Dirty looks and negativity
updated by @jordan-toler: 05/10/17 07:50:45PM
i dont think most of them that say that are meant to be insults or teases it just their dumb way of relating
they see someone with dreads and they just auti relate it to the few ppl they knew of with dreads
depends on the tone of voice i either nod at em or act like i didnjt even hear it
you'll get em qlot so let it be the bacground noise of life no more distracting then the hum of cohbstant trafic noise (city) or crickets and birds(country)
do you worry biut the sound of the wind>/
its just background noise
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What a great thread. After reading up on some passionate opinion blogs around the web, it seems there is a lot of misinformation and some downright hatred (mostly due to myths about white folks not washing ever, and/or wanting to appropriate "black" culture)... Agreeing with Britany - looks like education is key!
Mine are just into the 2nd week, and all I have is fuzz now, but when they start to show, I think I will do a PSA before every public presentation I do, to just dispel any thoughts that I might not wash my hair and to invite questions afterwards. I own a wellness center in a legal town in Maryland, and I have a feeling the folks around here are not going to take too kindly to my choice once they figure out what's going on. It's going to be interesting either way!
Looking forward to more responses on this.
You guys are all correct I believe. I get comments ranging from "rastafarian" to "dirty hippie." I believe these comments come from a tremendous lack of knowledge about dreadlocks and their history in the world. People also often assume that I don't wash my hair. I don't take offense for the most part; I just try to educate them a bit on dreadlocks. Soaring Eagle I think is also right. Dreads are very noticeable and people may like them and just not know what to say to you about them and so they say the first thing they think of when they see them.
The only people who really have a problem with my hair is the older generations. And by that I'm talking people 60+. I don't care what they think so I usually just laugh it off. It's pretty silly that they worry about it at all.
updated by @myschyf: 07/22/15 05:32:15PM
You are not your hair.
It's an expression of your inner self, but it does not define you. Your tattoos, piercings, make up, clothes, etc are just superficial and material.
The real dreading, IMO, goes on inside you, I think SE & others say that the dreads grow inwards too... it's a change of culture, lifestyle, attitude and altitude.
People always lash out to what they don't understand, in an attempt to rationalize and validate their own choices. As long as your choices are true to you, the exterior will just be a reflection of whats on the inside.