- Tell us about yourself.
I’m 23 years old and I’m from Atlanta, Georgia. I’m the oldest of 7 siblings (4 sisters and 3 brothers). I recently got married in March!
- How long have you had locs and how many do you have?
I’ve been loc’ing 10 months now. I have roughly 86 locs.
- How do you take care/wash them?
I typically wash my hair when I get a retwist, which is about every 6 weeks. In between washes, I use dry shampoo every two weeks. I try to spray my locs with water every day, and I make sure to oil my scalp every other day.
- Do your locs have any meaning to you?
I’ve always thought locs were beautiful. I initially got them for that reason! As I progressed in my journey though, my locs became a symbol of my determination. Not everyone was onboard with me loc’ing my hair, and some doubted that I would make it past a few weeks. It feels really good to have come this far.
- Any issues & how do you deal with them?
I’ve noticed that I have a lot of lint buildup at the end of my locs. I didn’t know to look out for lint when I first started my locs and by the time I learned that it could become a problem, it was too late. I spent a lot of time carefully undoing my ends in order to remove as much lint as I could get. Now, I make sure to wear styles and materials that are more “loc friendly” for me (i.e. off the shoulder shirts, chiffon material, etc.)
- How did you start them?
I went to a loctician to start my locs! I started with comb coils with circle parts.
- Tell us about your locs (texture, length, size). Do you think any of these attributes have impacted how you care for your locs?
I have 3c/4a, medium length hair. My locs are swollen now, but they are intended to be “smedium” (small/medium) once they mature.
My hair texture has affected the way I care for my locs! I initially didn’t wash my hair with water until almost 4 months into my journey because there was fear that they would unravel. Even still, I opt to wash my hair when I have retwist coming up soon after to prevent unraveling at my roots. My edges are the finest part of my hair, so they have to be maintained a little differently. The locs in those areas had to be interlocked in order to stay put, while the rest of my hair is palm rolled. I even had one loc in the front that, after unraveling countless times, had to be restarted as a braid.
- What do you like/dislike most about having locs?
I like the feeling of carefreeness that my locs have given me. I was type of person who always had to have every hair in place, every curl perfectly defined – otherwise, I didn’t feel like my hair looked good. My locs are extremely frizzy. There are stray hairs EVERYWHERE. It does get a little frustrating at times, but locs have have really challenged me to let myself just…be. I’m learning to see the beauty in the chaos. As far as dislikes, I only have one and it’s completely circumstantial. My salon isn’t offering retwisting services at the moment, and retwisting at home has proven to be a real challenge
- How do you like to style them?
I’m prone to headaches, so most styles don’t work for me. I usually just let them be free, but I will occasionally tie them up loosely with a scarf. I love a good twist out as well!
- 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 tip I’d like to share most is to not compare yourself and your journey to others. I know it’s cliche, I know everyone says it, but it’s really important. I spent a lot of time unhappy with my hair because it wasn’t loc’ing as fast a girl I followed on instagram, or it wasn’t as thick as a girl’s I followed on YouTube. Your journey is your own. It’s completely unique to you and can’t be reciprocated. Also, if you’re unhappy about something with your locs, change it. It doesn’t make you a failure, and it doesn’t make your loc journey any less authentic!
My Instagram account is @lisa_beignet