When Sabine Bellevue from Sabine’s Hallway Natural hair Salon told me how she was going to start the new year, I was immediately fired up. Miss marathon trailblazer was about to start the new year of course, running!
With the goal to hit the ground running, I started the new year with the master cleanse to detox my system. The ten days without food were mainly motivated to make room for a healthy fresh start but there was also more to it than that.
Rather than solving racism, the goal of filmmaker Justin Simien, lauded as one of Variety’s “10 Directors to Watch”, was to start a conversation about race in the Obama era. Just the title has proven effectively enough to do just that but there is much more to the film. It’s clever, funny and provokes a debate on several levels.
One of the things everyone strives for when a new year starts is a healthier lifestyle. So let us help you with 10 simple resolutions to keep your natural hair healthy happy for a whole year.
Everyone knows that the day one gets married is a very special one. Your soul becomes entwined with another once ‘I dos’ are said. Brides exhibit beauty and grace in every photo, no matter what hairstyle they choose to wear.
I am 12 years old. My mom and I have been natural for quite some time now.
My mom about 5-7 years and me all my life and my hair has began to take
up to much time to do in the mornings and I DON’T want to get a relaxer.
I’ve been natural for 2 years. I’ve never had a “chop off” session, so the ends of my hair still look relaxed after I wash it. On friday i will going to a stylist to remove the relaxed ends. I can’t wait! Its so hard to rock an afro when the ends of my hair definitely stand out. I’ve been searching videos frantically trying to find some all-natural hair care products. My hair is DRY! Thanks to a video i’ve located on this website i will be buying jojoba and grape seed oil to mix with my african shea butter..
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And depending on who you ask, the answer will vary. I’ve seen many people pit one method against another but I’m not going to do that because it’s unnecessary.
You see, there are no “best overall methods” so what you really need or want to ask yourself is…
“Which method is best for ME?”
It’s like the lyrics to an old “80’s” sitcom jingle said, “…what might be right for you may not be right for some… It takes different strokes to move the world”
So how do you determine the right method for YOU? There are some factors that you want to take into consider:
Lifestyle – daily activities that may affect your hair such as frequent working out, swimming, sweating, etc.
Hair length – is your hair long or short starting out
Hair texture – is your hair extremely soft and curly, wavy or straight or is it more coarse with tighter curls or coils
Personal aesthetics – do you want your locs to be well-manicured or do you not mind if they are more on the “wild” side
Once you’ve determined those things, then you can now go back and take a look at the various methods and choose the one that will fit best with your personal needs.
So, let’s take a look at 6 of the most popular methods of locking so you can do just that:
1.Comb coils – This method is very popular on hair that is too short to braid or 2-strand twist. One single-strand twist is made in small to medium sections of the hair using a locking product. The hair may take longer to lock and more maintenance due to the fact that the coils unravel a lot during shampooing. The only drawback to this method is that in the beginning stages, the twists tend to unravel and at certain points, the locks can begin to look very fuzzy and wild and although this is a part of the process, many people cannot and/or do not want to deal with those stages. But, I’ve seen many beautiful heads of locks as a result of this method.
2. Two-strand twists – Most lock-wearers choose this route to start their locks. The hair is sectioned and twisted with two strands of hair as opposed to one. These tend to hold up better than the previous method. The twists look very nice when first done and as the locks mature, they produce beautiful locks.
3. Braids – Braiding the hair in small to medium plaits is another way to start locs. Smaller braids allow for a LOT of styling versatility. This method is excellent for those whose hair may not hold up too well in coils or twists or those who desire to be able to shampoo their hair sooner than usually recommended with 2-strand twists.
4. Interlocking – There are various ways to lock the hair using “tools” such as a latch hook, crochet needle, etc. These methods generally hold up better than other methods although they can still unravel, but nowhere near as easily as other methods. This is a great method for those who may have relaxed ends or straighter textures of hair, period although it can be done on any texture of hair.
5. Organic/Natural – With organic locks, you would start off with all natural hair, usually short to medium length. Your hair would be shampooed regularly and left alone. There is no twisting or separating of the hair whatsoever. With this method, the hair is simply allowed to do what it naturally wants to do with little or no help/guidance from the wearer. While locking in itself can cause people to be looked upon in a negative or questionable light; it is the person who sports organic locs who probably receives the most flack of all loc-wearers.
6. Freeform – Free-form locks are somewhat similar to organic with one difference…the new growth of the locks is separated so that they do not combine together and they have a somewhat neater appearance than the organic locks. There is still no rolling, twisting or tightening of the new growth or loc…the hair is pretty much allowed to do what it wants to do with the exception of “marrying” or joining together.
So based on this knowledge, you can now make a decision for what method of locking would be best for you but again, what’s best for YOU is not best for all…there is no “best overall method” of starting locs. If you still have questions, you may wish to schedule a consultation with up to 3 (don’t take any one person’s word for it) Lociticians in your area for opinions. But ultimately, the decision on what will work best for you, is up to you!