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explore london’s dreadlock subculture and the creatives rocking them in new short documentary “london locks”. watch:

October 11, 2016

The relationship between a Black person and their hair is a special one. Trends, in hair or otherwise, are cyclical in nature and at present, a revitalization of the natural hair movement is being seen on an international scale. “London Locks” is a short documentary directed by Aaron Christian about the rising subculture of locks throughout the city of London. Christian says, The film follows six individuals whom are pioneering a change in the way young black men and women feel about their hair and personal image. It explores each person’s reasoning behind why they decided to grow their dreadlocks, what it means to each of them individually and how they see the movement moving forward as a collective.” It aims to break down stereotypes about Black hair by showing the daily maintenance and grooming, while showing the people behind the hair itself. The film uses hair as a symbol for the city, tussled and billowing and free to take the journey of self-discovery independent of the pressures of the outside world.

By T. McLendon, AFROPUNK Contributor

Photo courtesy of Aaron Christian

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