LocRocker on Clutch Mag!

I was asked by Clutch Mag to talk about one of my favorite summer styles. So of course I talked about curlsssszzzzz! Click the photo above to read the article. I am a huge fan of Clutch Mag so it was an honor to see LocRocker pop up. Woo!

Veteran Loc’ers Chime In: Coop

Coop is the bomb diggity. We can literally email and text each other all day discussing the politics of natural hair. She’s reppin’ those Sisterlocks!

1. How old are your locs?
Um let’s see. I got them installed Feb or March of 2007, so that makes them (12 *3 = 36. +2 or 3) about 38 or 39 months old. Goodness, I really had to think about that. Guess I could’ve just said 3 years.

2. Have you ever thought about cutting them? If so, why?
 I get in ruts about my locs and I want change instantly. I’ve thought several times about cutting them off. I’ve cut my hair all off several times before, so it would be nothing new. But with the length I have now, I want to see how long they’ll grow to be. My hair hasn’t been this long since I was in elementary school.

3. Have you ever combined your locs? Why or why not?
Again, yes! lol Why or why not? I’ve combined some intentionally because I have some really thin locs. (My hair starting thinning at the crown in high school — it’s not thinning because of the locs.) I combined the thin ones with healthy neighbors quite a few times. Sometimes I’ve combined locs accidentally. Like I have one loc that’s a 3-headed dragon. Yes, 3. That’s what happens when you try to do your hair when you’re sleepy and you’re not using a mirror. smh

4. Fill in the blank: It frustrates me when my locs ________.
…have lint in them and folks don’t tell me! Jeez. If I had a relaxer you’d tell me there was lint. Folks act like natural people LIKE having foreign stuff in their hair. Um…no. I wash my hair regularly so it stays clean. If you see some lint, TELL ME!

5. Fill in the blank: I love when my locs ___________.
…are clean, curly and bouncy!

6: Any words of wisdom for struggling loc’ers?
Be patient, accessorize and keep your skin looking good! Trust me — when you HATE your hair but your skin looks refreshed, the world thinks you look fabulous!

Check out my girl’s blog here.

Other Veteran Loc’ers Chime In posts
-The PBG
-Toshia from On the Road to Queendom
-Starr from Gangstarr Girl

The Soldier Loc grows!

Please excuse the delay, y’all…I was on a family vacation. Although I wouldn’t call touring D.C. in the blazing sun a vacation but more about that later. I will slowly but surely attempt to crank out more posts. In the meantime, check out the growth that is the solider loc. This loc is nicknamed the soldier loc because it was one of the first that I noticed was completely loc’d. I didn’t list the months on the corresponding pictures because I’m too lazy but I’ll do a formal post on comparison shots.

I get a lot of emails about that. I’m not a length tracker so it’s not in me to know how many inches my locs have grown. I don’t really care…I just want a healthy scalp and locs. Ya feel me?

Stay tuned!

Loc Spotlight: Miriam’s red locs

 Miriam emailed me telling me about her fabulous newly dyed locs and she thought she could get away with just one picture. I was so in love with her locs, that I wanted to get her entire loc story. Here’s what she said:

If you look up “impatient” in the dictionary, my picture would be there. I’d have a raised eyebrow and my index finger would be pointing to my wristwatch.Who would have thought such a person would choose locs as a hairstyle?

I believe my loc lust began around the time Lauryn Hill blew up with her solo CD. To say I loved her locs would be an understatement…the thickness of them, the utter loveliness of them made me imagine a locked existence.

It took some years, but I did the big chop after a frustrating visit to the shop. I was stuck behind a full head sewn in weave (no appointment, but the hairdressers’ girlfriend!) and had been waiting long enough to know, I didn’t want to waste anymore of my days like this. When I got in the chair I told her to cut the perm out of it. She looked at me, started to open her mouth to say something, but then REALLY looked at me (I had the “I-aint-playin” face on) and simply took out her clippers. She faded it and I haven’t looked back. I walked out hearing a voice in my head (i think it was my mom’s) saying “what in God’s name did you just do?” (Short, nappy hair was a HUGE no ma’am to Mrs. Ozie.)

Truth be told, I really didn’t know. I just knew I was done with THAT experience. I wasn’t that chick anymore.

My co-worker, Ms. Toni, was instrumental in me deciding to lock. A veteran locker herself, I love her for answering all my questions with patience and understanding. She stated to me “when you are ready, you will know.” She sounded so zen, so mystic and so right. I got my first palm rolls on December 26, 2006 and relished every stage from there. At times, I would look in the mirror and say “wow, I’m really doing it!” I’m the first TWA-wearer (see above no, ma’am comment) and first locker in my family. I damn near had a party when I was able to get my first style!

B asked me why do I love my locs? Almost four years in, I love them for many reasons. The foremost being they showed me the woman I could be, for myself, sans the expectations of everyone else.

Beautiful, uh? Yeah, she kinda rocks. And that dye job is killing me softly. I want some red now!!

Miriam gets her locs done at:
Locs of Nu
5 Rochester Ave
Brooklyn, NY
(718) 221-2175

Coloring Your Locs: Great video!

This is SUCH a good video. I learned a lot and wish I had seen this before I colored my hair.

OMG….I LOVE her. She just has a wonderful spirit and it radiates so beautifully on YouTube. I want to meet her in real life and give her a hug. Which sounds psycho crazy but y’all know what I mean. LOL!! Her YouTube name is Nialanas and she has a lot of great loc videos. AND make-up vids. As if I needed another reason to love her. 😉

I’ve been getting a lot of emails about natural ways to color the locs and aside from henna, I just don’t know. To be quite honest, and I know it’s not healthy for the locs but I don’t NEED natural hair coloring. Henna “tints” and does not lighten the hair. When I color, I look to go for a permanent lighter color. Just my preference. And although I’m done semi and perm colors myself, I still highly recommend going to a loctician.

Sam’s Sisterlocks

My goddaughter’s Mommy and totally awesome friend, Sam got her some gorgeous Sisterlocks!

Her loctician only took a little over 8 hours to install the SLs. Amazing, uh? I’ve never known anyone to get SLs done in just one day. She got the babies installed over at Mo Better Braids.

The next time I’m in West Palm Beach, I will definitely be stopping by. Just to be nosey and ask a lot of questions. I get a lot of emails about Sisterlocks but I don’t know anything about them. So I’m going to learn. Check out Sam’s SLs!

So pretty, uh? And just because I’m a proud godmommy, how cute is Sophie?

Soooo cute! You can follow Sam’s Sisterlock journey on her Tumblr blog.

Speaking of Tumblr, I started a travel blog there. So random, uh?

Curly Heads

How gorgeous is this picture?

That’s my amazing and fabulous friend Jenny and our nephew, Addae. They both have beautiful heads of hair. Jenny is currently Miss Black Florida and Addae is a budding kiddy model. I featured Addae’s Mommy here.

I love them.

Locs at 18 months

Wow. Well….here we are. My locs at 18 months. It’s been over 2 months since I’ve combined them and I was in a serious I don’t like my locs rut. It didn’t show though. I still took care of them, rocked some styles, jazzed them up with yarn got motivated by fellow loc’ers.

I can’t stress this enough–loc’ing is a journey. It ain’t all cupcakes and sprinkles and that’s okay. The good news is, I’m kinda liking my locs again. Not head over heels in love with them like I was before but I now know how to take a “Your locs are gorgeous” compliment without scoffing.

I’m figuring out that less is more. I know,  I know…I should have known that a looooong time ago. Loc’ing is about simplifying and I’ve just made the whole process a lot harder than it needed to be. Typical B. I don’t have any regrets though, only learned lessons and the desire to share them with y’all.

Soooo, for the first time in a while, I re-twisted. Since I’ve been swimming a lot, I haven’t been re-twisting more than the first two rows of locs.

I finally took out all of the rubber bands and the locs are still looking like 2-strand twists but I’ve gotten over it. This girl took a look at my locs the other day and was like, “They’re looking good. How old are they? 6…7 months?” #agefail And I still want some color but I’ll wait a few months for that.

Came up with a new hair style! I call this Dino. It’s 4 flat twists in the front and a loose basketweave in the back.

I’m diggin’ this updo. And it only took 5 bobby pins! I’m getting better. And I did a video on how I re-twist my locs.

Tis all for the 18th month!

No more rubber bands!

I’ve just about had it with these rubber bands. I’ve had them in for over 2 months and honestly…they ain’t doing anything. They leave dents at the end of my locs and I have seen little to no progress with the locs actually marrying.

Talk about an epic fail. So I’m removing them all, picking out a bit to reveal some loose hair and 2-strand twisting them down. I did that with a few and it worked. Not sure why I didn’t do it with all of them. Laziness, I guess?

I get the award for “Doing too much with Locs”. I’ve colored too much, switched up methods, married and divorced way more than the average loc’er. I thought loc’ing would be super easy but it’s clear I change my mind quite a bit. Learn from me, y’all. Love your locs and leave them alone. Seriously…

Let your locs be!!!!

Veteran Loc’ers Chime In: Starr from Gangstarr Girl

Starr reminds me of a way cooler and way hipper me. Not that I’m NOT cool (haaaa!) but she’s got such a fabulous vibe that radiates through her written word and her locs.

1. How old are your locs?
They made 5 yrs this month. I don’t remember the exact date but I do remember it being mid april when I twisted my fro for the last time.

2. Have you ever thought about cutting them? If so, why?
Yes but it has only been recently that I have been feeling that way. My hair is starting to get long and sometimes gets in the way like when I’m asleep or have to wear a winter coat, minor things but  sometimes I just miss my short fro. Funny thng is when I first went natural I thought I made a huge mistake by cutting my perm off b/c I didn’t have the confidence to rock a short natural. Now, I want another crack at it. I love my locs tho. I’m probably not going to cut it any time soon, at least not for another…maybe 5 yrs.

3. Have you ever combined your locs? Why or why not?
Yes because some parts of the locs just don’t ackright (yup ackright). I’ve combined a few b/c they were too thin to sustain themselves alone.

4. Fill in the blank: It frustrates me when my locs ________.
It frustrates me why my locs_pick up random smokey smells <—agreed!

5. Fill in the blank: I love when my locs ___________.
I can answer this….I love when my locs are freshly shampooed….the smells of rose, mint, and hemp fill my nostrils and I am reminded why I am natural. I adore my hair.

6: Any words of wisdom for struggling loc’ers?
Any words of wisdom for struggling loc’ers? If you are already loc’d but in the early years, be patient. There comes a point where they really do act like teenagers ie do their own thing. It’s frustrating but if you’ve developed the patience and discipline to get this far then keep going. They don’t call it a loc journey for nothomg! I’m amazed at how mine have grown and matured. They listen to me now lol. And I get so many amazing compliments and have a way more positive image about myself than I used to and I owe that to my locs. It’s truly a spiritual thing to loc your hair and once you get to the other side, you won’t believe how amazed you will be. As far as styling, I got with short locs–hair color, loc charms, bantu knots, head wraps and headbands are perfect for adding variety.

Show Starr some love at her e-home, GangstarrGirl.com.

Other Veteran Loc’ers Chime In posts
-The PBG from Dirty Pretty Thangs
Toshia from On the Road to Queendom
Karen from Natural Beauty Hair