The Evolution of Raging Roots

Starting new dreadlocks from home after a full day of work; April 2010.

Raging Roots Studio started as a one-woman operation run out of Raging Roots’ founder and Senior Dreadlock Artist, Avanis, condominium under the name “The Dread Queen”. What Avani thought would be a good opportunity to offer a niche hair services starting, maintaining, repairing, and extending Caucasian dreadlocks to an underserved market exploded quickly when she moved her business into a local salon, “A Creative Touch Beauty Salon” . With clients traveling as far as from Colorado, Arizona, and California, Raging Roots Studio quickly earned itself a place on the map as THE go-to destination for dreadlock services not only in New England, but in the country!

Avani’s station when she first started operating out of A Creative Touch; December 2010.

Within a year of moving Raging Roots Studio to a salon setting, Avani was so overwhelmed with clients clamoring for her unique skills turning silky Caucasian hair into knotty, beautiful dreadlocks that she quit her day job as a dental assistant to lock hair full-time. She went from booking same-week appointments to now having a 2 – 3 month waiting period just to get in to be seen!

Amy and Meg working on a client together; November 2013.

In May of 2013, with a course of her own design, Avani trained and added a new member to her team, Meg. Meg quickly excelled at the art and science of dreadlocks as a profession and quickly built up a steady and loyal client base who keeps her busy four days a week.

In May of 2014, with the prospect of an ever-growing waiting period for appointments and an upcoming maternity leave, Avani began exploring options towards expanding Raging Roots’ location and adding yet another stylist to the team to accommodate the busy schedules of our clients. Briefly a braider was added and there were four

Avani’s home-based dreadlock studio!

full chairs at the salon! Things were moving gradually towards Avani’s dream of having a full-service dreadlock salon.

However, in the Spring and Summer of 2015 both of the artists Avani had previously trained left for various reason leaving Avani with the opportunity transform her studio to fulfill and long-time dream to own her own new age/metaphysical shop. However, in 2019 with her fourth baby on the way, a beautiful new house, and even more amazing new husband Avani made the difficult choice to close her brick and mortar shop and re-open in a home-based studio that would allow her to stay closer to home where she now happily works to enjoy her work as a dreadlock artist AND mother.