There is nothing dreadful about your hair (Why we won't use the term "dreadlocks")

There is nothing dreadful about your hair

(Why we won't use the term "dreadlocks")


 Dreadlocks, as defined by Wikipedia, are ropelike strands of hair formed by matting or braiding. They are also called locs and dreads. Dreadlocks have been given a bad rep in society. However, if you go far back in history there are different forms of arts depicting that dreadlocks were being worn by our ancestors and forefathers. And as such ladies and gentlemen, there is nothing dreadful about your locs.


In ancient Greece, there are kouroi sculptures depicting spartan officers wearing their battle dresses and their “dreadlocks”. According to history, their hair was worn in long braided locs. As well as, descendants of Island, Christianity, Aztecs were all described as wearing hair similar to wool, matted hair down to their ankles or having untouched hair that grew long and matted. This is known as locs in today’s society. Although it was embraced in the past, we have yet to fully embrace it in today’s society.


Locs were worn by various societies which symbolized many things in their culture. It symbolized their stance in society for example being a priest. As well as, it was considered the highest form of disregard for vanity. Your hair would not be combed for you to “look good” thus allowing you to focus on other things, along the spiritual line. Also, it was considered a spiritual practice for many to not comb their hair and just let it grow freely.


 As you can see the rich history behind wearing of Locs. And, as a reminder loc’d individuals or individuals who are thinking of locking their hair, “there is nothing dreadful about your locs”. The wearing of locs comes from our past and was worn never for style but to embraces ourselves in the highest form. However, our people are still being shunned and disregarded to this day for this hairstyle and lifestyle.


Before the world-wide phenomena of locs through music with the help of reggae artists and celebrities, loc’d individuals were considered outskirts. To this day we aren't allowed to attend a school or get jobs because of how we choose to wear our hair. There are still many incidents to this day on the hate and rage that people who decide to wear their hair loc'd face.

Slowly but surely locs is becoming more accepted as a “trendy” hairstyle in society. We have accepted it since the era of Bob Marley music and other reggae artists. Also, the popularity of it from hip-hop, rap and even trap artists. We have a come along way from the past but we still have further to go.

But in the meantime, embrace your Peculiar Roots and remember there is absolutely nothing dreadful about your crown!

Do you use the term dreadlocks or locs?

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