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Dreadlocks and Locks for Men - Epic Pictures
07-09-2014, 01:38 PM
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RE: Dreadlocks and Locks for Men - Epic Pictures
Dayum, I wish i had dreads now.
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07-24-2014, 05:52 AM
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Jamaal Charles
Locks hairstyle of NFL player Jamaal Charles. In other news it is the first time that I know a single name of a NFL player - although I will admit that I cheated with Wikipedia Big Grin

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07-31-2014, 02:36 PM (This post was last modified: 07-31-2014 02:37 PM by AfroJay.)
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Marshawn lynch
gotta love this thread. Marshawn lynch dreadlocks.
Marshawn Lynch beast mode!!
Marshawn Lynch skittles!!! they see them skittles and they hatin'

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08-20-2014, 04:52 PM
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RE: Dreadlocks and Locks for Men - Epic Pictures
Jarvis Jones

Jarvis Jones dreadlocks have been a part of his hairstyle for a long time now. When playing with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Jarvis Jones dreadlocks and Troy Polamalu's manes make quite a pair.

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Todd Gurley

Todd Gurley's hair is in dreadlocks too. Yet another NFL player who dares to wear long dreadlocks in the gridiron despite the many instances of hair being pulled out of the follicles by opponents! Big Grin

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08-25-2014, 08:40 AM
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Juan Guillermo Cuadrado finger coil locks hairstyle
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Cool finger coils hairstyle of Juan Guillermo Cuadrado, a football player.

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10-27-2014, 11:54 AM
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I am posting below some useful dreadlocks tips. It's about taking care of your locks and starting the locking process. Contrary to popular belief, dreadlocks need to be kept groomed and clean to encourage the tangling of the hair and especially with straight hair. Not so much with the natural hair texture of black people.

If you've made the decision to wear dreadlocks, you probably need a solid plan for starting them. You might wonder if you should begin them yourself or have a professional start them for you, where to find such a professional, what products to use, and what to expect in the way of care and maintenance.

Here are my suggestions and tips on how to get dreadlocks.

Establish the size of your locks beforehand:

I can't stress the importance of this step enough. Overlook it, and you'll be stuck with locks that are too big or too small for your taste, with your only option being to cut them off and start all over again. I'd strongly suggest you look through magazines, pictures online, books in hair salons, and pick the dreadlock size that you really like. Consider that the smaller the lock, the more locks you'll have, and the more time that will be required in caring for and re-twisting your locks.

Then once you have your size established, bring a picture with this exact size to your loctician. Which leads me to my next suggestion.

Visit a loctician to start your locks:

You could, hypothetically, start your locks yourself, and many people do. But if you really want a neat, textured, uniform look to your locks, I'd suggest you visit a loctician, as achieving this yourself will be nearly impossible unless you are a wizard with hair and have multiple mirrors that allow you to view the back of your head with precision.

Show your loctician a picture of the size you want your locks. If possible, view pictures of the loctician's past work to make sure they are capable of creating the look you want.

In terms of finding a loctician, this can be done through word of mouth, the internet, the phone book, or any combination thereof. It may take a little work, but the time spent finding a loctician who obviously has experience starting and caring for locks will be well worth it in the end. When choosing a loctician, consider not only price, but what products they use and the quality of their previous work.

Choose a method that suits your texture and your schedule:

There are many ways to start dreadlocks. One involves not combing or fussing with the hair until it locks on its own. Another involves simply separating the hair into sections and forming twists with a comb. You can also start two-strand twists and let those evolve into locks by simply not undoing them. And you can do Sisterlocks, which add lock extensions to the hair - giving the appearance of locks -until your own hair begins to lock and the extensions are removed.

The method you choose really depends on the texture of your hair and how much time for maintenance your schedule permits. The coarser and more tightly coiled your hair is, the easier and quicker it will lock. Basic twists will probably lock quickly, whereas on someone with curly hair they will be likely to unravel without a strong binding product and frequent re-twisting to keep them in place.

I know cases where men with coarse, curly hair had their locticians start their locs with comb twists and beeswax, which in retrospect probably wasn't the best choice.

I think for less tightly coiled hair, two-strand twists are the ideal way to go, as this allows you a hairstyle that is easy to maintain while your locks form.

Choose products that suit your texture without causing build-up:

Everyone's hair texture is different (see this guide on hair types for more about mens hair types), and therefore each requires a product well-suited to it. When choosing products to aid in the locking process, you want something that s going to add shine and hold without causing tremendous buildup that will be difficult, if not impossible, to remove. Potential products range from lemon juice and cream hairdress to beeswax. I would suggest finding a loctician that does not recommend beeswax, but instead a natural product that dissolves more easily. It may take more time for your hair to lock without an artificial substance to bind it together, but it will be worth it in terms of the end result.

Make sure you know how to care for your hair in between visits to the loctician:

This may require some self-study, or conversations with your loctician while they're twisting your hair, or maybe you already know instinctively. But you'll need to have the products and materials in place to care for your hair in between visits. That means shampoo, moisturizing and binding products, sprays and astringents, and possibly hair clips, headbands and scarves to style your hair in the transitional process.

You will need a good shampoo that cleanses the hair thoroughly without drying it out, a good binding/moisturizing product you can use to re-twist your hair with in between visits, and a spray or balm to refresh and moisturize your scalp and hair while adding shine.

You will also want clips to hold your twists down after you re-twist them, in addition to a blowdryer or hair dryer (unless you want to let your hair air-dry, a much longer process), cute headbands to hold your hair back while it's still in the beginning stages, and scarves as styling aids, and to sleep in at night. Scarves you sleep in should be made of silk, as this will cause minimal friction and flyaways to your dreadlocks.

As a side note, it is not necessary to visit a loctician if you're looking for a more free-form, less manicured look to your dreadlocks. In fact, many popular dreadlock wearers, including Bob Marley, formed their locks by simply not touching their hair or applying aloe vera (from the plant) and doing nothing else. While your hair will look more unruly during the forming process, it will leave less work for you and will ultimately bring you to the same destination.

But for those who want a neat a look as possible while locks are still forming, having a solid plan for starting locks in terms of size, method and maintenance will be a big help. Now get those dreadlocks forming!
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10-27-2014, 12:00 PM
Post: #27
RE: Dreadlocks and Locks for Men - Epic Pictures
The following is another post from another thread where I posted. A forum member wanted to know about dreadlocks, and if they would be fine for job interviews.

A lot of people these days don't realize that dreadlocks are an option for them, whether it's an issue of hair type, hygiene, employment or fashion.

Dreadlocks have changed a lot in the past few years, they've seen a sort of renaissance. Dedicated companies are offering dreadlocking solutions for everybody. It isn't uncommon to see an asian sporting a head full of dreads, or a white guy with big thick locks.

First off, I think it's important to clear up exactly what a dreadlock is. Not in the sense of what "dreadlocks" are, or what they represent, but the actual composition and structure of a dreadlock. Locking occurs naturally in certain ethnic hair types where the hair is nappy and kinky enough to actually twist itself into knots. Dreadlocks, however, are NOT twists of any kind, but actually a fine network of knots all bunched up so tight as to give the impression of being one inseparable mass. the most literal definition of a dreadlock would be a mass of Felted hair, it really is just hair that has been knotted and rolled out smooth so that it's soft and felty.

Because of the traditional way in which dreadlocks are made, there seems to be a common belief that they're "dirty". Wait, Let's talk about the "traditional" way. Dreadlocks, in their most recognizable form, began in Jamaica as a form of protest against straight hair. They resulted from the practice of simply neglecting to comb or brush the hair. Because of the ethnic hair type of most Jamaicans, this neglect led to groups of clumped hair forming together and growing into locks. This sort of neglect probably did lead to some very dirty hair, but not because it was dreadlocked. In non-ethnic hair types, however, the hair has no natural affinity for this sort of configuration.

Straight hair won't tangle if neglected, at least not into nice manageable locks, if it does tangle at all, it'll become one big rat's nest, so there's no neglect involved when making dreadlocks in Straight hair, in fact, it's the complete opposite. Straight hair has to be kept completely clean and residue free for dreadlocks to form, for example, does a slipknot stay better in a piece of muddy slippery rope, or a piece of clean, dry rope?

Now, before we get any further, we should talk about how to actually make dreads in straight hair. First the hair should be "prepped" for a couple days, washed only with residue free shampoos so that it's completely dry and clean. When it comes time to make the locks, the hair is sectioned off with rubber bands. Then, each section is combed backwards with a strong fine tooth comb in a fashion similar to "ratting". This creates the first knots in the dreadlock, and after the entire head is done, the locks will look fairly mature already.

The next step is to hold the roots and ends tight with rubber bands for a few weeks, to make sure that they do get knotted tight and don't pull the rest of the dread loose. They should be washed every few days carefully to avoid pulling them loose. Now some of you just went, "wait, every few days?" yes. Every few days. This is the best way to make sure your dreads stay clean, because if you wash them every night, they may never dry properly (dreadlocks soak up moisture) and they could start to basically mildew... this is rare, and easily avoided simply by making sure the dreads are properly dried after bathing. That isn't to say you shouldn't shower everyday, for goodness sake, just wear a shower cap!

Another thing that keeps people from making their dreadlocks dream come true is employment. Unfortunately, there is still a bit of a social stigma surrounding dreadlocks. People often associate big, thick locks with poor hygiene and sometimes even drug use. Although, most employers will look past your hair if you wow them with a good interview, as long as your interviewer is a good judge of character, it won't be an issue.

As long as keeping an appearance of cleanliness in the workplace, dreadlocks can look professional if tied back into a ponytail, or in the event they're not long enough, just kept tight with minimal loose hairs. Things like this, which used to be called "alternative" looks, are finding their place in the office. Most employers these days are finding that if they don't hire people who look a little "different" they won't have a workforce. I know people who proudly sport a head of happy nappy locks and had no trouble finding a job in retail as sales associates or even manager-type jobs. So long as the locks are tied back or kept from being big in volume, your friend will in theory be fine.

Aside from posting advice to help your friend, I'd like to also address in this post that some people really want dreadlocks, but they don't think it'll fit their style. The first problem with that is that you should be creating your style, don't let a "look" rule you. However, if it is really that important that your hair fits your style, don't worry, dreadlocks have a look for every fashion. Heavy metal bands have sported dreadlocks in every color, even bleached white, pop bands have had locked front men, and, if properly maintained, a head of dreads can look very sharp in a business suit. Thin little dreads with bleached tips have even found their way onto ads for Old Navy and Abercrombie.

Get creative and accessorize your dreadlocks with beads, visors, head wraps, dress them up. Your dreads are part of you, make them look just as punk, preppy, scene, etc, just as the rest of you.

So to wrap things up, dreadlocks are a clean and fashionable option for anybody who wants them, no matter what your hair type, job, or social niche. Tell your friend to enjoy his dreadlocks, they're sure to get him lots of good attention.
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11-18-2014, 03:06 PM
Post: #28
RE: Dreadlocks and Locks for Men - Epic Pictures
How to make dreadlocks:

Dreadlocks have been around as a hairstyle for much longer than most people realize. With evidence linking dreadlocks all the way back to the time of the ancient Egyptians, dreadlocks are one of the more historical hairstyles that are still popular today. But how exactly does one go about turning their locks of fine hair into dreads? And how can you ensure that your dreads lock as quickly as possible?

Backcombing the hair to start locking:

If you really want your dreadlocks to fill in quickly backcombing is the best method you can do; and it should be done first before trying any of the other tips or techniques below. Start by dividing your hair into sections or segments, using elastic bands to keep each section separate if necessary. See the link for the type of elastic bands you should be using, as you must use metal-free bands in order to avoid damaging your hair and future dreadlocks. Scrunchies will work very well for the job of dividing your hair into sections.

Grab a section of your hair and start working it with your comb, remembering to start at the tips of your hair and comb it down towards your scalp. This is the opposite way one normally combs their hair, and is known as backcombing.

Twist and Roll method:

After backcombing a section of your hair, you will then start twisting it and rolling it around between your fingers and palms. After a few minutes of this, you should have your first dreadlock. This process may need to be repeated several times for each dreadlock, and if your locks are still loose you can even use beads or elastic bands to hold them until they are tight enough on their own.

Washing your locks:

In order to make sure your dreads lock as fast and as tight as possible, you'll need to keep them clean. Make sure to wash them at least every couple weeks, especially when they are new. Always remember to use non-scented shampoo, as the oils used for scents will actually work to loosen your dreadlocks.

Drying your dreadlocks:

Always make sure to get your dreadlocks completely dry after every wash. Leaving your dreads wet or damp can actually cause mold to grow inside which will not only prevent them from tightening but it will cause an unpleasant odor, as well. This is one of the factors that goes towards giving dreadlocks a dirty appearance and vibe, but it is caused by not putting enough effort in your grooming, whether it is with dreadlocks or with any other mens hairstyle. The dreads themselves are not dirty and should not smell bad.

Hair dryers work best to dry out your dreadlocks after a wash, or you can just wring them out and dry them with a cotton t-shirt for best effect (and if not, just use a regular towel).

See a loctician:

To start creating the dreadlocks, it is best that you visit a loctician, who is an expert in making dreadlocks. You can find them in ethnic hair salons, black hair salons (for black women) and any new-age hair salons. You can also ask your regular hairdresser or barber whether he or she knows how to get them going or if he knows someone.

Lastly, you can also check out a tattoo parlour as they usually have someone who knows how to get them going or who can give you specific advice for your hair.

This tip is with regards to your question since you can find great advice on this forum but it is also a good idea to have someone assess your hair and help you start locking on the spot.

Wear a dorag or bandana to speed up the locking:

After you have a full head of full dreadlocks, a good technique is to wear a dorag or a bandana for several days or even weeks. This helps your locks knot up underneath the doorag or bandana, and can help your dreads lock much quicker than they will when left on their own.
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