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Snoop Lion Sports Dreadlocks, Are They Safe For Hair?

snoop lion dreadlocksFamous for his long rap career and, more recently, for his converting to the Rastafari movement last year and switching to reggae, the artist formally known as Snoop Dogg has been pictured out with his hair in dreadlocks.

The star has worn many hair styles over the year, including corn rows, braids, a perm, curls and an Afro. However, some of these styles are potentially harmful in terms of hair loss, especially when worn over a sustained amount of time.

Lion’s Mane Or Dog’s Dinner?

Tight braids and corn rows can cause a condition called traction alopecia, where sustained pressure on the root of your hair results in hair loss. Over an extended period of time, hair follicles can scar, and at this point regrowing hair is impossible. However, if treatment is sought when the warning signs of thin, wispy hair emerge, there is every chance that hair can recover.

There is not a simple yes or no answer to the question of whether dreadlocks can cause traction alopecia, but rather it depends on factors such as how tightly and often the dreadlocks are re-twisted, and how long and heavy the dreads themselves are, as like hair extensions, the more they weigh, the more pressure is put on hair follicles.

Pressure Point

Should Snoop notice that his dreads are causing hair loss, we would usually recommend that he cut his hair to relieve the pressure, and wear it in its natural state. However, we understand that the Rastafari movement encourages its adherents to not cut their hair due to passages in the Bible apparently forbidding this, such as Leviticus, which states: “They shall not make baldness upon their head, neither shall they shave off the corner of their beard , nor make any cuttings in the flesh.”

Should the rap megastar wish to seek treatment for his hair, there is a clinically proven way of treating these types of hair loss. At our clinic we regularly treat traction alopecia, and have found our unique high strength 12.5% minoxidil cream to be the most effective way of regrowing hair.

 Crouching Lion, Hidden Hair Loss

As Snoop gets older, he also becomes increasingly more likely to experience male pattern hair loss. Being as 40% of men have noticeable hair loss by the age of 35, Snoop may be noticing an overall thinning of his hair. This can also be effectively remedied using hair loss medication, and a combination of minoxidil and Propecia, which blocks DHT, the androgen that causes male pattern hair loss by shrinking scalp hair follicles leading them to produce weaker hair.

These two medications are clinically proven for hair loss, and have been licensed for use by the MHRA, the UK’s medical regulatory body, and the FDA, its US equivalent. Alongside these two highly complementary treatments, there are a number of hair growth boosters which in our vast experience can help improve the health of hair and ensure that it grows back as quickly as possible and at its optimum health and thickness.

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The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. We offer clinically proven treatments for hair loss, as part of comprehensive treatment programmes offered by our hair loss specialists. Our in-house pharmacies produce high-strength medications for hair loss that contain medically proven ingredients and are available at no other clinic worldwide. Treatment programmes are available by visiting the centres or for home-use, anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our hair loss success stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of hair regrowth that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 0800 077 6666 for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.


16th April, 2013 at 5:30 pm


If Snoop hasn't experienced hair loss while wearing braids, perms and corn rows I believe it is safe for him to donn locs successfully. I know some of his male relatives and they are not bald or balding. I myself have been wearing locs for 7 yrs with my medium fine hair texture and have not lost a loc yet.

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