Many people think dreadlocks are dirty and unkempt, but today the once grunge look has become a beautiful style to wear. The old way to create and maintain used to be that you would go without washing your hair, but today there is a better way to take care of your dreads and washing your dreads is recommended. There are ways for people with straight or thin hair to get dreadlocks, but those who have the best looking dreadlocks (and who can easily create them in their hair) are people with curly and kinky hair. The name “dreadlocks” is associated with the Rastafarian movement, which started in Jamaica in the 1930s. They were called “dreadlocks” because it was a spiritual movement that followed the Nazarite vows from the Bible, and the wearer was said to live a “dread” life – meaning they feared God. “Dreadlocks” is only the modern name for this hairstyle, but the actual style of dreadlocks has been around for centuries.
The style of dreadlocks has been around for centuries, and many ancient cultures wore this style. The first known culture to wear this style was the Maasai people, and the ancient Egyptians were also known for wearing dreadlocks. The style only became popularized in fashion, though, after the Rastafarian movement, and dreadlocks ever since have been worn for both spiritual and political statements. In the 1970s when reggae music became popular, dreadlocks became popular as well and through to the 1990s people who wore dreadlocks were making a statement with their hair. The style of dreadlocks of that time was big and matted, which gave the wearer the grunge look. At the turn of the 21st century, dreadlocks changed from the grunge look to a more sophisticated look and the size of the dreads became smaller. Today, dreadlocks are a beautiful hairstyle that many women seek today, and you can do anything with your dreads (whether pull it back in a ponytail or a beautiful chignon).
Creating dreadlocks is a simple process that you can do at home, and it only takes a few steps to complete this look. First, continue to wash your hair but stop using conditioner a week to ten days before you create your dreadlocks. On the day you create your dreads there are two types of solutions you can use to wash your hair before you start the process. You can either get a residue-free shampoo or you can make the solution yourself by mixing vinegar (1 tablespoon) and water (1 quart) together. Wait until your hair dries, then take a section of your hair (about an inch square) and pin the rest of your hair back, and twist that section of hair tightly. Then backcomb the section starting at the roots and going down, and add a dab of dreadlock wax, beeswax, or pomade to the section of hair and re-twist. Lastly, tie a rubber band at the end of each section of hair you twist, and to keep the shape of the dreads you need to do this process on a regular basis.