I started my locs I think like 8 or 9 years ago after I was seriously seriously tired of having my hair ripped out while I was getting it braided at the braiding salon in Charlotte we frequented. I’m also terribly tenderheaded, so the whole thing was a bad deal.
So my hair’s long, looks pretty well kempt for the most part, but it can be hard work when I’m working out.
There’s also the stigma that locs aren’t clean that I like to shake, so I have to make sure that between running, Running for Haiti, teaching classes, and working out, that I’m keeping it together, looking nice, and smelling clean. You go too long between a wash and this mane begins to cry out for some salvation.
I know you’re probably curious about how all of this works. So usually, when people ask me questions about my hair (maybe a little more often than I’d like), they ask if I can wash it (yes), and how I wash/maintain it. About once every other week, my hair starts looking a royal mess. You can see, especially in that picture to the far left, that my roots are super fuzzy and fluffy. Usually around this point, my scalp is begging for some relief, especially in dry weather. So I wash with Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Threat Invigorating Shampoo and Conditioner, which leaves me minty fresh. Finally, I take about an hour and twist every individual loc with a clear twist and loc gel. Easy as pie. So if you’re thinking about locking it up, go for it! It requires some maintenance, but if you’re like me, and you were just completely over braids, weaves, hot combs, or perms, this may be the style for you. Doesn’t look half bad on me right?