Alien Girl Discoveries: The History of your Look!✩
The notes are growing on my past post about stretched ears which is exciting! I hope my anecdotes and research of the earthly trends are interesting for you! Today I decided to look at dreadlocks!
As a starting note for this blog post, the phrase ‘cultural appropriation’ is going to be mentioned in this post! As an alien, sometimes I can get my words confused in my head and I am open to anyone correcting me on my knowledge of cultural appropriation because I really do not want to offend anyone!!
Dreadlocks - also known as dreads, are matted coils of hair, most locks are intentionally formed and techniques like backcombing can be used to encourage the formation. Dreadlocks are normally connected to the Rastafari movement but are also known in other ethnic groups such as the Hamitic people of North/East Africa or Semitic people of West Asia!
Common misconception/stereotypes - Unfortunately a common misconception of dreadlocks is that people who have them do not wash their hair, this is not true!! Hair in dreadlocks must be washed much like normal hair! It’s also a good idea to use residue free shampoo or soap for dreadlocks!
According to a blogspot I came across, original reasons Rastafari’s would wear dreadlocks is as they strongly go by the following Biblical verses:
- Leviticus 21:5
"They shall not make baldness upon their head, neither shall they shave off the corner of their beard, nor make any cuttings in their flesh."
- Numbers 6:5
"All the days of the vow of his separation there shall no razor come upon his head: until the days be fulfilled, in the which he separateth himself unto the Lord, he shall be holy, and shall let the locks of the hair of his head grow."
The practice of wearing dreads in Rastafarian cultures is also to do with a movement of uplifting and inspiring people of colour and their culture because they lived in a world where they were demonized, so this was a highly uplifting and spiritual journey for them! Which brings us onto our next topic of cultural appropriation and modern dreadlocks.
The Tumblr Scene - My persona on here obviously is alien girl however even though I don’t feel like a piece of this world I still cringe a bit when I see mistakes on tumblr. As part of my research I hit up the ‘dreadlocks’ tag on tumblr, a lot of beautiful photos of people with dreadlocks however some of which were tagged as stuff such as ‘emo’, ‘hipster’, ‘hippie’ & ‘boho’? Could this be seen a pure ignorance of the past of dreadlocks?
Cultural appropriation is seen as ‘the adoption of an element from one culture by a different cultural group’, the negativity of this, is that most of the time the adoption of cultural elements can be taken from a minority culture and used by a dominant culture. There will always be two sides of a fashion argument as people from either the dominant or minority culture could agree or disagree. For example on one of the blogspots I researched dreadlocks on, they managed to find examples of people both agreeing that privileged people wearing dreadlocks can be cultural appropriation and people disagreeing by saying that times have changed and it is too fast for the world to claim it as cultural appropriation.
I, personally, believe that the ignorance behind wearing dreadlocks especially by rich teenagers brought up in rich culture can be quite dangerous and awkward which is why I wanted to make this post! So people can learn more about the history and spiritual meaning behind where they come from! We should all learn why the original culture practiced this hair technique so that we avoid tagging photos of dreadlocks as ‘hippie’ and ‘emo’.
So thank you for reading and I hope this post has taught everyone some facts behind dreadlocks and why it could be seen as cultural appropriation but that is up to everyone to reach their own conclusion and I am not stating any of my own opinions here!
If you have any facts or more stuff to add to this feel free to reply or comment!
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