Written by: Sol
I love my locs….now.
It’s amazing to see how our relationship has flourished since our first acquaintance. I was a loose natural for about 6 years before locing, so my fro was a pretty decent size. Because of this, I just KNEW that when I loc’d my brand new, freshly twisted locs they would fall below my ears with bounce and volume that would make Beyonce’s hair-blowing fan jealous!!!
Actually, it was the complete opposite. I remember going to the mirror after my first twist and just….staring. Where was my length? Where was my volume? Where are MY luxurious locs?! It took me a minute, but after working through my thoughts and talking myself out of combing out the twists SEVERAL times, I decided to see where this journey would take me.
Circa 2012, day 3 of my loc journey – this seems like AGES ago!
When I first loc’d, I gave myself 5 years to see how this thing would go. Welp – this September will make 5 and we’re still going strong! Over the years, not only have I enjoyed not having to do my hair every day (That night time maintenance was a killer!), but I love the growth and versatility I’ve experienced as a person. This journey has taught me to celebrate my individuality, appreciate my own evolution process (not just my hair), and respect the Loc community, in a whole new light.
Unfortunately, everyone doesn’t share that same respect for us. I can’t even begin to count the number of times I’ve sat in natural hair events without hearing one iota of advice geared to loc maintenance or walked through a big box store for hair products, only to leave disappointed. Though we’re large in numbers, the loc community sometimes gets treated like the ugly stepsister.
Just the other day, I was shopping in my local Target and realized that I needed some twisting gel for my hair. As I perused their “ehnic” hair aisle, I noticed that there was not ONE product for locs, other than Beeswax! Bruh… you mean to tell me that you can carry a PLETHORA of products, for various hair types, designed for hair restoration, leave-in conditioning and freaking blow outs, but no specialty products for loc care?! Do better.
So today I’m throwing a celebration – a celebration of beauty, strength, individuality, and total dopeness! Here are my top 7 vloggers/bloggers babes, who are my hair crushes and beyond – and by the end of this post, I guarantee they will be yours, too!
- Claire Sulmers
2. Arie Vogues
4. Miss Rii
I was gonna stay off your timeline today but I can't it's FRIDAY 💋💋💋 – #simplydreadful #womenwithlocs #womenwithdreads #locs #naturalista #blackisbeautiful #locnation #locd #selfie #teamnatural #hair #locjourney #nolye #naturalhairjourney #kinkycurly #picoftheday #styleblog #kinks #4CHair #teamlocs #hairinspo #hairporn #naturalhair #melanin #missrii #woc #blackgirlmagic #blackgirlsrock #instablogger
5. Huntress Locs
6. Gerber Charles
7. Loc Crush
How often do I retwist? It depends. I can go two weeks or two months or even several months. In the beginning (the first two years) I was serious about washing and retwisting every two weeks. I am truly not concerned with having to have neat roots all the time anymore. And because I have Seborrheic Dermatitis, I wash so frequently that I'd drive myself crazy trying to keep up with retwisting. But.. when I do retwist, it feels SO GOOD!
Are you a loc beauty? Have you ever considered locs? Why or why not?
Until the next time, live F.A.B with no regrets!