It really isn’t a case of who had it first. Appropriation seems to be a heated topic for those who appropriate. Yes, culture clashes in many areas, but we can’t pass the moments it is stolen. The so-called black people in America began to unravel and uncover where we started and continue to find things we never quite imagined. Not borrowed but stolen. For us, it takes work in searching for our identity. Due to the new age, we can do better with technology on hand. Sometimes it can be like taking one step forward and ten back. Once we think we’ve found solid ground solidity appears snatched from under us. Who are we really? Our speech, look, compassion, pain, survival gives us hints. Our skin hated and hair despised. Yet, we are finding our love for our skin again and honor in our natural hair. Hairstyles! Once called untidy, ghetto, and dirty now titled fashionable. Like our locs. Our locs?
When we scream appropriation when it comes to the locks in our hair, we hear the name Celtics as a rebuttal. Celtics had it first! Did they? Many walks around with the FairyLocks or Elflocks but where did they come from? FairyLocks are not older than the 1500s. The first time ever reading about Fairylocks began in Romeo and Juliet play by Shakespeare. He describes a person that isn’t very thoughtful of their hygiene that winds up with their hair tangled during the night. Tangled hair, as you slept, always been considered bad luck. Even more, if you untangled it in the morning you got the same bad luck. A lose-lose situation.
Later on, more tales of fairy’s tangling your hair in the night came to fruition, to give a reason why you woke up with tangled hair. Some said it was good luck to have the fairy tangle your hair, but others said the fairies were displeased with you and tangled you up. Regardless of the new forms of stories that tried to make light of the situation, FairyLocks or Elf Locks were not a positive look in the beginning.
What About the Celtics? A Case of Who Had It First
The Celtics, held those highly if they kept their hair combed and brushed. Normally in their culture, they kept their hair combed constantly. The article Ancient Celtic & Viking Hygiene and Hair Care suggests that Ceasar is the reason for all the stories of the Celtics that don’t ring true. So before we use the Celtics as the example of why locks can’t be appropriated, why don’t we make sure we understand the culture of which we speak of.
Within our own community, we argue about if the locs should be called dreadlocks or just locks. The thought is our locks aren’t dreadful. I’m not against the term dreadlocks but I agree my locks aren’t dreadful. What I do know is that Fairy Locks began as a negativity connotation and has drifted its way to the limelight of somewhat fashionable and even compared to the locks of the African Americans. Locks of the black culture have always resembled something spiritual, strength, and wisdom. The only negative connotation is that lies have been made to say our locks are dirty, ugly, and unprofessional. We are pretending it is now a case of who had it first. Yet it shouldn’t be. Fairy Locks and the locks of the so-called black man and woman are not the same.