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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I think youre preaching to the chior. Most of us would not consciously stereotype someone with dreads, but a lot of people out there would, especially in the professional world. I wish the world werent this way but it is, and for the sake of getting a professional job, i got rid of my dreads after high school.
@lytning91, I used to be very attached to my hair. I coloured it and styled it all the time and all my friends would comment on how nice it was. Then during my pregnancy with my son a lot of it fell out and my hair was very very thin. Then some people close to me got cancer and I realized how traumatizing it would be to go through that as well as lose hair. So I have decided to sacrifice my “prize” to others so they can feel beautiful like I do when my hair is all done up and such. It’s honestly been hard as a female (not even an overly feminine one at that) to not dye or over treat my hair. I usually just wear it in a pony tail or bun now adays since to wear it down I have to straighten it. I have the curse of cow licks, random curls and random straight spots.
Well it has happened to me to positively stereotype people with dreads.
What I mean is that I thought that they would be cool, relaxed people that look behind appearances. Apparently I was wrong and dreads can be like any other trend.
@aliwine, I have a two, distinct double crowns (one set at the back of my head and one set at the base of where my neck hair ends) and a cowlick. When it’s long, and nice and freshly washed, it is naturally straight and sorta flicks itself up a little like I took a curling iron to it for a few seconds at each end. Like I said, I wear it long because I don’t wanna cut it because I hate styling my hair, but it can definitely look nice on its own, so I have no reason to complain there either.
What’s weird with me (and please don’t take offense, though most people do until I explain) is that I HATE seeing people do things to their hair. If I knew you with brown, medium length hair and you cut it and die it, I will have a hard time looking at you fora few days and feel really awkward around you. It has fully debilitated me a time or two to run into a close, female friend the day they decided to do something radical, and I flip my stuff.
That being said, I find dying one’s hair just unnatural in itself, so I have a hard time with it. I will never dye my hair and I am confused by people who do it to actually pretend like they have a certain color. Playful amounts, like doing highlights or something, I can tolerate. Even the ridiculous pink streaks and stuff are kinda cool. It’s just when people make it too far, I get wigged out.
I have never had an experience to make me feel obligated to donate it. I just know that people are overtly judgmental and it’s not fair to those who have things happen that stop hair growth to be judged.