5 Misconceptions About Locs

Locs have been for a long time (and still is for some people) considered to be dirty, smelly, boring. I have to be honest I believed that locs were boring until I met and talked to people with locs.

Let’s go through some of the misconceptions about locs and why these shouldn’t put you off from locking your hair.

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  • Eww… locs are dirty

As any other natural hairstyles, locs require maintenance to be and remain healthy. Dirty hair never helped growing hair and that includes locs. Washing your hair regularly is a must to grow and maintain healthy hair. Further to this, not conditioning your hair is not recommended as breakage could happen.

  • You cannot do anything with locs, they’re boring 

This is far from the truth, you can do almost anything you want with them, from curling to colouring.

  • Locs are meant for Rastafarians

Another myth is that only certain people can wear locs. No you do not need to be Rastafarian or Jamaican to wear them. You don’t need to smoke either! Locs can be worn by any and everyone who wishes to do so.

  • “Shave your head if you get bored”

If for some reason, you decide that you do not wish to wear locs anymore. You do not need to cut them off as these can actually be combed out.

  • You can’t have locs if you want a proper job

Hair is not an indication on someone’s professional abilities. I understand that some companies have stricter company policy (i.e. high end stores) but do you really want to work for a company that base their judgment on physical appearance?

 

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Beauty Across Africa

In African cultures and traditions, your hair says a lot about you. The variety of hairstyles among tribes and regions is so rich and versatile that we had to put them in the spotlight.

A lot of styles that we are rocking today come from Africa, but there they are not only decorative but also symbolic. In some communities, the top of the head represents an entrance for spirits to access the soul. Hairstyling is so sacred that it is only done by trusted people, such as friends or relatives, as it could be used for witchcraft spells.  

According to your social status or gender the style will be different. Also, many styles symbolise a stage in

Mumuhuilas girls traditional hairstyles

Mumuhuilas girls traditional hairstyles

someone’s life, such as birth, puberty, marriage or death. For instance, girls and women of the Mumuhuila tribe in

Angola wear 4 or 6 plaits. Each style is structured and has a specific meaning. 

Hairstyling is a form of art realised mainly by women, who is passed from one generation to another. They spend many hours decorating and creating these hairstyles.  

Among the most popular hairstyles we can name braiding, threading and weaving which are still used today, all over the world. They are often embellished and protected with jewelleries, beads, clay or oil.

Check out these handsome hairstyles that the African continent has to offer! 

Sakalava woman

Sakalava woman

Young Zulu woman braiding hair

Zulu women

Fouta Djallon hairstyle

Woman from Fouta Djallon

Traditional hairstyle of Eritrean woman

Eritrean woman

 

Photos sources:  beauty-of-africa.tumblr.com

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Long Luscious Curls

You know I had to stop and ask her for a picture.

For those of you on the ‘mid-back’ hair length journey, let me introduce Diva Like Lisa

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Isn’t her hair gorgeous!
What’s your hair length goal?

He proposed!

He finally popped the question and you said YES! Congratulations!  

After the cries, screams and the ridiculous long hours spent on the phone with your mom, sisters, dad, friends, aunts… It’s time to prepare for the big day and you know your hairstyle got to be on point. Don’t you worry about a thing, we got you.

Check out these stunning hairstyles and get inspired before walking down the aisle. 😉

locs updo

 

Curly hair

 

Chic updo

 

Sophisticated chignon

 

Elegant natural updo

 

Afro for a lovely bride

 

 

 

 

 

The art of the bantu knot out…with a twist

Tada!

Tada!

Many alternatives exist when it comes to styling natural hair.
Here’s one: the two strand twist bantu knot out. Easy and stylish at the same time. Check out BeautyistheMotive‘s tutorial and get those bouncy curls!