Tell us about yourself.
Hi! My name is Lee, I’m 30 years old. I’m married with two boys. I currently reside in North Carolina as a stay at home mom, homeschool teacher and Youtuber.
How long have you had locs and how many do you have?
I’ve been locd for 5 wonderful years. I estimate that I have between 110-115 locs.
How do you take care/wash them?
My loc routine is pretty simple. I wash them as needed, which is about every 3-4 weeks (sometimes longer). I wash with a clarifying shampoo and I deep condition with argan oil cream conditioner. It’s vital to make sure you keep them covered with a satin bonnet or loc soc. This keeps lint and other unwanted particles from attaching to your hair.
Do your locs have any meaning to you?
I started my locs solely on the basis of wanting to know “what it would be like”. They represent patience, long-suffering and growth. Most of my life was spent wearing wigs, ponytails, bundles (which is absolutely nothing wrong with them) and locs were so out of my element. Taking the dive to start locs was the best choice I could’ve made. I found a whole new side to myself and I love it.
Any issues & how do you deal with them?
Initially, I was afraid of what others might think of my hair in the beginning stages. I will be honest, my start was not pretty at months 3-10 lol. Some of my family members were concerned and my head looked like a poodle. (lol) That was a process that I was not in control of and I had to learn to be ok with that. Change isn’t always pretty but when you persevere through it…in the end it’s beautiful. My hair changed dramatically from being fried, dyed and laid to the side to flourishing in it’s natural state. I’m proud of that.
How did you start them?
I started them via two strand twist. This method was easy for me at the time.
Tell us about your locs (texture, length, size). Do you think any of these attributes have impacted how you care for your locs?
My hair texture varies. I believe around the perimeter of my head, I’m 4A and the crown is 4B/4C. As far as hair type and size, I would say my locs are between small/medium. In hindsight, if I could start again….I would have gone for sisterlocs or microlocs. My maintenance is definitely based on my texture. I get the frizzes pretty quickly and so interlocking has combated that.
What do you like/dislike most about having locs?
I love how my locs add to my natural look. They complement me and my style. My least favorite thing is that as they get longer, they get heavier. I’ve noticed locs creep in my food and drink…that gets a little annoying lol. I’m pretty sure I’ve chewed my a loc or two a few times! lol
How do you like to style them?
My favorite style has been two strand twist. Since putting in a bright copper/red color, the twists just gives me all types of life. I love the way they hang and sparkle in the sunlight. I also have a love for pipe cleaner curls too. They are a little more time consuming but the takedown is everything. 🙂 For the new year, I would like to experiment with more updos and intricate styles…kinda get out of my comfort zone.
Anything else you want to share (tips, locs, life)? Is there a way we can follow you and your endeavors on social media that you would like to share?
The best piece of advice I can give for new locers is to stay strong. It’s so easy to look at others end result and covet that to the point you don’t even enjoy your own journey. Each month, every stage is beautiful whether others think so or not. Do what works for you as far as maintenance, products and styling. Continue to moisturize, keep them covered and be your best self! You are a unique person and your hair is an extension of you. Love yourself in every stage of locing and every stage of your life. In that, you will find true happiness!!! 🙂