Locks for ever? Not Really

Nothing last forever, not even locks! People think that when you decide to wear locks, you’re stuck with them forever, until you decide to shave them all off. Well, that’s not the case.
Dreadlocks is a very old hairstyle consisting of matted hair. It is worn by many naturals, women and men, and is not dedicated to Rastafarian ONLY.
You can achieve this hairstyle, in many different ways, but not washing your tresses for days is not one of them. The only thing you’re going to achieve is having unhealthy and smelly hair…
The techniques to create this hairstyle include: backcombing, comb coils, interlocking… Depending on your hair type, length and texture, the method should be adapted to get the best results.
If you want to remove your locks and avoid the clippers, check out these few tips.
What you will need:
– Water (use a spray bottle with a lot of water)
– Conditioner (optional)
– Something sharp, a needle, a rat-tail comb.. I have even seen people use forks. Hey if it works go for it!!
Wet one lock, then apply a generous amount of conditioner. Although, the conditioner is optional, some say it works better. It also moisturise and condition your hair at the same time.
Finally, with your chosen accessory, start combing the lock from tips to top. Do it bit by bit, as you want to retain as much hair as possible.
I won’t lie, it’s a LONGGG process, and there will be a lot of shredded hair but if you don’t want to cut off everything, it’s a good solution.
Check out this video and see how Libbaration does it.
Have you find any other way to remove off dreadlocks? Do you have any tips to remove them? Share with us.

The Beauty Project: A Return To Natural

You’ve got to check this out, a well put together video summing up popular views on the natural hair journey.
Less than 5 minutes long, watch it and let us know if you can relate.

Tiffany| Locs Style Alert!

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Allow me to Introduce myself, my name is:

Tiffany but everyone calls me Tip, my aunt gave me the nickname because I use to walk on my tiptoes as a kid so it just stuck with me.
I’m from Indianapolis Indiana.

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Afro Hair & Beauty LIVE 2014!

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Afro Hair & Beauty Live 2014

May Bank Holiday weekend see the return of Europe’s biggest showcase for afro hair and beauty. Taking place on May 25th and 26th 2014 at the Business Design Centre, Islington, Afro Hair & Beauty LIVE! is set is set to mark yet another successful year in its’ 33-year history.

At The Afro Hair & Beauty LIVE you’ll find award-winning hairdressers, specialist beauticians and cutting-edge fashion all under one roof. Take the time to indulge with a customised manicure at one of the many pop-up beauty booths or take the stress off you mind with an Indian head massage. The show has everything you could wish for from henna tattoos to professional eyebrow threading and eyelash extensions – all at cut prices. Not only that but the runway will be in full swing with fashion shows, dynamic hair competitions and show special presentations from the leading names in the ethnic hair and beauty industry. If any of the clothes you see catch your eye visit the Afro Hair & Beauty Fashion Boutique to bag a one-off piece at a special show price.

Other features include the Sensational Icon competition where top hairstylists display imaginative avant-garde styles that can only be described as visual masterpieces. Along with the fiercely charged WAHL Battle of the Barbers competition which sees barbers from all corners of the UK work their skills.

Take advantage of this spectacular weekend and see the latest product innovations on the market and interact with the best of the best in the industry, including the fabulous natural hair celebrity stylist, Felicia Leatherwood known as the ‘Hair Whisperer’ who will be at the Beautiful Textures stand.

After the success of last year the interactive debate will be returning, a chance for you to put your burning questions to our top industry panel. Plus this year for the first time ever Afro Hair and Beauty LIVE are bringing you a beauty interactive debate with our panel to consist of well-known names in the beauty industry.

Take advantage of our FREE seminar programme which covers a wide range of hair and lifestyle related topics, and the many giveaways up for grabs.

With SO much going on, this is a show not to be missed!

Afro Hair & Beauty LIVE
25th and 26th May 2014
Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, London N1
Nearest Tube: Angel

For interviews and press enquires please contact:
Jessica Fuller, Public Relations
020 7498 1795

 For more information visit www.afrohairshow.com

Hot Men Monday: Hairspiration

Can we please take a moment for our natural hair brothers who are giving me life this morning! They are representing fully from hair to physique, scroll down and let us know which one tickles your fancy. (I couldn’t choose, I got me a shortlist) lool 😉

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Locks: A Cultural Act Or A Trend?

Locks or locking of the hair is mainly associated with Rastafarianism the Jamaican religion, culture and some see it as a movement. Binding the hair to form matted thick collectives of hair is all a part of the Rasta doctrine which states that members should refrain from cutting, shaving or putting chemicals in their hair. Doing the above is seen as Eurocentric, as opposed to being Afro-centric which is what the movement embodies.

A condensed history of Rastafarianism goes a little something like this..NaturalPride
During the 1930’s Haile Selassie the 1st became Emperor of Ethiopia. During this time in Jamaica there was a renaissance where the majority of citizens were descendents from slaves and the predominate religion was Christianity. Searching for a black public figure to lead or aspire towards, some Jamaican’s began to associate Haile Selassie with the second reincarnation of Christ, or as the late Reggae artist Garnet Silk refers to him in a well known song Christ in his kingly character. Another phrase used to illustrate Haile Selassie is the “Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judea”, and it is precisely this term that in my opinion leads you closet to the rationale behind Rastas wearing their hair in locks. The Lion or the Lioness is seen as being unregimented, wild, untamed, dominating and authoritative in its natural habitat. It’s one of the most feared mammals in the animal kingdom, subsequently “Rasta’s” associate themselves to the embodiment of this by wearing wild and free hair but most importantly natural hair that in some regards has at times been feared by those in the Western society. As comedian Paul Mooney claimed in regards to how Europeans feel about our hair he said; “If your hair is relaxed, then white folks are relaxed, if your hair is nappy they’re not happy” – Paul Mooney.

Even now in this contemporary society, finding a salon that caters for natural or locked hair can be quite difficult. You may ask how I know this, well for the majority of my life I had locks, and I was only able to find two salons (Morris roots, Tia’s Hair Salon) which catered for my hair style. I personally do not use the term “style” loosely at all, considering in these days it is most definitely seen as a cool and trendy hair style, in comparison to the more sacred reasons Rastas hold. Celebrities such as Lil Wayne (Left), Waka Flocka Flame (Centre) and 2 Chainz (Right):

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Are all current successful American rappers who have illustrated the fact that is doesn’t have to be a religious choice, but just another way to experiment with your hair. Portraying that men just like woman wish to enjoy long flowing fabulous hair, and having locks makes this even more feasible as the hair achieves long length due to the fact that it does not shed. This is the key principle of not combing the hair out, which causes an interlocking effect.

Rasta’s believe you shouldn’t run a comb through your hair as this is envisioned as a “Babylon Ting”, which is a vernacular that refers to Western culture or the Eurocentric way. Conversely proving that you are Afro-centric by going against the grain of conforming, therefore allowing you to become more of an individual. But although this is a genuine reason for adopting “locks”, it doesn’t necessarily have to be linked back to any religious doctrine. Even though a Rasta may disagree, it is better in my opinion that the religious tie to wearing locks is lessened (not abandoned) but lessened. Due to the idea that more people may flock to this hair style if they know they don’t have to let’s say change their whole life style or belief system. Let’s face it, “locks” is about freedom and not feeling pressured to look like the majority, which in some regards is what being a unique individual is about.

By Ester Selassie

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