Children and Locs
No matter what your race is, it’s your own decision whether to get dreadlocks or not. As long as you are happy with the way it turns out and are ready for the extra maintenance, it is not a problem at all. But what about locs on children?
It is important to understand that locking your child's hair is a major decision, and should not be made by parents without the educated consent of their children. Take note of the term “educated.”
While it may have helped you personally, remember that it is not your to choice to have your kid’s hair dreaded just because you think they will be thankful to be rid of a “burden”. Consult your child and really talk to them regarding this decision. And if they come to you asking to get dreads, make sure that they know what they are getting into.
Educate them on dreadlocks, what it takes to get them, how to care for them, and what it means to have them. More importantly, make sure that they truly want them, and that they are not just pressured to get them because of their heritage, or because of issues with self-image.
To further help you with deciding whether to allow your children to get locs, here are a few guide questions:
1. Will your child’s hair texture work well with dreadlocks?
Most hair textures work well with locs. Looser textures may require more attention during the early stages of locking.
2. Can you afford the cost of maintenance?
Maintaining beautiful locs can be costly. Just washing and re-twisting could range from 50 USD to 200 USD. Or, if you can do it yourself, can your child handle having to just sit down for 40 minutes to an hour every two weeks or so?
3. Does your child have an active lifestyle?
Constant sweating will warrant more attention to the locs. If your child is into sports, they will need extra care because you have to keep their dreadlocks clean and dry. Very young children may find it very inconvenient to care for and maintain dreadlocks, as they are often more active.
It all boils down to knowing your child. Base your decision on how well you think your child would take the maintenance and care required for locs, not on other parent’s experiences.