The first known examples of locs date back to North Africa. In ancient dynastic Egypt examples of Egyptians wearing locked hairstyles and wigs have appeared on bas-reliefs, statuary and other artifacts. Mummified remains of ancient Egyptians with locks, as well as locked wigs, have also been recovered from archaeological sites. Pre-Columbian Aztec priests were described in Aztec codices as wearing their hair untouched, allowing it to grow long and matted. Cheikh Ibra Fall, founder of the Baye Fall school of the Mouride Brotherhood, claims that he was “the first dread in West Africa”.
Locs in history has been worn by a variety of people:
- Priests and Priestesses
- Witches and Wizards