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Hi guys
I’m doing a report for my uni work so was wondering if you had anything to add. I’m doing it on the general perceptions of dreadlocks mainly “non-dreads” ( I’m not too keen on using this term… all as one XX) but I wanted to do it on something I love so I’m doing it!!


I wanted to ask about your experiences with your dreadlocks?

How long have you had dreads?

How have other people reacted to your dreads (negative and positive experiences)?

Do you get asked if you wash them a lot?

Thanks guys
Blessings

XX smiles and sunbeams XX
rachael

p.s i put a copy of the questionarre with this post (if it works, i'm not too good with computers!!)

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I wanted to ask about your experiences with your dreadlocks?
my locks were born in the wilderness born of love and light at one of the most spiritual gatherings ive ever been to.
they have guided me along my lifes path and made me a far better person.


How long have you had dreads?
20 of my 43 years on this planet

How have other people reacted to your dreads (negative and positive experiences)?
overwhelmingly possitive i cant go out the door without passing cars yelling out "nice dreads/' or /'respect" although theres been a few negatives as well 1 my mom for 12 years never had a single convo that didnt mention cutting them and a couple superficial girls had said your cute id date you if you just cut the dreads but almost all responses have been possitive even at times from surprising sourses (conservative old ladies just love to rave over how beautiful mt haor is..lol)
Do you get asked if you wash them a lot?
nope only maybe online by ppl who just dont know
never in person that i can remember
but some do ask how i wash em


dont got nothiong to open doc files (new hard drive lost everything) so if there were more questions just post em
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Okay i answered them: here are my answers attached with a document below
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thank you, blessings XXX

soaringeagle said:
ok i installed openoffice just for u
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i could not agree with you more with regards to the dread salon preditors. products aren't need, it's a shame that they feel the need to market them for them to become accepted in todays' society.

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ok i installed openoffice just for u
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thank you soo much XX :)

IllumiKnotty said:
Okay i answered them: here are my answers attached with a document below
Here you go hope its slightly helpful.
And additionally I get asked more how long I've had dreads, then people generally say they couldn't not wash their hair that long ha, always fun to shock people though.

And as if you're in Blackpool Uni ha, you're down the road pretty much.
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I have been dreaded for a year now, and I live in the capitol of Canada right next to a university. I get mostly positive remarks because of where I live.
Comments and questions I get at least once a day when I was working are
"Nice dreads."
"Know where to get some weed?"
"How do you clean them?" (Not "Do you clean them")
"Is it hard to get those in?" or "How did you get those in?"
"Can you take them out?"
"Are those real?"
"can I touch them?"
"What did you do to your hair?" (usually sounds shocked)
I get these questions less often since I stopped working, but people ask me about them every time I go out.
people are really just fascinated by dreads and want to know about them around here. They are always eager to learn the answers and don't judge. Although I get glared at by black women a lot. Not the men, they just smile at me.
I've only had one bad experience with one person who said I shouldn't have dreads because I'm white.
My overall experience has been a wonderful spiritual journey, I have never had any (and I really do mean that) friends outside my husband and my brother. I really feel like I fit in with this community of dreadheads. They think a lot like me and are very nice to me. They aren't ignorant nor are they judgmental. They love to teach as much as learn so they aren't arrogant. I think that is my favorite part of my journey so far is actually finding people I can relate to and not be made fun of or judged.
Nature and religion was my big reason to do this in the first place, I strongly believe in sitting down and talking with the trees and rocks around me. Having dreads makes me feel more at home and one with mother earth.
Is it too late to reply and fill out the questionnaire? :)
I've had mine for 2 years and 4 months.

The reactions of people has been more positive than negative. Like, other than my aunt and my dad, I don't anyone else saying anything negative about my hair. I do get judged, though. I'm just saying if people are thinking negatively about my hair, they're not saying it. I notice people looking at my hair when they talk to me the way I notice guys looking at my chest when they talk to me. I do feel that people's attitudes about locs has resulted in me not getting hired for jobs. But I'm not going to remove them, nor will I stop freeforming, and I don't care who doesn't like it.

I have been asked about washing. More along the lines of "You can wash your hair?" instead of "Do you wash your hair?" and I've also been asked if I could just take them down by people who seem to think they're braids or something.
Also wanted to add (the 'edit' feature isn't working for me), to the part about people reacting to them: I sometimes get uninvited hands and fingers in my hair. Relatives are the biggest offenders, but occasionally a non-relative will try to get a feel.

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