The gift of locs, part I


Woman smilingIt’s that time of year when your Christmas gift list gets longer and the options are nowhere in sight. No need to worry—Loc’d Life is here to give you a list of what you can get your loc’d ones…

  1. Dreads by Francisco Mastalia and Alfonze Pagano. This book is the ultimate coffee table tribute to locs. Full of beautiful black and white photography of loc wearers from around the world and their stories, Dreads takes you on a journey full of history, culture, and self-revelation. The forward is written by author Alice Walker, of The Color Purple fame. Available on
  2. Nice Dreads by Lonnice Britenum Bonner. This book inspired me to start Loc’d Life and to start my locs. An easy read from cover-to-cover, Bonner tells her loc story from her session in the chair to family reactions. It is also a guide for care, which includes shampoos and conditioning and what to do afterwards such as palm rolling and locstitching. Exercising, swimming, Sisterlocks, and other topics are discussed with humor, and a down-to-earth style that’s engaging. Also available at
  3. The Loc’d Life Journal. An exclusive from Loc’d Life Magazine to you. If you just started your locs, record your thoughts and progress here. See how you transform as your locs change also. If you are well into your journey, it’s not too late to record how you feel about your locs and how others view you. Tape pictures of your growth and progress, too.  Click here to order from Loc’d Life Magazine.
  4. Create a gift set with SheaMoisture products. The line is full of shampoos, conditioners, and other products to thoroughly cleanse, condition, and leave your locs in optimal health. Try the African Black Soap Deep Cleanser with the African Black Soap Purifying Mask. Mix and match with other products for a unique gift set. This deep cleansing formula is perfect to remove buildup from too many products.
  5. Sample some of the best essential oils for your locs with the Plantlife Natural Body Care Basic Sampler Set. Get six top oils: Lavender, Tea Tree, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, and Sweet Orange oils. Lavender relaxes, tea tree cleanses, peppermint and eucalyptus stimulate blood flow to the scalp for growth, and sweet orange calms and soothes. Available online at

Some tips in getting loc gifts:

Select the right ingredients. Choose products that are free of petroleum and mineral oil—a staple in products for Black hair that preserves, but attracts dirt to hair. Look for more natural ingredients.

Look for the unique. The web is a great place to start for unique gifts for the loc wearer on your list. Custom shower caps for longer locs, loc jewelry, loc ties, and other accessories abound.

Have fun. Create your own unique set for your loc’d one if in doubt. Get a special box tied with ribbon or a gift basket to seal the deal.

gail1‘Till next time,
Gail Mitchell
Loc’d Life Magazine
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