Q. I don’t want big dreads that every body will notice – I want short ones like a little below my ear lobes – but my concern is school and the public. I’m only 12 and a half. By the time my hair’s all at the right length and its all dreaded, I’ll be 13, so is it alright to have them at a young age? And also I’ll be a WHITE dreaded 13 year old. Does that sound ok?
A. No, I don’t think you are too young to have dreads, and who cares if you are white! Dreads are for anyone who thinks they’d like to have them. Now, they do take a lot of maintenance in the beginning, and can be quite a pain sometimes but if you are patient and don’t care when your friends tease you about having a rat nest on your head, then with time they will look awesome.
You can always wear a hat or rasta tam. Before you decide to go for it, though, you have to make sure it’s ok with your parents! And you can always just try it out for a day or two with gel to see if you like how they look, and if not, it’s not too hard to comb and wash them out again.