Thursday, December 12 2013, 12:05 PM MST
Web Exclusive: The Dreads
Real Salt Lake’s Kyle Beckerman talks about this signature dreads hairstyle.
SHAUNA LAKE: Tell me about the hair. What’s behind it?
KYLE BECKERMAN: Well I’ve always loved them. I mean, I think, I guess the first time I saw them was probably on a Bob Marley CD, and when I used to see them around Maryland it’s fairly popular I think. There’s people from all walks of the earth in that area and so I always enjoyed them. I always liked when I saw them. When I was younger I have really curly hair and a couple I would just get, just by not combing it. And then my mom would say, ‘you get upstairs and you get that out, you get that out of your hair.’ Then as I got older, your mom’s not there anymore and so you can just continue to grow them.
SHAUNA LAKE: Why do you seem so happy about that? Your mom was out of the picture and you got to grow your dreads.
KYLE BECKERMAN: That was the only way I could. That’s the only way. If we were still living together, if I was still at home, I wouldn’t be able to have them.
SHAUNA LAKE: So this is a trademark of yours? You would never cut them at this point?
KYLE BECKERMAN: I don’t know. You never know.
SHAUNA LAKE: How do you get them to get like that?
KYLE BECKERMAN: I’m either lucky or unlucky, however you look at it. But I just have really curly hair and by not combing them, they start to nap up and get really knotty. I guess it took me about two years or so to just let it grow and just for a while it was that I just had really curly hair, and then eventually they get there and here I am about seven, eight years from then.
SHAUNA LAKE: Do you get a lot of questions about your dreads and do you feel like they’re a trademark of yours?
KYLE BECKERMAN: Yeah sure. You definitely get a lot of questions and I just, I don’t really realize I guess. You know a lot of times it’s some person’s first time seeing that type of hairstyle, and so questions come up but it’s all good.
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