So over the past few weeks I have been exploring many diffent options with my hair to satisfy my latest surge to change my appearance because I’ve looked the same far to long. So I got to searching on my two internet staples; Youtube and Google. On my search I found some pictures of men and women with dreadlocks and on a whim I decided to start searching that. What I found was men and women with all sorts of backgrounds and lifestyles. Then I was thinking why wouldn’t I do this to my hair? Yeah there stereotypes that coinside with having dreadlocks. For example if you have dreadlocks you smoke a ton of pot, your some hippie love child, or you just don’t take care of your hair. But with most stereotypes these are not entirely true. For one your hair doesn’t dictate on how you live your life. Just because you might want dread does not mean that your going to go all organic it’s just hair and contrary to most beliefs you don’t have to shave you head once you have dreads and want to get rid of them. Yes you are basically knotting your hair up on purpose but to get mature dreads it takes time and you have to take care of them (unless you have freeform dreads but different story). In the end if you want to have dreads then go for it! It’s just hair and you can use it to express yourself in anyway you so choose.
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Tits, dreads don’t work on white people?
Seriously though, I wanted dreads. Dreaded half my hair, they started solidifying after a month or so and I started having second thoughts about whether I really wanted to give up the versatility of my straight hair. I like having it curly sometimes and what not. I ended up combing them out. Kinda miss them sometimes but all in all, I’m way too impulsive for that kind of commitment.
@generaltitsvonchodehoffen, According to who? I know multiple white people with awesome looking dreads. My friend who washes and maintains his daily look pretty damn sick. Dreads can look good on anyone.
It’s also a matter of personal opinion. I like the look of dreads on any skin color.
I’m currently waiting for my hair to get a little longer so I can knot it up into some dreads. I don’t care about the stereo types at all. In fact, that’s kind of why I want them. If people don’t like me just because of my hair, they aren’t my type of person anyway. They act to filter out the close-minded pricks.
Oh yeah, I eat a lot of organic food, lift a lot of weights, smoke cannabis and play reggae music, but I won’t hate others because they aren’t like me.
I’ve had dreads for about a year and a half now.
Yes, if you want perfect dreads that are uniform and the same thickness and not a bit fuzzy, you do have to do a lot of maintenance. I dont’ do a lot of maintenance… I just comb one out a bit and re-do it if it gets really matted. Otherwise I’ve only waxed them 1.5 times, ever, and I use elastics on the ones that I don’t want to fray at the ends. (Kindof a mixture between freeform and perfecto dreads, which I think look silly btw.
Anyway, moral of the story: Do what the fuck you want, and if people tell you you shouldn’t, do what the fuck you want.
@irievibes, Awesome, and yes. I find my dreads are like a magnet for open-minded people. It’s like a cheat in a good video game.
Rule #1 of HE: Never take Tits’ opinion seriously.
I’m serious about getting dreads in the near future too, but did recently get a bit of a trim. Will be a while yet, but fuck it, I want em. My reasoning is that dreads seem to act as a sort of mirror. When you se someone with them, it’s such a hairstyle that you pretty much WILL make a snap judgement about them. What you think in that first moment has nothing to do with the other person, but something within you, and you’re opinion of people with that hair. Since the majority of folks with dreads that I’ve met I’ve thought were awesome, or embody a certain persona that I really get on with, I think I should get them too.
@tangledupinplaid21, AMEN! where was that pic during the “chicks should shave their body hair thread”? I’ve always been a sucker for the backless smock and armpit-hair look. I dig my wife when she’s got some dirt and sweatstink on her from working outside too, she likes me the same way. we’re two little piggies, I guess. the only grooming issue that turns me off is bad teeth.
OK back to your regularly scheduled topic.
I mean, I just hear they can get really nasty depending on the way your hair and scalp are (my scalp produces a fair amount of oil so that would really stop my dreads from forming correctly anyway). I also understand that when you stop wanting them, the hair is unsalvageable and you just have to go straight to shaved, which might suck for some.
I have seen it on people and I think my head would go crazy itching and stuff, but I think it is a cool thing to do.
@aliwine, I just cut mine for a job, which requires a more clean, male cut. I had it approaching my shoulders. I don’t get attached to my hair length, but I really don’t want to have to pay for something as stupid has hair cuts every other week. I wanted to grow it out and donate as well, but now I’ll have to wait another year.