Dreadlocks - Pimp my Scalp
November 21, 2005 12:55 AM Subscribe
I might get dreadlocks over Thanksgiving break. Who has experience caring for dreadlocks or interesting dreadlock stories, especially regarding any social stigma?
posted by Derive the Hamiltonian of... to clothing, beauty, & fashion (71 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I have extremely thick curly blonde hair that I've been keeping just above my eyes for several years now. At this length, it forms thick dreads on its own rather quickly. As an experiment, I want to try actual dreadlocks.
I can have my little sister and her little high school friends put my hair in dreads for free over break, and if I immediately dislike them I should have a few days before they really set to pull them out. I'd like neatly ordered dreadlocks that aren't monstrously thick, so the idea is for them to partition my hair appropriately and then use the backcombing method. Once I’ve got them, how much effort will it take to properly maintain them?
Am I likely to run into any trouble in society for having dreadlocks? The friends I’ve mentioned this to think it’s a fine idea. I am curious what kind of first impression dreads tend to make on women. I’m not worried about getting harassed; I’m 6’5”, heavily muscled, and if need be I can defend myself or run like hell. However, it would suck if the police decided to mess with me because of my hair or if I had trouble getting service somewhere. If I like my dreads and decide to keep them, will having neatly cared for dreadlocks damage my chance of finding summer employment or an actual job in the future? I’ll be graduating with a B.S. in physics and would like to work in the science industry for a year before I go to grad or law school.
So, I’d appreciate your thoughts on the technical and social aspects of having dreadlocks. Blunt and disparaging opinions are welcome; a person with your strong opinion might someday be in charge of hiring me, reviewing my insurance claim, or thinking about dating me. Just provide a reason.