I am constantly fascinated by the creativity of black hair styling, whether it is chemically treated or natural. To say that black hair is versatile is truly an understatement.
The popularity of faux locs appears to be growing as a style alternative, particularly the Goddess Locs by professional stylist Dr. Kari Williams, and as recently worn by actress Meagan Good.
Unfortunately, it is highly probable, those who choose to wear dreadlocks (whether real of faux) have attracted opposition to the way they wear their hair or received closed-minded comments on their appearance.
Last month (September 2016), a US federal appeals court ruled that it was not illegal for an employer to ban dreadlocks, after a case against a company that refused to hire a lady because she would not cut her dreadlocks. [Insert side eye here!]
Despite the opposition, dreadlocks or locs, do not show any signs of fading from existence as more men and women embrace the capabilities of their natural hair.
The hair on a person’s head, usually does not affect their ability to perform their duties or produce outstanding pieces of work. There are several talented and PROFESSIONAL individuals who wear or have worn locks, so it makes any ban on locks in a conventional workplace seem irrelevant.
Famous names such as Ciara, Meagan Good, Rihanna and Zendaya Coleman have worn faux locs, and I am sure their level of IQ did not deteriorate once they chose this style option. As a matter of fact Miss Zendaya had to auto-correct an E-News correspondent who made an ignorant statement about her faux locs, and she did so in a very mature and eloquent manner.
There is still a long way to go in changing the perception of dreadlocks, however, the growing number of men and women wearing their hair in this way, reflect a community who no longer care about the stereotypical views and are doing well to prove them false.
Afropunk.com recently shared a short documentary called “London Locks” where six individuals give some insight into their lock journey. Have a look on why they choose to wear locks and how they contradict the usual stereotypes.