Locs no more….

Hey y’all!

Sooooo, this happened:

I know, I know. How does THEE LocRocker go and chop off her locs? Honestly, y’all…I’ve been wanting to chop them for quite some time. As much as I adored my locs, I just felt like it was time for change. They were getting long, hot and heavy. I missed feeling water on my scalp. I wanted the TWA again. And so I woke up last Wednesday and just – chopped ’em.

I have zero regrets. I’ve got a hair appointment next week to get the fro shaped up and colored and I am 100% sure that I will loc  up again. Maybe this summer…and with a larger set. Call me nutty but I’m excited about starting a new set and sharing it with y’all again.

What does this mean for Loc Rocker? It means nada. The site will still be up and running. In fact, I am working on a cleaner site with better navigation. I hate that I left LR stagnant for so long but it’s just proof of how I just wasn’t into my locs anymore. I rocked ’em for almost 5 years and they were beautiful.

But – it’s a new time and new season and I felt like they needed to go. OH! And in other news – my daughter was born and is now almost 3 months. I do updates of her here.

If you are interested in contributing to Loc Rocker in any way, please don’t hesitate to let me know.

Love & Light!

My random funky hairdo!

Surprise! I actually did a hairstyle. How awesome am I? 😉 This is a big deal because lately I just haven’t been “into” doing my hair. I did pipe cleaner curls a few weeks back and they lasted forever. After those, I just felt…uninspired. And lazy. The other day, I cranked out 2 flat twists for a Beauty Blogger of Central Florida meetup.

Not too shabby, uh? ‘Twas such an easy style so I won’t even bother with the technique. And I don’t even know if it should be considered a “style” as it took me no more than 2 minutes to do.

It was hard getting those bobby pins to stay put. I had to keep re-pinning them to keep the 2 twists together. Lots of thanks to my sister friend Courtney of Phyrra as she was the one that captured these photos.

Also pictured is one of my other beauty bloggin’ gal pals Judi of Judixo.

Quick hair stats:
My locs are so in need of some pampering. I want more color and I want a cut. A great deal of my thinner locs from the double headed dragons are becoming long and thin and I just want to get rid of them. I’d loose a good 2-3 inches of locs but I’m okay with that as length has never been a big deal to me. I am still struggling with the trying to beat the urge to shave my head. Ha!

Oh! And I am almost 6 months pregnant. I know, riiiiight?! I’ve been documenting the journey on Clumps of Mascara but never formally told my Loc Rocker fam. After our baby girl arrives, I’ll be anxiously trying to step foot at my loctician’s salon for some pampering.

Tis all for now!

Loc Spotlight: Short ‘n red baby locs

I am forever searching for gorgeous loc’d photos but y’all know how I am – unless there’s a watermark or noticeable source, I’m not touching ’em.

But when I strolled through Tumblr and saw these beautiful lady, her locs AND a watermark, I just knew I had to share.

Short locs rock. And they are 10x cooler than the long locs I’m rockin’ right now. You know…with this heat wave plaguing the city and all.

Q&A: Session 6

Even though Loc Rocker went ghost for a while, y’all still sent me questions via email and
 I still answered them. Below are some of the few that I’ve gotten over the past few months.
 My emailed answers were a lot longer because I have a problem with giving short answers
Q: B-your locs are now 3 years old. are there 
any products that you started at the beginning 
of your journey that you STILL use? 
A: Hmm, that’s a good question. The answer is no. My locs had different needs in their
infancy. I loved castile soap (here’s why I stopped using it) but haven’t used it on my locs
in over a year. Mind you, I am NOT a product junkie and have never been one. I stick to
products that I like but I’m still a sucker for trying new thing; but only when my old products
 have run out. But I have tried several shampoos over the months. My favorite shampoo in
 life will always be Peter Lamas’ Purifying Shampoo but honey, that’s an expensive shampoo
 and mama be on a budget. So yeah. I’m using different products all the time.
Q: Are you exclusiver a DIYer or do you still go
 to your loctician from time to time?

A: I guess I’m a DIY’er because yeah – I haven’t been to my loctician in a
year and a half. I miss her dearly and my locs could probably using the
professional pampering. When I started locs, I didn’t want to be dependent
on a professional so I’m glad to know that I can wash, style and maintain
my locs on my own. 
Q: Are you going to do the Freeform Summer 
Challenge again this year?
A: Ohhh mannnn, you remember that? Those were the days. Last year
(in Summer of 2011) a few loc rockers and I came up with the idea to
freeform during the summer. It was a fantastic idea and anyone who
 wanted to join us and refrain from retwisting or interlocking their roots
during the summer were welcome to join us. It was a great journey and
gave many of us an appreciation for our afro roots. That said, I’ll probably
do it again this year. I did some freeforming throughout 2012 so it won’t
be so much of a “challenge” for me any more. But I really do enjoy not
retwisting my hair in the summer.
Q: I thought I wanted smaller locks. I have about 
400 of them. But I have no desire in keeping them 
anymore. I want larger locks but don’t want to 
have to start my journey over because my locs 
are 3 years old. Is there something I can do? 
I currently palmroll to maintain my locs.
A: Yikes! That’s a tough one and I think you’re better off consulting
with a loctician on that one. While I combined my locs, I did so at a
 time when they weren’t yet mature. I would imagine that combining
mature locs may be a little more of a challenge. But it certainly isn’t
impossible. I would definitely refer to a loctician regarding this question. 
Q: How important is it to go to a salon? I want to
 start locs but everyone is telling me it’s best to start
 them in a salon. I’ve had natural hair for natural 
hair for 7 years and feel confident that I can start
 my locs on my own doing 2-strand twists. What 
do you think?
A: If you’ve been doing your natural hair for that long, I’m pretty sure
you can can handle starting your own locs. The hardest part would be
 making sure that you’ve parted your hair evenly -if you care about
that kind of thing. Some loc rockers feel better doing their own hair
and if by all means you trust yourself, than I say go for it. I believe
all styles and all textures of hair can be maintained outside of the salon. 
Got any questions about locs?  You can email me about whatever 
at Brittany@LocRocker.com.
You can email me your questions/suggestions at  Brittany@LocRocker.com.
Thanks for the support, y’all!

Chescalocs’ Most Commonly Asked Loc’d Questions

I so need to do one of these videos. I get a ton of questions about my locs and 90% of the questions are the saaaame questions. And I learned a lot about Chesca’s locs.

She doesn’t use clips. (I don’t either)
She doesn’t use product to retwist. (I don’t either)
She doesn’t get her locs professionally done. (I don’t either)

The best thing about growing locs is learning how to simplify. She covers quite a bit. Check it ouuuuut…

Curl Box event in Brooklyn, NY

Oh man, am I jealous about this one…

The wonderful and talented Myleik of Curl Box is doing a meet and greet and I soooo wish I could make it. If you haven’t heard of the Curl Box, honey, you’ve been living under a rock. This is the ONLY monthly sample subscription for natural hair. It’s the best way to try out different brands and products without breaking the bank. I’ve been wanting to get my hands on it but it’s sold out every month. Curl Box has reached quite the success in only a few months. In supporting it, you’re supporting a black owned business AND the black owned businesses being showcased in the sample boxes.

Let me know if you plan on attending. Oh! And have you tried Curl Box?

Locs at 3.5 years

Talk about the jump in updates, uh? I mean, let’s face it….after the first year of growing locs, nothing exciting happens. It’s the first year that is full of new products, methods, styles, emotions and after that – you get set in your ways and life moves on.

Hence why I had very few updates after a year. 2.5 years later and my locs are 100% mature. Ain’t no doubt about it. They are growing, growing and growing. And that’s about it. I haven’t colored my locs in 8 months and for no other reasons than I’m lazy and too cheap to pay anyone to do it.

Of course I WANT color but I’m okay without it right now. Most of my combined locs have become one and I’ve cut off some of the 2-headed dragons.

I kinda regret that because now it makes the locs in the back look super thin. I want the locs to grow out a bit more and then I’ll trim all around so that the thicker part of my combined locs is what stands out.

Maintenance is ridiculously easy. At one point I was washing weekly because of my itchy scalp. The scalp has cleared up some and now I’m washing once every 2-3 weeks and palm rolling every other time. I love that palm rolling has become optional for me. I’m not dependent on it and only do it when I feel like it. Not on a schedule. Which works for me and my lifestyle.

I’ve been meaning to get my annual professional appointment but I don’t have any real reasons. I don’t have any complaints about my locs so why fix what ain’t broken, ya know?

Products-wise I’ve been obsessed with Alaffia Ginger Shampoo. It smells divine, gives the locs moisture and doesn’t weigh them down. I’ve been using that and Jane Carter’s Hydrating Invigorating Shampoo and following up with her Leave-In conditioner. Which will ALWAYS be a staple for me.

Very rarely do I use oils. I find that using them too often just contributes to my itchy scalp. Which sounds backwards, I know. I may run oil through my hair and locs once per wash.

And that’s that. Styling is limited (because I suffer from migraines when I wear updos and tight styles for too long) but I’m okay wearing my hair down or in a mid-ponytail most days. My edges are grateful.

I can’t even believe it’s been almost 4 years. Wooooo!!