A Newsletter for Naturals Sponsored by Natural Roots by Jey, LLC

                    Winter 2009

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Locs or Dreads
Dear Jey
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Greetings Naturals!

This issue of NATURALIZM™, A Newsletter For Naturals, is dedicated to LOCS, LOCS, LOCS! Dreadlocks for some - locs for others, is there a difference? Yes, there is. I am encouraged regularly by the increased number of new clients seeking the ultimate natural hair commitment. 

Locs are beautifully expressed in many forms, styles, lengths, and colors.  In this issue we will explore the loc journey. Readers, naturals, loc wearers and aspiring loc wearers will see common issues from a different perspective and gain a better understanding of the locing process. Having started my own locs and having received certification from The Institute of African Holistic Medicine & Science empowers me to do my work better. And as I learn more each day, I will share my knowledge with you. My loc journey has been an exciting one! Consequently, I feel like a new mother each time I start a garden of baby locs. I hope you enjoy this issue and I affirm that your loc journey can be a positive experience that uplifts and empowers you with a renewed self-awareness and respect for locs in any form.

Natural By Nature,

Jeunesse (Jey) Hall
Editor-In-Chief, NATURALIZM™ Newsletter
Manager & Stylist, NATURAL ROOTS BY JEY, LLC

FEATURE: Why The Dread of Locks?
By Ghana Mma

When asked of their reason for locking, many African Americans explain their decision as an expression of cultural pride, or an embracing of their African ancestry. It is ironic then, that many Africans (in Africa and the Diaspora) still have a very negative, if not ignorant, perception of dreadlocks, and of those who choose this style of hair. Without a doubt, the subject of dreadlocks in African communities is an especially touchy one. While the basis for the often hostile response to locks is debatable, the negative perception is nonetheless pervasive.

Many non-African blacks are surprised to learn that in such West African countries as Nigeria, dreadlocks are usually associated with madness, dirtiness, or homelessness. The mention of dreadlocks brings to mind the mad man with unforgivably nappy hair, wildly wandering the streets in tattered and stained clothing, scratching his armpits, and yelling at invisible passersby. I have several African friends, men and women, whose parents have promised disownment, should their child decide to do the unthinkable. The issue truly is that deep.

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What are locs?
A: Locs are matted strands of hair.

How long does my hair have to be in order to start the locing process?
A: NRBJ requires at least 2 inches of natural hair to start the locing process. However, the process tends to go smoother when the hair is longer. In fact, 4 to 5 inches is ideal.

Will my hair grow when I have locs?
A: Absolutely! Locs grow faster and longer than any other hairstyle. Keep in mind however, that the health of your locs will depend on a number of factors. For example, product usage and maintenance technique will affect the overall condition of your locs, including the length.

How does NRBJ start a client's locs?
A: Locs are sized according to the client's hair texture and length and are started with 2-strand twists. After the twists are complete, the client will not come back for six weeks, nor will they shampoo. This six-week period will give the hair time to begin the locing process with minimal interruption. Six weeks is not written in stone, just highly recommended. After six weeks the client comes back and we will begin a regular maintenance routine every three to four weeks (shampoo and re-tightening of the new growth). Then we will nourish the scalp with a light scalp cream coupled with a stimulating massage. Afterwards, we re-tighten the locs using our fingers and a spray bottle of water; no special creams or butters. Loc wearers have to be very cautious with how and what products are used on locs. Because of their sponge-like qualities, locs are more likely to hold onto products, dirt, and debris, better known as build-up. For this reason, hot oil treatments are favored for loc wearers over cream-based conditioning treatments.

We will continue with regular maintenance for the next few months as the hair transforms from 2-strand twists into baby locs, then mature locs.  Some clients notice a lot of fuzz during the transformation, while others have minimal fuzz. This is normal and will decrease as the locs mature and solidify. The length of this process can vary depending on a client's texture and level of activity, anywhere from nine to eighteen months, but it is hard to forecast.

We do not provide touch up services. Each appointment includes a scalp examination and a full shampoo. This allows us to monitor the client's scalp and overall hair health. It also minimizes build up on the scalp and in the locs.

What happens if I don't like it and want to take them out, will I have to cut my hair off?
A: This is the most common misconception about and deterrent to starting locs. You do not have to shave your head when you no longer want locs. Here are the ways to take locs out:
  •  BIG Chop, you can cut locs down to the new growth. You will be left with an inch or more of hair depending on how much new growth you have.
  •  BIG Chop with shaved head. Cut the locs out and visit the barber for a low cut.
  •  Alternatively, if you would like to save the bulk of your hair, you can follow the method discussed later in the newsletter. This method has worked for many, but may not work on everyone or every type of loc. For additional information on removing locs read the article below entitled "Loc Removal".

How often will I need my hair washed and maintained?
A: Contrary to the misinformation out there that says 6 to 8 weeks is sufficient, regular maintenance (shampoo and re-tightening) should be done every 3 to 4 weeks. Every 2 weeks, with minimal twisting) if you have severely dry scalp.

Is beeswax good for locs?
A: Absolutely NOT! Beeswax, gels, and heavy grease are a detriment to healthy locs. Beeswax sticks to the locs and leaves a thick residue on the strands. When the hair is wet it feels slimy and has a visibly, sticky, white film.

I don't want my locs fat like dreads, how is the size determined?
A:  The size of a client's locs will depend on a number of factors. The most important factor is the size of the starter twists. If the twists are started fairly large then the size of the mature loc will be large or vice versa. The important thing to remember is that the loc will not remain the size of the initial twists. During the maturation phase the locs will expand, almost swell, to the size of the part. A healthy, mature loc will be of the same thickness from root to tip. Consult a qualified professional to start your locing process.

Can I color my locs?
A: Yes, but consult a hair color professional.

Is it best to start locs with long or short hair?
A: Locs can be started with at least 2 inches of natural hair. However, the longer the hair, the smoother the transition. This is because shorter hair (depending on the texture) may unravel in certain areas and may require a little more TLC and a lot more patience.

I had my locs latch hooked a few times and now they look and feel completely different. What happened?
A: The latch hook method used to re-tighten Sisterlocks(tm) was developed and trademarked by Dr. JoAnne Cornwell in 1993. According to the official Sisterlocks(tm) site, "...no unauthorized individuals can lawfully offer our system." Unfortunately, there are a number of people who 'know how to' use the latch hook and assume this method is perfectly okay to use on traditional locs. The truth is latch hooking thins out traditional locs, which are at least 4 times the thickness of Sisterlocks. Picture this: a loc with the thickness of a regular drinking straw thinning down from the root to the thickness of an incense. In addition, the texture of the latch hooked hair will feel completely different from  the rest of the loc, usually stiffer. Further, there may no longer be any new growth, as it has all been latched down to the scalp. Clients have commented on how painful this can be. This is a classic case of "buyer beware". If you did not start your locs as Sisterlocks with a qualified, ethical Sisterlock technician, do not use the latch hook or allow anyone else to use it on your locs. Refer to the official site www.sisterlocks.com for the most reliable information if you are interested in Sisterlocks.

Would you like to post your question in the next Q&A section of NATURALIZM™ Newsletter? Email your question to info@naturalrootsbyjey.com.
Dear Jey:

I started my locs in 2-strand twists about 9 months ago and some of
the back ones are loced and all of them are starting to loc at the root.
I tried this product called Jamaican Mango and Lime locing creme and over a
couple months I have noticed build-up like little balls in some of the
locs. I have untangled a few locs to get some build-up out and washed it. Is
there anything that can be done without cutting my locs off? -- T. Brown

Hello Travis, thank you for contacting NRBJ for your natural hair care needs. I am sorry you had this bad experience with a product claiming to be good for locs. Just remember, locs are like a sponge and will absorb whatever you put on them. Unfortunately, a lot of products do not wash out completely and begin to build-up within the loc. Think of your locs as your garden. Would you want to spray pesticides and other harmful agents on your garden.... no you would not. Anyway, try a clarifying shampoo and apple cider vinegar (lemon juice is also good) to soak your locs and break up the build-up. The acidic properties will loosen the build-up and hopefully wash out.  It will not be washed out completely your first wash; it may take a few shampoos depending on the severity of the build-up. But you MUST stop using that product and any product to twist your locs with immediately to prevent any further build-up. Please let me know how this works for you. Thanks again for your submission and I will make sure you receive a copy of the newsletter.

Hello Jey,
I was looking at your website and just wanted to know how much you charge to re-tighten Sisterlocks?  I have had my locks in for 5 months now going in to my 6th.  My loctician recently moved away and referred me to someone else.  She does good work but when I leave and get home my hair is just too tight.  I have to re-wash it when I get home to get it to loosen up.  I have told her that it is too tight but she continues to do the same.
My hair is very thin and it is a result from letting someone put braids in that said that they knew what they were doing.  I have invested a lot of money in my hair with the locks and want to continue with them.  And by it being so thin I can really wear it down.  I started wearing it down until I began going to the loctician that I have now.  It always looks like I have just gotten my locks put in.  The fullness that I once had is never there anymore.  I just had them re-tightened my hair on the 16th and I'm trying to hold on to what hair I have left.
I read some of your testimonals on your website and was very impressed.   Are you taking on new customers? Also can you offer some suggestions for styles? I look forward to hearing back from you soon. --A. Jones

The latch hook technique can be very damaging to the hair and scalp, especially when it is done too tightly and by an unqualified person. I am not a Sisterlock technician and I don't use the latch hook at all, but I encourage you to go to the official Sisterlock website to find a qualified stylist. Alternatively, it would be my pleasure a assist you in transitioning to traditional locs if you desire.
Naturally You! Magazine

How many times have you heard, "I like your dreads", and cringed by the implication of what 'dreads' means to you. Some people do not mind, but many cultivated loc wearers do. The terms locs and dreads are often used interchangeably, as they both refer to ropes of matted hair. There is however, a distinct difference between the two. The following descriptions are intended to help you distinguish between the terms.

Organic Locs

Organic locs are more widely referred to as dreads or dreadlocks and are formed as the name implies - organically. The hair is washed regularly, but not combed, allowing the hair to mat with no interference. This typically results in thick locs of different shapes and sizes - these are the locs most often associated with interchangeably. Example: Bob Marley

Freeform Locs

Freeform locs are similar to organic locs in that they aren't "tightened" or "maintained." However, freeform locs are cultivated to a degree, as the hair is separated (not parted, just pulled apart in "chunks") into fairly uniform sections after washing. There is no parting, palm rolling, twisting, or latching. Example: Lil Wayne

Cultivated Locs

Cultivated locs are more widely referred to as locs and are formed using various methods. What sets them apart from organic locs and freeform locs is that they are parted into sections of about equal size and regularly maintained, using one of several methods to tighten the new growth. Cultivated locs are usually relatively neat and uniform in appearance. Example: NRBJ Clients

Types of cultivated locs include:
  • Traditional locs
  • BradeLocz
  • Nappy Locs
  • Sisterlocks(tm)

Source: http://www.loclovers.com/Types-of-Locs/1
While many Rastafarians do wear dreadlocks, they are not the only group of people who wear dreadlocks, nor are they even the originators of the hairstyle. There are many theories as to where exactly dreadlocks got started, but it is clear that they existed long before the Rastafarian religion, thus one cannot label all people with dreadlocks as being Rastafarian.  Many believe that Egypt was the origin of dreadlocks, since ancient Egyptian artifacts clearly depict people with dreadlocks. Mummified remains have also been recovered that wore dreadlocks. While the term "dreadlocks" was actually coined by the Rastafarians, this hairstyle even has roots in the Bible. There are many references in the Old Testament that imply that many Biblical people wore dreadlocks, including the story about Sampson and Delilah. It makes a statement about "the seven locks in his head" and how a man's potency is related to that.

Dreadlocks are considered to be a spiritual hairstyle because of the old belief that the spiritual energies are released through the top of one's head. It is believed that if the hair is knotted, the spiritual energy cannot escape, which leaves the person with knotted hair stronger and healthier in spirit. India is another place where dreads are said to have originated. During the Industrial Era, most people wearing dreads were from India.
A lot of different people have dreadlocks for a lot of different reasons.

Some people do it for spiritual reasons, others for cultural and some even loc their hair as 'anti-vanity'.  Dreadlocks have significance to anyone who decides to have them. For some it may be a reminder of the loss of a loved one, or a new birth.  They can represent life, love, death or faith, amongst many other things.  There is not one worldwide reason for getting dreadlocks.

It is common for people of all cultures to get dreadlocks because they are searching for a link to their roots, their past.  Others want to feel closer to nature and less like a prisoner to straighteners and combs.  Why spend hours styling your hair into what's 'fashionable' today, when tomorrow some celebrity will do something different that will be the new 'fad'?

In Jamaica the term dreadlocks was first recorded in the 1950s as a derogatory term when the "Young Black Faith", an early sect of the Rastafari which began among the marginalized poor of Jamaica in the 1930s, ceased to copy the particular hairstyle of Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia and began to wear dreadlocks instead. It was said that they looked 'dreadful' with their locks, which gave birth to the modern name 'dreadlocks' for this ancient style.

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On October 20, 2008, at the age of 42, I started my second set of earth locs. I call my locs interchangeably earth locs, garden locs, or Nubian locs - NOT dreadlocks. I believe that the terminology 'dreadlocks' forms a negative connotation. Because we are role models when we choose to wear our hair natural, we need to send a positive message when we refer to our hair in its natural state. Hence, there is nothing dreadful about our natural hair and locs.  By not using the word 'dreadlocks' we educate our race and other ethnicities about the beauty of our hair in its natural state. We also gain self-respect, self-actualization, and a positive self-image when we use positive terms to describe our natural hair.
My first set of earth locs was started on March 4, 2002, at the age of 36. A loctician started my locs, but I maintained my earth locs (uncultivated) myself for 4 1/2 years until I cut them off on September 6, 2006 (just past my 40th birthday). You may ask, what brought me to cut off my locs and wear an Afro for 2 years? A change in the direction of my journey and an inward journey of growth and self-acceptance had reached a culmination. Further, a second chapter (journey) of my life had begun that focused more on inner peace and being whom I wanted to be without compromising.

Why The First Earth Locs Journey Began

I went natural on October 27, 2001.  After having tried many times to maintain a natural state, I cut off my relaxer and wore a tiny Afro (TWA). Many things transpired up to Oct 2001 that guided my journey, but the wheels toward naturalness were in motion before September 2001.

I was actually natural for two months prior to my wedding and I was planning on wearing my hair natural for my September 2001 wedding because...well...I just wanted to be me and I loved how I looked with natural hair. A combination of my future sister-in-law saying "you really plan to wear your hair like that (meaning my Afro)", and nerves from the wedding created a feeling that maybe an Afro was not a good idea for the wedding. Consequently, I had my hair relaxed and weaved in July before the September wedding. The weave lasted for only two weeks before I cut it out because I hated the way I looked in it.

Next, I trimmed my freshly relaxed hair down to the "Halle Barry" short hairstyle and I hated that hairstyle too! The wedding was getting closer and I just could not think. In hindsight, I should have just cut my hair to the new growth and walked down the aisle sporting a closely cut Afro.

Well, after viewing the wedding and honeymoon photos, I wished I had sported a natural look. I was disappointed with how I let my sister-in-law's comments influence me when I should have stood my ground. I felt ashamed for submitting to the pressure, however, I had a renewed passion for my natural hair and I wanted to be free of the 'lie of lye'. Needless to say, I did not relax my hair anymore after July 2001.

I finally cut the remaining relaxer out on October 27, 2001 after months of letting my hair grow out. I cut my hair myself and shaved it for a sexy close cut. Now I was naturally free!  I read everything I could for four months and joined three natural hair website forums. I wanted to understand the history of locs, how to maintain locs, and when to start the locing process. Because I continued to trim my hair, when I did start my locs in March 2002, I only had about 1 inch of hair growth.

My First Loc Journey:

My first earth loc journey was to find out whom I was.  Although I thought I knew myself, I did not. My first earth loc journey was to learn how to appreciate myself by learning about inward beauty.

As a loc wearer, you learn inner beauty when the baby and teen locs go through a stage of "doing their own thing." Some people call it the "ugly stage," but I never saw it as ugly. It was a growing stage for my earth locs and for myself. As I grew inwardly I found out that I was too high maintenance in the past when I wore my hair with the lye. I had to have my nails done; my hair weaved and relaxed; and, I wore many wigs (I was the wig queen) because I was ashamed of my hair when it was time for a relaxer. When I look back on my permed, weaved, and wig pictures I see a "hot mess!"

Now I see myself as beautiful inwardly and even more so outwardly.  The inward beauty combined with my beautiful African crown of glory, shines brighter than the North Star! My husband has been a big proponent and supporter of me going natural. He encouraged me 100% when I made the decision and even surprised me by saying he loved me natural and asked me to never go back to perms.

My parents... they are a different story and still stuck in the mindset of a press-n-curl or relaxers. My dad did not speak to me for a while when I first started my locs and has not spoken to me yet (in 2 days) since my second set of earth locs began yesterday.  My 69 year-old mom however, has complimented me and has even asked me about locing. I hope to influence my mom to loc her hair even though my dad will give her a hard time. I want her to be free of perms and press-n-curls in her retirement days.

This is such a feeling of Freedom! Joy! Love! I want every black woman to experience this euphoria! I believe that black women in the entertainment arena are in an influential place to promote positive love for ourselves and our hair. However, there are so few black female entertainers (who wear their natural hair) that our young people can look up to. We still have a long way to go, and I will do what I can through Blogs and possibly books to boost love for our natural selves.

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Chapter 2 The TWA And The Birth of My 2nd Loc Journey:

I cut off my first earth locs on September 6, 2006 when I believed that the first part of my self-appreciation and journey of self-discovery was done. I was ready for Chapter 2 of my journey, which was wearing my hair in a tiny Afro for 2 years. I believe when I wore my earth locs, I was focused on the length of my earth locs, which grew like weeds, rather than seeing other areas of growth that I was moving toward. Once I became obsessed with the length of my earth locs, I knew my journey of appreciation was over, and a new journey was starting to emerge.

Once I cut off my earth locs (I was 40 then), Chapter 2 of my journey involved body image. For some reason, I accepted my hair in its natural state as beautiful but I overlooked my body image. I still had issues that involved European standards. I was never a size 2 growing up in New Jersey, but through my mid 30s to 40, I was underweight at 110 lbs and a size 2. I always weighed around 125 to 130 at 5' 2", but I had some negative European standard ways of measuring myself as reflection of magazines and other media. I concluded that the skinnier I was, the more beautiful I was I was not anorexic or bulimic. I ate a lot, but I exercised too much. I would exercise 1-1/2 hours a day for 7 days straight...afraid to gain weight.

When I approached 40, my body's metabolism and curvature started to change. I became curvier and it took more exercise to maintain the weight. My curves looked good and my family and friends thought I looked better. I accepted my natural crowning glory as beautiful for 4 years, and now it was time to accept all of me as a beautiful black woman. Once I cut my earth locs in 2006, I immersed myself even more in body appreciation for Chapter 2 of my journey. I was not just centered on my earth locs since I cut my hair, but I also focused on the rest of me that I felt needed work. I made peace with myself and I am living in a peaceful state-of-mind.

Chapter 3 Starter Locs,10/20/08:

Consequently, my second earth locs journey has focused on maintaining peace and a peaceful state-of-mind as I finally learned to love ALL of me without the lye and the lie. Instead of uncultivated locs, this time I had Jey start and maintain them as a new chapter in my life journey begins.

~ Peace my natural sisters
Donna M Beaudoin

 A Loc Toolbox
Many of you seek advice about your locs from other loc wearers. Let us all just be honest... not all information should be retained. There are a number of detriments to healthy locs. Based on my personal experience with clients, the most common are listed below and should be avoided.

1.  Gel - Causes build up in the locs and drys out the scalp.
2.  Latch Hook - A tool used to tighten Sisterlocks(tm). It thins out the 
     roots of traditional locs and can cause irreparable damage. For
     Sisterlocks(tm) only (see Loc Q&A article).
3.  Beeswax - OMG the worst of all! Creates sticky, gummy, heavy locs,
     yuck. EXTREMELY difficult to wash out.
4.  Thick Grease - Clogs the pores and creates build up in the locs.
5.  Jamaican Mango Lime - See numbers one and three. Not one to call
     out a particular product, but I have seen this one cause a lot of
     build-up in plenty of locs. Like beeswax, once trapped in the locs, it is
     very difficult to wash out.
6. Cream-based Conditioner - Does not wash out well. As a result, see
     number one. Opt for a hot oil treatment instead and avoid oily locs.
7.  Other twisting agents - ATTENTION: It does not take a special "locing
     product" to maintain locs. Any product claiming to be specifically  
     designed as a twisting agent for locs (ex: # 5, loc jams, loc butters,
     loc creams, loc gels, etc) should be avoided.

Content by Momie Tullottes

The first step is to cut off your dreads at least an inch above the tips. This is a nasty process in itself, so be sure to have a good, sturdy, pair of scissors. Also, when doing this, be sure to keep in mind that the actual length of hair within a dread is quite a bit longer than the dread itself.

And, the more of your dreads that you cut off, the less you have to pick out. Do not start any unraveling unless your hair is wet, otherwise it will be extremely painful and even more damaging.

Step 1: Intense Conditioning
The first step in removal of dreadlocks is to condition the locs very well; this will soften the solidified strands. To do this, you will need a cholesterol creme conditioner, which can be found at any African-American beauty supply store. This type of conditioner is thick and will provide a much softer result, which is what you are looking for. Follow the instructions on the jar for the deep conditioning treatment. Once the hair is rinsed, you are ready for step two.

Step 2: Leave-In Conditioning and Extensive Comb Out
Next you will need to saturate the hair with a leave-in conditioner. Once all of the hair is wet and saturated with conditioner, take a rat tail comb and begin to pick out the first loc from the bottom. Start at the back of your head and section off the rest of the locs out of the way. Work your way up. Get your first loc and start out with a very small part of the loc at the bottom. Once that part is picked out, move on up. Continue this process all the way to the top of the loc. Once you have completely combed it out, section it off and move on to the next loc. This process can take from five to thirty minutes per loc, depending on how long and how solidified the strands are. For some, the total comb out portion will take more than one day. For others, it may only take a few hours or less. To make it go quicker, ask a few friends to help (the more, the better).

Step 3: Intense Washing
Once you have completely combed out all of the hair, you will need an intense washing. For some, buildup won't be a problem, but for others, there may be extreme buildup on the hair from inside the dreads. For this washing, you will need clarifying shampoo. Wash the hair 2 to 4 times with the clarifying shampoo, being careful to scrub and rub the hair and scalp thoroughly during washing. Make sure each rinse cycle is thorough as well. Once there is no longer any buildup in the hair or on the scalp and the shampoo does not produce anymore grime, you are done. The water coming out of the hair during rinsing should also run very clear.

Step 4: Intense Conditioning
Once the hair is clean, do another intense conditioning, just as described above in the first step.

Step 5: Leave-In Conditioner With Shower Cap
Now, you should spray on a leave-in conditioner and sleep with it on overnight. You must place a shower cap over the conditioner-filled hair to allow full benefit.

Step 6: Wait A Few days Before Washing Or Styling And Be Gentle
Your next step is to pretty much leave the hair alone for a few days. Your scalp will be very tender and the hair needs time to rest. If you must style your hair, do not use any heat or any products. Use only water and very light brushing and combing, so as not to stress the hair. Do not even wash or condition the hair again for a few days or more. Once 3 days has passed, if your scalp is no longer tender, you may go back to styling your hair however you desire.

Source: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/314463/dreadlock_care_what_if_i_no_longer.html?cat=4

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