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August 31, 2014 4:32 PM   Subscribe

Dreadlock Truth is an online community of people from all across the globe that have come together to share their information, experience, and knowledge regarding dreadlocks with others.
posted by josher71 (13 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

 
The world is stranger than I realized. (I got there by falling into the rabbit hole of their forums.)
posted by The corpse in the library at 5:06 PM on August 31, 2014


I had dreads for a few years. I didn't have any interest at all in this kind of thing though.

Though maybe they could have helped me find a suitable soap for them that didn't have hemp in it.
posted by aubilenon at 5:19 PM on August 31, 2014 [1 favorite]


And then he threw a chimney at us!
posted by eriko at 5:26 PM on August 31, 2014


Had a friend who recently cut his 14-foot dreads. Hadn't cut his hair since the age of nine, over 40 years.

He isn't a big man, and just the weight was starting to give him neck problems.

He's a musician, and he used to perform with his hair wrapped a couple of times around his waist.
posted by Repack Rider at 5:29 PM on August 31, 2014 [2 favorites]


Looking forward to seeing the pics of your new look, josher71.

Just don't do that Keith Morris thing where you go bald but still leave the dreads hanging on by threads - it's terrifying.
posted by ryanshepard at 6:06 PM on August 31, 2014 [2 favorites]


Can my child get a job with dreadlocks?

Oh yes, that is not a concern for most of us. It may prove slightly more difficult to work in places such as McDonalds, but generally, finding work is not a problem. If, however, you do find a problem with the typical teenage workplace, branch out and try something new. Your child may find it easier applying at book stores and health food markets, or any of the trendy clothing shops where having dreads might actually help your child get a job.


O yess! Try the health markets!!
posted by batfish at 6:52 PM on August 31, 2014 [4 favorites]


This seems like an F Plus episode waiting to happen.
posted by Lentrohamsanin at 7:16 PM on August 31, 2014


> Oh yes, that is not a concern for most of us. It may prove slightly more difficult to work in places such as McDonalds, but generally, finding work is not a problem

The obliviousness is astounding.
posted by The corpse in the library at 7:33 PM on August 31, 2014 [4 favorites]


Stop brushing your hair. Yes, that's it! Many people with gorgeous locks have obtained them by simply tossing out the comb. Dreadlocks are just mats of hair formed by tons of tiny knots, over time any hair type can form into dreadlocks if not interrupted by brushing and conditioning.

Haha, no, this is not true. How do I know? Because one summer I was a rambunctious, stubborn child with long fine hair and a very tender scalp. I spent the entire summer avoiding the hairbrush in any way I could manage. What do you get when you combine high activity, long hair, and three months of no brushing? A single grotesque tangled shoggoth of a mat at the nape of the neck that can only be dealt with by cutting it out at the roots.
posted by lovecrafty at 8:59 PM on August 31, 2014 [6 favorites]


an online community of people from all across the globe

Well no, come on, you need to insert 'white people' into that sentence somehow. Hence the obliviousness.
posted by glasseyes at 2:35 AM on September 1, 2014 [3 favorites]


My wife is African-American, and has worn her hair in dreads for about ten years now. Once a month she visits a natural hair specialist to have her hair cleaned and maintained, a process which takes about two hours. I'll admit that knowledge of hair care in general, beyond shampoo and conditioner, is not my forte, but I dare say I know more about the care and maintenance of dreadlocks, solely through osmosis, than most other white people do.

That said, I clicked on this link, hoping that perhaps my wife would find some useful information there.

No.
posted by Faint of Butt at 4:40 AM on September 1, 2014 [1 favorite]


MetaFilter: a single grotesque tangled shoggoth
posted by liliillliil at 6:17 AM on September 1, 2014 [1 favorite]


I saw the lone young black guy among the user photos and I was wondering how long it will take him to notice how irrelevant to him the how-to info is, and the member's stories.

Speaking of single grotesque tangled shoggoths, don't go image googling for 'Polish Plait', anyone.
posted by glasseyes at 7:14 AM on September 1, 2014


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