Go curly!

These photos originally ran on our site at http://www.locdlife.com. You can do this style two ways, either with free braids or french-braided locs. Photos: Walter Mitchell. Hair: Tracey Verse.

Thank you for all the interest in last week’s post on hair and exercise! I hope that you get inspired to work out and let go of the “locks” we have in our minds about our hair.

Recently, I got inspired about my regular shampoo routine when looking for a style for a special occasion. I rediscovered the joy of braiding my locs, putting them in an updo, wearing this style for a while and unbraiding it for a full hair of curly locs. It’s a simple style to do, and very versatile.

First, shampoo locs with a good shampoo. My staple is Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castile Soap in Rose. It lathers quickly, rinses easily, and leaves a lovely rosy scent. I then either condition or go to the next step of moisturizing. In the past, I have used the SheaMoisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque. I leave it in for about 15 minutes. After rinsing, I apply a light oil to locs, like coconut oil. My favorite is Barlean’s Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil. Finally with a braided style, retwisting my roots is key. My favorite loc gels: Chatto’s Loc Jam, which grooms my roots very well, or Fabulocs Loc Binding Butter which is a mix of shea butter infused with beeswax, for easier hold. (I have not had a problem with buildup.)

Then I braid my locs by parting into sections and simply braiding my locs. I secure the ends with small black rubberbands. You can also French braid sections by parting into long channels towards the crown. When done, you can also secure ends with rubberbands.

Then on to the bun. Secure the base with a rubberband, then you can wrap the braided ends around each other and secure each with bobby pins. Continue this until you have a bubbly bun of pincurled locs. Sit under a hooded dryer to allow to dry, and finish with a light mist of oil sheen. I have used Organic Root Stimulator’s Olive Oil Nourishing Sheen Spray, or mist with your own oil, like the coconut oil mentioned above.

That’s style number one. Wear it for that special occasion or that business meeting. Then to switch it up, unbraid it and voila: a beautiful head of gorgeous curly locs emerge.

I find this to be an easy routine. It’s quick, and even if you don’t have time to sit under a dryer, you can still head for the door. (Try to get to a dryer soon, however.) For the curly look, your locs need to be fully dry before unbraiding. And the curly look helps extend the time between loc maintenance appointments.

The perfect style that works two ways! I have resolved to do this regularly. Otherwise, with my busy schedule, it would probably be the straight look all the time. Once you do this a couple of times, you’ll wonder how you got along without switching things up. My tip to you!

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

 

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