I Have Dreadlocks

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 217 People

    Never Felt So Free

    I've had my locks for about 2 years and I never felt so at peace with myself. I'm mix race so my hair is pretty unmanageable I couldn't even rock a decent fro without high maintenance. I've been wearing braids, hats, bandanas a lot being afraid of what people saw when they saw my...
    GrayValentine GrayValentine
    Jan 21, 2010


    I have had a fun history of hair. I had a ponytail that went all the down to my *** before I did dreadlocks. I cut the ponytail after 8 years, donated the hair to Locks of Love, and after many years of seeing other people with dreadies decided to go for it. One of my friends...
    Didgeridoo Didgeridoo
    26-30, M
    1 Response Nov 23, 2007

    Been 8 month since let my hair do it own thing,

    it starting to look like dreadlocks a messy one but I love it. :)
    vpire vpire
    18-21, F
    Mar 31, 2015

    I've had mine for like 10 years,

    don't think I'll ever cut them off
    domain1992 domain1992
    22-25, M
    Mar 9, 2015

    White Girl With Dreads

    Im a white girl with dreads..........They are fairly new, about a month old. I love them but i am starting to become very selfconcious and thinking that they are a turn off to most guys, I dont know if i should attempt at taking them out or not :( i need reassurance or something...
    Julz2621 Julz2621
    18-21, F
    4 Responses Nov 27, 2012

    They're beautiful. I love dreadlocks.

    I recently got this as an obsession. Just out of no where. I wanted to learn ALLL about them. And finally, I got dreadlocks for myself! <3
    deleted deleted
    Feb 1, 2014

    Locs Of Love :)

    It has been 2 years and 4 months since i have grown my locks. It has taught me patience for sure. At times my hair looks like a mess and i like that look, i have embraced it and rarely retwist my hair. The only problem i have with freeforming is when the hair joins together with...
    righteous21 righteous21
    18-21, F
    Aug 16, 2012

    In about another week,

    it'll be a year with my locks! I love and adore my locks! My babies are here to stay! ;D
    EarthyLocks EarthyLocks
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Mar 6, 2015

    A Book On Dreads Called Stepping Out

    I have been a loctician for 24 years. Before that I was locked for 20 years,since I was 18 years old. I have seen the damage wax and jell does to the hair....Not everyone should be using these matting products that makes the locs stiff and hard. Hair should be able to breathe. I...
    maylin58 maylin58
    51-55, F
    Mar 16, 2012

    I love my 'locs. They caress my back,

    like a warm embrace. They're so comforting and give me strength.
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    Jan 31, 2016
    VivaLaDamn VivaLaDamn
    22-25, F
    Jun 1, 2014


    Having dreadlocks is sooooo much easier than dealing with chemicals flatirons or ripping half my hair out trying to control it while it's natural. I just wish it was more acceptable in the workplace for men. I don't have that problem but it's still unfair.
    mandi420 mandi420
    22-25, F
    1 Response Oct 9, 2013

    I Am A Locked Lawyer

    I chose criminal law over civil as a young lawyer because of the politics of it all but now I am not young anymore and can do whatever the hell I want so I head now locks and all to the civil courts...hooray
    Roodbwoy Roodbwoy
    51-55, M
    Apr 24, 2012


    Dreadlocks teach you how to be patient. How to love yourself (and all your creations) unconditionally, no matter what you may look like that day. They teach you that head massages not only feel good and are good for your dreads, but are good for your brain and body. They teach us...
    pyrefly pyrefly
    22-25, F
    1 Response May 21, 2010

    Lock Yourself Down

    I loves my dreads, loves my dreads!! I started locking with my sister and we have been going strong since day one. We had a rough patch but then we got on track with this awesome guy who twists em for us. Dreads are an excellent extension of self.
    thewildheart87 thewildheart87
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Jan 24, 2008

    I'm a dreadhead and proud of it.

    They turned one year old yesterday.
    blindangel92 blindangel92
    22-25, F
    Apr 25, 2015

    So today is day two of my dreading session

    and I will be finishing today with 47 dreadlocks total! I am so stoked and cant wait to see what my beautiful dreads will look like after they have fully matured. I have very thick hair and sectioned off my head in 1x1 inch squares. I used the twist and rip method with no hair...
    LadyXxXTattoo LadyXxXTattoo
    31-35, F
    1 Response Apr 8, 2014

    I Have Tried But They Dont Dred...

    Hello Dreads, If someone could give me instructuction on how they started dreads with short hair. Currently I sport a near bald and want to get them started. I will not be cutting my hair for another 3 months or so to try dreads again. My former hair dresser said my hair is to...
    Wildworld Wildworld
    Jan 4, 2013

    Beginning Of My Journey

    Today I made dreadlocks in my hair using the twist and rip method. It's the beginning of a new chapter in life for me...:D
    xxspookyvalentinexx xxspookyvalentinexx
    22-25, F
    1 Response May 24, 2013

    People & My Hair

    No I'm not Rasta. Yes! I wash my ******* hair No! You can't touch my hair The one people are right about.... Yes... I do smoke herb every now and then. Haha
    freesoul22 freesoul22
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Nov 11, 2013

    My Dreads

    I've had them for about 15 years now and are to my knees. They are such a part of me, but not who I am. I am not the happy dumb tree hugging high hippy everyone thinks. In fact I'm quite the opposite, I did not do this for fashion or to be cool, its sad really cause its 15 years...
    sadfish sadfish
    31-35, M
    Nov 26, 2013

    I'm still freeforming

    but I am torn on whether or not a Caucasian can fully freeform with no separation? Will it cause problems later on or is it just like any other hair type
    deleted deleted
    3 Responses Jun 27, 2015

    I have had my beautiful dreads

    for 2 years now. I love them!! I can't imagine myself without them. I will say that it is hard to have to deal with people staring at me when I am out in public but having this hairstyle is a great way to meet people. Everyone just wants to touch my hair. I have added new things...
    RubyTuesday413 RubyTuesday413
    18-21, F
    Sep 8, 2014

    Is it normal for 3 month old dreads to be

    really frizzy and have some loose hairs after you wake up?
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    1 Response Nov 11, 2014

    Really Truly Loving My Hair For The First Time

    I've been locked for nearly three years now and before that I was constantly engaged in hair-on-self esteem warfare. I've permed it, pressed it, curled it, braided it and covered it with wigs or scarves but till I took the leap and dreadlocked my hair I could never come to terms...
    AnattheDestroyer AnattheDestroyer
    36-40, F
    2 Responses Jan 22, 2013

    This is my third set of locs

    that I'm practically free forming.
    Onechoice Onechoice
    31-35, M
    Nov 9, 2014

    Just got them about a week ago.

    My hair was down to my waist so there was a lot of it! It took my friend 12 hours over 3 days to finish them, but it was so worth it! I love them!
    ModernHippieMama ModernHippieMama
    26-30, F
    1 Response Nov 1, 2014

    I'm thinking about getting half/the underside

    of my hair turned into dreads. Do some hairstylists offer to do it for you? I tried only one dread once and it turned out poorly. Would it look okay on shoulder length hair? And most importantly, would it work well for my (fine) hair?
    spacedoutfish spacedoutfish
    18-21, F
    1 Response Aug 8, 2015

    Re-Twist Locs Help?

    Heyy.. Well I have locs but I'm having trouble main ting it, I use a gel and twist it clockwise but it always seems to undo within 7 days.... Am I doing it right? Any tips? Thank you :3
    Chewii Chewii
    22-25, F
    1 Response Oct 10, 2013
    Lucienn Lucienn
    22-25, T
    2 Responses Jul 13, 2014

    Going on 8 months, thought about cutting them

    off at 3 and 4 but happy I stuck it out
    Louisboy17 Louisboy17
    18-21, M
    Aug 6, 2015

    Redoing My Dreads

    I've had dreadlocks in for about a month, month and a half. I did them wrong when I put them in originally and the roots are beyond ****** up right now. I have to take all of them out and start over, actually sectioning them out properly this time. Spent 5 hours combing them out...
    girvingtree girvingtree
    22-25, F
    1 Response Aug 31, 2013

    Start Of The Journey.

    I just had my hair dread the other day. Wish me "lock." =)
    rejjay rejjay
    26-30, M
    2 Responses Nov 24, 2012

    Almost A Year

    My locs will be a year old in August and I love them. Some days they look better than others but it's amazing. The only way I can explain it is I look in the mirror and I feel like I look like me. All my life I've gone through perms, afros, braids, twists, weaves, the whole nine...
    ConfusedInCollege ConfusedInCollege
    26-30, F
    Jun 17, 2012

    My Loc Story

    I absolutely adore my dreadlocks like i love them to death, i used to get braids all the time and it was taking its tole on my hair. My hair just wasnt growing and it was breaking off from the constant pulling and tugging, one day i got kinky twists and i adored them i didnt want...
    TerrifiedoftheUnknown TerrifiedoftheUnknown
    26-30, F
    Dec 13, 2011

    I love female dreadheads.

    Had mine almost a year.
    blindangel92 blindangel92
    22-25, F
    Apr 2, 2015


    Why is it that if you have locs and you're white EVERYONE assumes your reason for having them. I have had locs now for 2yrs. They are just starting to look fabulous. And If I'm not being stared at, I have heard "sistas" making rude comments (them with their straightened...
    locbloc locbloc
    36-40, F
    6 Responses Dec 31, 2009

    Love Em!!

    i LOVE my dreadies.i did mine in '06 so ive had em for a while, i NEVER want to cut them off, i want to grow old with them. i take care of them pretty good too, ive heard of wax biuldup and i did some heavy duty scrubbing and will never use wax again..anyways but i just...
    ElectroMagneticForce ElectroMagneticForce
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Jan 17, 2010

    I have had my dreadlocks

    for a year and 7 months now.. I really love them and they are almost reaching bum length lol. I'm having thoughts on taking them out, they don't have any problems or anything, I just don't like the attention from them.. So yeah, I'm really unsure.
    hdrvhkj hdrvhkj
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Jul 13, 2014

    I've been a grateful dreadhead

    for going on 4 years and let me tell ya, it's been a trip! These babies have been with me through parties, festivals, cold hotbox sessions, everything and I would not trade them for the world. I am working towards my cosmetology license to work with alternative hair styles so...
    ShamanVayda ShamanVayda
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Jan 2, 2015


    Every so often, I'll have a dream where my hair gets cut off or shaved (for whatever reason suits the narrative) and I just go about my life like that. I always wake up panicked and check my hair to see if they're still there. I have an unnaturally strong love for my dreadlocks...
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    Jun 16, 2013
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