Sometimes 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.
Then, 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!
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!