Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Dreadlock Myths busted

1. Only Black People can have dreadlocks. Anyone can have dreadlocks, though it is easier to with some hair textures than with others. IT's very possible to lock caucasian hair
2. Dreadlocks represent rebellion or drastic opinions. I guess India Arie is the one who said "I'm not my hair". Some people have dreadlocks because they love the hairstyle, others as a tradition due to where they come from while others are just experimenting.
3. Dreadlocks should be left dirty and should never be washed. Locks like any other hairstyle needs to be well maintained and part of that maintainance includes washing. Locks are on your scalp and involve your hair, meaning, the sweat on your scalp accumulates in the hair together with all the dirt from the environement leading to the locks stinking and looking really horrible.
4. Dreadlocks drain out your body weight. There is no direct connection between body weight and length of hair. Ofcourse when you are healthy you have healthier hair but it doesn't mean you will never grow fat because you have dreadlocks.
5. Locks are for Rastas only. Locks are like any other hairstyle and considering it's a free world, anyone can have them.
6.Mayonnaise, Honey, Toothpaste, Glue, Rubber Cement, Mud, Chewing Gum, Peanut Butter, Shea Butter,and Candle Wax all work great for starting dreadlocks. This is just plain wrong. What will your hair smell like with all these stuff in it? Please do not try this at home. Have mercy on your beautiful hair
7.Locks damage your scalp. Quite on the contrary. Locks are very natural, you just wash and twist, meaning you never damage your scalp with relaxers, or pulling hence relaxing you scalp. Just give your head a massage once in a while and you will be surprised at how relaxing it is compared to perming and braiding
8. You have to cut your hair to get rid of locks. Today with the amount of products in the market, you can undo the locks anytime and maintain the wonderful length attained during the locking stage, just soak the locks in V05 conditioner and comb them out.


  1. Hey, thanks for the follow.

    This is a very interesting blog. I'm from Trinidad and Tobago and most people here are growing dreadlocks now,especially women.

    I myself am thinking about doing it. At the moment my hair is braided and I was told I can grow a dreadlocks from the braiding, so I'm seriously considering it.

    Very good information here on your blog. Keep it up!

  2. Lol ati toothpaste! chewing gum! Mayo! Cant imagine toothpaste on hair. Whoever comes up with some of these myths! funny.

  3. LisaG and Shiko thanx for both stopping by.
    LisaG, take it from me, it feels wonderful to have locks on, they are very flexible especially if your hair is kinky in texture, I will post mor information and I hope I convince you to "lock up"
    Shiko, there are wierder solutions presented, but I will save you the anguish and not reveal them.

  4. Cee,

    So nice to meet you! I look forward to hearing more about natural hair care. I've been chemical free for a while now. I twist my hair in double-strands once a week, finder comb them out and voila! I have a nice sexy do. I am looking for variations; I am looking to grow my hair...so your blog is a welcome find!

    Baadaye basi.

  5. Your Welcome Mama Shujaa, going Natural is already a couragious step (ushujaa), Hope you will find my posts helpful.

  6. Hey, i must say though honey is quite good for hair generally, as a moisturiser. I use it to twist my locs and its not smeller or sticky or all those things.

  7. Welcome Juju to my blog.
    Wow I have never heard of using honey to twist locks before, but sounds "sweet"....Please do share anymore tips you may have for us...


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