Rastafarian dreadlocks originated in Africa with the Masai tribes of Kenya! Rastafarians believe that, just like Samson the Nazarite, a man's strength rests in the length of the hair.
...and, he who chooses to cut it gives away that strength. This idea stems from the Nazarite vow written in the book of Leviticus 21:5 - "They shall not make baldness upon their head, neither shall they shave off the corner of their beard nor make any cuttings in their flesh."
In the 1930's, about 100 years after the emancipation of slavery, Jamaican rastafarians adopted dreads as one their foundational principles.
As time went on, the idea slowly spread throughout the Island as more and more Jamaican dreadlocks appeared. To grow it, rastafarians would simply not comb their hair. Instead they would wash it, keep it clean, twist it, and let it to grow.
Many people ask me the question, "Do I have to grow dreadlocks to be a rastafarian?"...and I always answered Yes! why? Because dreads it is fundamental to vow...and to be a rastafarian without it contradicts the idea.
Today when you look around, you see rastafarian dreadlocks everywhere. Committed rastafarians, as well as non-committed rastafarians. Millions wear it just for style.
Regardless of how you look at it, rastafarian dreadlocks has come a long way. Who would have thought that a kinky hair style that originated in Africa, took up residence among a small group of Jamaicans would become one of the most popular hair styles in the world? No one!
Many hair stylists today have mastered the art of making channeling dreadlocks growth into the style of choice. With a few simple steps and some modern day products, it can be made into the most pleasant hair style around.
I have posted some links here for those interested in probing this further...plus the rasta resource link for those who want access to some of the best supporting products. I hope you enjoy them!
That said, I hope that you enjoy the products and if you do decide to grow dreads, that it turn out to be exactly what you desire.