2010
07.14

All too often, people with dreadlocks are viewed as having dirty hair or being unclean individuals. They are considered people that have this whole spiritual thing going on and have an attitude about life. Get a better understanding of dreadlocks by having some of your burning questions answered. So, what are some burning questions about dreadlocks that can be answered here?

Are dreadlocks for Rastafarians only?

Dreadlocks are for anyone that desires that hairstyle or lifestyle, as some would say. Rastafarians usually wear their hair very matted and use no type of culturing or maintenance for the upkeep. They basically wash their hair and leave it to dry and lock on its own. However, I have seen individuals that don’t consider themselves Rastafarian lock their hair the same way. It really is a personal preference for the individual. However, anyone can wear dreadlocks whether they are Black, White, Chinese, Asian, etc.

Are dreadlocks considered spiritual?

If wanting to start dreadlocks is an inner choice that is made for an individual, then I guess it can be considered spiritual. However, dreadlocks are for anyone that wants to start them. Dreadlock wearers I know just got to a certain point in their lives where they wanted to make a change. They wanted to enhance their lifestyle and it just so happen to include starting dreadlocks.

Are dreadlocks nasty and dirty?

Personally, I wash my hair 2-3 times a week because of my active lifestyle and my personal choice to have clean hair. However, some individuals prefer to leave their hair unwashed for an extended period of time (3 months or longer) to allow their hair to lock. However, this is NOT sanitary because it causes the hair to stink horribly. Many dreadlock wearers I know wash their hair every week or every two weeks, depending on what information they have been given about maintaining their dreadlocks. It’s really a matter of preference for the individual but cleaner is better, in my opinion.

Do I have to go to a dreadlock professional to get dreadlocks?

No. There is so much information available on the internet about starting dreadlocks, that I would advise an individual to do their research before spending money to go to a professional and have their hair locked. Certain dreadlock styles require a certified professional, but I would advise doing the research, saving the money and doing your hair at home.

Are Dreadlocks expensive?

Depending on what type of dreadlocks you want, the cost can vary. They can be free if you decide to do them at home like I did. However, some professionals can charge $65- $800 to start them, and $35/hr for maintenance. The higher costs come from certain micro locks that have to be installed and maintained by a certified professional that uses a special tool to start and maintain them.

Do I have styling options with dreadlocks?

Yes! I love this question because depending on the size of the dreadlock, you can have the very same styling option as someone with straight hair. For example, I can wear my hair in ponytails, pin-ups, hanging, etc. Additionally, I can roll it, wear it curly, or use a blow drier and let it hang straight down. The options are unlimited when you get the micro sized dreadlocks because they are so spongy and flexible. It really depends on the individual and how much maintenance they are willing to endure. My hair takes a lot of maintenance frequently because of the tiny locks, and the mere fact of me wanting to keep it looking fresh and stylish.

Are dreadlocks for me?

It depends on the individual. I would highly recommend considering all options and doing your research before taking the leap into dreadlocks. It takes a lot of commitment, patience and acceptance of the hairstyle and what others may think of it. I know that my hair is probably cleaner than the average dreadlock wearer because I make sure of it. However, some people may not think so because of myths they have heard about dreadlock wearers. Be sure you are ready to accept you and have confidence in your ability to look good with your dreadlock style. Not all people will accept the style and can/will judge you before they even know you, because of negative things they have heard about dreadlock wearers. Be willing to live with it and push forward. If you don’t think you are ready for some potential false judgment about this hairstyle, then it is not for you. You will know when you are ready and nothing will stop you when you get to that point.

Do your research about the dreadlock hairstyle, before making it become a part of your lifestyle. Dreadlocks become a part of who you are and should not define you, but you should define who you are. Remember, the hairstyle only compliments the individual wearing the style. Be sure you remain awesome, even with the potential change in hairstyle, and you will make it work for you!

Copyright (c) 2009 Dawgelene Sangster

Author: Dawgelene Sangster
Article Source: EzineArticles.com

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  1. I’m a Australian female and I use baking soda in my hair to rid me of my dandruff I have a bottle of tea tree a few drops in a spray bottle that I spray on my scalp I use a residue free shampoo that panteine brought out I used the back combing and crochet method 0.06 mm … I have mostly firm baby locks I’m sporting 87 with an undercut I have very thick wavy and frizzy hair did them myself with the help of my sister I also have some apple cider vinegar in the cupboard if my hair gets too dry I’ve only used it once

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  2. I recently started my locs again after three years. I have started with the comb locs and around the edges they were a little soft. Well last night I tie them up with this scarf that was a little too tight. When I woke up the ones around the edge were almost flat and not coiled anymore. Should I do them over?

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  3. Do you have to twist your hair to make dreads?

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  4. How can i do my dreads on my own?

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  5. How can i make my dreds less fuzzy?

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  6. Hi i have had my dreads for just over 2 months now, my hair grows at the speed of light, so i have to have them recharged with a specialist every 3 weeks and we use a crochet needle (ouch) lol. is this ok or damaging for my dreads?

    Also i have been told to not use wax on my dreads I have caucasion straight hair. how much of a difference does the wax make?

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  7. All of these comments are very interesting. I’ve been locing for over 7yrs now and tried a bunch of things. Natural is definitelyl the best way to go most of the time.

    Amsu Jackal – I feel you on the baking soda thing but you have to realize everyone’s hair isn’t the same. I’m African American, I’ve seen/met Hispanics, Whites, Asians and others with locs as well and hair texture and variety are as different as skin colors and everything else that seperates nationalitys. I don’t think there’s only one way to do things – you have to know what works for you.

    edward – Keep at it. Most African American’s can loc fairly easy you just have to be patient through the early development stages. How are you starting the locs?

    AHMAD NICHOLS – Stimulate your scalp with your fingertips and rinse out. I don’t think it’ll bubble or lather but its supposed to loosen and remove excess build up and dirt and stuff.

    DANCEHALL – I wouldn’t knock baking soda until you’ve tried it. Just because it doesn’t work for you doesn’t mean it doesn’t work. The one thing about baking soda is I think it has mild bleaching agents but other than that I’ve heard great things.

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  8. YOU CRAZY IF YOU USE BAKING SODA IN YOUR HEAD WTF …..GET THE BREEZE & IT REMOVE OILS AND WASH YOUR HAIR SCRUB IT OUT AND RETWIST OR PALM ROLL I DON’T EVEN GO TO JAMAICAN’S I GO TO THE HAITIAN’S MY DREAD DESIGNS ARE MADDD …DON’T DO ALL THESE AT HOME CHEMICALS PLEASE GO TO SOMEONE WITH EXPERIENCE IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE A SALON ..BLESS UP R.I.P SALESSIE JAH BLESS MI

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  9. IVE HAD MY DREADS FOR ABOUT FOUR MONTHS THEY HAVENT COMPLETELY LOCKED YET BUT EVERYTHINGS GOING FINE….IS THE BAKING SODA TRICK THE BEST WAY TO KEPP MY DREADS FRESH AND CLEAN AND GET RID OF ALL THE RESIDUE?AND WHILE USING THE BAKING SODA DO I HAVE TO SCRATCH MY HAIR OR DOES THE BAKING SODA BUBBLE UP LIKE PEROXIDE ON MY HAIR?

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  10. After reading all the input and the info, I started my dreads!! I personally dont care for the negative feedback, but I think Ill be ok since I dont care what others think. I only have 4 dreads on my head, and Im getting carpal tunnel from the Twist-Pull method, but they actually look decent. Im gonna research more about the wax and maintenece, but my journey has begun with dreadlocks!! Thanks so much!!

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  11. i was really into getting dreads but i guess i changed my mind now. You sure have a point when you say that if i’m not ready to accept all the negative feedback then i shouldn’t get them. Thanks, you might have saved me!

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  12. i want to grow dreads but my hair stops growin at d small fro range it seems like (black male) is it impossible for me to grow dreads..just need to know

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  13. i digress on a few of your statements, though you certainly know better than most people. you should never *ever* need to go to a salon or have maintenance on your dreadlocks. all you really need is some baking soda and time. 1/4 cup baking soda in a gallon of water, pour over your head, let sit 10 min or so and rinse out. repeat every 2 days or so. keeps them deep cleaned and soft. Maintenance such as crochet, felting, waxing, perms, interlocking (flipping dreads through the roots to tighten) do nothing but break hair and damage your dreads, leading to premature dread loss and in the case of twisting/tightening/interlocking, premature baldness, even in females. As you know (i restate for clairity of others) Clean, product free hair locks the tighest and the fastest due to no natural hair oils or products lubricating the hair thus allowing tight knots to form. even one waxing will stay in the core of your dreadlocks and leave it susceptible to mold growth unless you take measures to remove the wax such as soaking in near-boiling water or emulsify the wax with a product called body splash, break it down with dawn dish soap, etc.. You’re certainly very much more enlightened than most stylists/dreadheads, and i highly commend you.

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