Sure, they take a little bit of dirty work to achieve the end result, but they’re rarely an indicator of an unhygienic lifestyle.
Which is ironic, considering how “radical” some people think they are. They’re steeped in history and cultures. Just not the ones we were taught in history class.
You’ll be impressed by the history and context surrounding this hairstyle. Will it make you want to get some dreadlocks of your own?
Probably not. Unless you wanted them before.
It’s also totally grossing them out, too. One look at this dreadlock-influenced ‘do and you’ll definitely have some strong feelings RIGHT off the bat.
Check out the “beaver tail” on the next page.
However, some people are going way past “fashionable” with a different kind of statement they’re making by not only refusing to cut their hair but manage or treat it in any way.
The result is very, uh, unique, and it’s got a name that’s too cute to really contain the mess contained therein.
Well, it’s called a “beaver tail,” and after seeing a few of these pics, it’s pretty easy to see how the name came about.
Quite simply, the long, broad, matted mess looks like the furry dam builders’ flattened tails.
…these don’t. In fact, they really aren’t even symbolic of any belief system or particular cultural statement. They’re just…sorta there. It’s not necessarily a sign that someone’s TRYING to be unhygienic or dirty, but it’s the message they’re sending, whether they want to or not.
…in a fashionable and cleaner way. The problem with the beaver tail hairstyle, aesthetics aside, is that it’s essentially one giant clump. While dreads can be matted and long as well, their separation allows for air to flow, permitting natural clearing of dandruff, circulation of air to the scalp, and the passage of important oils protecting your skin.
…all those things mentioned above can cause irritation at best and serious skin conditions at worst.
Beyond that, there are other issues associated with beaver tails that are less intuitive.
…it’s not hard to see what’s wrong with this picture. that hair is literally dragging on the ground all day. Hair like this tends to accumulate dirt, which leads to two HUGE issues.
…is the smell. No circulation means festering, retained dirt and dead skin, sweat, and even (yup) dead insects and animals, some of whom may really, actually lay nests in there.
No one wants to be close to that, and the smell will serve as a warning.
…is the sheer mass and weight of such a large accumulation of hair and debris. Hair left unwashed for a year or longer can way as much as five(!) times as much as regularly washed hair of the same length.
This weighty burden on your scalp can lead to scalp irritation and even hair loss.
…to discuss and raise awareness of the health issues that could arise from this countercultural statement that seems to be growing (albeit slowly) in popularity.
So don’t let the cute name fool you. A beaver tail hairstyle, worn for whatever reason, can have some serious repercussions for the people who choose to wear it.
…there are no nationwide organizations, but kind souls are willing to lend their talents to people in most cities, so a quick Google search on someone’s behalf could help manage this strange but overlooked issue.