A Real Dreadhead – A Look Into My Personal Dreadlock/Loc Journey


“Are you Tru to your locs? I am.”

Untitled-11_03JetpackMy loc journey began about 5 years ago.

There was a time when I kept track of the exact time of my journey right down to the minute, those days are long gone. This is contrary to many dreadheads because I’ve noticed a lot of people keep track of the exact day they had their last cut. I know I had my  last haircut around the time of my mother’s funeral and I’ve been growing my hair ever since.

However, I am always concerned with the integrity of my locs. I NEVER have comprised my vision I’ve had for my hair.

If I did anything to my hair it was because I wanted it, nothing or no one can make me feel like my locs NEED to be a certain way to satisfy someone else’s expectations of my journey. 

I assume most dreadheads have a similar attitude.


When I first made the decision to grow my hair it was brought to my attention that I should have a clear idea of how I want my dreads to be like; thick, thin, manicured, freeform, etc. At the time I was sold on the concept of “Bob Marley” dreadlocks aka freeform locs, I just knew that I wanted my hair to be exactly like his was, going through all the stages. I must admit that even now I still favor freeform style locs over manicured, but it is a matter of personal preference not right or wrong.


Roughly two years into my journey and I realized that my dreads would not be exactly like Bob’s, this was heartbreaking. At the same time it’s almost funny because people make Bob Marley references to me pretty often. I almost considered cutting my hair at times. Ironically, one day, I found myself watching this super dope Bob Marley Documentary and a new perspective breached through the array of darkness.

I realized Bob was not copying anyone else’s style, although Rastafarians generally wear their hair in locs, he was simply living his life and allowing his hair to go through all of the developing stages and appreciating each stage for what is was. In other words, I would say that Bob and many of the Rastafarians he may have associated with had Tru DreadzThe understanding of this concept rejuvenated my desire to grow my hair, but with a more concentrated focus on being natural.

I learned how to manifest confidence with each developing stage of my loc growing process.

There was no such thing as an “ugly” stage to me any more.

Most importantly, I learned how to be Tru to my dreadz. 


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Having Tru Dreadz is not a matter of manicured vs. freeform dreadlocks. It is a matter of being comfortable with your own hair, discovering yourself, learning how to properly care and maintain your locs. It’s about being true to yourself. It’s about being to true to what you know and believe. It’s not just a hair style, or dreadlocks, or locs. It is a way of life. It is and endless journey full of adventures, sometimes danger, but mostly adventures. It is your hair being a reflection of you, not someone else’s expectations or demands.

Do you have Tru Dreadz? 

Are you “Tru to your locs?

I am.



Author: Jason W.

You can support the movement and the website @ patreon.com/trudreadz. Your support helps grow the website, support the creators, and bring future ideas into reality. Thank you in advance. Stay up, Stay loc'd, Stay tru. Peace.

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