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Loc Star June 2012

Have you always had locs?
No. In 2000, I cut the relaxer out of my hair and wore a twa (teeny-weeny afro) until my hair grew. I’ve had locs for the past 3 years.

 

What inspired you to loc your hair?
I have always thought locs were really beautiful, so I knew I would eventually loc my hair someday. After having my two boys it seemed like the perfect time. Now it is three years later and I am still happy with my decision.

 

You’re a wife, mother, at-home educator, and student. With such a busy schedule, how would you describe your loc maintenance routine?
I don’t worry or fuss over my hair a lot. I also workout so the scarf is my friend. I wash about once every week and a half, and use dry shampoo in between. The top of my hair gets fuzzy naturally so I have embraced this aspect of my hair type. But when I want to look really sexy and feel beautiful, I get Freda, the only stylist I let touch my hair, to style and maintain my locs about every 3 months or so.

 

What are some of your favorite hair products?
I need a cream based, heavier product so that my hair will hold better. The top of my hair tends to frizz so it is important that I used a product with some weight to it. I like Nature’s Blessing and Taliah Waajid Lock It Up Gel.

 

How do you think your choice to wear locs will influence your sons perception of beauty and women?
It is very important to me that my children not only see me as their mother but that they are proud of who I am and how I present myself to the world. I want to send the message that I accept myself, in my skin, and allowing my hair to grow out naturally. And, that amid all the standards of beauty and influence in society, they can see that black is beautiful and relevant and stands out among them all.

 

You recently decided to return to school. Earlier this year, you celebrated your 5th wedding anniversary, and your the mother of two young children. You seem to be in a very grateful, joyous, and forward thinking place. What advice would you give to your younger self about self acceptance, education and planning for the future?
I would say take your time. Self knowledge is very important on the path to joy. Don’t rush through each moment just to get to the next moment. Experience the blessing of what you have and who you are right now. Find what truly motivates you, what you feel passionate about and go after it because you love it. Trust your inner knowing to show you the way. It is your life and you write the script, star in the show and direct. You make it what it is so mold it into something beautiful.