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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 do you make dreadlocks?

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    To make dreadlocks, prepare the hair, apply product to individual strands and tease them. Roll locks clockwise, and secure with clips. Maintain dreads until they lock by washing gently and palm rolling regularly.

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    How do you retwist dreadlocks?

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    Dreadlocks can be retwisted by beginning with the top 3 inches of a dread nearest the root. Twist this part of the dread, and apply any type of locking cream while twisting to help style the twist. Clip them in place and allow to completely dry.

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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 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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