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Old 02.02.2015, 15:19
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Re: Dreadlocks and Professionalism

I've always had a penchant for dreads, dated a few people with proper dreads and used to wear my own hear in about 200+ little plaits I did myself every week for about 2 years! 15 years later I can still appreciate them, I say get them and please post pics when you are done!
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Re: Dreadlocks and Professionalism

I've had many friends with dreads, dated several girls with dreads. They all claimed that dreads are clean if you keep them clean, and it seemed to be true. But in the end, when each of them eventually cut them off, they were appalled by what they found behind the clean outer layer of hair in each dread. IMO, dreads are generally dirty and manky (though they do sometimes look great)...
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I've had many friends with dreads, dated several girls with dreads. They all claimed that dreads are clean if you keep them clean, and it seemed to be true. But in the end, when each of them eventually cut them off, they were appalled by what they found behind the clean outer layer of hair in each dread. IMO, dreads are generally dirty and manky (though they do sometimes look great)...
The sort I will have I will be able to wash.
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Old 02.02.2015, 15:58
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Re: Dreadlocks and Professionalism

this is how white men look with dreads

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this is how white men look with dreads

Will it make you feel better if I drop 20 better looking pictures of white men with dreds as well?
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Old 02.02.2015, 16:29
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Will it make you feel better if I drop 20 better looking pictures of white men with dreds as well?

no
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Re: Dreadlocks and Professionalism

OP I realize you've made your choice, so just personal opinion here... I think that plaits/cornrows look far more tidy/clean/professional than frizzy-twisty dreads. Plus it's easier to comb out if you later decide you don't want them.

I grew up with a kid who kept his dreads "proper" by licking his hand and twisting the strands. All.day.long. Ugh. It kind of left an impression that dreads are just dirty - and I would not be impressed with a chef that showed up with them.

OTOH, another friend of mine has beautiful cornrows and is a professor at a major U.S. university. If she showed up to cater a meal, I'd just ask her to tie her braids back into a ponytail. Double-standard? Probably - but only if when it comes to food handling. If you showed up in dreads to help me move a couch or fix a car, no problem.

But look at these two photos. Who would you hire to cater a fancy party?
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Old 02.02.2015, 16:44
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Re: Dreadlocks and Professionalism

honestly? neither
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Old 02.02.2015, 16:52
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Re: Dreadlocks and Professionalism

Is it just me thinking this or is this a mid-life crisis type thing?
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Old 02.02.2015, 16:58
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Re: Dreadlocks and Professionalism

there is a program on C5 in the UK I think, call body shock, it follows a load of people who wanted to be 'individual' so got stupid tattoo's or piercings etc etc and funnily enough then couldn't get jobs, or had people abuse them etc etc and so where trying to get rid of em.

Given a choice of 2 people, equally qualified, who do you think an employer would take, a middle aged white man with dreads, or a middle age white man without em? just saying
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Re: Dreadlocks and Professionalism

My personal opinion - I think dreadlocks look ok. They make a statement about the person.

I knew people with dreadlocks in my younger time, and they were all too lazy to maintain their long hair, and by just leaving it it massed itself naturally into dreadlocks. They were mostly wanna-be Rastafarians, Djembi players, bong smoking, and generally unreliable when it came to keeping appointments.

So, I`d not hire a caterer with dreadlocks - because I`d want to be absolutely sure they were clean, realiable, and not going to be of the "Hey Broh" variety, popping out for quick smoke before the next course gets served.

Also, I`d not want to have my guests thinking I or other associates were also of the "grass" variety(by association).

You`d fit for maybe catering to a fun afternoon - but not for anything serious. And you`d not probably get many referrals for corporate catering.

My opinion.

However, it`s of course your personal choice. You just may ruin your reputation (in catering).

The general feeling is that dreadlocks don`t get properly washed, and you may need to scratch your scalp now and again - a no-no in catering.
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Re: Dreadlocks and Professionalism

Personally I don't like them at all.
Maybe they are perfectly clean but to me they just look particularly unclean and unsavoury.
Not the sort of look I would expect for a chef and given a choice between someone with and someone without I would go for the one without.
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Well, I meant if they were your only two choices...

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Saw that...eye-opener for sure. However OP is "lucky" in the sense that worst comes to worst, he can just shave his head and start over.
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Old 02.02.2015, 17:33
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Well, I meant if they were your only two choices...



Saw that...eye-opener for sure. However OP is "lucky" in the sense that worst comes to worst, he can just shave his head and start over.

at our age there is a real danger it won't grow back
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My personal opinion - I think dreadlocks look ok. They make a statement about the person.

I knew people with dreadlocks in my younger time, and they were all too lazy to maintain their long hair, and by just leaving it it massed itself naturally into dreadlocks. They were mostly wanna-be Rastafarians, Djembi players, bong smoking, and generally unreliable when it came to keeping appointments.

So, I`d not hire a caterer with dreadlocks - because I`d want to be absolutely sure they were clean, realiable, and not going to be of the "Hey Broh" variety, popping out for quick smoke before the next course gets served.

Also, I`d not want to have my guests thinking I or other associates were also of the "grass" variety(by association).

You`d fit for maybe catering to a fun afternoon - but not for anything serious. And you`d not probably get many referrals for corporate catering.

My opinion.

However, it`s of course your personal choice. You just may ruin your reputation (in catering).

The general feeling is that dreadlocks don`t get properly washed, and you may need to scratch your scalp now and again - a no-no in catering.
Just to be clear, almost all cooks and chefs are of the "grass" variety, however clean cut they look.

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Not at all.

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Old 02.02.2015, 17:38
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Re: Dreadlocks and Professionalism

I don't care much about appearances or fashions statements. If you can pull it off and you like that sort of look, by all means.

I do, however, care a lot about cleanliness, and the appearance of it.

I'm sorry, they don't look clean to me. They might be, but they don't look it.
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OP I realize you've made your choice, so just personal opinion here... I think that plaits/cornrows look far more tidy/clean/professional than frizzy-twisty dreads. Plus it's easier to comb out if you later decide you don't want them.

I grew up with a kid who kept his dreads "proper" by licking his hand and twisting the strands. All.day.long. Ugh. It kind of left an impression that dreads are just dirty - and I would not be impressed with a chef that showed up with them.

OTOH, another friend of mine has beautiful cornrows and is a professor at a major U.S. university. If she showed up to cater a meal, I'd just ask her to tie her braids back into a ponytail. Double-standard? Probably - but only if when it comes to food handling. If you showed up in dreads to help me move a couch or fix a car, no problem.

But look at these two photos. Who would you hire to cater a fancy party?
Neither of those two guys have the look I am going for.
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Not at all.
It was rhetorical. You're hardly going to say 'yes', are you.

(I just did a search on midlife crisis + deadlocks. There are quite a few hits...).
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Re: Dreadlocks and Professionalism

he also just bought a Harley and an old 911, but his 19 yr old girlfriend* tells him he isn't having a mid life crisis



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