Loc winter hat guide


What does a hat in the winter have to do with loc health? Everything.

For one, your hat helps keep you warm. You can lose 30% or more of your body heat by not wearing one. Another necessity is choosing a fabric that won’t rob your locs of moisture. Finally, and most importantly, your hat needs to be comfortable (and look good!).  Here’s the Loc’d Life guide to winter hats for locs….

Avoid wool.  Wool acts as a razor to black hair. Rubbing against it over time and locs will weaken and can snap off at the point of friction. There’s many more options out there. Good other choices: knits or fleeces made from acrylic, polyester, nylon, and various blends of these fabrics that allow the fabric to stretch.

Keep out (outside) moisture. Yes you want to keep your locs moisturized, but not wet from rain and snow.
Choose a synthetic material that wicks moisture.

Line it up. Linings can add to the warmth a hat provides. A full lining  is warmer than a partial one.

Keep your neck warm too. The same properties you would look for in a hat also applies to scarves. Avoid wool, and choose a fabric that keeps in warmth without itchiness.

Avoid lint. Choose yarns that don’t fuzz into balls or disintegrate after washing or with wear. Yarns should hold their strands securely. If in doubt, choose a hat color that matches your hair color. Wash your knits gently as well.

hattrioNow on to the fun stuff: What type of winter hats are out there?  Here’s some loc favorites.

Tams. The veritable loc hat that can protect all of your locs from the winter’s wind and snow.  This hand crocheted tam is available from ChicFanatic on etsy.com. There’s also the red, yellow and green variety. Tams are bigger than berets. They are made to hold long locs.

Beanies/skull caps. By far these are the lowest cost cap you can buy. Ranging from $1 at the beauty supply store to more lavish options, this style does the trick for cold, winter days. Get a style that is long enough to cover your ears. This style is a slouchy beanie also available from ChicFanatic at etsy.com

Trapper hats. These cute and warm hats are not just for kids and the outdoor types anymore. This style also keeps your head and ears warm during the long winter months.. Choose a style that is fun and keeps you warm. This style from Dick’s Sporting Goods (http://www.dickssportinggoods.com) is under the Peruvian Hat category from Columbia. It is made with an Omni-Heat and Omni-Wick technology that retains heat and wicks away moisture.

Have fun during your hat shopping! Winter is just beginning, Stay warm with style. Happy Holidays to you and yours from Loc’d Life.

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

P.S. Don’t forget to get vols. 1 & 2 of our printed editions at http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/399285

More locs in the media

Locs are becoming more mainstream everyday, and images in advertisements only help make them so. Here’s a few of the memorable ads I’ve seen out there…


Weight Watchers Online
This banner ad features a woman who wears locs who lost 100 pounds. What beauty and she wears locs so well.

amtrak_locsTwo professionals talking on the train equals an image boost for locs. Amtrak deserves kudos for this classic ad.

Christian Dior Fragrances
This ad heats up the fragrance market with a sexy image for locs. You can feel the heat with this ad!


Twists and Locs Hair products
This fascinating image has a woman transitioning from braids to locs. Let the transformation begin.

This ad features gray locs in a positive light.screen-shot-2011-10-09-at-2-20-13-pm

We need more of these images in the media so that those who wear locs face less opposition at work and out in the world in general. These images show our diversity, our uniqueness, and our beauty.

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

Loc product discovery


Courtesy Spia Appeal & Beauty

A new reader gave me this tip for moisture. It’s one word: Ojon.

I’ve seen other bloggers talk about this restorative treatment. Little did I know I was in for an exotic treat for my locs.


The Ojon Damage Reverse Restorative Hair Treatment is a jar of magic. The dense mix of Ojon oil, and other essential oils in a solid emulsifies in your hands once scooped up and then applied to your locs. I applied it root to tip on dry, long locs. It took a long time. (The next time I use it I will try it on towel-dried locs. My locs were freshly shampooed and dry.) The results: softer locs, a lubricated scalp, and an overall sense of moisture. The scent is exotic and complex—a nutty, woodsy scent.

The Ojon Damage Reverse Restorative Hair Treatment is the heart of the Ojon line. The line also has shampoos and conditioners for various textures of hair. All revolve around Ojon oil as its main ingredient. It is pricey: a large 3-ounce jar costs $33.00. But for the moisture benefit, it’s worth it. Oils just sit on top of my hair. Water-based products add moisture initially then dry out. What’s needed is an oil that penetrates to the core of the hair and loc shaft with its moisturizing properties.

You can find Ojon online and at beauty retailers such as Sephora and Ulta3. The treatment also comes in the same formula with a lighter scent.

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

P.S. Vols. 1 and 2 of the printed edition are still available at http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/399285

A new loc shampoo and other products

38833e2a5a48f73e958224494bb5c553I was looking around for a castile soap without having to go to the health food store—which was closed at the time.

I was pleased to find this product at Walgreen’s. It is the Ology Lavender Castile Soap. Walgreen’s Ology line of products is described as the first accessible line of products free from harmful chemicals.
The price was right. A 32-ounce bottle was $11.99, compared to $17.99 for the leading brand of castile soap. It was also convenient as many Walgreen’s stores are open 24 hours.


The soap itself was a joy to use. It lathered well, and is filled with olive oil, Jojoba oil, and Vitamin E.

I followed up with Loc-A-Fella Moisturizing Conditioner, which did a good job of moisturizing and rinsed very clean.

Then I used a last product the Mizani Butter Rich Conditioning Hairdress on my towel-dried hair. I wrote about this product in last week’s post. I took a little and rubbed it in from root to ends.

As our locs beg for moisture this winter, I will be exploring ways to moisturize them for you, our readers.

Salon owners, please send me your pictures to info@locdlife.com, as I am working on volume 3 of our printed edition. I can also include you in a future post.

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

P.S. Get volume 1 and 2 of the printed edition at http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/399285

More loc moisture tips

If you’re looking for moisture, look no further than Mizani Butter Rich Deep Nourishing Hairdress.

This nourishing whip of cocoa and shea butters and coconut oil provide the vital moisture that locs need. When I saw “butter” on the label, I was immediately intrigued.

My locs felt really dry lately, due to getting a little lazy with my own nighttime routine. Yes, even I didn’t wrap my hair up at night. When I didn’t, my locs felt like it. I put some on my scalp and worked it down the ends. I stayed at home today, so I wrapped it up and allowed the Mizani to do its thing.

When my locs emerged from my Loc Soc, they were softer. The label says that it can be used on towel-dried or dry hair. Imagine the effects after a fresh shampoo on towel-dried hair. This is essentially a loc butter under the Mizani label.

Mizani has embraced the natural trend and even has a video on loc care and maintenance. They recommend their loc styling gel, Pure Style, and their oil, Supreme Oil.

Here’s the video with an added bonus, a style how-to. Just a new tip to pass on.

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

P.S. Get volumes 1 and 2 of the printed edition at http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/399285

Steam for locs!

Courtesy Dr. Kari Williams, Mahogany Hair Revolution Salon

Courtesy Dr. Kari Williams, Mahogany Hair Revolution Salon

The Huetiful Steamer is a great way to keep your locs moisturized, which is probably one of the biggest problems that loc wearers have.

There are two things to focus on when maintaining the health of your locs:

1. Hydration

2. Moisture

HYDRATION. Dry locs need hydration. The human body is 70% water; a healthy strand of hair is 10% water. No water or hydration will result in brittle, dry locs. The end result of hair that isn’t properly hydrated is that it can break off or lack the luster or shine that you desire.


MOISTURE. Secondly, you have to ensure that you’ve restored the proper amount of oil to your hair. The scalp naturally secretes oil. The challenge with locs is that it is often difficult for those oils secreted from the sebaceous glands to travel down the hair shaft and over hair.

To steam moisturize locs, apply oil to locs (like coconut oil). Pin up locs. Sit under the Huetiful steamer until locs are moisturized. How does it work? Steam lifts the cuticles of each hair strand and allows conditioners to deeply penetrate, resulting in soft, supple locs.

The steamer is a bit pricey, $116.95, but it’s the cost of some loc maintenance appointments. Available at http://huetiful.myshopify.com.

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

Secrets of the loc stitch


Courtesy Adaru Salon.

Need to tighten up your new growth and there’s no salon appointment in the near future? Here’s another way to groom your locs to their very best. This is best done on wet hair.

  1. Get a latchook (like one used in hair weaving or sold at hobby shops).
  2. On towel-dried hair, take one loc and hold it upwards.
  3. Apply twist and lock gel on the new growth and along the loc shaft.
  4. Separate your part so there are clear partings from the surrounding locs.
  5. Insert the latchook into the loose opening created by the new growth, and latch on to and pull the same loc through the opening.
  6. Repeat steps 2 and 4—but from another direction. Do not go through the same opening twice. This will result in a Y shape and a gap in your locs.
  7. Continue until all new growth is stitched.

Attached is a video that shows the process, courtesy of Dynamic Runner. She uses a North, South, East and West approach. She also wraps the loc around the latchook prior to pulling it through, which also works.

A loc and twist gel to try: Fabulocs Loc Binding Butter. It infuses shine and works with resistant, hard to lock hair. Available through mail order at www.fabulocs.com.

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

P.S. Don’t forget to get volumes 1 and 2 of the printed edition by ordering your copy at http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/399285.