The World’s Longest Dreads Measure 55 Feet!
Ever wonder who’s sporting the world’s longest dreadlocks? According to various news reports, this award goes to 50-year-old Asha Mandela of Atlanta, GA. Dubbed “the Black Rapunzel” – for obvious reasons – her dreads measured 55 feet and 7 inches. Now those are some serious dreads! They are so long, in fact, that doctors attribute her curved spine to the weight of her hair. “The doctors seem to think I have a curvature of my spine and that it’s the length and the weight of my hair that’s making me curve,” said Mandela in an interview with Mirror.
Dreads are Versatile
One of the perks of having dreadlocks is the fact that you can wear them just about any way YOU want to. Some people may give their dreads little-to-no attention, which is perfectly fine, but others will wash, moisturize and care for their dreads daily. So don’t assume they are a one-size-fit-all hairstyle, because you’ll quickly realize this isn’t the case once you have a full head of dreads.
Dreads Date Back to The 15th Century
Think dreadlocks are a new hairstyle? Think again. While no one knows who exactly is responsible for pioneering this look, historians believe it originated out of North Africa during the 15th century. Even today, the Maasai men of this region continue to wear dreads, showcasing their long, rich culture to the world.
There are Several Ways To Make Dreads
Some people assume that the only way to create dreadlocks is to stop brushing, combing and grooming your hair. Also known as the Organic, method, this was a popular choice among men and women back in the 90s. And while it’s still used by many dread heads today, there are several other ways to create authentic dreadlocks. The Freeform method, for instance, involves allowing the hair to naturally form locks. Other methods, which are collectivey referred to as Salon methods, are more hands-on and involve a greater amount of work. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the different types of dreadlocks if you’re looking to sport this look.
Celebrities Sport Dreads
Yep, even some of the biggest movie stars and celebrities in Hollywood have dreadlocks. You can check out our previous blog post to learn more, but some of the names include Stevie Wonder, Woopie Goldberg, Zendaya, Lauren Hill, Snoop Dogg, and Lisa Bonet – just to name a few.