Dreadlocks is a hairstyle created by a repetation of twists which turn into knotted twists. I see many people everyday, who wear dreadlocks as a hairstyle, but to rastafari , it is not just a hairsyle. Rastafarians wear dreadlocks because they feel it is a natural process. They say that they will keep their body as it is, as in not shave or cut their hair(all areas on the body). This process is combined with the belief of the body is a ‘temple’ and taking care of your health e.g eating healthy. Many rastas do not have dreads. You do not need to have dreads to be a rasta. It is said to “have divine conception of the heart” not hair.

The first time the dreadlock hairstyle was seen was ancient Egypt, where dreadlocks appeared on Egyptian artifacts. Rastafarias picked up on the dreadlock style from Indian Sadhu’s(Indian holy men) who connected with Jamaicans and the African influence on Rastas wearing of dreadlocks came from the Kenyan revolutionaries(mau mau)who wore dreadlocks as a sign of resistance(battle/blockage) against European colonial culture demands on Africans.

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Sadhu Indians:

^^^Vedic deity Shiva (hindu)in 2500 BCE was one of the roots of dreads. Western and Eastern traditions believe if the hair is knotted, the spiritual energy remains in the hair also in the body which keeps a person more strong and healthy. The Western tradition (classical India) developed dreadlocks for body strength and supernatural, mental and spiritual powers.

Back in slavery, Indian and holy men were seen in Caribbean islands like Jamaica. Which is when rastafari followed the tradition of growing dreads but having a powerful meaning to it. Reading through (http://www.dreadlocks.org/the-history-of-dreadlocks/) has given me some popular names involving them having dreadlocks. Mike Bordin -who is in a band called ‘Faith no more’. He has very large dreads, very unusual and not common. Most people do medium or small dreads and in my opinion,meduim looks the best.

Some people wear dreadlocks as a symbol of their religon (rastafari) or some people wear it for fashion. Relating to fashion, most people (not just rastafari) followed the style of Bob Marley. Marley was a popular music artist and was seen as inspiration for most.

A fashion style similar to dreadlocks and is very common these days, Faux fur Locks which is extensions platted on the real hair:

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Me with braids and twist extentions inspired by dreadlocks:

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I personally like when my extentions get a lil messy because it looks more natural just like rastafarians do with their hair-keep it natural and let it grow.

Images of dreadlocked Rastafarians!#:



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