Many of the inquiries I receive are from other races, okay non-black people, who have 

always wanted to have dreadlocks.  It is interesting to see how much the internet and Millennials have erased so many boundaries, so much that race has no place in how to wear hair. 

I recently heard an older man  detailing in a 

shocked voice, how the “Millennials” had changed the meaning of tattoos. True. Back in the day, only strong, badass people got them.  Nowadays, that could be your grandma! I actually saw this happen, but that is a story for another time. A decade ago, the child in a family who got dreadlocks was deemed the “rebel”, “a free spirit” or given up for permanently lost.  


Now, I am constantly amazed when I see all the 

races of people who have further opened the barriers in their race about dreadlocks. They are subject to ridicule, much like Rastafarians when they started in Jamaica, but they all agree, race has no place in how to wear hair. 


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For those who disagree with me on the subject, you need to think about what would happen if this were applied to your food choices, clothing or exercise.  Why hair is the exception is because it can be seen and is not covered as some exclusive offer.


I am happy the millennials removed these boundaries because let’s face it, I get paid but that is not the only reason.  They have allowed many people to choose how to wear their hair and show that race has no place in how to wear hair.


By Paula Barker, Silkie Locks Hair Design