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I love seeing my clients in their everyday life rocking natural hair! My client has had her little Sisterlocks about five years. About a year ago we cut them into layers and it has grown out. She is doing some island vacationing and wanted an updo so that’s what we did…she loves it!

Loc Start: Small Locs vs Large Locs

Smaller locs are more pliable. If you have thinner hair smaller locs would most likely be the best route. Smaller locs can be easier to style depending on stylist preference. Smaller parts means that you can section the hair in smaller sections to achieve a greater variety of style. It is also easier to interlock smaller locks. Smaller locs are easier to set on rollers as well. Larger locs = fuller locs. They take less time to start as well as retighten. Styles can vary with larger locs as well and they longer they get the fuller the style looks. Most lock jewelry is created for medium-large locs. Loc petals look fuller with larger locs.

It is important to determine the size of the lock you want because this is a permanent style. If you want your locks smaller, and they have already locked – there is a way to do this. If you want your locks larger and they are locked there is a way to accomplish this as well. Both of these techniques take a longer time period so it’s best to decide what size you want early on.

What do dreadlocks/locs symbolize?

Imagine a woman, Amy, who has had to relax her hair since she was three years old. While she is playing in her room, she can hear her mother’s echo in the next room, talking to her girlfriends about how she just doesn’t know what to do with her daughters hair. The little girl takes a look in the mirror, her hair is straight from the relaxer, the comb flows through it like melting butter. Then there are the ends, short…barely touching her chin, and stringy. She had curls in it just an hour ago, but her hair was so damaged the curls lost their shape. As she becomes an adult she goes to different hair stylists with different results when she looked in their mirror but right back to the same damaged hair by the time she came home. Fifteen years go by of her relaxing her hair, but this time she has cut it short and accepted ongoing stigma. After all, her peers are doing the same thing. Not only that, it’s the ONLY thing her peers are doing. Anything else would be like wearing a swimsuit on Christmas in Alaska.

Then take into account a young man named Charles who was told his whole life what to do and how to be. He and his three brothers received buzz cuts until they were grown, followed in the footsteps of their father, each unaware that they could create their own destiny. Whenever they stepped into individuality, their parents stepped in to grasp their vision back to uniformity. For these siblings, life was about societal and monetary achievements and one never came without the other. Art, spirituality, inner consciousness – these words seemed to be as unrealistic as cartoons in their households.

What do these two have in common? A life that was strongly dominated until the point that they were unconsciously blinded by influence. Like it or not, this is how most of society is – we are controlled down to our choice of appearance – even it is clean and manicured. Long hair for men is interpreted as a “hippie” look, artistically overindulgent or rebellious. Stereotypes about locks are no better – ranging from suspicions such as idle, aimless personalities, over-identifying with a specific culture, and the list goes on.

So why would these two choose a hairstyle like dreadlocks? After all, there is no doubt that they stand out from everyone else. Both Amy and Charles never knew what the natural characteristics of their hair was because like many things about them, it was hidden to blend in. One thing that locs represent and this holds high priority: to be able to embrace being unique. Being unique is nothing without the knowledge of how to be independent within being different. To know that you can achieve this simply by changing the look of your hair is astounding. We are most influenced by what we see, and what we see we categorize based on what society teaches us. It is amazing to see cultured, intelligent people who dress different, look different and act differently, not accordingly. It toggles the suggestive part of the brain and forces you to take a closer look. If I could choose one word that dreadlocks symbolize, I would say freedom.

6 ways to hair loss and how to deal with it

Typically, forty percent of all people show hair loss by age 35. But when hair loss is continuous and results in the scalp being exposed is when there is probably a hair loss issue. The medical term for hair loss is alopecia. It comes in several forms and can show up gradually. It comes at a pace that you may not even notice the changes right away.
Androgenetic alopecia is due to genetics, age and hormonal changes. Slowly, over time, normal hair (terminal hair) converts into thin, fine (vellus) hair that resemble the hairs of a newborn. This is the result of the follicle shrinking. In men, this is known as Male Pattern Baldness and is usually indicated by thinning around the temples, hairline and crown of the head. Alopecia Areata is the result of hair falling out in round patches randomly. The scalp in the round areas is completely exposed and considered to be bald . Because the follicle is attacked by white bloods cells this is an auto-immune disease. A couple of of other common forms of alopecia is Alopecia Senilis and Traction Alopecia. Senilis Alopecia is hair loss due to old age. It is said that fifty percent of women lose additional hair other than shedding by the age fifty. Traction Alopecia is hair loss due to excessive pulling, tightness of hair due to styles that require pressure and extensions that are heavier than the natural hair. This occurs mostly around the perimeter or hairline. This is one form of alopecia that a stylist can assist in treating by paying attention to the SEEN causes of the problem.

Because most alopecia disorders are blood borne, the best way to approach the problem is to consider cleaning the body as a whole. Getting more oxygen through exercise is a key factor as well as taking vitamin supplements such as Vitamin E, sulfur and biotin. Of course, a dermatologist should always be sought out to determine the nature of the hair loss and prescribe further treatment. If there is no way to naturally grow the hair back, then it would be advisable to find a stylist that is well educated in trichology as well as cranial prosthesis.