If you’re a fan of the television show What Not To Wear, you’ve surely seen the episode from one of the first few seasons with the most memorable guest star. There was once a woman on this styling show that needed a new wardrobe to update her look but she also needed a new hairstyle. She claimed to have gone thirteen years without washing her hair and had plenty of knots in her hair; knots that we like to call dreadlocks. Now usually this kind of hairstyle is popular with African Americans but for this Caucasian woman, it was kind of style that was easy and best for her hair type.
Now if you aren’t sure how dreadlocks are created, you may want to prepare yourself for this gross fact. It may not be true for all occasions of growing “dreads” but the woman on What Not To Wear says she went thirteen years without washing her hair! That’s thirteen years people! If we all went that long, we’d want to go crazy and some people just can’t handle going anymore than a day without washing their hair.
This woman is brave to have let her hair go into such a turmoil just to make a fashion statement. Most people mistake dreadlocks for very tight braids woven together. But really a dreadlock is just a certain amount of hair that hasn’t been cared for and eventually has turned into a matted clump of hair. Very bad for your hair is a good definition of a dreadlock.
People who don’t use hair scissors regularly or a shower even can create dreadlocks. If they like it, more power to them, but when they get sick of that style it’s going to be so much harder to get rid of the dreads. A good cleanse every other day at least and a refreshing brush-through of your hair will keep your hair in good health.
If you do decide to let your hair grow into a matted mess of dreadlocks, you could be setting yourself up for pure damage that could be permanent. On the episode of What Not To Wear, the stylist on the show decided it was time for those dreadful locks to go bye-bye! The only problem was, they were extremely hard to cut through. A typical haircut would take a small pair of sharp shears and just a quick few sweeps through the hair. However, this kind of cut took much longer and needed special shears to get the job done right. Even after the woman washed her hair and got all of the dreads cut out, her hair didn’t look as shiny and healthy as a woman’s hair without dreads.
Without knowing, this could be very harmful on your hair if you’re not careful. Watch what you do before you make the decision to get dreadlocks. This kind of style could change the look, texture and maybe even smell of your hair forever.