Your Style is As Unique As You
One of my favorite things about making synthetic dreads for my clients is how beautifully unique every set turns out. I make one set at a time, and the same amount of love and care is put into each one to ensure they look and feel their best.
There’s something else equally unique and beautiful in this world, and that’s you. Your clothes, your hair, and your style are the parts of you that you can customize to your heart’s content to make you you. In online games, people spend a plentiful amount of hours and money customizing their characters to their heart’s content.
A Brief History Lesson…
Hair styles have been used as a sign of leadership, to make social statements, and even as art since the dawn of humanity. Dreadlocks are no exception to this. From the Ancient Greeks, to the Viking Age, to the Plains of Africa, to even the hippie movement in the US during the 1960’s, dreads have been one of many amazing hairstyles with deep cultural roots.
More than half of the Greek statues found from 615 – 485 B.C. wore their hair in dreadlocks according to “Athens and the Peloponnese” by Rick Steves. In Ancient Africa, different styles of dreadlocks were worn by different tribes to distinguish from each other. The Hindu Veda, their scripture, provides the earliest known evidence of the existence of dreadlocks. In the 1960’s – 1970’s, dreadlocks were worn as a social statement by thousands in the US.
The point I want to get across with this post is that dreadlocks, like every other hairstyle in existence, isn’t specific to one culture or sub-culture. Their existence is comparable to that of the pyramid design. Pyramids were built by The Mayans, the Aztecs, in Egypt, in Eastern Europe, and more due to the strong and large foundation the pyramid shape provides.
But… My Vodka!
My culture is famous for vodka, a strong alcoholic drink from the 14th century. The name, “Vodka”, is derived from the Russian word for “Water”: “Voda” or “Вода”. Everyone who’s adopted vodka into their culture of alcoholism is adopting something from Russian culture whether they want to admit it or not. Sorry, Westerners, but vodka is ours!
This mentality clearly isn’t sound and doesn’t hold up very well, but this is essentially the same type of argument we’re hearing about synthetic dreads, with some of our clients being harassed in PM’s about getting them. Claiming a monopoly on something such as a hairstyle doesn’t just cause rifts where they don’t need to exist, it also sends a message that using anything from anyone’s culture is off-limits, and that doesn’t make a ton of sense in today’s world as long as it’s not meant to be offensive.
Globalization is a beautiful thing and suppressing the cultural blending it creates could be more of a hindrance than we realize. Many parts of American culture that we’ve grown to love in Europe wouldn’t exist here if we were barred from enjoying them. The same can be said for the hundreds of European cultures that the US adopted from its immigrants during the 20th century. Dreads are for everyone around the world, just like they were for their ancestors.