White People with Dreadlocks

dreads 3Sometimes people just can’t understand that there are some fashion trends that do not cross the culture/race barrier very well.  For instance, I never see an African woman wearing an Indian sari, or a Vietnamese man in a cowboy hat (although that would be hilarious), or even Russian women in Flamenco dresses.  There are just some things that need to be left to certain cultures or races.  The same holds true for dreadlocks.  Dreadlocks are a very interesting and creative way for African people to work with their thicker, more tightly curled hair.  Let’s face it…..that hair is difficult to work with, unless it’s chemically relaxed.  Until I saw people with dreadlocks, I pretty much thought there was the afro, or the really short cut, but that’s it.  Then the dreadlock became a more mainstream style, African people all over the world adopted it and could add a new style to their hair.  And, let’s face it, they look good….on African people.

dreads 2Then, like with every fad, white people (let’s call them Caucasian – although how white people got associated with a mountain range in Russia, I’ll never know) began to adopt it for themselves.  First, let me say, it does not look good on Caucasian people.  For African people, as an alternative to the afro or the short cut, it’s a fairly nice style.  For white people, who have to tease and tease their hair to even get it close to the consistency that dreadlocks require, it’s a horrible bastardization of the true, African dreadlocks.

First of all, as with any stupid style, the hipsters began this disgusting trend.  Some of them caught the idea and started dreading their hair.  Along with the earrings that stretch finger-sized holes in their lobes and the weird, scruffy soul patch, they thought dreadlocks would be the perfect compliment.  It’s the “triumvirate of the hipster!”  The hipsters kind of owned white-person dreadlocks for a few years, but then other people started to experiment with their hair, and the trend moved out of the hipsters to more mainstream people.

Celebrities began sporting dreadlocks and, as with anything, as the celebrities go so do the pathetic wannabes.  So, younger, teenage people started wearing dreadlocks as well.  Working as hard as they could to imitate the flavor-of-the-month celebrity who had their hair in dreadlocks.  What these rat-headed teenagers failed to comprehend is that the celebrities have $1000 stylists working on keeping their dreads neat and tidy, the teenagers had the $1.99 bottle of dreadlock shampoo and a fine-toothed comb.  They looked (and still look) horrible!

I feel bad for this kid's poor mother.

I feel bad for this kid’s poor mother.

White people should not be wearing dreadlocks PERIOD.  They look ratty, disgusting and unnatural on a Caucasian person.  Blond and red hair is not conducive to the rat’s nest of a dreadlock because it’s easy to see when it’s not well-taken-care-of.  These people have tight dreads that allow you to see the flaky, dry and gross scalp between the dreads.  It also allows you to see the myriad of things, both self-made and foreign, that get stuck in the dreadlocks.  Those things can become like Velcro for extraneous material if they’re not kept clean.  Dreadlocks are not a reason to not wash your hair!  In fact, they need more care than regular hair does!  White people to not understand this!  African people do.  That’s why dreadlocks look far superior on African people than they do on Caucasian people.

My call goes out to all the friends and family of dreadlocked white people.  Please, tell them how ridiculous they look.  Make them understand that some styles just do not belong on a Caucasian person.  They probably won’t listen because their stubbornness is what made them try the dreadlocks in the first place, but at least they’ve been told.  It needs to be done!

Just in case I haven’t turned your stomach with my rant about white-person dreadlocks….I found a website that tells white people how to give themselves dreadlocks (http://www.wikihow.com/Give-Yourself-Dreadlocks).  Please check it out and, if you decide to give yourself dreads, you might as well shave your head, because it will look just as horrible as those dirty birds’ nests that will be dangling from your scalp!

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25 Comments

  1. Dreadlocks are what naturally forms when you do not brush your hair. Humans had dread-locked hair long before there was race, or borders/countries or cultures. Ever seen a dog with long hair that gets matted and looks like messy dreads? Same deal. Stop brushing your hair, and you will get dreads. Regardless of what color skin you have. The only difference is some get it done at a stylists and some let it form naturally.

  2. Also, the “dirty bird’s nest” dreads you refer too, are the naturally formed ones. Dreads by a stylist can actually have a beautiful, uniform, clean look, almost like cornrows but thicker. Please, do some research and learn some things before you go on a “rant”, lest you look like a bigoted prick. You sound really uptight, using blanket stereotypes like dreads being “dirty”, or only being for people of a certain race or color or culture.

  3. I don’t brush my hair at all and it never locks up at all! But I have very curly hair so maybe that’s why. But hey it’s just in opinion and I think dreadlocks should be left to the African race. We can never have anything to ourselves anyways. White people always have to come along and take something. I types in dreadlocks and a bunch of white people popped up I’m very shocked at this!!

  4. Yeah and black people should stop straightening their hair to look white because it’s ridiculous. Black people shouldn’t wear suits because that’s the white mans game. Black people should not exercise anything that doesn’t go into their history because that’s how it apparently should be. Everyone should be completely closed minded to their stereotypes and not reach out and express themselves because it’s just so dumb to do stuff like that.
    Racism is stupid. You know that right? And being racist, and closed minded makes you sound stupid. Dread locks are a way of expressing you aren’t like the man suppressing you. The man isn’t just white people anymore. It’s anyone with money.
    Ignorance is ugly, but your if black, then I guess it’s ok.

  5. I love how you lump “Africans” and their “African hair” into one group. Firstly, Africa is a CONTINENT and not one single country. Secondly, the entire population is not only black. The countries and inhabitants which are a part of it are just as diverse in race, religion, and culture as the U.S. or Latin America or Asia.

    And I’m curious to know what you think about a biracial person dreading their hair? I have a friend who is half black and half white, and whose hair is fine and straight. Would you consider that to be a “horrible bastardization” of dreadlocks if she were to get them? And what of a black person with albinism? You said yourself that “Blond and red hair is not conducive” to dreadlocks. Are you aware that a person with albinism has hair that is mostly “blond” and sometimes even “red”?

    I agree that some people don’t take care of their dreadlocks, which in turn leads to frequent bad hair days. And you are absolutely entitled to think it looks bad. However, you give close-minded reasons for your dislike that put down both white AND black people.

    Your ignorance is saddening. I hope one day your heart contains love and acceptance for yourself and for all people, no matter what they choose to do with their own bodies.

  6. Red alert this guy is a teacher, I hope your students are smart and just pass notes in your class for real you blinded. blacks have very texture of hair man. So I’m biracial and look more whiteish with great dreads if I fall in love with a all white women will you say my kids have no right to where dreads as there father does and grandfather exc if there hair is not Afro texture? Keep to the paint by numbers, there are no culture/race barriers for the first known hairstyle known to every culture on the planet. To dread is a calling from are ancestors are ROOTS know matter what culture you are BBHHMM

  7. You do know that racism works both ways? So, if whites with locs are cultural appropriation, why isnt black people straightening and bleaching their hair cultural appropriation? because its just a hairstyle. and the exact same thing goes for dreads. if whites have dreads, how does it affect you? Does MY hair (i got locs) affect YOUR life in any way? No, it doesnt. you dont even know which country im from.

  8. You are racist, dreadlocks are found in every culture of the world. India, China Japan, Australia, Ireland, England, Asia as a whole, Iceland, Israel, Jamaica, I’n fact I’m pretty sure they’re found least in Africa. If you truly think that African have the explicit right to rock Dreads then you have no right to even wear them. Dread are about finding one self. Respecting the beauty of nature. Showing patience. Dreads are for anybody who wants to find their soul. There about not being judgmental. I’m native American and Irish. I’m a cowboy with dreads and I look damn good. I’m not judgmental, I’m not racist, and I believe in the natural beauty of the world. Dreads have been around since before we started recording time. Vikings wore them with pride, they were white Irish tribes wore them, they were white. White races with dreads heavily outnumber Africans with dreads so do your homework before you open your radiator mouth

  9. You are racist, dreadlocks are found in every culture of the world. India, China Japan, Australia, Ireland, England, Asia as a whole, Iceland, Israel, Jamaica, I’n fact I’m pretty sure they’re found least in Africa. If you truly think that African have the explicit right to rock Dreads then you have no right to even wear them. Dread are about finding one self. Respecting the beauty of nature. Showing patience. Dreads are for anybody who wants to find their soul. There about not being judgmental. I’m native American and Irish. I’m a cowboy with dreads and I look damn good. I’m not judgmental, I’m not racist, and I believe in the natural beauty of the world. Dreads have been around since before we started recording time. Vikings wore them with pride, they were white Irish tribes wore them, they were white. White races with dreads heavily outnumber Africans with dreads so do your homework before you open your racist mouth

  10. Btw I’ve seen plenty of black people with freeform dreads that look absolutely horrible, I’ve seen people in every culture with nasty locks,but that’s their choice. What matters is if you wash them and take care of them, not whose head they are upon.

  11. It doesn’t matter what race you are, you should be able to get dreadlocks. Sometimes yeah, white people with dreads look nasty but then again, some black people with dreadlocks also look nasty. It doesn’t matter too much on what race the person, but rather if they actually care for their locs properly. Not only that, but dreadlocks have been found in almost every culture in the world.

  12. Ever stop to think that maybe it’s not locs on white people that annoy you, it’s the people getting them? Locs don’t appeal to many outside the most superficial, annoying white people in our society.

  13. white people with dreads 99.9% of the time look awful. What sucks is that we blacks who use dreads as a protection mechanism or for cultural reasons 50% of the time are ridiculed by whites with dreads. Explain to me why I NEVER find a big black owned site about dreads. Explain why when I youtube “how to instal dreadlocs” the whole top page is of white people with ugly ass dreads. I’m from chicago where a lot of people get dreads to seem tough so that they aren’t picked on by the gangsters. In america, my mom was scared to let me get dreadlocs because jobs didn’t like hiring blacks with dreads. In chicago, where everybody looks at you twice and often mistake you for another gangbanger when you have dreads. My cousin with dreads was shot dead because he was assumed to be a gangbanger due to his dreads. What problems do whites face for their dreads? “omg SJWs make fun of me on the internet for the ugly ass birdsnest I call dreadlocks I go through so much I deserve this” Yall don’t deserve the gift of dreadlocks because yall don’t go through the setbacks we do when getting them. While you’re over here appropriating the gifts of other races and cultures why don’t you go ahead and take some of the african slavery reparations too. Why don’t you cash in on some of the land that the government is giving to native americans.

    Go ahead and compare your cashing in on one of the only things we have to ourselves to our women needing to straighten and strip their hair of it’s natural beautiful color just to appear attractive and normal in a society where whiteness is normalized. where kinky hair is nappy and weird. Go ahead and just cash in on the only things we have for ourselves just to be part of a fad only to drop it when it isn’t cool anymore OR only to keep them just to fulfill your dire need to be different.

    Imagine people having everything that you want. Denying you the right to have the things they have, and putting you through hell and back. Then god decides to gift you something unique to you. People ridicule you for it, making fun of you and calling it a stupid gift. Only for someone to start liking it, replicating your unique gift, then turning it into a fad. All of the sudden everyone who was pointing and laughing at you has the same gift as you. When you try to tell them “that’s my thing” they say “Well you were begging to have good job opportunities, social comfort, and not be seen as weird. So were you stealing our thing trying to be like us?”

    That’s basically white people and dreadlocs

  14. Y’all missin’ the point, locs, especially freeform, should be for finding an de freeing your soul, the spirit. If that’s the route y’all goin down, y’all shouldn’t be caring about anyone else.
    The only thing that’s nasty is that attitude mhhmm. That negative energy really after draining me
    What happened to love, peace and tranquility?

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