Natty Dread Congo Bongo What does it mean?

“Natty Dread Congo Bongo,” the term goes way back.  The term natty (as in “natural”) and a style of dreadlocks which have formed naturally without cutting, combing or brushing.  Natty Dread is a Rastafarian term for a member of the Rastafarian community. The image of such a person is often used in reggae music and elsewhere to represent an idealized personification of the Rastafarian movement as a whole. b55c0cbcd7f1f5a45f16d7853370e371


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People from every walk of life, be it in the music world or sports field, have opted to wear dreadlocks (matted coils of hair). As a result, dreadlocks have become increasingly socially acceptable. Even those with very straight hair have developed methods to dread lock their hair.



Several different cultures have commonly worn locs. In some cultures, locs are an expression of religious beliefs. In other cultures, dreadlocks are a representation of ethnic pride or simply fashionable.


Loc jewelry can be worn on all types of locs, from Sister locks to Freeform locs, however the maturity of your locs makes a difference when choosing the right loc jewelry.  Only place loc jewelry onto your hair if it is healthy and strong.

Rasta style gained in popularity, beauty and fashion industries jumped on the bandwagon. These industries were hoping to capitalize financially.

Salons now offer their dreadlock clients a variety of hair care products for their locs.  These products range from shampoo, wax, and jewelry.

The hair stylists, working at these salons, started creating a variety of different modified or artificial locs, including extensions, multi-colored synthetic locs.

If you would like to see 194 images of Natty Dreads Congo Bongo visit my Pinterest page and follow.  Beautiful pictures of Dreadlocks, ideas on how to wrap your hair and all types of braids in a variety of colors.  Photos added daily.

3 thoughts on “Natty Dread Congo Bongo What does it mean?

  1. I’ve had dreadlocks all my life, I loved to spiritual connections I felt to the universe, but it has now become just another fad, and that breaks my heart.


    1. Hello Gutchie,
      I understand how you feel. My loc journey started only 4 1/2 years ago. I went to a salon once to get them started. Ever since then, I haven’t let anyone touch my crown because I don’t want their vibrations on my locs. It (locs) is also spiritual for me. I embrace the freedom that I feel, the unruliness of my hair doing whatever it wants to do is liberating for me.
      Just know that those of us who feel the connection to spirit with our locs will have them long after the fad has drifted away.
      Peace & Blessing


  2. I love my Loc’s had them for seven years my starter was very good but didn’t know how to style so I go to a person that know how to style when I want to attend a wedding etc otherwise I care for my own hair waist legnth love them so much all me not a hi forevermore


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