2005
03.25

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.

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  1. Im getting dreads to but im twelve theyre are some people who has there whole family has dreads theres look nicce i think that u should always be who u want to be in this world becuase u only have one life to live so live it up and the peolpe who make fun of u are peolpe who think theyre perfect but i already have people that would make fun of me with or without dreads and u are ur self and u be who u want to be and i try to ignore people that do make fun of me bur if they say some thing to ur face then thats ur chance to stand up for ur self and slap the selfish out of them any way i hoped this helped any body

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  2. I need dreads I am a white person with brown hair

    I am 9 and I am considering it

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  3. dreads are awesome, get them. don’t let anyone convince you otherwise. They are actually very easy to maintain and they look really nice. in the mornings they can be bad sometimes, but mature dreads always look fresh. Plus, if you’re a young girl, especially white (not racist), it can help you stand out a little. be different. if you ignore the people who are mean about it and if you are nice to them when they are mean to you, they’ll get mad and want to follow your ways. it’s common sense, but enjoy your dread journey :-)

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  4. I want dreads really bad now that I dedicated myself to Jah and the “practice” of rastafari, but my hair is shoulder length(I’m a white 15 yr old female)and it’s pretty damaged, in some places only though, pretty weird and also has a LOT of layers If I were to begin dreading my hair at shoulder length w/ layers, how would it end up being, b/c I know dreads shrink a bit?. Um, do dreads look funny when layered?? Should I just wait till my hair grows out?? I don’t care about what people say or anything, but I also don’t want to look like a fool. Advice anyone, please.

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  5. I have dreads! Im 13 and white too! dont worry about it, no one gave me trouble. Im a girl by the way. I found this looking for advice but just went for it and now im loving it! Mine are long though.

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  6. If you are worried about what people think of your hair then you shouldn’t get them. It’s not about what other people think of how you look and junk. Man if you want them, go for it.

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  7. I am 15 and thinking of getting dreads my dad thinks they are dirty and my stepmom is a hairdresser
    and i dont know how she feals.
    it is confusing and i dont know what to do.
    pleas help
    p.s my moms boss lived in jamaica she might help

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  8. I am 15 and thinking of getting dreads my dad thinks they are dirty and my stepmom is a hairdresser
    and i dont know how she feals.
    it is confusing and i dont know what to do.
    pleas help

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  9. To the last poster, If you want dreads….get em. Not washing dreads is just wrong. I have washed mine every 4 days since I got them. If anything washing them makes them dread faster because it washes out the oil in your hair….just make sure you use an all natural – residue free shampoo. Using a normal shampoo will lead to dread-rot. They will look like shit when you first put em in….and will for a while. I’ve had my dreads for about a month now. They’re no Bob Marley dreads, but they do look a lot better than they did the first week. Be prepared to get ragged on by your friends, family, strangers…etc. Easiest way to deal with that is to admit your hair looks like shit and joke about it with em….they’ll look better with time. White girls with dreads are hot as hell too so keep that in mind lol. I’d say get the dreads if you can convince your mom to. Starting dreads at 12 would be perfect. You’ll have really nice dreads by the time you hit high school. Plus when your young is the time to experiment with things like that. Having dreads can make finding a decent job difficult due to the common misconception that dreads are dirty.

    Anyways, if you want dreads….get em. You can also put rubberbands around the roots and tips (the ones made for hair) which will make them look a lot better during the earlier stages….just stay away from wax. Always…..ALWAYS have rubber bands on the roots and tips of your dreads when you wash em. Keeps them from falling out when they get wet. On days you shower but don’t wash your dreads….put em up or cover em with a shower cap or something so they dont get wet. Atleast in their younger stages anyway. Most nights I rubberband the roots before bed….keeps the stray hairs with the right dreads so theyre easier to maintain in the morning.

    Well much love and best of luck with your dread-venture.

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  10. hey, im a 12 year old girl (blonde and fair with blue eyes)and i really want dreads. but my parents dont want me to have them because mym mum had them when she was like, 17 and she got lice with them cuz she didnt wash them… how can i persuade them to let me get them????

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  11. i am 12 and i have dreads. i think nobody should be able to look at somebody and judge them but we very critical people in this world

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  12. i made mine and i was only 13 years
    u only have to ignore the ignorant and hipocrisy people
    but here in portugal the only matter is to find a job or something

    :(

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  13. well here we are people! the dreadheads all togetha!! sweet sweet..dat me like. I am 17 now, and my dreadlocks are kinda…FRESH, but they are awesome, BECAUSE i MAKE them awesome! everyone have a doubt about getting natty’ locks, GO FOR IT! and..girls with dreads..niice;) haha
    I wanted to get dreads all my life, and btw, I’m white:p haha..so yeah…
    i would like to be the 12 year ol’ gal with dreads…i bet u have awesome nice, phatty-knatty dreadlocks! someday i will too!

    sooo…yeah. that’s all for now..if anyone reads this:p

    PEACE
    and btw..i did my dreads almost myself..with some help from friends..it hurts, but it is easy!

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  14. I want to get dreads but im gonna have to wait till i finish skool cause all the teachers are like little hitlers
    Where is the best place to get dreads done, or should i just try it myself?

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  15. i am a 12 year old blonde hair, blue eyed white girl. i have been a dread head since i was 8. i have had adults and kids make comments and strange faces at me and i dont care becuse i love them very much.
    i also have old ladys say they love my hair wich is awsome

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  16. im not exactley sure who will read or recive this comment, but im only 13 and i wanna get dreads a.s.a.p. Only problem is,is that my school can be pretty cruel sometimes, and i have a few people who hate me. Should i try an make friends with them first? Or should i just ignore them?I Know a friend of mine got them, and he only got pressured for one day about them.

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  17. just ignore them they r jealous because they dont have beautiful hair,that grows natrually. they r mainly jealous about you dont need any speaicial cheap tight up perm or any of that othr filthy stuff they shower their hair with

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  18. what do i do when people make fun of my dreads

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