Dreadlocks Meaning

Here you’ll find information on the dreadlocks meaning 

You’ll find pictures of dreadlocks for mendreadlocks styling and tips on how to dreadlock your hair 

It’s very difficult to remove this hair style, you’re going to want to research as much as possible before hand to make sure that this is the right hair style for you.  

Dread locks, contrary to popular belief, are rooted in more of a spiritual affiliation than a "weed and drug" one. In fact, they date back thousands of years.  

Before & After Re-tightening

The earliest account of this beautiful hair style dates to ancient Egypt, where dread locks appeared on Egyptian artifacts. Discovered from archaeological sites, mummified remains of Egyptians with locks have been recovered.  

The meaning of dreadlocks may differ from person to person, but the history of them is quite remarkable.  

In the Old Testament, the tale of Samson and Delilah speaks of dread locks linked to man's potency, ‘the seven locks on his head’. According to Roman accounts, the Celts were described to have 'hair like snakes' Germanic tribes, Greeks and the Vikings are all said to have worn dreadlocks too. 

Interlocking Day One

With that being said, Rastafarianism is something entirely separate. It was born in the 1930s when Ras Tafari was crowned emperor of Ethiopia. When the emperor was forced out during an invasion, guerrilla warriors banned together in growing their hair out until the emperor was reinstated. The religion resonated with the ideologies of the day, for example socialism, Marxism, nationalism and black power. Black lives matter, for better or worse, often uses pictures of afro and locks.  

Rastafarians smoked weed because they thought it prompted a clearer state of well being. With the promotion of power amongst lock wearers, people began to fear the hair style, hence the term 'dread' which was later reclaimed by the 'Rasta' community. 

Dreadlocks are more widely accepted, but we still have a way to go before you’ll see them on more professionals, on screen and in classroom settings.  

Dreadlocks Meaning

There are a lot of different ways to style you dreadlocks and, once they've matured and settled, you can also begin coloring them. You can also do Faux locks to see how you like the look. 

Before I lock any of my clients, I always start with a series of questions. I never want to lock someone's hair out of their frustration, this is not an easily reversed style. You’ll want to look into the difference between interlocking and palm rolled, unless you’re going for a free-form lock method.  

Freeform: As the name suggests, this lock method requires very low maintaining. They can be started with coils, braids, or braids, and are left to themselves to lock as they wish. Very tightly coiled hair does very well with this method. Softer hair typically needs more guidance 

Palm Rolled: This method is probably my favorite to look at but is the most to maintain. The hair is coiled from root to tip. Every 4-6 weeks, the roots will need to re-twisted, rolled between the palms, and clipped. Once the entire head has been retightened, it’s best to sit under the dryer for at least at hour. The downside to this style is that you can’t wash it as often as interlocking.  

Interlocked: I’ve converted 90% of my clients over to interlocking. You can swim with them, you can wash them as often as needed, and you don’t have to worry about them unraveling. Children and anyone more active do well with this method.  

I always tell people, research, research, research. Talk to people who’ve locked their hair. Look at pictures. Look into the different techniques. Look into the different dread lock hair styles and see what jumps out to you.  

They make sure a really fun, really easy hair style for the right person. We hope this has helped to bring clarity to such a big decision We hope you've enjoyed this page regarding the dreadlocks meaning. 

What made you think about locking your hair? Let us know in the comments!  

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