Locs come with several negative stereotypes. If you have the courage to wear them you will hear these same 4 sentences all the time:
1. “Locs are dirty.”
The myth that individuals with locs don’t wash their hair is exactly that. Don’t be so naive. If you see a person that has really gross looking locs…chances are if their hair wasn’t locked it would be dirty as well. Dirty people come in all forms.
2. “Everyone who has locs smokes weed.”
I can’t even explain how annoying it is to be approached by strangers randomly on a daily basis attempting to sell me weed or asking me where to find some weed. That’s not very nice. It’s rude actually and really awkward.
3. “Women that have dreadlocks are lesbians.”
I do know a lot of lesbians with dreadlocks. But still…it’s not nice to make that assumption.
4. “Everyone who has locs is in the Dirty Backpacker crew.”
This is definitely not the case. I know individuals that have locs simply to make bold fashion statements. We all don’t hang out at your local spoken word club snapping our fingers.
Why do you think locs are frowned upon? I have noticed that Corporate America is beginning to be more accepting of women with locs. However, I can’t say men with locs are getting the same treatment.