Loc’d Love!

BRINEAbrinea5

Age: 20

Occupation: Student at Morgan State University; Plans on being a wedding planner

Hometown: Bowie, MD

Why did you decide to lock your hair?

I didn’t have a life changing reason like most people do; I wanted to lock my hair

Before Transitioning...

Before Transitioning…

since the 9th grade when I got my hair done in kinky twists. I thought “I would look so nice with dreads!” and just stuck to it. Once I went natural, my hair felt like it was easier to manage and not as coarse. After I got into my natural transition, I did start to view me locking my hair as a journey. Locking my hair is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. The whole “press and curl” look has never been for me. Never will be.

A lot of people have opinions about loc’d hair, any myths about locs you want to talk about?

One myth people assume (including me) is that you

Natural...

Natural…

can’t wash your hair during the locking process. FALSE. I washed my hair from the moment I began my locks. Granted, depending on your hair texture you should wait a little longer but you can definitely wash your hair while your hair transitions. Another thing I hate people saying to me is “your hair is too nice for locs” or before I locked my hair “awww why do you want to lock your hair it’s so nice and thick”…that really gets under my skin. People with locs do not have ugly or unattractive hair. It really irks me how people associate locs with being bad..which is why I try not to use to the term “dreads” or “dreadlocks,” because the word “dread” associates it with being bad. Another myth is that people with locs are assumed to be dirty. Most people with locs,especially African Americans, have a personal reason behind why they did it and others have them because of their Rastafarian lifestyle.

Locs!

Locs!

What are your favorite products/ ways to take care of your hair?

Since I mainly go to the shop to get my hair retwisted, I don’t have a specific product that I use for my hair. But for oils, my favorite one to put in my hair is coconut oil. I oil my hair about every other day to keep my locs and scalp from getting too dry.

Any tips for other girls going through the locking process?

Just be patient and make sure locking your hair is something you really want to do. If you’re serious about it, the process will become a journey.

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” A Woman’s Crown”

This month on The Free Your Mind Project, we will be discussing HAIR!

For many women, their hair is their pride and joy. And our hair is arguably the most versatile: between braids, weaves, afros, pixie cuts, bobs, and locs black women make up the largest clientele in the hair industry.

But as much as we love our hair and all that it can do, everyone has a preference for which hair types and styles they think are the best. How many of us have heard that you can’t go natural unless you have that “good hair?” Or heard that myth that having locs meant your hair was “dirty?” Or that relaxing your hair meant you were playing into the “beauty standards of our oppressors?” Trust me, as someone who’s tried almost every style, I’ve heard it all!

The most important thing I’ve learned is that, your hair is for your own personal expression. If that means you want to dye it blue, so be it. It’s not rare to receive commentary on your hair. If you decide to go natural, someone will say “Oh? I like you better with straight hair…” If you decide to perm your hair, “Really? How can you put all those chemicals into your hair…” You decide to cut it, “But, I always preferred girls with long hair, its just more feminine to me…” Just like in anything else, someone’s going to have an opinion about what you should be doing and you have to decide how important that opinion is to you.

Think about it this way: when that person who has an opinion spends the time and

money for the upkeep of your hair, THEN they can have a say. But until then, don’t worry about it. Your hair is your crown! However you decide to wear it, you should feel confident and beautiful.

So, for this month, I’ll be having interviews with several hair enthusiasts. We’ll be discussing the different ways black women wear their hair, what products we can use and how to maintain healthy hair in all our different styles 🙂