A Bomb Weave

Life jumped up like..139 points when I first discovered Tumblr. Let’s just say it doubled that when I found out that one of the chicas I follow has a Martin Tumblr. Martin is by far one of my favorite shows. My sister and I regularly quote from any episode at any given moment.

Who remembers this one?

Excuse me while I pass out from laughing. Something tells me that such a style was probably THE style back in the 90’s. Whatcho wanna bet?

My current locspiration

I admire a lot of women and their locs. But I never try to say things like, “I want my locs to look like hers.” I think it’s important that we understand that no two sets of locs will look a like. You shouldn’t want to look like anyone else’s. You should love yours, admire others and focus on growing and maintaining healthy locs and a healthy scalp. And for that reason, I try not to obsess over other locs by looking at a ton of pictures. I did that when I first started my locs and it had me feelin’ some kind of way.

Buuuut, I do follow locluv on Tumblr and when this picture popped up, I couldn’t help but get inspired by the thickness and color of her locs. Her locs inspire me to do a better job at taking care of mine. So yep, she’s my current locspiration. I even want to dye a few random locs like she did.

As a writer, I feel simply awful for not being able to cite the source for this. It literally took me an hour to decide it I was going to post it or not. In fact, there are a lot of pictures from Tumblr that I’d like to share but I don’t want to get in the habit of posting without citing. It’s the journalist in me.  If anyone knows if the picture comes from a modeling website or salon, let a sista know.

Q&A’s: Session 4

I hope everyone is enjoying their holiday season!! I’ll be back with updates and glorious natural hair stuff in the coming days. In the meantime, I found a Q&A from last week that I totally forgot to post. Check it ouuuut.


Q: You’ve had your locs for 2 years now. Do you have any regrets?
A: I really do wish I would have started off with larger locs. The whole “combining” thing got me down for several months. Two years later and I am STIL combining a few locs. I’m not as annoyed by the process anymore but it could have all been alleviated had I started off with larger locs. But oh well. I try not to live life making regrets. 🙂
Q: You’ve colored your hair a lot. Have you noticed any breakage? And how do you keep your color vibrant? 

A: I HAVE colored my hair a lot, uh? Almost too much. I’m at the point where I really like it so I doubt I’ll be coloring it again. My hair has always taken to color well. I have never experienced any breakage. If anything, I do find that I have to condition my locs a great deal because they tend to be drier a few weeks after coloring. I keep them conditioned by using Jane Carter’s Leave-In Conditioner. A little bit of that every few days seems to really keep the locs softer. As far as color vibrancy, I think it is the nature of hair dyes to fade away over time. I’ve realized this and don’t really “try” to keep them vibrant. However, I am guilty of spending a good amount of time outside. I live in Florida so not being around the sun is inevitable. I know UV rays can be drying on the locs but I also think it contributes to my color staying around a bit longer.
Q: Do you focus much on your hairline’s health?
A: I don’t blog about it much but I am actually very paranoid when it comes to my hairline. As much as I love keeping the locs out of my face and off of my neck, I actually let them hang more often than not. I don’t want to get in the habit of wearing too many ponytails and styles. Any tugging on the hairline, even for a few days freaks me out. So yes, I do focus on the hairline’s health. I haven’t noticed any receding but I am keeping my eye on that and preventing that problem the best way that I can.
Q: So i read that you think its a good idea to wear an afro for awhile before locking. But i really want to lock even though I just got a TWA a few days ago. Why do you say this? 
A: Of course it’s up to you and you have to do what feels comfortable for you but I think that loose natural hair has a lot to offer. You miss a great deal of that when you go from a perm to locs. You miss the teen weeny afro and 2-strand twists, afro puffs and various styles. You miss the opportunity to really understand how to take care of your natural texture and watching it change and transform. Loc’ing up does not mean that you can not enjoy your hair but I know a lot of loc’ers who have combed out or cut off their locs because they were itching to explore the loose natural life. Veteran naturals have done the same but I think you will truly enjoy your locs even more if you truly enjoy and get to know your natural hair. But if you’re ready to loc up now, rock on! 
Q: when did you decide to become a natural hair guru? I’ve really loving natural hair and want to start a blog like you.
A: Thanks a ton for the compliment but I would never call myself a guru. Simply put, I am a writer who happens to have a passion for natural hair. I do not know all that there is to know about it. I did not go to school for it nor do I have any formal training. My advice to you is, if you too, are someone who just has a passion for natural hair, sure…start a blog. But be sure that you blog about your own experience and be careful about the advice that you toss out. I always refer to a person or source that knows more than me before I answer any questions. And don’t assume that us bloggers or YouTube “gurus” are professionals. A lot of us are not. Take what we say with a grain of salt. Do you own research and draw your own conclusions. And I recommend that you tell your future readers the same. Let us know when your blog drops!
Q: Do u think you’ll ever get sisterlocks? maybe as your second set of locs? i could see u with them.
A: I’ll never say never but I don’t see it in my future. I am head over heels in love with traditional locs. If anything, I may go with a larger set my next time around. I am forever getting questions about Sisterlocks and I STILL don’t know much about them. I need to brush up on some knowledge. 🙂
Q: How often do you oil your scalp?
A: When I feel like my scalp needs it. I used to be on this “I oil my scalp every 2-3 days” thing but you know what? I was doing it out of habit. My scalp really didn’t NEED to be oiled. And so I started listening to my hair. If it felt dry and itchy, it was time for oil. As of now, I can probably go a week or a week and a half without any oil. But my locs practically crave for water and so it gets some of that or leave-in conditioner daily. 
Q: Think you’ll loc up your future kids’ hair? Or perm it if they want? both are permanent so i don’t know what to do with my daughter’s hair.
A: I will loc their hair only if they ask. And I doubt my girls will want a perm after I tell them about all of the damaging ingredients in the lye. By the time I have kids (yearssss from now), I think they’ll get a better idea of how beautiful natural hair is. And since their mother will know how to take care of it without putting them through hell, I think they’ll embrace their natural kinks. And if they still want perms…they can do as they please when they’re 18. I wouldn’t consider locs or a perm permanent but if I were you, I’d weigh the pro’s and con’s of locs and a perm. You already know what I’m going to say. LOL! 
Got any questions about my locs?  You can email me about whatever at Brittany@LocRocker.com.

Pipe cleaner curls, part II

In case you needed to see the horror that was Part I, brace yourself and click here. I’ve learned a lot since then. Hit the jump to see my new and improved edition of the pipe cleaner curls.


Simply put, I LOVED the outcome. And it took only an hour to curl all of the locs. I use Organics Root Stimulator Loc & Twist gel, my preferred twisting agent. Removal of the pipe cleaners were super easy. And so was styling! I did a mohawk for the longest. A week later, the curls started to drop. But I ran into a huge problem.

The curls kept running into my face. Which bothered the mess out of me. I blame myself. I curled the locs in the front in the wrong direction and so I ended up with a bang. Which was cute when the locs were super tight. But as they loosened up, they drove me bananas. But I rocked the curls anyway.

Pretty funny how some locs went completely straight though.

Buuuut, after almost 2 weeks I missed the straight locs and so back I went.
Random but don’t sleep on the Infusium 23 leave-in conditioner. I’ve been using it for a good 3 months and I have noticed a serious boost in the growth department. 
So yes, the pipe cleaner curls rock. And they would probably last forever if I didn’t wash them out. I’ll give them a whirl again. I can’t wait to see how they look when my hair gets longer. I think they look phenomenal on longer locs.
Have you tried pipe cleaner curls on your locs yet? Love it or hate it? 

The Big Chop event in NYC!

Another reason why I (only sometimes) wish I lived in the Big Apple. Any of my New York loc rockers want want to chop the locs a bit? Or off completely? This event is also permed lady friendly so even if you can’t attend, tell your NYC friends!

Not bad for $45. And you get some wine and cupcakes? I’m jealous. Click here for additional information and to RSVP.

Weave and Black Women with Blonde Hair: Your View

I saw this video over at The Kitchen Salon and just had to share it with the Loc Rocker fam. I’ve never watched a complete episode of The View. Only excerpts from controversial episodes. But I’ve always been an enormous fan of Whoopi Goldberg. I mean, HUGE!! This is a conscious sista that thinks before she speaks and always has something thought provoking to say.

That said, check out of the following video.

Whoopi brings up good questions. While Sherri Shepard wears weave (Obviously. It looks so freakin’ fake and horrendous. Sorry, but it does.), Whoopi questions why so many Black women have to wear straight and super long weave. Shoopi says, “Why isn’t it an afro weave?” That’s a damn good question.

And then Joy Behar (thanks Google) answers that question with “Well, because when your hair is straighter, you can do more with it.”

*crickets*

Really?


And did you catch when Whoopi says “Black women with blonde hair freak me out.”? Oh gosh….as much as I love Mary J. Blige, a little part of me dies when I see her and that blonde hair. I’m just sayin’… And I know some Nicki Minaj stan is going to hate me for it but THIS…

….makes my eyes melt and stomach explode. Yeah, I know she considers herself to be a character and attempts to shock the masses with her get-ups. I know it’s supposed to be “fun” but this is just awful to me. I wonder if my 12-year old sister thinks this is how she should look. Oh, and did I mention that my 18-year old mentee told me that MOST of the girls in her high school dressed up as Nicki Minaj for Halloween? What the fuuuu…

A lot of jokes were made on that segment of The View but at the end of the day, I don’t think anyone understood what Whoopi was trying to convey. The White girls tried to relate by saying, “OMG, my hair is thick too.” And Sherri Shepard seemed mega clue-less to me.

What do you think? Why do you think Black women don’t rock more “natural” weaves (lol @ that oxymoron)? And do you have an issue with blonde hair or not so much?

My locs are 2 years old!

Because I’m last minute working on a super awesome hair video and compiling a really good and substantial 2-year update post, I’m going to be a little late at officially celebrating my locs’ 2 years by doing my bi-monthly post. But I’m working on it. And I can NOT believe that I’ve had locs for 2 years.

It’s been quite the honor, really. My locs have opened up many doors for me. I’ve met so many wonderful ladies, been featured, attended events and gained a sick amount of self-love that I didn’t think was possible. All because of my crown. It’s a blessing.

So yeah, stay tuned!