White dreadlocks

February 9, 2008 – 1:43 pm by Adnan Hodzic

Besides my everyday problems (either becoming debian or fedora developer Smile ) Another big thing is troubling me. I feel like it’s really important to discuss and end this discussion once for all. And I have no intention of hurting anyone or anything.

And I’d really like you to comment on this post, I really want to hear your opinion related to this topic.

Ok here’s the story, as many of you may know I used to have dreadlocks, I “lost” them due to life threating accident. So now 3 or what years later … I’m tired of shaving my head, hair or no hair, 1 or 0. So I’m thinking of just letting my hair naturally get tangled and eventually ending up in dreadlocks.

But now, I’m actually getting the second thoughts. First time I was basically a teenager, had 18-19 years when I had them done (I did/made them myself). Back then I just liked the damn thing and I didn’t think about anything else. Now I’m actually thinking about it, its consequences and reactions/actions it could/will provoke.

First “clash” I would get is the one from people. Weird looks and etc, it’s basically environment with a lot of just narrow minded, or completely close minded. But I didn’t give a fuck about it then, nor do I now. Now I could go on and on with this talk, how it’s all bad here.

So since I want natural dreadlocks (first time I did them with “backcomb method”) I started googling. What I came across is … it’s actually giving me seconds thoughts on all this. It’s pretty normal that a lot of people have them, a lot of white people have them.

So from small environment story, we’re going to big environment story. Here’s it’s weird looks and whispers junkie and etc … In USA it’s actually a racial issue … WTF!

Here, just trying googling it “White dreadlocks“, all these stories, it’s just … ridiculous. I can understand a black people, why they are (some of them) against “white boys dreadlocks”. I’m mad at those fake fucker kids too, that only bring disrespect to someones religion/belief/whatever with them.

In a way, I have to agree. Hate pretenders/fakers just so it’s “cool”, just so it’ll make me more “ghetto” or whatever. I really wouldn’t like to start talk who starter making dreads first, but as far as I know it’s that old Egyptians, pharaohs or whoever used to make them, however term “Dreadlocks” first came from Jamaica, Rastafari movement. Then white people come up with stories, and common stereotypes, you smell bad, you take drugs, you never wash it, it’s dirty and bullshit like that. And on top of it all, in some of the comments, made by older white saying that you’re supporting blacks by having dreadlocks. I mean, I just can’t get into it, it’s just hair style don’t you think?

I’m just a computer geek, nerd, whatever, have nothing to do with Rastafari movement, have nothing to do with anybody, music, weed or anything I just love dreadlocks Smile
Of course you’ll bump in tons of “normal” comments, but the idea seriously behind it … I would like to understand it, I do kind of understand it but …

In the end this just might sound as stupid post, but it’s really funny what will people come up with. Here in Europe it’s pretty much different, but still I read comments about bad approaches. Even I bumped into a guy (Croatia) and I was asked something along the line “Why dreadlocks? You’re white” There’s so many of good people, and then those few fakers blur up the whole image about the whole thing. But as long as I see a complete stranger, another guy with dreadlocks, and all we can speak same language, that is exchanging “peace signs” … that’s good enough for me Smile

  • BrencelJ

    Ok so now I dont know what you want from me to say Grin, but I will something.
    If you like dreadlocks than you should have them if they are cool for you than have them dont think what other people are saying if you like something you should have it sooner or later so I think you should go whit this project.
    And than the second thing, if you think that dreadlocks will make you get sucky grades or that you wont get a job than you need to rethink but I still think this 2 things wont happend if you will be normal not someone that is going around like he is a junky.
    So I know someone who had dreads when he was 28 years old so I dont think you are to old and that guy got a job at suprime court so I dont know it just depends of what kind of a person you are not just hairstyle.

    So I hope I said something that you wanted ;P

  • Heh, yea. No I don’t care what other people think.
    Yea my mine concern was job, but I don’t care about that either. Knowledge is what it matters, and my last two employees didn’t care how I look. What they cared about is how the job was being done.

    I was just bringing out … ah forget it Smile

  • velimir

    junkie!!!

  • >_< I'll break you like a chicken bone

  • Zlatan

    Dude I have the same problem like you do!!!

    Sometimes I wish if i could have a long hair,big bard and stuff like that, so I could look more natural and smarter hahahahah …. but when i have all that stuff,i realize that all that “natural smarter thing” require more job then usually(like when you have a longer hair,it require more care and bla bla bla …

    thats way I enjoy more then anything have a short hair…
    its great feeling when you wakes up and goes to bathroom wash your face and in the same time head(hair)

    … ppl who are really patient and have a big nerves to,they can afford to have this kind of luxury…
    i’m not that kind of person Smile
    i hope that i help you anyhow !!!

    cheers and have a nice week

  • Zlatan

    And one more thing,ppl should know the difference between the wish how they wood like to look and how they should look on work…
    I’m into all that stuff,i support any kind of “style”…but everyone should leave any kind of style if that job required !!!

    Fuck style think about future…MONEY GIRLS Linux..YEAAAA

  • Yea, but think about it again.

    Tomorrow you’re hiring a linux guru, code/network freak or whatever, do you really wanna know how he’s gonna look like (meaning he’s gonna work in the basement anyways Big Smile

    In case you do care, how do you think one of those will really look like?

  • Rickard

    Hi! I’m a white rastafarian and I red the a story from the “white dreadlocks” link and I really think it’s all rubbish I can promise that most of my rasta friends (that happens to be black) don’t give a shit if you wear your “bathroom” dreads as long as you wear them with respect..

  • Thanks! That’s just the impression I got, once I really thought of it.

    Of course, respect and honour Smile

  • dreads=sexy! ive had em before and my mama chopped em. if ya can pull em off then hell yeah! get em! but if ya just guna disrespect then forget it.

  • No disrespect.

    Yea, I’m getting them that is, since this post I haven’t cut my hair anymore, I’m going for natural method, and this my 4th month and I can’t be any happier about the whole process of locking and all.

    Heh, about dreads = sexy, yea, true, even tho I had a lot of different cases on this same “thesis” Smile

  • Traitorfish

    About “fakers”… The thing with dreads is that, in my opinion, there’s no such thing as fakers. Even if someone wears them for the appearance, they still take a lot of time, a lot of work, a lot of love. They’re not something you get from a trip to a salon, they are, by their very nature, a lifestyle choice.
    After all, your appearance is a valid means of self-expression. It’s only “faking” if you’re insincere with how you present yourself, and that applies just as much, and quite possibly more so, to a neat, short, business-like haircut as it does to dreads.

  • Empress Goddess

    Hey,
    Im a girl.I’m black and this is the first time I have ever had long hair. I LOVE LOVE MY dreads period, Hairstyle, movement, whatever, people are a trip. My hair is gold to me. I dont like the nappy look so I keep my lock twisted frequently, so they dont look dirty.

    Do what you do, wear it if it is comfortable. I am so sick of people and their opinions, THEY can never understand you as a person. Forget trying to impress or live to peoples standards. That dont know what they are talking about, only you know what you are talking about, they will still get the wrong impression if you typed a book on this. Dont be offended, wear your shit!

  • Great comment Smile

    I posted this comment in early feb. I’ve been letting my hair grow for some 9 months now, and I’m loving it!

    I still think it’s too early to post any sort of pictures, but I take pictures every month, and I take notes in the hair behavior. If we can call it that Smile

    So yea, I’m going for the dreads, it’s what I like and that’s how it’s going to be, this has been a great experience and I’m fully enjoying it.

    Thank you all!

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  • dreadedward

    Dreadlocks connected to rastafarianism is only a 20 th C thing. Dreadlocks as a tribal ID is many centuries old and from India, Asia and other places.Only reverse racists in Jamdown have a negative reaction to white dreads. Whats important is Culture and character. Peace, white Dreadedward

  • kate

    i believe that too im gettin dreads in a few weeks and i have nothing with the culture. its just something i wanna do.

  • Even before I posted this post, I’ve been growing dreads, natural dreads for 18-19 months now, really should post about the whole process Smile

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