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Where did dreadlocks come from?

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Dreadlocks are believed by most to have originated in ancient Egypt. Some Egyptian mummies have been discovered with intact dreadlocks, and some ancient Egyptian carvings depict individuals with dreadlocks. Some believe dreadlocks may have originated in India, citing pictures of the Indian god Shiva, who wears dreadlocks.

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The term "dreadlocks" first appeared when Rastafarians in Jamaica began wearing their hair in this matted style. The Rastafarians wanted to live like Hindu holy men who neglected more material things like physical appearance, and instead wanted to focus on developing their spirituality. Before being called Rastafarians, these individuals were called 'dreads,' because of their 'dread' and respect for God. Thus, the term "dreadlocks" came along.

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    How are dreadlocks started?

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    There are several methods of starting dreadlocks and these include twisting, backcombing, wool rubbing, dread perming and just neglecting grooming, particularly combing, of the hair. Although starting dreadlocks will be easier to do with naturally curly hair, any hair type can be styled to create matted hair locks. Dreadlocks can be started with hair that is as short as 2 inches, but a hair length of 4 to 5 inches will be ideal for starting the hairstyle.

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    Why do Rastafarians have dreadlocks?

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    Rastafarians wear dreadlocks because, according to their religion, dreadlocks symbolize the mane of the Lion of Judah and their own resistance to "Babylon." Babylon is the term used to describe the world that Rastafarians see as being plagued by oppression, capitalism and materialism. During the Rastafari movements, Rastafarians grew their dreads to distinguish their hair from the silky straight hair of those they considered to be their oppressors.

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    How do you grow dreadlocks?

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    To grow dreadlocks, wash and dry your hair, divide it into sections, apply wax to each strand, twist the strands in a clockwise direction, and then dry the dreadlocks. You need water, hair cleaner, hair bands, hair wax, a comb and an electric dryer to complete this task.

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    How do I maintain dreadlocks?

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    Once you have dreadlocks, maintaining them is key to keeping them looking and feeling good. Maintaining dreadlocks involves tightening them and using dreadlock wax.

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