Role Models: Fanta Celah and our new magazine

Photo by Ben Mays

In the fourth of our Role Models series, I talk to Fanta Celah, artist and creative force.

Tell me about yourself.

I am a fine artist of 16 years. I’ve done jewelry for 12 years, henna tattoos for 15 and have been a jazz vocalist  for soca. Basically I get healing energy from all different forms of art  to heal the world with the art I produce.  My work has been shown in  Europe, London, Senegal and Dakar. I appear at mostly art festivals, one at Lake Meadows here in Chicago this summer and the Ethnic festival in Evanston.

What inspires your art?

It comes naturally. My father was an artist and passed it down to me. Nature, sunsets, being out in nature also inspires, and I like to share this with the world. The heavens and the earth are different beautiful things.

Loc’d since: I have been wearing locs for 13 years. I’ve worn a natural for all my life, and I came to a point  of being tired of doing the twisting and untwisting of  braids. I had an afro at first. I started with 6 inches, then I let it loc. I enjoyed it.

How have locs impacted you?

It takes you out of the box. You have more creative self-expression. It takes a lot of courage to wear locs. The public is looking at you all the time. It makes you a stronger person, and it builds self-esteem. My locs have been perceived well by every race and every culture. Your hair is such a force, it is memorable, and no one forgets who I am.

My loc claim to fame:

My “cosmic crown” style (pictured above). I designed it three years ago. I have eight major locs. One day I came to an epiphany I thought to myself, why don’t you just bind them together? So I did, forming spirals (and securing them with jewelry and accessories.

What are your loc tips?

My locs are formed with the freeform method. I started using a natural Indian bar soap. At first I didn’t use any oils as my locs were forming. I wanted my hair to be coarse. Now I wash with a tea tree oil shampoo and conditioner. For oils, I use olive oil and grapeseed oil. I worry about buildup, so I use fresh lemon juice to clarify and to strip excess oils away. I also use castor oil to revive a really dry scalp.

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Till next time
Gail Mitchell
Loc’d Life Magazine

Not a faux pas

If imitiation is the sincerest form of flattery, then these celebs gave locs the ultimate compliment. Stars are known for mixing it up when it comes to hairstyles, and faux locs are no exception. When Rihanna recently appeared on American Idol with her loc’d look, we knew that locs have arrived. Here’s a list of some of the best faux looks to hit the red carpet…

She rocked the loc’d look on American Idol last week with an updo that sizzled. Synthetic hair was used to create this look. Her bangs were left relaxed. She wrote that as a teen she wanted to try locs, but mom didn’t agree with the look. Looks like Rihanna ventured out to the loc’d side, afterall!
Erykah Badu
Badu wore the loc’d look when she debuted. (She admitted they were extensions in an article.) This is a great look for thicker locs with color. (See how she accessorized her locs with flowers in this post.)
Jill Scott
Scott rocked the red carpet with this loc’d look. Here, sides are cut into a fade, making the addition of loc extensions not as arduous as applying to the whole head.
This latin rocker also tried a loc’d look on the red carpet. Locs were achieved by parting hair into sections, using a styling product and twisting each section in loose two-strand twists. This can also be tried with relaxed and loose natural hair.
Aissa Måiga
This French actress loves to mix it up when it comes to hairstyles. She’s worn twisted loc styles frequently. However, in this Elle cover, we believe that afro hair was used to form the locs for a more textured look. (See our upcoming printed annual featuring another loc’d look for Maiga.)
Yes, Beyoncé. Twitter fan @mzdondiva paid the ultimate homage to locs online with this photo illustration. (It’s amazing what Photoshop can do!) Loc’d Life thinks Beyoncé would come out on top with this look!

If you’re interested in loc extensions, here’s a few things to know…

They’re not cheap!
Loc extensions are expensive. Locticians must first buy hair, then hand-form each loc. That’s before you even get into the chair. Once you arrive, he or she will need to attach each loc to each parted section. Be prepared for a long process before and during your appointment. And keep your wallet open for unexpected costs!

They still need maintenance.
If done with synthetic hair, it is crucial to keep your own hair and the synthetic hair moisturized, or you’ll have a mess on your hands (and possible breakage).

They are still versatile.
You can do just about everything you could do with real locs. Wash and go, various hair styles—you name it—it’s all OK.

Only you (and the person that saw you yesterday) know its fake.
If done professionally, loc extensions are virtually undetectable. You’ll have to explain your instant length later.

Loc extensions or the real thing?
There’s a debate out there about authenticity when it comes to locs. Are loc extensions cheating, a trend, a viable quick-change, or just plain wrong? Some say locs are a journey that one should embark on, relishing in the natural progression of length. Some can’t wait and want them now. What do you think? Vote here and we’ll let you know in a future post. (Comment too!)

Till next time,
Gail Mitchell
Loc’d Life Magazine

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