Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Guest Post: From permin' at 6 to rockin' 4 month old locs

Sheryl and I go back to the playground as kids. Not really but it feels like it. She is beyond awesome and wonderful and I am so honored to call her a friend. Peep her awesome locs...

I never in a million years thought that I would loc my hair.

I had a perm since the age of six (yes gasp now). I’ve never known what it was like to not have a relaxer. I was one the one to always be outside early in the morning on Saturday (rain, sleet, or snow) faithfully waiting for that wash and set. I didn’t think I had “good hair”. As soon as I got a perm I was counting down until the next one.

I can’t remember the exact moment that locing my hair crossed my mind.

However after being subjected to chemical burns and the inability to do the activities that I liked because I didn’t want to sweat my fresh wash and set out, I knew that I needed a change. When I began to grow out my perm I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do with my hair but I knew relaxing was not an option. I remember seeing Brittany’s hair and other locd ladies at the Makeup Show in NYC and at that point I KNEW that my journey would begin.

I started my loc’s on November 18, 2010. Prior to that I had been growing out my relaxer (my last relaxer was on January 8, 2010). I remember sitting in the chair and the loctician just cutting off the rest of my permed ends. I never understood what some ladies meant when they said they felt free after their relaxed hair was cut but at that moment I instantly knew what they meant. Since locing my hair I maintain it on my own. I’ve only been to the loctician one time and that was to get them started. I told myself that I didn’t want to have to depend on others to do my hair (as I had to with relaxing).

I can say that I’m 250% in love with my hair. Locs are so versatile. I will admit when I first came home with them I was not in love, in fact I was very self conscious. I remember taking a pic of them and sending them to Brittany and she said they looked great (Brittany were you trying not to hurt my feelings? LOL). I just decided to roll with it and four months later they are blossoming.

My routine is pretty simple. I wash every two weeks (faithfully). I don’t retwist often maybe once a month but no earlier then three weeks. I latch occasionally but for the summer I think I’m going to stick with just twisting. As far as products I use store brands like Jamaican Mango and Lime, Queen Helene hot oil treatment, and Suave shampoo. I like to keep it simple since I feel that’s what having locs is all about.

I would say to anyone considering locs to decide if this is what you really want. Locs don’t develop over night and it requires time and patience. I honestly wish I would have locd my hair years ago. I’ve discovered self confidence that I never thought I had. You have to remember not to compare your locs to someone else’s, your hair will have its own personality and it will be BEAUTIFUL!!!

Got any questions for Sheryl? Leave 'em in this post and she will answer. Shoot an email Brittany@LocRocker if you would like to write a guest post. I feature naturals of all hair types and styles!