I know that everybody wants their locs to be super long immediately, even when they start them with a TWA (teeny weeny afro), but I’m going to expose the dark underbelly of having long locs…dun dun dun!!!
1. You become the go-to loc guide / guru for everybody and their mama. I mean everybody. AND their mama. Actually, number one isn’t so bad. I enjoy sharing the natural hair love and encouraging other women to embrace their natural coils. But number two…
2. Your hair gets heavier as your locs grow, making whipping your hair back and forth impossible. (Sad face.)
3. Number two makes vigorous exercise a pain, too!
4. I can never seem to moisturize my hair enough. It is always thirsty.
5. Your hair gets caught in everything…and it HURTS. Your purse strap, your bookbag, zippers, you name it.
6. You sweat buckets in the summer. BUCKETS.
7. Though you can do more style-wise with long hair, it’s entirely possible that the fanciest thing you do nowadays is a mid-rise ponytail. Won’t even go high. Too much. Do you know how long it took me to do this? Can’t go an inch higher. Noooope.
But, I must admit:
I love my hair more and more as I get older and they grow with me. We’ve been through so much together. And every time I say I’m going to cut them, I never get around to picking up those scissors. So I guess, long loc’d hair, you and I have many more memories to make.
Here’s to hair journeys!
How does your hair make you feel? Let me know!
Below are some great natural hair YouTube channels:
Naptural85 (she makes me miss loose natural hair!)
Chescalocs (Franchesca Ramsey–she makes me re-fall for locs over and over again)
HeyFranHey (she’s lifestyle, fitness, health, and haircare–she’s brilliant)
Lupita Nyong’o, the Oscar winner for Best Supporting Actress this year, makes me want to cut all my hair clean off! Here’s why: Lupita Nyong’o’s Best Awards Season Hairstyles in 1 Place – The Cut.
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