My 11 year old daughter wants her hair dreaded???
Dreads in the Family
My 12yr old son started his locks in Middle School. Beforehand, he had watched his Dad and I grow & care for our locks for several years. My son decided he would rather have locks than his normal curly hair... so we began the process without asking anyone's permission. I do not allow other organizations to tell me how to parent my child, that includes school administrations. I did, however, email my son's teacher to let her know that "this is the way it is" and that his locks would be clean, maintained and under control. At the time, we lived in a small, rural town full of close-minded older people... but I never heard a word from anyone with complaints. Towards the end of this past school year, my son's locks grew longer... and he ended up making more friends!
If anyone wants to argue the "dreadlock" point, you don't have to throw around religious philosophy... just simply ask them, "What do you think people looked like before the comb was invented?" ... and walk away!