives? Keep reading to find out what really caused her tears…
The Haircut Footage Went Viral
In reality, the young man had been mulling on this for a little while already. At last, he decided that this was the best moment for this new look. You will find the video of the process on a YouTube channel called Maxbeatbox. His dad actually runs it! The clip was posted on the channel in February 2016. In the middle of the video, you will find the family matriarch Melanie walking through the doors of the house. You can see her reaction in the video! To say the least, his mom was not ready for what she saw.
Her Reaction Was Priceless
All right, we do not actually know if Melanie was aware of what her son had in mind. At any rate, you can see the shock on her face when she walked in on them. She did not know what she was going to see the moment that she walked through the door. For the longest time, Jordan sported the same hairstyle. Let us just say that her response was nothing short of precious. She even started to cry for some reason. Nearly nine million people around the globe have watched the video ever since it went up on YouTube.
A YouTuber Known As Maxbeatbox
Maximillian Reynolds is the person behind the Maxbeatbox channel on YouTube. Known to his friends and family as Max, he is a professional musician who composes and produces all kinds of music. You can check out his music on platforms like Spotify and iTunes. He gets millions of views on YouTube as well! “We intend to keep producing music that generates some type of response, and now we offer this social place for you to hang out. Bass and rich chords will be involved,” he said on his website.
He Is A Jack Of All Trades
Yes, Max is a real composer and musician. He can also play a ton of instruments, although there is one skill that has made him famous. The truth is that he primarily posts on his YouTube channel to show off his beatboxing skill! If you did not know, this is a talent that has always been tied to hip-hop culture. To do this, one must use their tongue, mouth, and lips to mimic the sound of a drum machine. It is quite impressive and has become known as hip-hop’s “fifth element,” even though it is not actually limited to this music genre. But there was a specific way Maxbeatbox rose in popularity…
The Reason He First Went Viral
In 2009, Max started to become popular for his beatboxing skills. At the time, he worked as a Southwest Airlines flight attendant who used this talent of his to deliver safety procedures. It was a unique way to go about something so tedious! Five years after that, he got to team up with a cello-playing passenger called Francisco Vila on a different flight. The two of them were amazingly talented, which made the performance all the more incredible. We bet that it was a lot of fun to be on that flight!
Talent Runs In Their Family
By now, you can probably tell that Max is a talented guy. He has also passed on his talents to his kids: Josiah, Eliana, and Jordan. He likes to push them to be creative! Together with his wife Melanie, he has led the kids on the career paths they want to go on. As a matter of fact, Josiah had always been an artistic child. By the time that he reached the age of two, he had already been making his very own toys.
At The Intersection Of Engineering And Art
“[Josiah] never played with toys, but he always made his own toys – even at two years old,” his dad said back in 2019. One of the teachers at his school picked up on the skills of the young boy too. Max shared, “[The teacher said [that] this wasn’t just engineering, it was art. And my son’s action figures were actually featured in an art gallery.” We do not doubt that the kids will do great things in the future.
Joining Deal Or No Deal
The three kids already know what they want to do with their lives, even this early on. Sadly, they were unable to pursue certain things due to their financial constraints. Things started to look for them when Max was chosen to participate in Deal or No Deal in 2019. He failed to bring home a million bucks as he chose to tap out once he had $211,000. The entire family was thankful for this even though he did not win the top prize. On top of that, they received a generous gift from the game show…
They Had The Perfect Gift For Them
Jordan had always dreamt of joining an Envision Experience. To his delight, the producers of the game show made this come true. When Max was on the show, they gave the kids Envision gift packages. “I remember the day that Jordan looked at his invitation. You know how you can get something in the mail and look at it and then forget it because you don’t have the money to do it? That’s what I did,” Max said.
What An Envision Experience Is
Allow us to explain if you do not know what Envision is. It is an educational organization that teaches kids through practical experience. It lets children try out the careers they want. Among other things, they can try out several programs in the fields of medicine, business, law, and engineering. The courses do not come cheap at all. With the courses priced at anywhere between $2,000 and $4,000, it was too much for the family. There was no way that they could afford it no matter how much Jordan wanted it.
They Were All Overjoyed
There was no way around it since they just did not have that kind of money. Max tried to push it out of his mind, but Jordan did not let go of his wish just yet. He wanted to take a program in engineering at Envision. The entire family was thrilled when Envision gave them a gift package for him and his siblings! They could not believe just how lucky they were. At last, Jordan got what he wanted.
The Program Offers So Many Opportunities
Envision has given children a lot of opportunities over the years. They have programs worldwide, but they also offer courses abroad in places like New Zealand, South Africa, Australia, and China. Jordan received the engineering course under the National Youth Leadership that he always wanted. His brother Josiah was given a spot at the International Scholar Laureate Program in China, whereas their sister got invited to attend the Envision Game & Technology Academy. We are sure that they had fun!
Their Parents Are Proud Of The Kids
Max could not be any prouder of his sons and daughter. “I was blessed to have three kids who know what they want to do when they grow up,” he told Envision. As a father, he always tried to support them no matter what. It was his job to be ready with encouragement should they need it. We admire how supportive he is when it comes to their career, but he makes sure to have some fun with them too.
They Have A Modern Parenting Style
The truth is that Melanie and Max are very much modern parents. Not only do they let their kids pick out the career paths they want, but the couple encourages the freedom of expression too. Jordan had still been little when he made a big decision about his hair. Even so, his folks did not stop him from doing it. They just encouraged him to do as he pleased. And so, he grew out his dreads for nine long years.
What You Did Not Know About Dreadlocks
At the age of five, Jordan decided to style his hair into dreads and keep it that way. This required a fair amount of time and dedication. After all, it takes a long time to transform your hair like that. Maintenance is also essential. You might think that dreads are dirty, but this is just a misconception. In reality, they require some time and routine to keep them shiny, clean, and healthy.
They Have A Fascinating History
It is interesting to hear the history of dreadlocks too. There is evidence that they were worn as far back as 3,600 years ago. Murals were showing the Minoans who wore their hair in similar ropelike braids. Mind you. These people were alive back in the Bronze Age. Archaeological digs have also led to the discovery of ancient Egyptian mummies with dreadlock-like hairpieces. This is already amazing enough, but proof suggests that early Christians did the same thing. For example, Sampson allegedly had seven locks of hair that lent him supernatural strength.
Where Dreadlocks Came From
The earliest evidence that has been discovered suggests that this hairstyle has its origins in the Middle East and Mediterranean regions. There is also evidence that it has used in Central America before the Spanish colonization. According to codices from the 15th century or so, Aztec priests wore their hair this way. It is hard to pinpoint exactly where it first came into fashion, but it has been used in different parts of the globe at different points in history. Even Roman accounts said that Celts had hair “like snakes.” On top of that, Germanic tribes wore their hair in dreadlocks, as did the Vikings.
Dreadlocks In Recent Years
Dreadlocks were not exclusively used in the past because they are still worn even to this day. For one thing, this hairstyle is typically sported by Maasai warriors. However, they prefer to have thin dreads dyed red. The hairstyle has cultural and religious value to different groups of people too. They think that a person with dreadlocks is powerful. This is the case for the Rastafari movement. If you are not familiar with the term, Abraham’s religion has its roots in Jamaica back in the ‘30s. It is considered a religious movement as well as a social one.
It Is Associated With The Rastafari Movement
Dreadlocks are used as a symbol of the Lion of Judah. A representation of Emperor Haile Selassie, it also stands for strength, pride, kingship, and sovereignty in the religion. This hairstyle is said to show the wearer’s connection to the principles and ideals of the movement. A spiritual person in the movement will wear it since the Bible says, “They shall not make baldness upon their head.” (Leviticus 21:5) More than that, this practice of the Rastafarians has brought the hairstyle an even wider reach.
How Dreads Rose To Fame
It was in the ‘70s that the movement gained global prominence. This can be attributed to the stardom that Bob Marley enjoyed. The reggae musician essentially popularized it. Rasta ideology and the genre of music have always been linked. With the rising popularity of his music, folks got to know more about the religion too. People also started to make the connection between the dreadlocks and the movement around this time. In fact, some people immediately think of dreads when they hear Rastafarianism.
This Famous Hairstyle
Among certain groups of people, dreadlocks have a lot of religious and cultural value. It is also said that growing out dreadlocks help improve the connection between the followers of Rastafarianism. Some folks sport it all because it is easy to style your hair this way. When you get dreads, you do not have to do much for months and possibly years later. They are generally easy to take care of.
If You Want Dreads Of Your Own
But where exactly do you start when you want to join in on the fun? First of all, you need to have clean, washed hair. DO not use serums and conditioners, as those will make your hair far too soft to get the texture you need. You should use a purifying shampoo and nothing else. That will allow you to remove excess oils from your tresses and give it the perfect texture to make the locks.
The Next Part Of The Process
After this, you have to section off your hair into boxes. You can use a wide-toothed comb to make this process easier. Next, you need to keep each segment in place using an elastic band. Make sure that they are also separated. The size of the sectioned tails is going to affect the size of the locks. As a rule of thumb, the smaller they are, the thinner the result will be. We will let you decide the thickness!
You Have To Brush The Tails
Brushing is what comes after you are done sectioning your hair. Every tail has to be backcombed with a wire brush or dread comb. Make sure to do so near the roots! Take as much time as you need to ensure that every section is even. Before you head further down, ensure that the tail is tight and compact. It is going to be a bit trickier if you have straight hair. You have to secure every section with elastic so that the dreads can stay in place. It is worth the extra effort since you will get nice-looking locks after this.
Adding The Wax And Finishing Touches
Once you are done with the previous steps, it is time for you to secure the shape of the dreadlocks more permanently. You can do this by waxing every dreadlock using a product that is free from petroleum. This is ideal for preventing any build-up on your hair. You simply need to grab a little wax and coax each dread into the shape you want with your fingers and palms. After that, you can get rid of the elastics.
He Had Been A Committed Young Man
The truth is that it is easy to create and maintain dreadlocks. If you follow the directions, you should be good to go. However, you might want to check out the video of Jordan that Max posted back in February 2019. They do a detailed guide on how to take care of your locks. You probably wanted to experiment with your looks when you were a teen. For the longest time, Jordan did not give on to these feelings and kept his dreads. It must have taken him so much commitment to be able to do such a thing at his age.
There Are Many Hairstyles Sported By The Reynold Family
Max and Melanie do not just encourage their kids when it comes to their talents and futures. They are supportive of the stylistic choices of their children too! He often posts about them on his Facebook and YouTube accounts. In September 2014, he shared a photo of all three of them. “I’m really proud that my kids represent the full spectrum of ethnic hairstyles,” he said in the caption. Jordan had already grown out his dreadlocks by then. We can’t help but wonder what made him want to take them off!
He Had Been Looking For A Change
Jordan was turning 14 years old soon and felt the need to alter the way he looked. For a good chunk of his life, he cultivated the dreads. Perhaps he had thought that it was a part of his childhood. In the end, he decided that it was the right time to get rid of it. He turned to his supportive dad for his help. The teenager worried about his mom since she had not seen him without those dreads for a very long time. They had no idea if she was going to disapprove of what he had in mind…
How The Transformation Began
Max and Jordan took out the shears, set up the camera, and launched the transformation. The dad was going to chop off those long locks his son grew out for nine years. In his YouTube channel, he posted a video that showed his son at the kitchen table. Taken in February 2016, the young man is seen shirtless with the dreadlocks making their way down his shoulders. Jordan looked quite determined. He then turned his head forward as his dad got to work. Max clipped of the dreadlocks one by one.
There Was One More Way To Remove Them
In the video, Max took his time cutting off every single dreadlock. While he had to speed up the footage, you can tell that it had not been an easy task. Max needed to remove every single one at the root so that the hair can grow to its natural state. Some people would just chop away the dreads to remove them, but this is not your only option. You do not have to end up with a pixie cut or even a shaved head.
It Is A Revolutionary New Method
Let us find out what else you can do when you are tired of your dreadlocks. Staci Linklater works as the director of Globe Salon in Las Vegas. When the time came for her to try a different hairstyle, she chose not to chop off the dreads. You see, she wanted to keep her hair long once after that. It is a good thing that she had the skills necessary to find a solution to this problem. What exactly did she do?
A Little Trim Goes First
First of all, she gave herself a trim to improve the condition of her locks. If you did not know, this is important no matter how much you looked after your dreads. The ends always end up damaged one way or another. This means that you have no choice but to chop them off. On top of that, it allowed her to see how well her hair was doing. It also helped that she got to save a little time now that it is shorter.
You Can Always Use More Oil
And so, Staci went on to smother the dreads in oil. She made sure to keep her hair a bit damp the whole way through. The process helps release the knots and makes it easier to untangle the dreads. By doing these two things, she managed to get the tangles out of her hair using a comb. Still, it took her a lot of time to do this. She had 105 dreadlocks and had to spend 45 minutes untangling each one! Whoa.
It Is Going To Take A Lot Of Time
You do not have to cut your hair very short when you remove dreadlocks, but you have to be willing to put in the time and effort. You might have many professional hairstylists working with you, but this will still take longer than a day. This was not even the last thing that you had to do. By then, her hair had gotten so accustomed to knotting itself that it turned matted within one night. She had to oil and braid them to ensure that they would stay smooth!
How She Took Care Of Her Locks
After working on the removal of her dreads, Staci decided to treat herself. She deserved it! It was time to give herself a little treat for the first time in a while. The hairstylist got hair conditioning treatments, as well as a cut and styling. She wound up with soft, silky hair after this. While she had to say goodbye to a foot of hair, the ends remained below her shoulders. At any rate, she has successfully revolutionized the dreadlock removal process! Now that it is possible to keep the length, we are sure that more people will be willing to try out this look for themselves. You should think of giving it a try as well.
Jordan And His Unexpected Transformation
Jordan did not mind having short hair, however. This is why Max decided to just chop off one lock after another. Now that the dreadlocks were gone, the young man only had a couple of inches of hair left. This was a far cry from the long dangling strands that he had for years. To finish the transformation, his father tried to level his hairline and buzz the bottom half of his head. This was how they completed his new look! It was less glamorous than what Staci had, but the result was just as jaw-dropping in our eyes.
When His Mother Saw Him
The teenager really did it. He got rid of the dreadlocks that he had sported for most of his life. When Melanie arrived home, she had no clue what was going on. Once she stepped into their house, one of her children was ready to film her. You can easily tell that Melanie did not prepare for that moment. Once she returned home to their house in Roseville, California, she was in for the surprise of a lifetime. The sight of her newly shorn son made her freeze in her tracks! That was not the only thing she did…
The Reason She Burst Into Tears
Jordan walked up to Melanie so that he could greet her. His mom took a look at him and then saw that he had chopped off his long hair. She then burst into tears on the spot. You see, it was the first time in years that she had seen him with short hair. In case you were wondering, they were tears of joy. She had always waited for this moment, although she kept her wish to herself because her son liked his dreads.
It Was Time For His Aftercare
After the dad and son got rid of the dreadlocks, they made sure to go to a pro as well. Jordan went to “the most amazing barber in town.” It was the first pro haircut he had gotten in almost a decade. In the end, however, it looks like he decided to go back to the dread life. He has since put his hair back in dreadlocks once again! In February 2019, they completed the cycle with Max posting a video of Jordan showing how he made the dreads all by himself. He did not need any help to do it this time around.
Your Hairstyle Can Truly Change The Way You Look
If you ever want to change your appearance, you should not underestimate what a new hairdo can do for you. Jordan and Staci made great examples, but we have someone else we want to share with you. Wendy works as a librarian in Connecticut. She might not rock dreads, but her hair was odd due to its length. There is nothing wrong with long hair, but she took it way too far! She had not gotten so much as a trim in more than eight years. At long last, she decided that it was time to let go of it.
Wendy Is A Librarian From Connecticut
Most people who have met her will probably mention just how long her hair is. Sadly, it has become too much even for Wendy herself. She was eager to try a new look as well. She knew about this and decided to do something about it. This is why she signed up for Rachael Ray not long before her 50th birthday. You probably know the show because of the chef, but it has since featured makeovers as well. Wendy was about to get her first haircut in eight and a half years. Whoa.
She Had A Signature Look
When Wendy goes out for a walk in the city, people always looked at her hair. With her long locks, she always got attention no matter where she went. However, it was far too easy for her looks to get messy. But what drove her to keep her hair this long in eight years in the first place? Part of it had to do with how comfortable she felt in her signature look. On the show, she said, “People know me by my hair.”
Her Hair Went With Her Sense Of Style
What is her signature look? Wendy has shown a preference for the “bohemian style.” She is a big fan of colorful clothes as well. Her long hair had served as a good accessory to her style. Sadly, this no longer seems to be the case. “I like flowy skirts and dresses and colors and patterns and florals,” she said, “The world should have more color in it.” She is not wrong about that, but we are sure that she can afford to cut her hair now and then as well…
She Might Have Gone A Little Overboard With It
She was already 49 years old when she showed up on Rachael Ray. We do not see anything wrong with colorful clothes, floral patterns, or the bohemian style. It actually sounds good to us! Sadly, it got a little out of control for Wendy. She admitted that she had not been to the salon in eight and a half years on the show. She was also turning 50 years old soon, which was what pushed her to change. Finally, she decided that it was time to try something new with her hair.
There Was No Time Like The Present
When they taped that show’s episode, she had hair long enough to brush her lower back. Many girls want to have hair that long, but it is not quite as nice as you might have in mind. Wendy realized this too. She said, “I’ve always loved my long hair, but now that I’m about to turn 50. I think it’s time for a change.” We can’t help but wonder if she realized that it was getting too hard and time-consuming to take care of her hair. But the main reason behind this desire for change was more personal than that.
When You Have Hair As Long As Hers
Have you seen photos of women with very long hair? We do not know about you, but the first thing that our mind comes up with is the amount of time they must spend caring for it. Can you believe that styling is not yet the worst part of it? “When my hair is this long, sometimes it gets stuck in things. It gets stuck in people’s glasses, in people’s jewelry. Sometimes I close the door on it,” she explained with a little laugh. What a mess! She managed to find a solution to this by tying her hair into a bun or a braid.
She Knows What Her Looks Do To Her Life
You should not judge anyone for the way they look, but we can’t always help it. There are times when we immediately jump to conclusions based on what we see with our eyes. You can try not to be judgmental, but you will definitely notice her hair. Wendy also knew the truth about her long locks. She has said that she could feel that it had a bad effect on her personal life and career. To explain this, she had been working as a librarian on a part-time basis. She was single at the time as well.
What She Wants To Get Out Of Life
Would you say that you love your job? The sad truth is most people do not. On the other hand, Wendy is lucky enough to say this about her work in the library. She valued the role and would want to work on a full-time basis if she could. “I absolutely love my job at the library, and I wish it was full time… So I’ve been interviewing for more full-time work,” she said. “I think that a fresh new look would give me more confidence, and maybe it’ll be the same with going on dates.”
The Special Reason She Decided To Go For A Makeover
Wendy wanted to get the makeover for a sentimental reason above anything else. She wanted to honor her late mom, who died at 50 years old. Now that she was approaching the same age, she could not stop thinking about all kinds of things. “[Being] 50 is much more meaningful for me than it would’ve been if [Mom] had been around,” she admitted. While her mother was not with her then, we bet that she would have been there to support Wendy if she could.
It Has To Do With Her Mother
At any rate, Wendy knew that this was the time to try something new. “In her honor, I want to just really live my life to the fullest and be the best me I can be,” she said. She is a nice enough woman, but it was hard to see that when people judged her for how she looked. After taking a deep breath, it was time to embark on this makeover journey. The show is best known for the cooking expertise of the host, but she likes to do other things as well!
Rachael Ray Has Started To Give Makeovers
This chef, of course, made a name for herself with her food expertise. You might want it strange to know that she has since given away makeovers too. It might sound a bit strange, but this has proven popular among her fans and viewers. “When we first started the show, I’m like, ‘Everybody does makeovers; let’s not do makeovers.’ And then we started doing them and… I’m like, ‘Oh my god, I love these! They’re so fun,’” she said. It is a good thing that she changed her mind. And now it was time to work on Wendy.
She Joined Wendy For The Makeover
Just to clarify, Rachael Ray does not give the makeovers herself. No, she simply joins the participants as they receive treatment from the pros. She was there beside Wendy as the guest embarked on the makeover of a lifetime. They went to a celebrity stylist called Ted Gibson. While he was preparing the shears, you can’t miss the excitement in the eyes of the host. The whole time, she held Wendy’s hand. “So, are we gonna make the first cut?” she asked the hairstylist. She then turned to see if Wendy felt “freaked out by cutting off a lot of hair.”
It Was Time To Make The First Cut
After nearly nine years together, it was time for Wendy to kiss her hair goodbye. This was not easy since she had such a long history with it. We know that it is just hair, but this part is never easy. Wendy had to pause when Ted Gibson started cutting her hair. Even though they had been through a lot, it was time for Wendy to leave this part of her life behind. The guest told the host, “I’ve been known for my hair forever, so I am a little bit [freaked out], but I’m really ready.”
How Much She Got Her Hair Cut In The Past
Everyone was excited to see Gibson as he made the first cut. This was when the guest shared the fact that no one knew about it. Before she appeared on the show, she had only gotten a cut a handful of times. Can you believe that she had only done this thrice in her life?! She made sure that she could donate the clippings too. Wendy was aware that she was cutting off a lot of hair and wanted to donate them. Rachael Ray tried to keep the guest calm by saying that her new haircut would be “not short.”
She Could Not Believe It
All in all, it proved to be a rather intense situation. Gibson went on to chop off her ponytail. The live audience of the show cheered him on as he did so. They were all so thrilled. All of them could already see a difference in her appearance with the ponytail gone. Wendy was not allowed to look just wait since she had to wait out the rest of the makeover. Even so, this had her a little shocked. “Oh my gosh. Can I touch it?” However, she would have to wait in the meantime…
The Transformation Is Now Complete
Simply cutting off the ponytail was not enough because they had a full transformation in store for her. They had a few more things to do. The hairstylist worked on the hair and even dyed it a different color. On the other hand, Rachael Ray got a new outfit ready. She made sure to get something that would bring out the best features of her guest. Soon enough, it was time to show Wendy the result of the makeover. Was she going to like what she saw in the mirror?
Once She Saw The End Result
We got to see the reaction of the audience as well. Sadly, Wendy did not get a sneak peek of the final product just yet. The show says that all participants only get to see the results by the time they appear on the stage. And so, Wendy walked out and showed off her new look. Upon seeing herself in the mirror, she could not say anything but, “Oh, my God!” Her hair was now much shorter, and it boasted a ginger color to it as well. “Wow!” Wendy said as she inspected it some more.
What Rachael Ray Had To Say About It
Aside from Wendy, there was someone else who was in shock by the transformation. The host seemed genuinely shocked! Wendy approached her, but Rachael Ray could not do anything but shake her head and cheer on the guest. She also addressed the man who helped make this a reality and said, “Oh my god, Jason! Look at that color!” The chef clearly liked the new look. This only shows that a different hairstyle can do wonders for the way you look, just like it did for Wendy.
The Only Opinion That Matters Here
At this point, we already knew what Ray and the audience had to say. But how did Wendy feel about the new look? At first, she did not say much aside from “Oh my God!” This can be either good or bad. Once Wendy snapped out of her shock, she let everyone know how she felt at that exact moment. Everybody felt relieved once they found out that she felt amazing with her new haircut. As a matter of fact, she felt so overwhelmed that she started to cry all of a sudden.
A Whole World Waiting For Wendy
Upon seeing herself in the mirror, it was hard to believe that this was her. Wendy told Rachael Ray that it felt like looking at a stranger. Despite this, she was happy with the result. “I feel like such a different person,” she said. Wendy also said that she was feeling “like so free and light and…” She was still emotional, which is why she could not finish that sentence. The members of the audience cheered her on, obviously happy that everything worked out for the librarian! We sure hope that the haircut has been everything she hoped for and more.