Why do Rastafarians have dreadlocks

Why do Rastafarians have dreadlocks

One of the most trendy, considerably cool”, and recognizable ways of wearing one’s hair is through dreadlocks”. The hairstyle has always been linked with Bob Marley, Jamaicans, and believed to be one of the hair fashions that never go out of style ever since it was developed.

But the fact is dreadlocks are more than just a hairstyle, it plays an essential part in the belief system practiced by members and believers of Rastafarian Movement that started since 1930s. The dreadlocks serve various purposes and meanings for Ratsafarians that includes the following:

  • Most of the Rastafarian principles are rooted in the Bible that includes growing their hair long as written in Numbers 6:5 that stated All the days of his vow of separation there shall no razor come on his head; until the days are fulfilled, in which he separates himself to the Lord. He shall let the locks of his head grow long” and in Leviticus 21:5 that asserts Priests must not shave their heads or shave off the edges of their beards or cut their bodies”.
  • Rastafarians believed that a person’s strength is dependent on how long one’s hair grows, as compared to the well known Bible character Samson the Nazarite.
  • Dreadlocks differentiate Rastafarians from other belief systems.
  • Dreadlocks are identified with a lion’s mane that again represents strength, the Lion of Judah” which is the symbol adopted by the movement, and Ethiopia in Africa where the movement had started.
  • Dreadlocks are associated with the principles of simplicity and to live a life in an African way, that is to be in harmony with the laws of nature.

To grow Rastafarian dreadlocks, one just simply NOT combs the hair as it grows. It can be washed to keep it clean and then plainly twist the hair and let it naturally grow. Nowadays, as it became one of the most popular hairstyles in the world, it can be done in many ways applying modern hair products and styles that personally look good on a person.

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