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Locs on the Rocks: The Launch Party

On Sunday, July 29, at 3 p.m., join Loc’d Life Magazine as it celebrates three years of publishing. The event, “Locs on the Rocks: The Launch Party” will be held at Uncle Joe’s Tropical Diner, 4655 S. King Drive, 1st Floor, Chicago, Illinois. See a virtual fashion show by Sabreen Sabur’s Royal Closet. Get henna tattoos by Fanta Celah, renowned artist. And we’ll have the 1st ever Loc’d Life Magazine LadyLocs Awards featuring the loc industry’s finest and our loc imagemakers. Don’t miss an afternoon of fun, food, and locs! Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance at www.locdlife.eventbrite.com. Follow the event on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/202296129897214/  Watch @Locdlife on Twitter for updates, too!

The latest for locs

Looking for hold and shine for locs? Try Entwine Couture’s  Crème De La Mold and the 100% Raw and Vegan Argan Oil. The Crème De La Mold is infused with natural butters, oils, and a Micro-Fibrous Holding Technology for starting locs, maintenance, grooming edges and smoothing the loc shaft. The Argan Oil spray moisturizes and adds shine to dry locs. Both contain no mineral oil, petrolatum (both add dirt and buildup), Phthalates or Parabens. Before writing this post, I smoothed some onto my dry locs and the roots after I shampooed earlier in the day. It did define my edges and my partings at the roots. It also added softness and reduced frizziness, which always happens after I shampoo. To order, go to entwinecouture.com

Cultural glam

If you want to adorn your locs for that special occasion or just because, try attaching cowrie shells. These cultural pearls are one of the oldest forms of currency, a symbol of femininity and fertility, and a sign of royalty. They can be applied with either small rubberbands, or if you want them in permanently, you can have them sewn in by your loctician.

Available at craft or beauty supply stores, cowrie shells can be attached to your locs several ways. I found some pre-drilled shells and pushed a small, black 1-inch rubberband through the hole, then pulled one end through the other to form a slip knot of sorts.  Slip a loc through the rubberband loop to attach. You can also attach to the ends by using a bobby pin and slipping it onto the end of one of your locs. Then slide the pin through the opening of the top of a cowrie shell until the loc is inside the opening of the shell. Remove the bobby pin, secure with small rubberbands.

The Next Day

See locs on the big screen in the film, The Next Day, an official selection at the 18th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival in Chicago. The film, written, directed, and starring Alfred Robbins, and featuring co-star DeAnna Dawn (both of whom wear locs), is the story of a relationship that starts with a one-night-stand and ends with unintended consequences, twists, and turns. Two years ago, Loc’d Life interviewed the stars of the then internet serial (See our interview at www.locdlife.com/nextday.html.) If you missed an episode, you can see the full feature length film on Friday, August 10th at 6:15 p.m. and Saturday, August 11th at 8:30 p.m. at the Gene Siskel Film Center. The Next Day has been named the 2012 Official Selection at the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival, and the 2012 Official Selection of the International Black Women’s Festival. For more info and to view the trailer, visit www.siskelfilmcenter.org/blackharvest2012

Get Loc’d Life Magazine, Volume 2

Loc'd Life Magazine, Volume 2

Loc’d Life Magazine, Volume 2

Loc’d Life Magazine is your guide to the loc’d lifestyle. Loc care, loc styles, products, people profiles and salon interviews. All about locs! All hairstyles are locs!

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Get the printed version of Loc’d Life Magazine, Volume 2, mailed direct from hp magcloud. Preview ALL the pages and a line-up of stories, including…

  • Ledisi, Our Locstar and how to achieve her signature updo
  • Role Models: Loc’d models who are rocking the industry
  • Loc’d Life Man, featuring Arizona Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald and men’s styles by Chicago’s Christian Fields Style Bar
  • Chescalocs’ Franchesca Ramsey
  • Putting Style on Top: Fashions of Sabreen Sabur’s Royal Closet
  • Chicago’s Spoken Word artist Awthentik
  • Loc Q&A
  • The Harriet Experiment’s year-long journey to natural hair
  • Exercise and nutrition for you and your locs
  • We Want Locs: an open appeal to imagemakers for more locs in ads, TV and elsewhere
  • Plus a roundup of shampoos and the top oils for locs

You don’t want to miss out on 40 pages all on locs. Get your copy today at www.locdlife.com! (Volume 1 is available, too!)

‘Till next time,
Gail Mitchell
Loc’d Life Magazine

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