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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3 Responses

  1. Lindsey says:

    Ahh, you go to NYU?! What school? Year?

    I graduated in 2006….

    • blackstrands says:

      hey Lindsey!

      yes ma’am! I go to their graduate school (journalism) – it’s a relatively short program though…only 3 semesters, so God willing I’ll graduate at the end of this fall semester.

      I feel like I just got there though! lol

      What school were u at?

  2. Cynthia says:

    Dreads are a lifestyle choice, it takes so much time to maintain them. My brother grew his out for a span of 10 years, he finally just cut them off, he says he feels free although he misses the reaction he would get from the ladies lol

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