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Wednesday, January 4, 2012


Hello my loc family--it's so good to be posting again.  Sorry for the long hiatus...lots of stuff going on.  I hope that the new year is beginning well for everyone.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Hairstyle Dilemma!

Hello all my loc'd beauties!  Last night as I was measuring my daughter to begin designing her wedding gown, it suddenly occurred to me that I have given absolutely no thought whatsoever to  how I might wear my locs on her wedding day!  I figure as the mother of the bride I need to look sophisticated, elegant and stunning (though of course, not as stunning as the bride herself!)  It's just amazing what things you think of at the oddest times--she was describing to me her plans for flowers, bouquets, her dress (we're collaborating on an original design), possibilities for her hair and makeup, color scheme, etc. and this just comes to me all of a sudden.

So...I guess I'm now on the hunt for loc inspiration pictures for this momentous day.  All I know right now is that I want an updo--one that is intricate (well, not necessarily intricate, just intricate-looking) and very regal-esque.  I don't know what is is about regal looking hairstyles, but they always make me feel like I'm a tall, slender Amazon!  (HA!  Tall I'm not at 5'3" and slender is debatable; I've got the curvy thing going on and while I'm  not fat, I'm not the thinnest person that you'll ever meet either.)  The intricate part is just because I absolutely ADORE anything that looks complicated (although it may not necessarily be complex and complicated).  I'm thinking some kind of adornment worn in the hair--beads?  Woven ribbon?  Gold or silver charms?  I dunno...something.  Oh yeah, did  mention that I also have to design and make her dress?  And design and make my dress?  So maybe I should decide on a dress design first, then worry about the hair!

I figuring that I'll be doing my hair myself since I don't have a regular loctician and I actually don't know of anyone to go to here in my area.  I'm here in Louisville, KY, so if any of  you have any suggestions, by all means let me know!  Also, if you have any suggestions of loc sites, blogs, photo galleries, etc. that show some bangin' and I mean really bangin' loc updos don't keep it to yourself--let a sistah know so she can check them out for ideas!  Until next posting, stay loc'd, be blessed, hugs and peace!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

FINALLY--Some NEW Length Shots!

Bonne journee, mes amis ! It's been a couple of months since I last posted and I seem to vaguely remember promising to post some new head shots of my locs. Well, I finally remembered to take some pictures yesterday after I'd washed them. Wow, even I was kinda blown away at the length that they've gotten. I don't really obsessively watch for length changes; in fact, except for routine washing and general maintenance type stuff, I don't really notice my locs at all now. They just do their thing while I'm doing my thing! Anyway, without further ado, here are the pics:

As you can see, they are almost mid-back length. I decided to do a couple of texture shots also; my locs are (I guess) kind of a medium size and are very healthy and thick.

No, they are not all the same length; in fact, the ones that were the longest when I first started gaining length are now some of the shorter locs on my head. (I still haven't figured that one out yet). My locs are three years and four months old as of today and the love affair is still going strong! My maintenance routine hasn't changed significantly: I wash every week (sometimes I stretch the time out a little longer if the weather is extremely dry) with a rotation of Dr. Bonner's castile shampoo and Avalon Organics Olive and Grape Seed Oil Shampoo. I condition when I feel that its necessary and I've been using organic, unrefined coconut oil to moisturize my scalp when needed. I semi-freeform, so most of the time all I do is separate after washing; this current routine seems to be working like a charm! I've been loving the journey thus far; I hope and pray that your journey has been as wonderful. Let me know how you are doing and until next time, blessings (jusqu'à la prochaine fois, la bénédiction)!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Hello Everyone!

Hey guys and gals! I sincerely hope that all of you are well and happy. If you follow me on my other blog, Levels of Beauty (, then you've seen the news that I had to share about my upcoming trip to Chicago, IL to attend the Makeup First makeup school. I am SSOOOOOO jazzed about this--I'm finally going to take a real stab at following what I've been dreaming about for a long time...

So what, you may ask, does this have to do with my locs? Well, I'm gonna need a little help from you folks out in loc-land. In the interests of keeping my baggage load light AND being able to have a few new fly styles to wear while away from home, I need some suggestions from you all as to how to wear da locs. You all know that I don't use a lot of product in my hair, which in this case is good, since I'll be gone a month and I don't want to have to pack a lot of "stuff" to use in the maintenance of my hair. I really do like to style my locs, but I also need styles that are quick to do, don't require a lot in the way of pins, rollers or other hardware and will look really bangin'. Oh yeah, I also will probably be wearing my hair off of my face for the most part because we will be using each other at models in class for makeup demonstrations. I know that I can do the standard ponytail, but besides putting stress on the hairline if worn too often, that just gets plain boring (at least to me LOL)! I love updo's--the more intricate-looking, the better! They are just soooo elegant! And if done right, you can just tie them up at night and keep it looking good for several days at a time. So, can all you loc'd beauties help a sista out? I have medium length locs--about chin length in the front around my face and between my shoulder blades at the longest point in the back (no, my locs are not all on length!) If you've got any suggestions, please feel free to post a comment to this post or leave a link to a tutorial or post pictures--I would so appreciate the help! Blessings to all of you!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Should I Feel Insulted?

Hey you all! Looky looky now--two posts in one day! But this is one that I meant to do several days ago and then I got caught up in the turkey day preparations...

Anyway, here it goes--long story short...a coworker and I were talking the other day, and she commented about the loc style that I had going on, you know, saying how much she liked how it looked, how I always had an interesting style goin' on, etc. she then asked me if I could ever take my locs down if I wanted to and then she made a comment about how usually she doesn't like the look of locs because she's seen a number of white people with them and they always looked dirty and nasty, and so on. She then made a very pointed comment--"but yours always look really clean and well kept and I just gotta ask, how do you wash that STUFF?!" I looked at her (with a slight *cut you off at the knee side eye*) and responded "the same way you wash your "stuff"! Now, we get along quite well (she's white) and all, but I did feel a small dig of indignation at my hair being called "stuff" as if it were a giant dirtball or something. Said coworker quickly came back with "I wasn't trying to insult you; you know what I mean, how do you wash your hair, locs, or whatever you call them!" Now, I want to feel and truly believe that she really meant no harm do you refer to someone's hair--anyone's hair as "STUFF"? To tell you the truth, this one phrasing has insulted me more than any other comment that has been made about my hair in the almost three years that I've been loc'd. So tell me the honest truth y'all--am I being just way too sensitive? Love to hear your take on this! Blessings!

Same Old Argument...Again!

Thanks to Brittany (hey b girl!) from the Loc Rocker blog ( for this one. (check out her blog--it's great!) But my question--why are we still having to worry/prove our professionalism when it comes to how we wear our hair? In my mind, someone that uses intelligence and tact to perform their job to their highest ability in the workplace is a professional; professionality (is that a word?) is NOT dependent upon how one wears their hair. Let me tell y'all, I've seem some "melanin deficient" (HAHAHA! a friend's term for "white people") folks looking truly like who-did-it-and-why in the workplace, and their "professionality"
wasn't/isn't questioned, regardless of what they look like or how they wear their hair? I mean really, have we not progressed at all?!? WTF?!? I AM PROFESSIONAL because I act professionally, no matter if my hair is permed, natural or loc'd. 'Nuff said...blessings!

Sunday, November 7, 2010


Hello all of my fellow loc'rs! Yes, I am still around, although I haven't updated in quite a while. I'll give you a short synopsis of what has been going on in my life and with my locs. In my last posting I believe that I mentioned that work was really stressing me out and taking up quite a bit of my time (boy, what an understatement!) Anyway, if I didn't say that, I'm saying it (almost) entire life has been consumed by work. This, however, will be changing drastically in about 8-10 weeks. My store, of which I am the manager, will be permanently closing and I will be among the unemployed. Now, before you weep for me and gnash your teeth, don't feel bad for me. I feel bad that the store is closing and I feel badly for my coworkers losing their jobs, but I don't feel badly for myself and neither should you. In fact, the day I found out about the closing, I'd given my manager notice that I was stepping down from the manager position due to health issues. I've been having ongoing problems with an irregular heartbeat and chest pains and a possible ulcer and of course, these problems can be majorly aggravated by inordinate amounts of stress. So, although I did struggle with making the decision to step down from the post, once I'd made the decision I felt so much better because I knew that the stress levels would eventually level out. Now, it's just a matter of getting through the liquidation process. I've got several options and irons in the fire right now, and I know that S/He WILL NOT let me fall so all will be as it should be. The other thing that I need to now concentrate on is getting my health in a better place.

Now, to keep this loc related: I will soon be three years loc'd (january 4, 2011)--I can hardly believe it! Remember my first posting--it was in celebration of my 6 month anniversary. WOW--it seems like such a short time ago. My locs were really just baby comb coils and very, very small--seems like my head was huge then and now...the locs have matured beautifully and they are past my shoulders. I've just left them alone to do their thing and they have done their thing very well with very little direction from me. I don't have a really good pic right now--will have to get someone to take one for me as my reach isn't long enough now to show the full length LOL! I'll get a couple of pics posted soon so that you all can see. My hair is healthy and I'm happy, especially since I can do all sorts of updo's now (updo's are my favorite!) My locs are still evolving as is my spirit and both are evolving for the better. Blessings to all of you that have hung in with me and have prayed with me and for me as I have prayed for all of you. Wishing you all well in your journeys and I hope to be back to regular postings soon. Blessings, hugs and peace...
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