Natty Dread Congo Bongo What does it mean?

Natty Dread Congo Bongo What does it mean?

“Natty Dread Congo Bongo,” the term goes way back.  What is a the true meaning of Natty Dread Congo Bongo?  Well, Natty Dread is a Rastafarian term for a member of the Rastafarian community. The image of such a person is often used in reggae music and elsewhere to represent an idealized personification of the Rastafarian movement as a whole. It combines the term natty (as in “natural”) and a style of dreadlocks which have formed naturally without cutting, combing or brushing.

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People from every walk of life, be it in the music world or sports field, have opted to wear dreadlocks (matted coils of hair). As a result, dreadlocks have become increasingly socially acceptable. Even those with very straight hair have developed methods to dread lock their hair.  The Rasta Woman is serious about her religion, family and culture.  You can read more about Life of Rasta Women, the 20 rules and principles for living as a Rastafarian Empress.

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Several different cultures have commonly worn locs. In some cultures, locs are an expression of religious beliefs. In other cultures, dreadlocks are a representation of ethnic pride or simply fashionable.

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Loc jewelry can be worn on all types of locs, from Sister locks to Freeform locs, however the maturity of your locs makes a difference when choosing the right loc jewelry.  Only place loc jewelry onto your hair if it is healthy and strong.

Rasta style gained in popularity, beauty and fashion industries jumped on the bandwagon. These industries were hoping to capitalize financially.

Salons now offer their dreadlock clients a variety of hair care products for their locs.  These products range from shampoo, wax, and jewelry.

The hair stylists, working at these salons, started creating a variety of different modified or artificial locs, including extensions, multi-colored synthetic locs.

If you would like to see 194 images of Natty Dreads Congo Bongo visit my Pinterest page and follow.  Beautiful pictures of Dreadlocks, ideas on how to wrap your hair and all types of braids in a variety of colors.  Photos added daily.

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Why White Girls love Wearing Dreadlocks

Why White Girls love Wearing Dreadlocks

White girls love to wear dreadlocks.  Some of these women who wear dreads are hippies, punk or just regular everyday people who want to express themselves through their hairstyle.  You may ask why would someone who had long, straight or curly soft hair want their hair to get matted into dreadlocks?  Well, I can’t answer for the white ladies because I am an African-American, however, my humble opinion on white girls wearing dreadlocks are neutral.  I say this because people wear their hair in many different styles for many different reasons.  It’s not just a Black thing or a Caribbean thing or a Jamaican thing or even Rastafarian thing.   It goes a lot deeper than most people know.  Some people wear their hair locked for religious reason, while others look at dreadlocks as simply a fashion statement.

Regardless of your reason for wearing dreadlocks, here is a brief history of the hairsyles origin:

Dreadlocks have been worn by nearly every culture at some point in time or another. Roman accounts stated that the Celts wore their hair ‘like snakes’. The Germanic tribes and Vikings were also known to wear their hair in dreadlocks. Dreadlocks have been worn by the monks of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, the Nazarite of Judaism, Qalandri’s Sufi’s, the Sadhu’s of Hinduism, and the Dervishes of Islam, and many more! There are even strong suggestions that many early Christians wore dreadlocks; most notably Sampson who was said to have seven locks of hair which gave him his inhuman strength!

Now that you understand where dreadlocks may have originated,  you may want to take a look at the photos below to get some dread inspiration and learn how to make your dreadlocks uniquely YOU!

DREADLOCK GALLERY

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Longer dreads can easily be piled on the head for an elegant up do. Accessorize the look with bold flowers for a touch of color and chic flair sure to turn heads. If you prefer a more casual look, however, there are many other dreadlocks styles to choose from.

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SHAVED SIDES OF DREADLOCKS

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Shaving the sides of your locks are very simple. Here are the 5 steps:

  1.  Place hair into a pony tail
  2.  Take the hair that you want to cut and then pull out of pony tail
  3.   Use a scissor to cut off long hair
  4.   Use a clipper to shave the hair down close to the scalp

If you desire designs – use the T-Liner for easy designing of zigzag lines, circles or whatever creative drawing your mind can come up with.

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DREADLOCK JEWELRY

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How to put on your loc jewelry:

Step 1: Take a strand of your loc that best fits the hole of the loc jewel.
Step 2: Insert your loc into the hole of the loc jewel piece.
Step 3: Pull your loc through the loc jewel until it is secure.

*For those of you who wear loc extensions.  Please note that you many need jewelry with larger openings to fit onto your thick locs.  Use this quick beader tool to help place your beads or jewelry onto your dreadlocks.

 

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Yarn & Synthetic Extensions

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As a Hair Braider, you can do Dreadlocks.  It doesn’t matter if the hair is kinky or straight.  You  can be creative and make it look beautiful to show individuality.  Visit Hair Braiding 16 Hour Course for information on how to get a Braiding License.