Let me start this with saying that loc'ing my hair did not come from some dramatic life changing event. It was more of an indirect consequence. Five months before deciding that I would leave behind the two strand twists, afro puffs, twist outs, and all other loose natural styles, I had an experience that challenged my spirit, mind, body, and soul. From April 2016 until September 2016, my only focus was
During this time, styling my hair was the last thing on my mind. Every two weeks I would wash my hair, condition it, blow it out, part my hair down the middle and braid it into two cornrows,
That spring turned into summer and as the end of summer approached, I begin to feel a little lighter and a little wiser. One day, while finishing up my second braid, it occurred to me that I had not styled my hair in months and there was no desire to style it in the immediate future. Unfortunately, I also noticed that my edges were thinning out from the constant tension of the cornrows. Now that I was moving into a better place, a healthier place, I wanted the same for my hair.
Prior to loc'ing my hair, I would often wear it in two strand twist and I thought to myself, "What if I two strand twisted my hair, one last time, and allow the twists to develop and form into locs?" Labor day weekend, I actually twisted my hair with the intent of letting those twists be the start of my loc journey but there is something special about locs and it is important that you start your journey with the right set. The following weekend, I re-twisted my hair, making them slightly larger; purposely defining my parts; and loving each strand of hair. By nightfall, on September 11, 2016, my loc journey began.
The desire to have locs has always been present within. Many years before my journey began, my brother loc'd his hair and I would enviously look at the knotted strands that fell down his back. There were times where the fear of loc'ing my hair would enter my mind and I would start to question myself. What would my hair look like loc'd? Would loc'ing my hair, interfere with me advancing in my career? Would my hair actually loc? How different would maintaining my locs be from other hair styles?
On this day, the fears, the questions were gone. I was on a path of evolving, vibrating at a higher frequency, and this included my hair. I was ready to embark on this journey so I picked up a camera and begin to record...