Afrodisiac Formula #3: NaturaLocs

Natural Afrodisac is proud to present NaturaLocs, a loc (and music) aficionado from "across the pond" as she shares her afrodisiac formula:

Tell us who you are, where you're from, what you do.

Hi, I'm NaturaLocs, a music teacher from England UK.

When and why did you decide to go natural and/or start locs?

I decided that locs were for me in Nov 2011 and entered 2012 as a new natural. I think locs are beautiful and I needed a change. Locs will signify my transition from a negative past to a positive future.

What method did you use to transition to natural hair and/or what method did you use to start your locs?

I started wearing kinky twist extensions for about 2 months and cut my hair down to a TWA shortly after. My locs were started with comb coils.

What is your favorite way to style your hair?

I like wearing head scarves and throw in occasional flat twists when shrinkage isn't against me :)

What are 3 products or tools you cannot live without?

I couldn't live without water, olive oil and baking soda for a good cleanse.

What have been some of the challenges and rewards you've experienced with going natural and/or cultivating locs? 

Social confidence has been a challenge recently, it's hard for people to understand why you'd have such "rough" looking hair by choice! I've been inspired to change other aspects of my life and have become more self aware.

What advice do you have for anyone interested in going natural and/or growing locs?

6 months progress
Do it when it feels right, prepare for how to look after your hair in it's new state and avoid obsessing over the wealth of info on the net it can be overwhelming. Only you know for certain what your hair is going through - act accordingly not impulsively.

Where can we find you on the interweb? 

My corner of the web can be found here: http://naturalocs.blogspot.co.uk 
Hair and loc questions to: naturalocs@hotmail.co.uk


The Secret to Long Natural Hair is Out!

Finally!! Natural hair vlogger ChescaLocs has discovered the secret to long, beautiful natural hair.  Whether you have a fro, twist or locs, this product works for everyone.  And she was kind enough to share it with us all.  Even Myleik Teele, founder of CurlBox, endorses this product.  Now, you too can get the long, luxurious locs or full, bountiful afro that you have long coveted on the internet, TV, and magazines.  Hold onto your wallets, because all you need is.......  *drum roll*

Yup. That's it.  If you were hoping for another "miracle" serum or oil to add to the big basket of products under your sink, I'm sorry to tell you that this is the only guaranteed way to have long (natural) hair.   We have become such an instant gratification society that people forget the value and effectiveness of good old fashioned patience.  There is a Zen quote that is a favorite of mine: "Sitting quietly, doing nothing, spring comes and the grass grows by itself."  It is the exact same thing with your hair.  I have heard of people going so far as to put anti-fungal yeast infection medication on their scalp in attempts to make their hair grow faster, when bottom line it just takes patience.  There is nothing that you need to do or add, just let nature do what it does.

I view my locs as a life lesson in patience; that's what they represent to me, and what I hope my children have taken from their own locs. People ask us "Oh! How did you get your hair so long and pretty??" and my answer is "Nothing."  "Nothing" is an oversimplified answer, but the real answer is not much more complicated: it's patience.  Patience is the reason why I am a big advocate of the Big Chop method of transitioning to natural hair.  Patience is why I am not an advocate of "loc extensions" as a way of starting locs.  It is hair, it WILL grow back with no effort or intervention on your part (besides, of course, keeping your overall health in order).  Stop obsessing over the length of your hair and one day you will look up and realize "Wow.... my hair is really long."   

So, save the Monistat for your lady parts, leave the new miracle products on the store shelf, and put away your rulers.  You already have everything you need to get the long, beautiful hair that you so desperately desire....Patience.