Dreadlocks: A Hairstyle or Hair Journey?

flickr/ kappuru

flickr/ kappuru

The video below is one I did a few months ago, who knows what I was waiting for to put it up– but its there now!  (please let me know if you have any issues viewing the video)

I was doing a story on “quick fix” dreadlocks vs. growing and locking dreads the natural way.


I went to a dreadlock salon in Manhattan and saw/learned some pretty interesting things…

I knew that people were able to get dreadlock extenstions, but what I didn’t know was that loticians could give potential dread wearers permanent locks in one sitting. Albeit a long, half day sitting – but one sitting nonetheless.

Imagine someone walking in a salon with 4 inches of straight hair and walking out with 10 inches of dreadlocks!

Not everyone was doing this of course, (many of the clientele already had dreads) but this was the case for many of the people who sought this service.


I also talked to a fellow NYU grad student (and sweet girl), Alexia, whose been growing her dreads out over of the last few years with time and patience. In her opinion, the journey was well worth it, and something that helped her to learn more about her hair – and herself. She started out with relaxed hair, then cut it all off to go natural – and from there,  decided to lock her hair. The rest is history — and she now rocks a head full of gorgeous locks!

To her, the journey was essential.

So, what’s your opinion?

Is it whatever? — a person should get locks however they see fit,

Or is the hairstyle a lifestyle choice, like many dread wearers or even, Rastafarians might argue?

:: grow on ::


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