A hairstyle originating in Africa, done by tightly twisting the hair until the strands lock
The name "Dreadlocks
" originated on European slave-ships
during the middle passage.
The white crews would bring the enslaved Africans
up on deck to wash them off. They saw that the thick Hair of the Africans, full of vomit, blood, and shit, had matted into "dreadful locks".
It is therefore offensive and incorrect to refer to the dolltails
worn by ignorant white children as Dreadlocks.