Being that I am a woman of a particular age one can only imagine how far back my hair story goes. Back in the day straight hair was the only way to go, so if you were unfortunate enough to not have a “good grade of hair” than you straightened it. read full hairstory here
As a little girl I grew up wearing my natural hair, but I wanted to try perms, weaves, braids etc. When I became a young woman and got married my husband told me about sisterlocks. I got tired of wearing fake hair and perms. I wanted to wear my own natural hair… read full hairstory here
Back in 2005 I began my loc journey it was a very spiritual transition in my life and in 2014 I was lead to part with my locs an take it back to my short natural. To give a little history when I was a young girl about 9 year old I remember being in the bathroom and combing out my super thick long puffy hair a balling in tear saying to my mom I want to cut it all off. My arms was tired and my was tired of combing to an she made it very clear from this point on your on your own. Read more
My love affair with my afro began at the age of 13. I was getting braids every two weeks for a year when I returned to my hometown, Chicago, to live with my father. Beforehand, I was getting perms on a regular basis like many African American girls and was struggling for a ponytail with more hair in the front than in the back. Read more
Growing up as a child the women in my life would always instill in my that a woman’s hair is her crown & glory.For years I,like so many other black woman would keep my hair permed & constantly chemically & heat treated in order to maintain the “European standard” of what our crown & glory was supposed to look like. Read more
Damian Walter 2nd re-twist trip from Oakland to Los Angeles 12/30/14
January CURLIE Feature of the Month:
Growing up I use to hate my hair, I’d look to everyone else with press and curls and braids with pretty beads and I wished I could have it. I grew up in a conservative family, so I wasn’t allowed to straighten, perm, pretty much do anything manipulative to my hair. At the same time I went to a catholic school out of town that was also conservative, we were prohibited from hair beads, hair barrettes, anything colorful that would “distract” from our uniform.
January LOC Feature of the Month
I’ve always been a natural girl. Lots of braids, puffs and curls. I ended 2006 and began 2007 with many different hair styles. Something was definitely changing. I was in massage school and my vibration was shifting. I used my work time wisely, researching all I could about Dread Locs. I was not a rasta gyal but their meaning resonated well with me. I got my last press & curl in June 2007 for my birthday.
After years and years of loc admiration. It wasn’t until the day I did makeup and photos (I’m a Makeup Artist and Photographer) for Lady Blue, a very well known model and host in the Bay Area a little over three years ago that I realized that this may very well be the very day I decided, that I too, will one day be loc’d as well (Lady Blue just recently cut her locs). This shoot optimizes elegance and Lady Blue will always be well known as my 1st Loc Love.
This video features photos and commentary of both my “loose” natural hair journey as well as my current “loc’d” natural hair journey.
View more about my loc journey here https://curlielocs.com/locs/