Showing up in a variety of cultures through early human history, dreadlocks have continued to hold their own against more contemporary hairstyles of the day, transcending time, culture and social status. It was practised in the African and Indian culture. Indian saints consider the locks to be sacred and grow them as a religious practice. The Rastafarians, who coined the word 'Dreadlocks' in the 1950's, used it to connote a person growing these locks is living in dread of God, and hence the name stayed. Marley, himself, identified as a Rastafarian and it was his dreadlocked style that brought the dreads into the mainstream where it has expanded into many other subcultures.
Dreadlocks are basically matted coils of hair, formed naturally or artificially by matting using different techniques. The intricate detailing involved in creating dreadlocks is remarkable. People are often intrigued by the natural beauty within these luscious tresses that help you stand out in a crowd.
Styling possibilities for dreads are endless from, you can establish a hairstyle all your own. From short to long, black to blonde, and straight to braided, dreadlock styles for men come in many unique shapes, sizes, and designs.
Today, dreads have come to epitomize a free, independent, and bohemian lifestyle. Ultimately, this hairstyle can mean or represent whatever you want, so if you want your dreads shaped to a quirky undercut or a dread bun style check out this infographic on Dreadlocks for more inspiration!
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