I was wondering what everyone here thinks about the use of the word dreadlocks to describe ones hair if you are not of the Rasta followings? I'm doing a bit of cultural appropriations cleansing and want to hear some opinions. I'm am not at all saying that any person having this hair style is committing cultural appropriation as I fully believe that matted hair is the most natural and pure hair style there is. What I am asking is the use of the word dreadlocks as it was created by Rastas for a specific purpose. Everything I have found shows that the Rasta people created this word (not the hair style) and that it is important to them as a people. Is it right then for other non-Rastas to use this term? Would it be more respectful of people and supportive of people with mattes to call them by other terms such as "mattes", "cords" (haha, like the puli dogs), love locks (which is sorta hippie but since they can be such a labor or love it makes sense) or simply locks? Is there anything else you all call them? Do any of you agree and already call them by a different term? Does anyone strongly disagree. It has been difficult for me to stop using the term dreadlocks since it is in such common use. I'd love to hear your opinions.
And here are some photos to lighten the mood. The middle one on the left has a decent shot of my hair.