I took a siesta for 4 hours after a long day at school combined with release of dreaded exam grades. Now the time after the siesta when your eyes can’t seem to shut themselves and It’s actual sleeping time (12am) …. I go on Twitter and the first thing I read is…
When a girl ruins her beauty with dreadlocks.
It’s rather perplexing to think there exists such level of ignorance in today’s supposed “well-informed ” society. More like misinformed don’t you think?
I’ll like to assume you reading this post know what I’m talking about when I say “locs”.. if not kindly go on Google : -)
Because I’m not one to judge the whole world based on one person’s point of view I went around on the internet and let’s just say It’s more than one person?!
First, kindly take a look at the picture below. It’s the sister to a friend of mine Who has been on dreads since when I knew her.
How can you say She isn’t an epitome of beauty??? Howww
I do not think a persons beauty can be ruined just by their mere hair and i refuse to accept that being beautiful comes as basic as that(your hair)!! If that’s the case then I just need to get a pack of brazilian hair (since that seems to be what today’s society deems beautiful ) and I’m good to go.. but sadly it doesn’t work that way.
I also read that having locs is deemed “unprofessional”. Now someone will need to share more light on this because every where I saw it mentioned, none could quite explain how this works. A common misconception is that those who have dreadlocks do not wash their hair, but this is usually not the case. Many dreadlock care regimens require the wearer to wash their hair up to twice a week. There is also a perception that ethnic hair that is “natural” or not straightened with heat or chemicals is somehow unruly, unkept and must be carefully regulated to fit within white cultural norms. Now I do not have my hair natural (it is permed), not because I see natural hair as unruly but because my hair is too thick in nature and I definitely do not have the luxury of time to do all the hair care regimens that entails natural hair. But but but, i’ve made fake locs before and i loved them!!! I currently have yarn braids and like to think they are locs (that was the whole idea) + I’ve received enough complements on them so Natural hair is in no kinds of way because of its coarseness unruly or unkept. It’s its free form….It’s just like saying wearing Ankara or danshiki(native African wear) is unruly. ..whatttt
Reports read that the US Army placed a barn on dreadlocks, braids, cornrows and the likes as they are “unprofessional”. I would say this, it is reasonable for the military to expect some degree of neatness in hairstyles but those expectations ought to take into account the variety of natural hair textures people have. Damn we are not all the same! What works for A would most often than not not work for B.
Until i’m given a logical reason as to how having locked and natural hair impairs your ability to conduct your job or complete a task successfully I remain in support of Locs –All day, Everyday
With all these negative energy being geared towards my dear locs I believe the mentality of a Black woman strong enough to wear dreadlocks DESPITE the social stigmas that may abound, is a mindset worth diamonds. It seems in today’s world, where so many beautiful young women are concerned with what “society’s” standards of beauty are and conforming to it, there are NOT a lot of women willing to go against the grain and be beautiful in their OWN right – and that uniqueness and individuality is down right ATTRACTIVE just in its own right.
It leads to say– I’m free, unwilling to conform, confident, maybe its that confidence that the boys see and are afraid of. You wouldn’t want to attract such a boy would you?
All of this just leads me back to one of my favorite songs India Arie – I am not my Hair . Go have a listen if you haven’t heard it!
The main point behind all these ramblings is LOCS OR/AND NATURAL HAIR DOESN’T MAKE YOU LESS BEAUTIFUL THAN YOU ALREADY ARE. OWN IT!!
Now I leave you with a Photo caption I saw some days ago on instagram :–
Be daring, Be different, Be impractical. Be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the common place, the slaves of the ordinary.
What are your personal thoughts? Have you tried dreads before? Are they really unprofessional?
Your comments mean a lot to me.
L. A. D. E
Check out these beautiful locs…
Claire Sulmers of Fashion Bomb Daily has the cutest dreads ever! I love that pop of platinum blonde!!
I own no rights to these photos. They were all gotten from tumblr and pininterest. Except my personal Photo.