I've been locked for about 10 yrs now. Because of having trouble
maintaining healthy hair using "Creamy Crack" in the past, I decided to go natural. Before actually locking up, I wore the natural look for about a year. I went back to the "Creamy Crack", thinking I would be satisfied with my hair and I wasnt. At that point, I began to do some research. I was educated, inspired,
and encouraged by a beautiful woman by the name of Minnie Price. I kept my hair braided long enough to grow the hair needed to start the locking process.
How do you feel about your hair and how do you maintain your locks?
I absolutely love my hair. Locking my hair is the best thing I could have done. I can get up and go, not having to worry about what I'm going to do with my hair. I maintain my locks with Design Essentials shampoo and conditioner for natural hair. I re twist with the 100 percent all natural shea butter. I don't really have a hair care routine. I'm at the point where I can wash maybe twice a month and re twist once a month.
What has been the hardest part of your Locks journey?
The hardest part of my lock journey has to be, getting to the point where I could actually style my hair. Once my hair achieved a good length, I enjoyed the roller set. Then I began to apply color. Not a good idea for my hair but I couldn't stop lol. I applied color after color, bleached it out, more color etc until my hair began to break off smh... found a way to keep the color and minimize the breakage.
What advise would you give for person aspiring to start their lock transition?
Being a cosmetologist, I'm encouraging other to be natural. You can achieve more being natural and maintain healthy hair at the same time. Those of you wanting to start the lock process, this is what I tell my potential lock clients. Having locks is a beautiful thing. Just make sure it's something you are willing to invest in. It takes time and patience. The end result it promising. Encourage yourself if no one else will. Do it for yourself.
I am a licensed cosmetologist and love the hair business. I currently work at "An Appointed Time" in Marion Indiana where we specialize in healthy hair. Location: 715 North Western Ave.
If there are any natural ladies interested and ready to start the loc transition, Cicily is a professional loctitian ready to provide information and services needed to start your journey!