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Interesting facts about dreadlocks you will be glad you know

Have you ever wondered why they are called ‘dreadlocks’?

There is a general mystique when it comes to locs but guess who is about to demystify it for you? That’s right! Yours Truly.

It is time to know interesting facts about dreadlocks.

1. Let us start with the more obvious one. Why is it called ‘dreadlocks’? One theory says that the term dates by to ancient Ethiopia when the empire was invaded and Emperor Rastafari was exiled. The rebel warriors swore not to cut their hair until the emperor was returned to power. This move was seen as a threat to European Christians hence the ‘dread’. Other say the ‘dread’ has to do with fear for God.

2. Locs are believed to date back to the 15th century; so it is definitely not a New Age thing. 

3. The world’s longest dreads measure 55 feet. Yup! All of that is one person’s head, a fifty-year-old woman to be precise. Doctors have found a curvature on her spine and attribute it to the weight of her hair.

4. Leaving your hair as it is, without combing it, is not the only way to grow your locs. In fact, expert locticians say that this is the worst way of growing your locs as it leaves your hair dirty and unruly. 

5. Locs can be washed and maintained in a salon. It is only those who have religious reasons that would choose not to wash their hair.

6. Locs can be worn in different ways. Contrary to the assumption that locs can only be worn straight, you can actually curl, dye, bleach, and roll the hair.

7. You can always come back from the dreads. Instead of shaving your hair, as some people may think, you can just use rat tail comb to comb it out, after you have cut off the tips. Yes, you will lose some hair, but it is not as bad as shaving your hair. Also, it will take a while to get it done.

8. Anyone, of any race, can wear dreads. It is only the method of doing it that differs. 

Do you still find locs completely mysterious?

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