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 become clump together, interlock and become matted. Hence, the name it was given. Locs have been given a bad name in current society. However, slowly but surely the barriers are being broken down for the acceptance of individuals with locs. Surprisingly, locs are being shunned although there is a rich history behind it.


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  • Over half of the surviving Greek sculptures called “Kouroi” were found wearing locs which indicated that the men from that era wore dread locs.
  • 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 the outfit for battles.
  • 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 untouched therefore allowing it to grow freely without a comb and unmated. Their hair could not be separated or detangled from the looks of it.
  • In Senegal, the followers of the Mouride Movement (of Islam Faith) were known for growing their locks along with wearing multi-colored gowns.
  • Various African ethnic groups wore locks to symbolize their stance within society whether they were a priest, head of the tribe, and much more. They would have worn cornrows when there young and as they got older, transitions to wearing locs.
  • In Hindu and Buddhist cultures, dreadlocks are worn by the Holy men as a religious practice. It symbolizes the highest disregard for their looks and solely focuses on their spiritual self. It’s usually worn up and only let down for special occasions.
  • Rastafarians have worn locs which are inspired by the Nazarites from the Bible where the non-manipulation of the hair established a closer connection between their way of life and the God they serve.

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 With this rich and fascinating history, we should appreciate the beauty surrounding locs.

We should not judge how it looks but be grateful for what it symbolizes to our descendants who wore them. It was never worn for trend, but it has meaning by the different people who wore them.

So why do we still discriminate in today’s society?


 Current History of LOCs

 Since recent times, some people have come and gone who have broken down barriers when it comes to accepting individuals who wear locs.  One of the most popular individuals who was loved and embraced by many was the late Reggae Legend, Bob Marley.

Bob set the tone for the acceptance of “Rastas” and “dreadlocks” in society. And as such, we have slowly started to embrace and appreciate their hair and their body of work. There have been other popular stars who wear locs whether for spiritual, cultural or trendy reasons.

These stars include; Future, Whoopi Goldberg, Quavo, Lil Wayne, Zendaya, Ava DuVernay and so much more.

What is the most fascinating thing you've learned about locs?

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