Hope that you are enjoying your September. Here’s a letter that came in my inbox that I’m happy to answer…
I am in the Washington, DC area. I have had my consult about locking my natural hair. It is time, but I do not like the shrinkage of my natural hair (Still working on that part of my acceptance of my love affair of natural hair). However I discovered your online family and have been reading non-stop. I am doing research on the Yarn/genie locs phenomenon. I want to loc my hair and then add the genie locs on to help it along. My request for help comes in looking for someone in the DC/MD/VA area that specializes in the 2 processes.
Is it a good idea, or not? I am hungry for knowledge. If I don’t get help soon, I will either cut it all off or go back to the dreaded “creamy”. I won’t even say the rest of the word. That is an absolute LAST resort.
Genie Locs are a great way to let your hair rest and grow and to try locs out at the length you desire. They are truly instant locs. Loose hair is palm rolled and wrapped with yarn. The other process involves braiding the hair with yarn. Moisturizing is important to keep your hair at optimal health. These are temporary, however, but the result is a head full of length that look and feel like natural locs. In my research, one loctician recommended genie locs for that in-between period of when comb coils go through that “messy” stage right before your natural hair starts to lock.
I found two hair braiders in your area that can do the yarn braids: Obsession by Maria in Silver Spring, MD (240-413-4593) and Bamba’s Hair Braiding in Richmond, VA (804-745-2062). Check out each for what you’re looking for in genie locs. It’s a start, and I will continue to look out for more. Good luck on your natural hair and loc journey.
P.S. Don’t forget to get volumes 1 and 2 of our printed edition at http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/399285.