A little history: The reason Dreadlocks is call just that is. Back in slavery some of the slave would let their hair grow without combing it. To the masters and owner of the plantation they consider this kind of treatment to their hair uncivilized and would often call their hair dreadful or say what a dreadful site. Through the years many people still consider this treatment to the hair dreadful and the name stuck.
The Rasta religion considers lock a way of in enlightenment, as the Chinese do with elongated earlobes. The Rasta religion is one of the most misunderstood religions in history, and because of this, dreads were still not considered the social norm. In Jamaica, where I am from, children would not be admitted into school because of there hair being locked. How crazy and ignorant it that? How can one hairs do make you be hated to the point of rejection from society?
The fact is, dreads or now recently called Nubian Locks, is a way for your hair to grow naturally and with low maintenance. Many black people find growing locks helps them find themselves and their way through all the misunderstandings of hair. Black women with locks find it a way to break free of all the relaxers and help them love themselves for who they are.
I know what your thinking, how can hair be so powerful? Well when you have lived all your life thinking kinky hair is wrong and straight hair is right to find out that one can love themselves just as you are can be a powerful and mind altering thing.
Yes when I started growing locks it was because I wanted them just for have them. I loved the way they look and the way they could be presented when neatly done, but now after reading and understanding, I had a moment of clarity and realized there is more to my locks that just a do, its beautiful, strong and empowering.