For the last six weeks like many of you I’ve been riveted as we watch our nation go through this season of growing pains. I don’t know about you but for me everything is off, I’m behind in my gardening, I missed my Mothers Day post, Memorial Day celebrations have come and gone, and now Father’s Day is upon us. In a way, in this season of change is much like the spring weather here in the midwest. I’ve witness lightening while snowing, snow at easter, extreme heat, tornados, and gentle rains. But here in the MO and particularly in the land of the “big canoe” or the “show me state” after the storm we are witnessing change and hopefully peace that comes after the storm.
The one question that I see most often on message boards and Facebook groups is whether locs and being active go together. Especially in the summer, you’re out there running, swimming, playing tennis, you want to wash your hair after a good workout….you know…. get on with life. Nappylocs absolutely works for me.
There it stood in front of me, one of my favorite trees in our back yard. It was summer and this particular morning I had on my obligatory denim cut off jean and my brand new red gingham blouse. I loved that tree back then; to a kid of about 6 or so it seemed 50 feet tall. Well, I couldn’t stand it any longer so I managed somehow to hoist myself onto that first branch.
Styles and trends in fashion speak volumes to how women feel about themselves. Like some of you, I grew up watching Raquel Welch, Dianne Carroll, Sophia Loren, The Supremes and so forth, but Cicely Tyson (with that little Miles Davis era afro) was gorgeous. Her skin was like a beautiful sculpture with a brilliant megawatt smile. Oh, and the characters she portrayed on the big screen were admirable.
There is nothing like driving a stick or manual for some of you. I get an absolute rush listening to that engine rev up as your body becomes one; manipulating that metal beast with four wheels. Then the deep guttural noises and at that perfect moment your ear tunes and your foot releases the clutch.
So what does driving a stick have to do with hair? Well dagnabbit I will tell you. Here is my rant. This particular day I was driving my son’s hoopty, which is so much fun to drive. Well this day, the sun is shinning, I’m wearing my favorite pair of old ray bans when I came to a stop.
I noticed a young girl late teens with a crochet weave in her hair. I love natural hair and I don’t judge weaves or wigs, they do have their place. But I felt a little upset because this tweeny bopper had a 1 inch wide part in her head. Dang! It shouldn’t look like it hurts and young people especially should not have one inch wide parts. There are numerous people on YouTube demonstrating all types of techniques (braids/locs/weaves), from novices to professionals. BUYER BE WARE. I am seriously seeing techniques that could lead to long term damage to those hair follicles.
If you purchase the Making Dreadlocks kit and decide to let someone else do your hair, you have the knowledge to at least understand what to expect. We also communicate with you after you’ve purchased the kit. I can’t tell you the number of times on YouTube where it is obvious the natural hair specialist never consulted with their client before the session. It’s as though the same practices that were criticized about relaxed hair services were simply transferred to the natural hair client. Only natural products should be used on natural hair. Why? Natural products are both effective and gentle. When used properly there is no build up.
Natural hair is supposed to give you freedom. Get a consultation, get some test locs,
look at their shop or space, are their tools sterile, is their work station sanitize, do they wash their hands between clients, and look at the ingredients label of items used on your hair. Do you really want to listen to gossip, poor tv choices, bootleg videos, drugs, and alternative religion while you are getting your hair done?
As the consumer it is your responsibility to ask and know what are they putting in and doing to your hair (as well as your brain.) This is an investment. These little kinky coils that we so lovingly cultivate are big business…and I’m not just referring to your local hair dresser/barber. The big players have entered this arena. As I observe what’s going on I truly hope this natural hair revolution sticks and is for real, that this new crew understands and embraces our own unique beauty. I don’t know guys. It’s hard. Off my soap box ….
One thing that you might notice after a couple years is that your ends can start to lighten from being in the sun. I know ombre is the trend, but I would like to keep my hair dark. For just a quick change in pace I went and picked some temporary color. I used Clairol Beautiful Collection Moisturizing Color in the past with good results, so I went to Sally’s and purchased three bottles.
Locs tend to soak up the color, so buy a little extra. I followed the directions on the bottle, and voila. I only use semi permanent color. I would definitely see a professional stylist if I wanted to go lighter or wanted another color, or highlights. What are you doing to your hair as the weather gets warmer?
I sprayed my hair with Dew and put it in bantu knots before bed to get a little body in the after picture 🙂
Starting today in the store we have a new promotion. For a limited time only we are giving away one free 1 ounce shampoo bottle with any purchase. Just choose which one you’d like to try and add it to your basket. This is a great opportunity to experience our sulfate and paraben free natural shampoos made with wholesome natural oils like almond, grapeseed, olive, and avocado. We love the way they smell, and since that’s a little harder to describe, try it for free on us!
We are confident that you will love these shampoos as much as we do. You can also purchase any of these shampoos in a kit at a great price. We know locs, we love locs, and we believe we make the best products for locs!
Today I want to talk about the big chop. Not the one where you cut your relaxer off, the other one. When you decide you like your locs, but after a while (for me it was 8 years), you decide you want a different style.
So in 2009 I cut my locs off. I waited about 4 weeks since my last re-tightening and scheduled the big chop!. I sat in the chair with my eyes closed tight while she did it. I couldn’t believe how light I felt as my locs fell to the floor. I desperately wanted to join the legions of twa’s I was seeing all around me, but when I saw my long locs in a pile on the floor, I couldn’t help but be emotional. “Please don’t cry, because if you start, then I’ll start crying too!”, she said, and we both laughed. I left the salon and purchased a brush, and some big earrings, excited that I could wear any style I wanted now. Then reality set in. I had to style my hair every…single…day.
It was about that time I started to miss being able to run my fingers through my hair on the way to work and look great. My schedule didn’t slow down because of the new baby . I was busy as ever- with work and travel. I wanted my time back. I wanted an easy versatile style. So I called my mom and she started my locs over again.
My first set of locs were well over 500 but I just didn’t want to commit that much time to maintenance.So I made them larger with about 200 locs. Great for me because now I can re-tighten my whole head while the kids watch the Jungle Book movie. I honestly prefer them to be short too.One day, I may install less than 100 to see how that looks on me. Then again I think I might try 500 again with the 3 point pattern.