When people learn that I am a loctician, I often hear the phrase…..I like your Iocs but....... (insert the long pause)
- · I need to run my fingers through my hair.
- · I need to change my hairstyles
- · I like variety.
Sometimes, I feel like they are apologizing to me for disagreeing with my hairstyle choice.
But then, there are curious individuals who say,
"I really love your hair but (insert the dramatic and thoughtful long pause) I can’t! Well, I just don’t think they will look good on me!
In an instant, I am certain that my facial expression changes to a wide-eyed, puzzled appearance. (I can’t help it!) In that moment, my first thought is..... It's your natural hair! How can your natural hair not look right on you?
So if you are one of those folks who are on the fence about transforming your hair into locs, then this blog post is for you.
To help with your decision making process, I have three tips
1. Determine your biggest hair concern.
Is it thin hair? Is it a bald spot? Do you have soft, fine curly hair? Are you concerned about versatility? Your concern list will become the starting point for questions that you should address during a loc consultation. A skilled loctician can help you identify the best approach for you. You may learn that you are a good candidate for small locs or alternatively large locs. Bottom line, get honest with yourself about your concerns.
2. Confirm your biggest personal discomfort.
For some folks looking professional in the work place is a major concern. (Who can blame them, we all gotta eat.) For others, it could be a non- supportive spouse.
If any of the above mentioned (or not mentioned) are you, then I recommend that you embrace the natural hair community; it’s so good for the soul. Personally, I absolutely love to hear my clients recall "clap back" moments during difficult encounters with individuals who did not support the hair style choice. The natural hair and loc communities offers great advice and food for thought discussion topics. If you go this route always know you are not alone. If you know someone with locs, or someone who boldly went natural, strike up a conversation! During the course of my personal natural hair journey, I find that locking your hair or going natural requires you be courageous. To this, I say… GO FOR IT! Seek out like-minded individuals and build your network. Embrace and learn more about the natural hair journey.
3. Explore the internet before going to a consultation.
Prospective clients say, I want my locs to look like this. Or, I don't my locs to look like that. My reply is always, Great! Now, take your favorite locs photos to your prospective Loctician. The stylist will be able to help you achieve your desired look. However, I must offer some caution. It is important to note that all locs don’t look the same. Why? No two people are alike.
So ultimately, you will be back to where you where we started; you must learn to embrace the natural YOU!.
In conclusion, I respectfully offer…..
Always know you will look good with your natural hair!!
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