Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Cutting my Dreadlocs: The Pros and Cons

I know the title is misleading, probably causing many of you to think that I have either cut my tangled mane or I'm on the fast track to doing so, that's not actually the case. See each year, as my hair gets longer and I have to adjust more of it so I can wipe my ass without any "follicle interruptions", I go through a phase where I tell myself that I'm going to cut my hair. Each year I go through the same thing, like I'm stuck in a ghetto version of "Groundhog Day" or some shit, stressing myself out at the specif task at hand so much that I make a "Pros" and "Cons" list just so I can understand the reality of chopping off a piece of me that has been around for the past 12 years. So, kind people who read my brand of bullshit on a daily basis, here is a look at a list that I pretty much make ever year, welcome to the neurosis of Humanity F. Critic.

PROS.

No more flipping my hair like a girl: Even though I do "man things" like frequenting strip clubs, taking shots of liquor out of the navel of intoxicated women pre-coitus, and playing a weekly game of football with the fellas where I usually average a fight a week, there are a few things that threaten my hetero street cred. Besides me being a Independent movie lover, and a fan of "One Life to Live" to the point that a couple of days ago I screamed out like a 10 year old girl "They Can't Kill Todd!!", there is one thing that sticks out most of all. That thing, Ladies and Gents, is the way I rotate my neck and flip my hair out of my face like I was Farrah fucking Facet on an episode of "Charlies Angels". I don't even realize that I'm doing it until I see the "that was so gay" look on the faces of my friends, and the "I'm certainly not fucking you now" face that women who I was trying to know "biblically" flash me. Cutting my hair would definitely solve this problem, because if it didin't then I have more fucking problems than I thought I had.

It opens up fight possibilities: Listen, I know that I am 32 year old and the only things I need to be fighting is High Blood pressure and my deviant pornography addiction, but cutting my hair does open up a whole new world in the art of old fashion fisticuffs. Let me explain: Even though I have been in more scuffles than I care to mention, and have had no problem dispatching some ass-hat even with my hair blowing in the wind, there has been a few times I have had second thoughts about getting into it with someone because of the fear of having my hair pulled if the guy in question subscribes to the fighting tactic of 14 year old girls. Because of my fear of having my hair pulled, I have had to result in the quickest and most efficient forms of punishment, that is where the throat-chop came from. If not the throat-chop, I would break a bottle of beer over someones head to lessen the chance of having my mane yanked out of it's socket. If I cut my hair I'm not saying I'm going to fight, but the fucking possibilities are endless.

People will stop asking me for weed: I like weed like the next guy, smoked some out of a Mcguyver-like Pepsi-can once that a friend turned into a make-shift bong, got so high with a high school classmate and her mother once that the mom let me feel her tits for the sake of "believability" because of a recent boob job she had gotten, when it comes to the topic of Cannabis I usually have no proboem whatsoever. OK, that's a lie, when people assume that I have weed on me because the texture of my hair, that can be infuriating to say the least. The fucked up part is that even after I nicely say "No, I don't have any weed.", they think that I'm lying and for the next few minutes they assure me that they are "not cops" and how much do I charge for an "ounce". Trust me, if I had a dollar for everytime someone thought I was the local weed supplier, well, I guess I would just spend that money on weed and whores I guess.


No more silly fucking questions or statements:
Some people, bless their little hearts, just don't know anything about dreadlocks, so if I am in a decent enough mood I will answer their questions, no problems. But after eleven years of answering the same questions year end and year out, I understand how an actor feels who is promoting a movie and is forced to go to one of those movie junkets where they go through like 100 interviews a day. Common questions include, "How long have you been growing your hair?" and "How often do you get it done?", not the worst questions in the world. Silly statements include, "Your hair smells nice, wow!" and "Your hair looks good to be dreadlocks!!", which I usually accompany with a frustrated sigh or a quick retort explaining their ignorance. Then you have the utter bullshit questions like, "Is that a weave??", "Do you wash your hair?", or "Can I have a lock of your hair?", what the fuck?

No more sitting under a dryer: Ladies, I feel your pain. OK, I can't give birth, I don't have a monthly cycle, and never had to be penetrated anally by guys like me as I inappropriately scream out my prison number while I ejaculate. But, by me having this chick that I know twist my locks once a month, I know how it feels to sit under a fucking dryer for far too long. That thing is horrible, sweating my balls off as I try to read issues of "O" Magazine, trying not to think about the pounds that are falling off my body because of the massive heat scorching my scalp. Right when I think that my hair is dry enough, after being under that hair care product of death to the point that the fluid surrounding my brain is boiling, she comes by and when I think she is going to release me from this indoor version of hell she says, "You need to be under there for another half hour!!" Fuck!! I can't tell you how many times I have walked out of there with a damp head, like a pouting 5 year old saying, "Fuck that, I'll take my chances."

CONS:

Positive Attention: Despite all the negative attention that I received, having my hair pulled and the arsenal of silly as fuck questions that are thrown my way, there is positive attention that I would miss if I were to cut my hair. For example, and ladies I'm sorry because I'm going to sound like a pig, but do you know the amounts of miscellaneous ass I've received based on a woman coming up to me and saying, "Oh, I really love your hair!!" Especially coffee-shop chicks, who's favorite pastime includes watching "Love Jones" on a eternal loop, burning incense, and living their life like it is a full time India. Arie music video, when they talk about wanting to wash my hair and play in my dreadlocks I know that I have found another future victim of the Humanity F Critic "pre-ejaculate and say it's her fault" mannuever. But yeah, I feel I'm an average looking guy, but my hair has sparked the interest of older possible sugar mama's, younger "I'll forgive you for not knowing who Afrika Bambaataa is as long as I can drunkenly penetrate you a few more times" women, and bitter ass broads my age of the "yeah, you confirmed that men ain't shit so now I'm going to be a lesbian" variety.

The weed possibilities: Even though I waxed poetic about how it was unfortunate, due to the style of my hair, that people assumed me for a Cannabis salesman. That being said, because of my hair I am alerted of every dealer within a 10 miles radius of my residence. In bars, having conversations with strangers, people will try to bond with me in a "you have dreadlocks so you must smoke weed, here is the number to my dealer" kind of way. It's definitely a perk, but I always think that if I was a Narc I would be like cop of the year and shit, based on how many drug busts a motherfucker could make.

Yes, I know the Pros outweigh the Cons, but I'm still not going to cut my hair. Why you ask? Because I'm a whore for compliments and discount marijuana, that's why. Duh!!

25 comments:

msjaim said...

Well its good ur only THINKING ABOUT IT!. I had locs for 5 yrs & I cut them about 3 yrs ago.. I mis them sooo badly.. Im almost 9 months into my second set.

somady said...

dont do it hammer!!!

Justin said...

As I see it, the worst con is the the girly hair toss. I suggest tying it back.

jirzygurl said...

12 years?? sheesh... that is a lot of time invested and a lot of commitment but time invested is not enough reason to cut them... however queer ass hair tossing is!

vik said...

just look what it did to busta:
body guard killed
got caught bein homophobic
assault charges
dre production still can't save him
had sex with nichole richie

just a thought

Brother OMi said...

from a brother who has cut his tresses 4 times in the last ten... i don't know. i have always known you with them...

Miz JJ said...

You can always trim your locks if you think they're getting too long.

Coffey0072 said...

If you're having rumblings of doubt. Don't cut them. You have to be ready, willing, and able- (I need a date obviously with those choice words)- when the time comes to do so... and you'll probably just cut them w/out the feelings of uncertainty. Just don't become one of those dudes, who're balding on top, and hanging on to the last dregs of locdom.

Jules said...

Man, I hear you. But I bitched out and cut my hair. I used to have a fro... and not a regular cotton pickin', negroid field slave fro... I had that mixed peoples fro. And man, I used to get the compliments like crazy. I miss those days.

But with a Caes I have no weight on my head... could wear the xbox live headset... and a variety of different things.

savvy said...

when i saw the title of this post i screamed NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!1 whew. so glad you decided not to do the big chop (like i've even seen your locs... but still)

Royce's Daughter said...

You don't know me and I don't know you LOL!! But who gives a shyt I am still gone to comment.

Don't do it son!!! LOL!! Locs are beautiful and you've invested so much in nurturing their growth (not to mention the whores and weed). You got your priorities in order...moving on!

Love this blog...I'll be back for sure!!

Amadeo said...

I wouldn't convince you of either option cause my hair grows like grass in the summer. I know even with a regular at the moment in 3 years I'll look like I do daily bong hits.

I used to toss my hair and then mug people...it confused them too much for them to comment.

melette said...

I want to see a picture of them.

CaffeineDiva said...

How about this for an idea. I am usually dead set against hair cutting of any form. However, in this case I am about to make an exception to my rule. To avoid the careful bathroom procedure you have right now, just cut them up to the middle of your back. That way you keep your female fans, you still have the same pros and cons, it's just more manageable.
That sound like a plan to me.
But if you are hellbent on one etreme or the next: DON'T CUT THEM!! You see what it did to Busta... and Sampson for that matter. :)

Luke Cage said...

Hey HC, my brotha has to constantly field questions about his locks as well and one day I had to ask him. Doesn't that bother you brah? And he would say it too depended on his temperament that day. I was there when a woman asked him, "that's not all your hair now is it?" I was like.. what the fu@#????

iron said...

Dayum dude I've been contemplating the same dilemma! The girly flip and fighting are also two of my main reasons. I don't scrap in the streets but I do participate in full-contact sparring at my dojo everyweek and in the midst of grappling I will occassionally get a cat grabbin' a handful of my mane and yankin'. I have a pretty high pain tolerance so I'll usually go ahead and submit him anyway but just the thought (fear!) that he could rip out some of my hair and leave me with a bald patch is stressful. I tie it back/up/down with a doo rag and stuff but in a serious scuffle it always comes off. Also, I feel you on the chick flip. I've only had my locs a lil' over 4 years and they are a just past my shoulders but when I catch myself flickin' it back I want to slap myself.

The Stiltwalker said...

LMAO. This was hilarious. "Throat chop" ha ha. If I were you I wouldn't cut them solely based on the fact that you'd suddenly lose any 'hotness' associated with them.

Mocha_Grl said...

LMAO@ can I have a loc?

My ex went through the same internal conflict..for 3 years i had to hear the pros and cons of cutting (many of which made it to your list).

Why not trim 'em first if your not sure?

Anonymous said...

i had dreads for 10 years (female). they were beautiful, but i just could'nt tolerate so much hair and attention anymore so instead of cutting them i took them out with a fine tooth comb. they say it could'nt be done, but i did it. still to much hair. i already miss them, but it feels good to comb my hair for the first time in 10 years.

jameil1922 said...

now see this is like my 3yrs long pros and cons of locking my hair. i haven't had a perm in 3 yrs but i can't bring myself to lock. but what annoys me most of all is the people who think they should tell me what to do w/my hair. its like shut the fuck up!!!

but the female flip... HILARIOUS!! i always think that, too. like hahahahahahaha. that shit does look hilarious. and i know i've holla-ed at several dudes based on the fact they have locs. why not? game recognize game. you got it for game, partially at least, so heeeeey boo. lol.

jameil1922 said...

oh yeah and coffey's right. baldylocs is not a good look. i used to date this dude w/locs. and i always saw him w/a doo rag on, even out. and i never knew why. i thought it was really really weird. then i saw him out once when we weren't talkin like that and there was a big bald spot in the front. and i was like ok so that's why you've been talkin about cuttin them. well why didn't you just say b/c i'm balding? ridiculous. let it go honey. its done.

Breez said...

Well, I was always of the belief that hair is hair, but I've always had a separate "rule" for locs. Of course, they'll grow back if you were to cut them, however, it's cool that you're not. No matter what the motivation lol.

ChezNiki said...

I know this is late, but I just cut my shoulder length perm out and now I have a very bushy afro. I had dreds about ten years ago and cut them out because I fell in love (long story), but I am considering starting them up again. I LUV long hair on Black/Latino dudes. Ive never seen your hair, but consider a trim and/or a dred cap or ponytail holder, dont cut em off!...at least not before you send me a picture of them...LOL

gee said...

man, I'm going through thee exact same thing, as we speak. However, my reasons differ except the girly hair flick [i HATE that man] & them being in the way. I've had them for 3 years but have been growing my hair for 6, so they are like almost to middle of my back... I think I may cut them tomrrow or Sunday. That's good that you're holding on strong but, those Pros DO outnumber the cons... think about it lol

I'll be leaving the family soon

peace

J said...

Hey there...

I've had my locks for only a year, and they're just at shoulder length. I was inspired to get them by my sister who has amazing hair. I find it awkward being a white guy with dreads because the world of caucasians tends to outcast me for the way I look, or assume that I'm just some guy trying to be black. Anyway... I have days when I definitely think about cutting them, but so far I haven't had a day where the feeling has taken over. The longer they get the more I seem to love them, and I'm starting to style them in various ways. I think a lot of people just get dreads on a whim without really thinking about what it means. There are days when they really test you psychologically, socially, and whatever else.

I feel you on the weed thing. People never leave me alone. I've spoked weed off and on for years, but every now and then I'll take a break that lasts a month or two, and when people keep asking me during that time is when I really feel the pressure. Being a white guy with dreads, this stereotype is enhanced beyond belief. When you're a dark skinned person with dreads, people just assume that it's a cultural thing. (i.e. if you're black then dreads are somehow more acceptable than if you're white.) But if you're a white guy with dreads, it's because you are either a hippy, an activist, or you love Bob Marley and your weed. I love it when people ask me why I have them, as opposed to assuming why. It's a good conversation starter.

As for people's stupid comments. Well, people will always make stupid comments whether or not you have dreads. I'm 6'4" and people are always asking me about that. "Do you play basketball? Can you reach something for me? I wish I was as slim as you!" If it's not the hair, it's something else. At least you've had enough practice answering the same questions that they can never surprise you with something new, although I've learned to never underestimate the heights of stupidity in others.

Good luck with your long-term conundrum, and for what it's worth I think it's better to keep them and understand a different perspective of living than it is to cut them and look like everybody else.