Loc salon tour


In the first of a series on the country’s leading loc salons, we feature Jahzin’s House of Locks in Brooklyn, NY.

JAHZIN HOUSE OF LOCKS opened in April 2006.


Jahzin Goodluck Werq

Today, Jahzin Goodluck Werq’s salon hosts a variety of services for natural hair. Her specialty is locs.

Jahzin started her career at the age of 13 by braiding and twisting her friends hair on her parents Brooklyn, NY porch. At 17, she was offered the opportunity to work in a natural hair salon also in Brooklyn. By age 20, she decided to pursue her dream of opening a natural hair salon. She wanted a place “where customers are welcomed to relax in a ‘spa-like’ environment.” Jahzin House of Locks seems to fit the bill.

As a Rastafarian woman, Jahzin wants to change how others view locs, and to show how versatile they are. Her creations include updos, and twisted locs. Says Ms. Werq, “Locks was always a natural art I wanted to master in this lifetime.” From the look of these styles, her mastery is well on its way.

DSC02109Jahzin House of Locks is located at:

Jahzin House of Locks™
5009 Beverly Road
Brooklyn NY 11203
(tel) 1-347-689-8839

IMG_1508Email: jahzinwork@hotmail.com

Salons: If you’d like to be featured, send your pictures and your story to info@locdlife.com. For best coverage, send hi res photos of your salon interiors, and your styles and a picture of yourself, the owner.

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

Don’t forget to get vols. 1 and 2 of our printed edition at http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/399285.

More locs Q&A

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-locsGenie 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.

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

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

Locs color play


Loc’d Life’s email found a beautiful submission in its inbox recently—the work of Janice Brown of Tarbaby Hair Design.

Born in Jamaica, Brown started styling hair at nine years old, and has been in the natural hair business for the past 25 years. Trained in all hair textures, Brown specializes in the art of freestyle cornrow design. Her work has been featured on television, stage, and video, and Brown has styled hair from Philadelphia and New York and Florida, to California, Hawaii, London, and Japan. Her work has graced the pages of Essence magazine, Braids & Beauty and other international hair magazines.


Take a look at her colorful work here and you’ll see why. In style #1, see this updo with yellow and green locs throwing this updo a funky twist. In style #2, green and yellow locs peek playfully from the edges of this variation style. In style #3 colorful spirals emerge, cascading in this asymmetrical updo.

1177850497002 %283%29For more on this locstar, check out her salon, Tarbaby Hair Design, in Brooklyn, New York. Appointments may be hard to get, but definitely worth the wait! Look for more on this loc star at Loc’d Life. If you’re a salon with great photos of your work, send them on to info@locdlife.com.

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

P.S. Don’t forget if you haven’t already done so to get volume 1 and 2 of our printed edition at http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/399285.

5 reasons to love your locs


Ledisi shows how versatile locs can be.

Bad hair days? Not with mature locs. Love your locs. Here’s five reasons why….

  1. They are unique. Each loc is unique. Each person’s locs are unique. No two heads of locs are the same. Color your locs, and even the hair color is interpreted uniquely. No style says that you are an individual more than locs.
  2. They are natural. This style is not your chemical romance, here. Every strand is hand-formed, cultivated from your natural beauty.
  3. They are yours. At least they should be. I know that some of us have loc extensions, but try to grow your own gradually. It is a personal spiritual journey that only you can embark.
  4. They are convenient. They are wash-and-go.  You don’t have to worry about the rain. You don’t have to worry about heat and humidity. Your hands are the only comb you’ll need.
  5. They are versatile. You can wear a ponytail. You can section and twist into simple French braids or cornrows or ornate coils and bantu knots. Your loc’d texture can go into any style you choose.

Just a little affirmation for the journey.

gail1‘Till next time,
Gail Mitchell

P.S. There’s still time to get volumes 1 and 2 of Loc’d Life’s printed edition at http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/399285

Liquid Gold: The top oils for locs—Jojoba oil



In this installment of our series, we look at Jojoba oil. Most like the natural oils found in our skin, jojoba oil is the liquid wax produced from the seed of the simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) plant, native to southern Arizona, southern California, and northwestern Mexico.

In its unrefined state, the wax is a golden liquid. Refined jojoba oil is colorless and odorless. It has a long shelf life unlike other essential oils, because it does not contain triglycerides, or an ester derived from glycerol and another three fatty acids. It is rarely sold unrefined.


Jojoba has been touted as the most natural oil because it is most like human sebum, the very oil our skin produces. It is non-toxic, non-comedogenic, and non-allergenic. This means that it won’t clog pores and won’t cause any allergic reactions. It does not leave a greasy feeling on the skin. It also contains some of the tocopherols found in Vitamin E. It protects against damage from free radicals and it is antibacterial. It can be used as a fungicide to prevent mildew. As mentioned before, bacteria on the scalp can lead to some forms of hair loss.

Jojoba can be used as a carrier oil, or an oil that can be mixed with other essential oils for more economical delivery. It can also be used by itself in moisturizing your locs and scalp because it is so much like the oils the human body produces. It also has a good price point.

Try jojoba. Whether you use it on your locs as a daily oil or as a hot oil treatment, its properties won’t disappoint.

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

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Are locs getting more of a bad rap?

prisonstripes smallHip hop has its stars that sport locs. Lil Wayne, Lil Jon, are just some of the rappers who wear locs as a part of their image.

Athletes, businessmen and women, entertainers, and socially-conscious cultural icons have been wearing locs more than ever.

But I see a troubling trend in our culture. Criminals are wearing locs, too.

Look at news reports recently, and an increasing number of mug shots show suspects for murders, thefts, and a host of other crimes who not only wear locs, but are unfortunately cultivating another meaning of “dread”. It creates social profiling—meaning the belief that the next black male one sees walking down the street—that fits a certain look—will be the next perpetrator of a crime. Mug shots of criminals with locs in the news (and the sites that collect them) do nothing more than help perpetrate this profile that locs do invoke dread. Not just the poor image aesthetic of the past, but a more menacing one.

We’ve seen where social profiling has gotten some of our youth. The Trayvon Martin case is just one example. It is unfortunate that in our society today, one is judged by not just the color of their skin, but by the way they carry themselves. Others will still cross the street and still clutch their purses even closer no matter what the facts. Even if the person wearing the locs or the hoodie may be a straight “A” student or a positive role model.

We should be free to wear our hair to express ourselves. We should also look to our own sisters and brothers not to bring our own images down. The key word is “should”. The content of one character really shows when one faces the viewer with a bar of numbers below one’s face.

Until character is reflected more truly, our society will continue to stereotype locs— and the people who wear them.

I hope that our youth wakes up to this fact soon. The very freedoms that we enjoy today—expressing ourselves with our hair—could be held back for all of us. The very mug shot one sees in the news could be the last thing a potential boss sees at night. He, she, or someone who is in a position of power to make a choice about one’s image may have drawn their own conclusions.

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

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

Lint…and how to deal with it in your locs


I’ve been wanting to do a post on lint in a while but something always stops me. I think it is how insignificant a speck of cotton, fabric or other fibrous substance can be. Then it hit me…lint is one of the biggest public enemies of locs.

If deeply embedded into the loc, you can weaken or unravel that spot along the loc shaft trying to remove the lint. And lint is an image problem. Nothing says unkempt than a loc’d head full of lint. Here’s how to deal…

  1. There’s surgery. You can use your fingers, tweezers, or what ever is fine enough to work it out. Again, as I said above, it could disrupt or weaken the cylindrical shaft of your locs. This method is tenacious, but effective.
  2. There’s apple cider vinegar. Rinsing with ACV can remove lint from locs. Some say that it even brings the lint to the surface. Mix water and vinegar together and saturate your locs with the solution. Scrub each loc while massaging it through. Follow up with a warm-water rinse and dry with a lint free towel.
  3. Tie it up. Making sure that your locs are tied up at night is the #1 thing you can do to stop lint.
  4. Color it. Lint may be so entrenched that you many need to color the lint to match your hair color. When all else fails, dyeing your locs is one solution. Another: a box of permanent markers. Using brown or black, color the loc shaft areas that contain lint until it’s undetectable.

Find the right method, and remember, lint is manageable.

Dont forget to get volumes 1 and 2 of our printed edition at http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/399285.

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

Sun and fun for locs

summer locs

Summer is here and what better way to celebrate than to get your Loc’d Life guide to summer healthy locs. How will your locs enjoy the summer? Here’s how…

  1. Water is your friend. Drink plenty of water to keep dryness away. Rinse with plenty of water after each shampoo. Rinse with plenty of water to remove saltwater from your locs, which will dry them out (And if you read last week’s post, salt water will help your hair loc in your early stages, but it is drying.). If you think about it, your locs need water to survive. Make sure you have plenty available.
  2. Chlorine is not. Remember, after every dip in the pool, you need to remove chlorine from your locs or they will become so dry and brittle they will snap off. Seriously. It’s a chemical that, if left in your locs, and if your locs are color-treated, beware. Use a chlorine-removing shampoo and rinse well to remove.
  3. Moisture, moisture, moisture. Oils and water help keep your locs supple throughout drier, hot climates, and are good general practice all year long. Use a good conditioner, like one from the Jane Carter Solution, to keep locs moisturized.
  4. Beat the heat. To those of you with longer lengths, locs can be hot and heavy along your neckline in the summer’s heat. Wear updos, bantu knots, and other creative styles to keep lengths away from the neck and face. It also adds variety to your locstyle.
  5. Color adjustment. Know going into the summer that your haircolor will lighten in the rays of the sun. Keep this in mind when selecting a hue for your locs.
  6. Shampoo regularly. It’s hot, your scalp perspires, and you use products on your locs. Add exercise and chlorine into the mix, and need I say more?

Follow these tips, and loc care and maintenance will be a summer breeze!

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