Why You Should Be Careful With Using the Term “Dreads”

Updated: Apr 19, 2019

If you are a person of the black community who has experimented with different hairstyles, then you’ve probably also heard the term, “dreads” or “dreadlocks” to describe your hair.


Somehow, the term ‘dreads’ was chosen to be the token description for any black hairstyle that involves multiple twists or braids.  Some have even made a fashion statement with this look, proudly exploiting the idea of dreadlocks for the sake of ‘fashion’, however, using this term can be very controversial if you knew the history of it.

Unless you know of the history behind this word or you identify as a member of the Rasta community, be careful with using the term ‘dreadlocks.”

Locks derived from Rastafarianism which is a religion of deep political convictions. It began in the slums of Jamaica in the 1920s and was heavily influenced by African culture. The religion got its name from the Ethiopian emperor, Ras Tafari who was forced into exile due to an invasion.


Warriors of Ras Tafari swore never to cut their hair until h