Dreadlocks – facts and myths


Hairstyles can vary from person to person. But many people have stereotypical thinking and believe that certain hairstyles belong only to certain communities. Dreadlocks have always been associated with the hippies and the African-Americans. However, this is not factual or appropriate. The origin of dreadlocks can be traced to medieval Irish warriors, the Maoris of New Zealand, Hindu Shiva worshippers, ancient European Celts and the Fakirs and Sufis of Pakistan.

Dreadlocks is a hairstyle which includes matted hair that resembles ropes. It is made by forming knots in the hair in particular sections. There are many myths out there regarding dreadlocks. For you to completely understand dreadlocks, we first need to address these commonly known myths regarding dreadlocks.


Your hair has to be dirty to dread properly

The first and most common myth about dreadlocks is that your hair must be dirty. But the truth is that clean hair actually dreads faster than dirty hair. Dreadlocks have to be washed regularly, if you do not wash them, they will smell, just like normal hair would.

You have to shave your head to get rid of dreadlocks

This is also untrue. You can keep your hair if you want to, after dreadlocks. There are ways in which you can get your normal hair back. If you want short hair after your dreadlocks, just cut them at the three inch length and comb them out with a wide toothed brush. They aren’t always tight at the roots. If they are then you comb them out after using a conditioner. If you want your long hair back, you can comb out your dreadlocks after conditioning it with a regular hair smoothening conditioner.

Anyone with dreadlocks smokes marijuana

One of the most common misconceptions is that a person who has dreadlocks is like Bob Marley. Bob Marley is a legend in his own right, and I would never bash on him; but he is, what everyone knows him for, known for his weed smoking. Well, your hair doesn’t define who you are. A dreadlock wearer can be anyone, let the Bob Marley comparisons drop. Every person is unique and has a personality that matches no other.

Dreadlocks damages your scalp


Your hair, in fact, starts to dread one inch away from your scalp. If you use harsh methods to start your dreadlocks, it may hurt your scalp, but if you take care of it and do not use such methods, your scalp will never know you even have dreadlocks.


Anyone can get dreadlocks, if you are willing to explain yourself and bust these myths every time someone brings them up, then dreadlocks is alright for you. The methods you can use are countless. The twist and rip method, backcombing, twisting, dread braiding and neglect method are some of the methods that you can try to get dreadlocks with. If you think they look good and you are bold enough, you can give it a try!

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