Dreadlocks are ropes of hair. This style is also known as Jata, Sanskrit, dreads, or locs, which all use different methods to encourage the formation of the locs such as rolling, braiding, and backcombing.
On the surface, dreadlocks are “free-formed” locs of hair (i.e., hair locks).
There is a common misconception that dreadlocks are dirty. In reality, they are not dirty at all. The process of and in good condition is important to have healthy dreadlocks.
Dreadlocks also have a deep affiliation with the African and Rastafarian religion and lifestyle.
Note, that just as straight, curly, and short styles vary among the mass population, dreadlocks are no different. The way that a person chooses to wear their hair is a personal choice.