Locks are the new black! At least in summer.

Sorry for not being able to write more often, but I’ve been very busy thanks to tests, marks, and work, so… I will try to write more often (well, I’ll do my best).

The issue I wan to focus on today is about dreadlocks (now just Locks) and ‘rastafari’ style. All of us have been in several festivals and music concerts and they were completly crammed with lots of people wearing tman-1171806_1920his outlandish hair style. The same idea always came up in our minds: “This person must be an outrageous criminal, a jonkie, or an ex-convict.” Other ones believe that those who wear dreadlocks are people who just smoke marijuana all day and have nothing else to do with their lifes. But I’m afraid to tell you that we might be completly wrong if we thought like that. 

Although I am not wearing locks (and I won’t by now for my own decision), I never suspected anyone to be a criminal for wearing them, even now that we can find them in every festival we went.

It was the speech of a Youtuber (really profitable, according to my opinion) that shed the light on me about why everybody wanted te wear sticky and hard locks all over the head: the refreshment in summer and saving money.

Minimalist lifestyle is becoming a trend which everyday is takig over thousand and thousand people all over the world. So, a huge amount of people is starting to save money from everybody’s possibilities. One of them: hairstyle. Brushing, styling and fixing hair costs amounts of money to people, not to mention to the environment. That’s why a lot of people has been changing their straight and shiny hair for locks. Not just for fashion, but also for health.

Weaving locks in a natural way might be even healthy for our hair. Needing no brushing, no chemicals on it, and no heating the hair can grow free and stronger instead of damaged by other products. It may also be really stylish and fresh in summer because you can tie back your hair in a bun and keep rocking your lungs out in a rock festival. Besides, you may have a really summery style.

One of the most influencial persons who wore locks was Bob Marley, even though he was not the first one in wearing this crazy hair. Some soldiers in India, in 1800 who started to wear dreadlocks as a sign of rebellion against their leader. Furthermore, some years later, wearing locks meant that you were completly trusted to your own god, so that became a religous way to protect themselves and honour gods  in the field of fight.

A lot of famous people who wore this hair style, most from rock and metal music, became really popular for teenagers. Dexter Holland, Korn or Rob Zombie were the inspiration for people to start the ball rolling in the fashion of locks. And even nowadays we can see them all around us. And those who wear them don’t need to be precisely criminals or jonkies, but healthy, stylish and cool people.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “Locks are the new black! At least in summer.

  1. The hairstyle that you and others have referred to as “dreadlocks” is incorrect and demeaning. This hairstyle is called “Locs.” The term “dread” w/ “loc” was created and pushed by white europeans, specifically White Christians. The word “dread” comes from “dreadful,” and white culture has taught the world that hair naturally locking together is dreadful, but of course it isn’t. It truly is as natural as hair can get. This hairstyle is associated w/ the Rastafari culture, bc of POPCULTURE, however the Rastafari culture is a spirituality that I encourage you to learn about. Just B/c one wears locs, do not assume they are in the Rastafari spirituality. As someone who is not of African-descent, research as much as possible about topics within the black community (if you feel so inclined since you decided to write about an aspect of it) to really understand and keep your mentally as far away from ignorance as possible. Anyone who wears locs whom is not of afro-descent, is a cultural appropriator, which is a micro or subtle form of racism.

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    1. Hi, Mrs. Journal,
      I obviously made research about the topic and the first information I got about it was about rastafari culture. I also know that rasta’s style has a lot to do with religion. It’s a fact that the word dread-locks come from two opposite words: dread and locks. It’s true that the word “dread” could be erased due to racist reasons and it is also true that I didn’t know about the actual avoiding of the word ‘dread’, so I will take your advice and I will modify the essay, as well as I do more research about it.
      On the other hand, I differ from your point of view about appropriation. There is no doubt that any culture has its own religion, trraditions and customs, however for sake or not, we are living in a globallised world and calling ‘appropriatior’ to those who wear a specific feature of other’s culture I consider it going too far. Just my humble opinion. Could we consider ‘appropriator’ those who wear tattoos from having taken over Samoan cultural features? Or even those who wear crosses, or “bindies” on their forehead? In my opinion, that would be just a question of style and fashion and not a question of religion either racism.
      I completly see your view, and I truly insist that my purpose was not writing a racist text, but just an informative text about how a feature of other culture, which purpose is religious, can be so globally broaden and adapted in other country’s culture.
      I must say too that my reply is writing with all my regards and wants to be cordial and kind. Feel free about replying me whenever you want and teaching me more about African customs.

      Thank you,

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