My locs mean a lot to me. I have had my locs over seven years and it still feels like I’ve only begun my journey. It may seem strange to others but my locs have helped me to become more bold and proud. If I didn’t know any better I would say the weight from my locs have lifted my chin and forced my head to rise in confidence. I understand the concept of I am not my hair, but I would be wrong to deny that my hair plays a role in my life. Where I would once waver I now stand firm. I am locd up but free.
A lot of people warned me about getting my hair locked. They told me that it would be a permanent choice and eventually I would regret it. They said the only way to not have dreadlocks were to shave my head. For those who have encountered these warning, understand that those opinions are from people who don’t understand all the methods of locking your hair. Please know there are several designs and styles for locs and in seven years I have not tired from the many ways I can wear my locs. Also, you should know there are several processes that can be taken if one was to tire from their locs. Unlocking your locs are possible though it is hard work and timely.
I’ve colored my dreadlocks green and red before for black history month. For me, it represented the knowledge I had of the colors for the African Diaspora. I’ve never had a hard time coloring my dreadlocks at all. Though I will warn others to not over color their dreadlocks, but that is with any type of hair period. For African Americans, over-coloring or over washing can cause your hair to weaken and strip your hair of its needed natural oils. I love the dying process after all the mess and work but I will admit I love my beautiful black dreads the best.
Coloring your Dreadlocks
- Strip your hair of its color by the bleaching process
- Wait a week (this will help not to over-process your hair too close together)
- Apply preferable dye on the bleached locs
- Let sit for 30 to 45minutes
- Rinse thoroughly
- You have dyed your locs!!!!
If you ever think about cutting your locs remember don’t let it overwhelm you. Though versatile you may be ready for a change that your locs can’t grant you. I know someone that had cut and grown there locs three times in their lifetime. Each time I’m sure she has discovered new tricks and has gotten a greater understanding of her hair. So many people have even kept their hair for a memento or to be attached back later on. Then there are those who even found great places to donate their locs for those who are in need.
African American women are blessed to have hair that can be styled in many ways. We hate to be placed in a box and our hair is living proof of that. There are so many times in life where African Americans have walked on eggshells with the way they speak, dress, or think. In a land of the free, we hate to feel imprisoned because of our differences. In the work field or my personal life I don’t allow the negative opinions of dreadlocks to waver me. I am locd up and free.
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