Dreadlocks

Dreadlocks are an issue that has come into the debate of cultural appropriation as white celebrities such as Marc Jacobs (who dressed his models in fake dreadlocks for New York Fashion week 2016) and Justin Bieber, who wore them himself. Like many, Bieber claimed it is “just hair.” But i’m here to clarify that it is not “just hair.” The origin of the hairstyle is thought to be Jamaica but really it originated in Africa and can be attributed to is the Masai tribesmen of Kenya. Many of the warriors of this tribe wore this hairstyle. Dreadlocks first appeared in Jamaica during post emancipation as a way ex-slaves could rebel against European values that were forced on them. Dreadlocks were named from “dreadful” because that is what Eurocentric Jamaican society called them. With such a historic and empowering past, it is ridiculous to assume that dreadlocks can be used without attributing them to any of their meaning.

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