Last month my Locs turned eight years old!
I intended to write about this then but life happened.
I started my Loc Journey February 3, 2009. They were born in Norman, Oklahoma. The place I was traveling to when I got it done.
I decided not to cut my hair all the way off. I also decided to get it interlocked instead of twisted the regular way. The interlocking method is when the hair is basically put into knots. It is done with a latch hook (and is, therefore, sometimes also referred to as crocheting the hair or latch hooking) and involves pulling the hair/dreadlock through itself in a rotating fashion from the end of the lock to the root. I started out using the lactch hook (see below) but now I just use my fingers. Interlocking gives the hair a different pattern than the traditional twist. It is also the preferred method for locking hair that is naturally silky straight.
What I loved about the interlock method is that I was able to wash them whenever I wanted early on without worrying they would come loose. Interlocks are basically the hair put into knots (and are instantly permanent) and because my hair is super thick, it created a more natural type look, which I love. I am not very high maintenance about hair and prefer the matted look most people hate. I tighten my hair myself but that’s only like every four months.
The “Dreaded” Beginning
There are only a few photos of me with my short short look because in the beginning I wore lots of head-wraps. I was obviously not interested in taking a picture in that first one! Lol. Oh, memories. We were packing up to move that day and hubby thought it was funny to catch me looking like a hot mess. The fact that I’m showing you this is pure comedy.
Growth – Taking Selfie’s Before Facebook Made it Cool
When I started to see growth you couldn’t stop me from taking Selfies! I loved that my hair looked different than anyone else.
Feeling my hair…
People ask me all the time what I do to my hair and I tell them (all the time) “Nothing.” Usually, I am not believed. “You must do something.” Nope. I wash them and keep it oiled but other than that I literally do nothing. The style I’m looking for are formed by neglecting the hair so I don’t have to do much.
My hair is very thick and is starting to get really heavy!
Why I Call Them “Locs / Locks”
I rarely call my hair “Dreadlocks”. Not that I knock anyone else from saying it, I just prefer to call them locs. Here’s why:
Dreadlocks go way back; the most noted story is that of the biblical Samson and Delilah. Samson had been a Nazirite from birth and his strength linked to the seven locks of his head. Ezekiel also had locks as he explains being taken by the lock of his hair in Ezekiel chapter eight, verse three. In any event, historically, black guerrilla warriors swore not to cut their hair and when people would see them, their hair matted to their heads and sprouting up, they looked on it with disgust, fear, and dread. In short, the people “dreaded” to see these men coming with their dreaded hair. Soon the style would be known as dreadlocks.But…I don’t dread my hair!
I love it and have come to affectionately refer to them by their original name, Locks / Locs.
And now, some literature!
These are some of the books I have on Natural Hair. They provide a great foundation for anyone just starting out.
Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America by Ayana D. Byrd and Lori L. Tharps << A historical look at the culture of Black Hair.
The Lonnice Brittenum Bonner Collection
- Good Hair: For Colored Girls Who’ve Considered Weaves When the Chemicals Became Too Ruff < Not sure if this is the first in the collection but I read it first.
- Plated Glory: For Colored Girls Who’ve Considered Braids, Locks, and Twists
- Nice Dreads: Hair Care Basics and Inspiration for Colored Girls Who’ve Considered Locking their Hair
- The Kitchen Beautician:For Colored Girls Who’ve Dissed the Beauty Standard When it Became Too Ruff
These are great foundation books because Lonnice takes us through her entire natural hair journey, not just when she got locked. She also provides a good education on the maintenance of black hair.