hi everyone. what are some of the cultural stories you've heard to explain locked hair?
i've always loved locked hair. i know many see it as something mystical. i wasn't raised in naija. when my grandma came to visit and heard me listening to a bob marley album one day, she said, "off dat dada man music!"
that was my first time hearing the word 'dada.' And i still don't understand it. later, my mom said yorubas use that word. she said it's something about demons locking a baby's hair and the child has to have a ritual ceremony to get it cut off.
my kenyan friend said locked hair is good luck or something and should never be cut off if its grown from childhood. i'm curious to know the other cultural myths about locks.