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After 4 1/2 Years I Decided to End My Loc Journey

Published On January 4, 2016 | By Aishia Strickland | Editor's Picks, Hair

After 4 1/2 years of growing her locs Inez decided that the time had come for her to switch it up. 

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“I had my locs for 4 ½ years. I’d always wanted to loc my hair. It was a goal that I wanted to start by my 30th birthday. After my 31st birthday, it was time. I had always experimented with many different hair styles; I’ve worn just about every kind of hair style you could name. Sew ins, braids, bobs, short cuts, crochet twists, corn rolls.. Everything! So after returning to my natural hair texture 6 years ago, I was convinced that locs would be the next move. I was inspired by a couple of my friends who had locs and by many women and men I’d see in and around Chicago. They were beautiful! The decision to loc my hair meant Freedom!”

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“I felt like it was time! I had grown so much during the 4 ½ years I was locked. I knew it was time to move on. After traveling across the world on an international trip to the UAE, it was on the 14 hour flight back home to Chicago that I realized I was ready to end my loc journey. I remember shedding a little tear when I came to this conclusion as I looked out of the airplane window. They had served their purpose and helped me get to the next chapter in life. They also helped me shift the focus from my hair/outward appearance which was expensive, time consuming and superficial to focusing on my spiritual health, knowledge of self, culture, family lineage, and more. Another source of inspiration to end my loc journey was that I’m in the process of writing my first book and I was dealing with writer’s block. Since my loc journey has been over, I feel like I’ve been able to have a flow that I didn’t have before.”

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“I combed my locs out. YES! It’s possible. I went on Youtube and learned about techniques and I also reached out to some of my FB friends who had previously combed theirs out. After combing out about 5-7 locs on my own over the course of several days, I was blessed to receive help. Nadra Smiley of Amazon Natural Look Academy invited me to her beauty school where four students combed out my locs over the course of 2 days (4 hours the first day and 3 ½ hours the second day). It was amazing! Even Amazon Smiley (owner) helped out in the home stretch.”

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“Since four women were taking down my locs, I just had to sit still and be patient. There were times I felt my head being yanked a little, but I have nothing to complain about. I’m a big girl!”

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So what did Inez think when she saw her hair unlocked for the 1st time… “I thought to myself ‘WOW! There she is!” I could see my face. I felt like I had released a ton of weight. (A huge smile surfaced).” While Inez is thrilled to starting this new journey she say’s she’ll miss “twirling them around while I’m in deep thought and the fact that the maintenance was so easy breezy.”

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“I’m looking forward to being creative with my hair! I’m so excited.”  For those of you considering ending your loc journey Inez’s advice is to “just do it! Trust me, you will not regret it. It’s a beautiful journey.

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About The Author

Editor of Chocolate Curls Beauty, Co-Creator of the 30dayhairdetox, Contributor to BlackDoctor.org , Beauty School Student and Full-Time Mom to a little Chocolate Prince.