Dreadlocks are associated nowadays with Bob Marley, Reggae and Rastafari's, but what most people don’t know is that the roots of Dreadlocks go back for centuries, at 2500 BC the Hindu God Shiva and his followers also wore Dreadlocks
Dreadlocks are a phenomena around the world for years now, but how did this started?
In the beginning of the twentieth century, Marcus Garvey started a social-religious movement in Harlem, New York City, USA. This movement had lots of enthusiastic followers in the black population of the island of Jamaica. This group believed in 3 sources: (1) the Old and New testament, (2) the African Tribal culture and (3) the Indian Hindu culture.
The followers of this movement called themselves “Dreads”, with this name they wanted to show they respected God. Just like their Hindu Gods, they grew their hair and after a while it resulted in Dreadlocks, the hairstyle of the “Dreads”.
Quickly after that, these group of people focused their attention on the Ethiopian emperor Ras Tafari Haile Selassie, and that’s where the name Rastafari comes from. But the term Dreadlocks was kept for this hairstyle.
Being a spiritual and religious symbol of origine, the Dreadlocks became a social symbol too. Nowadays Dreadlocks represent spiritual, natural and supernatural powers. They are also the symbol for a non-violent society where people care about the poorer people in the world.
Since the end of the nineties Dreadlocks are worn a lot in western Europe. Some famous actors and pop/rock singers had dreadlocks. Lots of these dreads were artificial dreads, this was a hype in the beginning of this century. When this hype ended, the true lovers of dreadlocks remained and the Dreadlocks of your own hair became more popular.
The founder of “Dreadlocks.nl”, the Dutch hairdresser Maarten Ploegmakers (aka Mister Dread), was one of the first in Europe who could create Dreadlocks of your own hair. In the early nineties he travelled to Jamaica to learn all techniques about Dreadlocks from the local Rastafari people. After his travels he introduced the Dreadlocks of your own hair in The Netherlands. He perfected his dreading skills during the years en learned his team at Ploegmakers Hairdressers all his knowledge and techniques. Nowadays a lot of salons offer Dreadlocks. But… at the Dreadlocks.nl salon in the Netherlands they are top notch. In a couple of hours you can have your Dreads in a way you have never imagined before!
At a daily basis, people all over Europe get their Dreadlocks at our salon. We create their dreads, maintain their dreads, restore their dreads and extend their dreads invisibly! We are the only one in Europe that can extend Dreadlocks in an invisible way. Go and check a forum on the internet about Dreadlocks and you can read about the so called “Dreadlocks.nl / Ploegmakers technique”; a unique method in creating and extending Dreadlocks. Many people claim it’s the best method!
“Dreadlocks.nl” is the exclusive European importer for “Knotty Boy Dreadstuff”, the best brand in dreadstuff all over the world. You can buy these in our Online Shop.Quickly “Dreadlocks.nl/ Ploegmakers Dreadlocks” grew to the position of being the Number 1 for Dreadlocks in Europe. For over 15 years now and still going strong!