The Fascinating History of Locs



Locs, Dreads, Dreadlocks or whichever term you use, is hair that has not been manipulated. During this time the hair will clump together, interlock and become matted. Hence, the name it was given. Locs have been given a bad name in current society.  Surprisingly, locs are being shunned although there is a rich history behind them.


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  • Over half of the surviving Greek sculptures called “Kouroi” were found wearing locs which indicated the men from that era wore dreadlkocs.
  • In addition, Ephors (also known as Spartan Misgraates) wore their hair in long braided locs. The locs, along with their battle dress, was a part of their battle gear.
  • In ancient Christian history (stemming from the Middle East), the first Bishop of Jerusalem, James Just, was described to have worn his locs to his ankles.
  • Pre Columbian-Aztecs priests were described as wearing their hair untouched, therefore allowing it to grow freely without a comb. Their hair could not be separated or detangled.
  • In Senegal, the followers of the Mouride Movement (of Islam Faith) were known for growing their locs ,along with wearing multi-colored gowns.
  • Various African ethnic groups wore locs to symbolize their stance within society, whether they were a priest, head of the tribe, or some other title of substance. They would have worn cornrows when they were young and as they got older, transitioned to wearing locs.
  • In Hindu and Buddhist cultures, dreadlocks are worn by the Holy men as a religious practice. It symbolizes a disregard for looks with the highest regard for their spiritual self.  Their locs are usually worn up and only let down for special occasions.
  • Rastafarians have worn locs their locs as a direct expression of their religious beliefs.  Their locs are inspired by the Nazarites referenced in the Holy Bible.  Rastafarian's locs demonstrate the non-manipulation of their hair to establish a closer connection between their way of life and the God they serve.                                                                                     – source

With this rich and fascinating history, we should appreciate the beauty surrounding locs.  We should not judge how it looks but pay homage to our ancestors and the symbolism which has been passed down to us.  History shows us that locs were never worn as a fashion statement or trend, but as an outward demonstration of our history, culture, and spiritual journey.  

So why hair discrimination still prevalent in today’s society?

 Current History of LOCs

One of the reasons there is discrimination is that our elders who paved the way for us, has passed on.  They are no longer around to champion the fight to wear our hair as we please and as it naturally grows out of our head.  One of those such warriors was Reggae Legend, Bob Marley.  He demonstrated a love and freedom and wore his hair unapologetically.

Bob set the tone for the acceptance of “Rastas” and “dreadlocks” in society. Some other popular icons with locs include:  Lauren Hill, Whoopi Goldberg, Toni Morrison, Ava DuVernay, Jay Z, Cam Newton, Future, Quavo, Lil Wayne, and many more.

Tell us in the comments below one of the most fascinating things you have learned about locs?

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