Dreadlocks are coils of uncut hair, originally worn by Rastafarians and generally associated with black people. But, over the past 10 years, this has become an increasingly fashionable way to wear your hair if you're white. Unless you have incredibly curly hair, Caucasians will have to visit a sympathetic hairdresser to obtain the desired effect. And not all hairdressers will do this, as they say it is not the healthiest thing to do to your hair - although London salon Antenna will perm your hair into dreads! Otherwise, you can do it yourself - use lots of finger twisting to tease your hair, add beeswax and then leave. Once done, dreadlocks are easy to keep and can be washed like any other style - but throw away your combs and brushes, you'll have to cut these little beauties off if you no longer require the look. Over the past few weeks, I have been hanging around the streets of London with a photographer in search of people with dreads. Oddly, we came across only men sporting this particular style. Zoe Brown

Neil Murray, graphic illustrator: "I travelled through Australia and America in 1988, I've had dreadlocks since then - you don't really bother with your hair when you're on the move. I used to finger-brush my hair, and I stopped using shampoo, so my dreadlocks formed themselves, really."

Damian Crean, TV producer: "I've had dreadlocks for 10 years, as you can tell by the length. My hair is really curly, so when it grew it was similar to an Afro, so it was quite easy to have dreadlocks. They are really clean, I wash them as normal."

Ollie Baldock, theatre technician: "I was really into Bob Marley when I was a bit younger, and as my hair is really curly, when it grew it was quite easy to create dreadlocks. I twisted pieces of hair then put some beeswax on them and left them for about a month. I wash them every two to three weeks and find them really easy to cope with."

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