Dreadlocks

United States
December 5, 2012 12:49pm CST
As I was leaving work yesterday I noticed a girl looking in the beauty section she couldn't of been more than 12. Her hair was in dreadlocks! I was very surprised a caucasian girl wearing such a hairstyle and sooo young! I'm all for letting them have a spirited choice in what they wear and hair but to allow a hairstyle in which you'd basically have to shave your head bald to start with something new and at that age IDK if that's a good idea. Would you let your child have an unusual hairstyle at a young age?
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@mariaperalta (19094)
• Mexico
5 Dec 12
Most the gals here with dreadlocks are almost always gang members.
• United States
5 Dec 12
Perhaps but not locally they wouldn't be. Usually they are people who want to be different like a hippie, an artist, or skater. In different communities it could be seen that way.
@sid556 (31003)
• United States
10 Dec 12
Where I live they are more like Snuggle describes them also. I know quite a few of them and none of them are members of any sort of gang. Maybe it's just where you live, Mariaperalta.
@alberello (4755)
• Italy
5 Dec 12
Well, I'm not a father, so I do not have much to do with the children. That said, I do not know what it means to have a hair cut style "dreadlocks". But in my opinion, if I had a son or a daughter, I wish you shared the common lifestyle for children of their age. Now even the haircut, if not suitable for their age, so I would not do! Then everyone will see it as well in his own way!
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• United States
5 Dec 12
It's a hairstyle where the hair turns into ropes of sort done either in a salon or by neglecting to brush ones hair. Granted there are some people who look great with them and others who look just a mess. I agree a common lifestyle and expectations make the difference in how one lives and keeps their appearance.
• United States
5 Dec 12
I would not want my young child to have that at all. I only think people should do this if they know they can keep it up as well. I see some people can't get them to look like they should and those people should not walk around looking so bad either.
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• United States
5 Dec 12
I know you work in a salon and I'm sure you see people whom it doesn't look right on or have done it on their own and it looks awful. I think it's a style that's just really hard to fit most people.
@bjc66bjc (6745)
• United States
6 Dec 12
Hi snuggles, I don;t think dread are bad at any age. some people do it because of their culture so who should say that parent is wrong...But in addition to that there are so so many people who actually get and keep their dreads managed on a regular...there are different dreads twisted, matted ropes of hair known as dreadlocks. people seem to think the msttred roped method is typically referred to as the neglect method. A common misconception is that those who have dreadlocks do not wash their hair, but this is usually not the case. Many dreadlock care regimens require the wearer to wash their hair up to twice a week. We know that all that the hair continues to grow so there is always new growth...do there would be no reason to cut the head bald..you can let the hair grow any length you want then just get your hair cut not bald... WE all have out own opinions and mine is Yes I would allow a young child to have dreads..I think we have enough real issues with your teenagers and yes twelve is so near a teenager...I think we need to chose our battles with our children... Have a great day....
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@jillhill (37383)
• United States
6 Dec 12
I did...when my son was young I let him have his initials shaved into the back of his head...it was the fashion back then. It wasn't so bad and it grew out fast. Once I let him do it he never asked again.
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
6 Dec 12
Are you sure that she wasn't bi racial? Obviously we have many dread locked people on our Island but there are different types. There is the genuine rasta who chooses to wear his hair this way and it is kept very clean. Then we have what we call 'designer dreads' who wear this style as simply a style and not as a religious requirement. Often they have had weaves put in their hair but it is always oiled and clean. Caucasion hair is really hard to dread lock so weaves are sometimes used but I have never heard of the head being shaved to start the locks. I have not seen one caucasion that the style actually suits. Not everyone can wear this style. Finally, we have the homeless who have no other choice but to dread their hair My children who are bi-racial really had no option as to how they wore their hair - their father decided. And my daughter's hair was very long and wavy as a child and wouldmnot have locked at all. Besides - I would not have allowed her to wear this style
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@AmbiePam (50277)
• United States
5 Dec 12
Ya know, when it comes to us white girls, I'm pretty sure we should leave the dreadlocks to Bo Derek in that movie 10. Never seen the movie myself, but I've seen pictures of her in it. That is a look that honestly, I don't think white girls should try.
@sid556 (31003)
• United States
10 Dec 12
Bo Derek did not have dread locks Ambie but I can see why you might think that if you did't have a good pic of her. I am pretty sure that her hair was just a lot of braids.
@AmbiePam (50277)
• United States
10 Dec 12
See what happens when I don't see the movie but just listen to what otehrs say? lol
@marguicha (104310)
• Chile
11 Dec 12
Although I`m not much in favour of dreadlocks because I feel it must be difficult to really clean hair, I don`t mind it in any other way. Children go through stages and in each family there are rules as to what to wear and how to do their hair.
@vanz_6 (100)
• Philippines
10 Dec 12
if ever I'm blessed to have a daughter, i wouldn't want her to wear her hair in dreadlocks as well. I would love to see her hair flowing and I am able to brush her hair and do ponytails or pigtails or put ribbons in it, instead of making dreadlocks in her hair. I would love to see her hair as natural as it can be, what a little girl should have. I love the idea of having a daughter with a long, wavy and flowing hair. :-)
• United States
9 Dec 12
as long as they did their chores and homework,i'd let them wear whatever within reason (no hoochie clothes).they're the ones who'll have to live with the style.
@jenny1015 (13389)
• Philippines
9 Dec 12
I don't think I would let my child have those. It jut doesn't look good for a child that age to be wearing her hair that way.
@maximax8 (28570)
• United Kingdom
8 Dec 12
My daughter is three years old. She loves the color pink. She would love to have pink eyes and pink hair that is curly. Her eyes are fine hazel and her hair is fine mid brown. She has straight hair and really desires curls. When she has plaited hair in the day time she loves the looks of her hair in the evening because after the plaits her hair goes a bit wavy. Due to her age I wish my daughter to have natural looking hair. I am surprised the girl looking around 12 years old had dreadlocks. Especially as she was a Caucasian and not a black person. I wonder why her parents wanted to have that style of hair at her young age. I would let my daughter put her hair in dreadlocks if she was aged 18 years old or older. At 12 years old I think she would be too young.
@Mavic123456 (15212)
• Thailand
7 Dec 12
No, if I am a mother I would rather have my child enjoy her/his air blown by the air, so he/she would appreciate the gentle breeze of the wind. I will also would like to comb his/her hair as this is a good bonding moment for the mother and child or between us. No I will not let my child have it as a style, because I want her/her to learn how to comb her hair, this is teaching her, the values of grooming and responsibility to self. He/She will learn grooming and self concept. If my child insisted that she/he wants to that. I will explain to her/him about this and I will tell her/him that I love her/him so much, that I can not allow her to suffer from dandruff and lice.
@Arieles (2474)
• United States
6 Dec 12
I'm all for being able to express yourself and isn't that why we have pen and paper? I would not allow my twelve year old daughter to wear her hair this way. The people with this style and it doesn't have to include all with this style, only the people I have seen with this style, it looks unkept as if they don't care what their appearance looks like. It doesn't matter what other people think when it comes to "your style" but if it looks like you don't care then how are other people going to care?
• China
6 Dec 12
Well as for me I will not allow my kids to try some weird hairstyle in public,but if those hairstyle really looks good,then I think I will not forbid it.
• Philippines
6 Dec 12
As a parent I won't allow my child to have that kind of hair style, I have seen several people don that hairstyle. But the thing is, dreadlocks are not an easy hairstyle to maintain. It really does require a lot of work and care. So I think its a big no no to a 12 year old child.
• United States
5 Dec 12
Okay... Since my first response seems to have disappeared into cyberspace, let me try this again. At the age of 12, a girl is a young woman. Why should she not be able to choose her own hairstyle? And, as someone else said, there really isn't anything unusual about dreadlocks. I have known future attorneys with dreadlocks--not exactly a radical statement. Since any child of mine will become a bat mitzvah or bar mitzvah at 12 or 13 (the former for a girl, the latter for a boy), my view is that is the point at which she or he will also be moving more surely into full-fledged adulthood. While she or he still will have much guidance both from myself and her/his father, decisions such as how to wear one's hair would very much be within her or his hands.
@WakeUpKitty (8706)
• Netherlands
5 Dec 12
What is unusual about dreadlocks? Doesn't it depend on where you live, or with whom you live? My daughter already had them as she was 5 or 6 years old and yes she is white. She started with it as we were in Africa where it's normal but also way easier. BTW I seldom see frizzy hair anymore.. it's all straightened. Isn't that weird if you think about it? Since to African people that is not the usual hairdress.