I just wanted to share my good feelings.
As my username implies, I have locs, which are more commonly called 'dreadlocks', but I call them locs. I've currently had them going on 9 months, but I love them just the same. In fact, that's where my username comes from. I plan to have my locs for the rest of my life. ^_^
Locs are my favorite way in which the hair is worn. Regardless of their size or method of formation, I love them all and think they're great. They're just so diverse and versatile! Look closely and you'll see that no two heads have the exact same locs. Locs are about as unique to an individual as fingerprints or history.
So, since I'm in such a good mood about my hair, I thought I'd use this rave to clear up some myths/misconceptions people may have about locs. ^_^
MYTH: LOCS ARE DIRTY AND UNCLEAN
Locs are only dirty and unclean if the one who wears them is dirty and unclean. Truthfully, locs are VERY, VERY clean (and smell very nice in most cases, but if you ever see someone with locs, don't go running up to the person and sniff their head). There might be what is known as product build-up (this happens with certain loc formation methods), but even that doesn't mean the hair is unclean.
MYTH: LOCS CANNOT BE WASHED
This ties in with the first one. Truthfully, hair locs faster and better when it is CLEAN. *gasp* I know, I know, someone said hair has to be dirty to loc, but it's not true. Many loc wearers, including myself, wash and rinse their locs quite regularly.
MYTH: LOCS ARE UNPROFESSIONAL
Untidy, unkempt hair in general is unprofessional. Locs are just as professional as loose or straight hair.
MYTH: ONLY BLACK PEOPLE CAN WEAR LOCS
There is not one racial/ethnic group that owns the monopoly on locs. ANYONE of ANY group can wear locs. However, due to different hair textures and types, some people can form locs more easily than others. I've personally seen white people, even asians, with locs.
MYTH: LOCS ONLY FORM WHEN THE HAIR IS IGNORED
There are literally countless methods people use to get locs, and three main types of locs: organic, free-form, and manicured/cultivated. Organic locs are the ones like what Bob Marley had, which is when the hair is simply washed but otherwise left alone to do whatever; organic locs always have various/multiple sizes to them, because the hairs compact where they want. Free-form locs are basically washed and left alone like organic locs, however, the locs are regularly separated at the roots, so the locs stay more uniform in size (think Whoopi Goldberg, Lauryn Hill or Lil' Wayne). Cultivated/manicured locs are the ones that are regularly maintained beyond just washing; the locs are all the same size, and the roots are clearly separated (many professional athletes with locs have this).
MYTH: PEOPLE WHO WEAR LOCS ARE RASTAS
Not true. While locs are commonly associated with rastafarians, not all people who wear locs are rastas, and not all rastas wear locs.
MYTH: PEOPLE WHO WEAR LOCS ARE HOMOSEXUALS/[insert stereotype]
If people are homosexual, it's NOT because they wear locs. They were most likely homosexual long before they got locs. Nor do locs determine if someone is a hippie or smokes marijuana, is a criminal, or anything else.
MYTH: LOCS CAN'T BE STYLED
SO not true! However loose, straighter hair can be styled, locs can be styled the same way. In fact, some styles can ONLY be achieved with locs (or extensions). Locs can be cut, curled, dyed, colored, styled in any way. The options are endless.
MYTH: LOCS CAN ONLY BE CUT OFF TO BE REMOVED
This myth keeps many would-be loc wearers from getting locs, because they think "What if I don't like them?". Well, I'm telling you, this is not true. Cutting them off is the fastest way to remove locs, but for those who don't want really short hair (usually females), locs can also be combed out/unraveled. Locs are a long-term committment, but not permanent.
MYTH: LOCS ARE SPIRITUAL
For some people (like myself), yes, locs ARE spiritual. But for others, locs are simply another hairstyle. People get and wear locs for a variety of reasons.
There are others, but I know I forgot a lot of them. But I'm sure there are others who were wondering. Feel free to ask. ^_^