Wax on, Wax OFF! How beeswax changed the game of forming traditional locs and then we woke up.
Excuse me for the long title but I felt that it was necessary because it is very true! As we continue to celebrate loc history month, I wanted to talk about wax and the relationship it once had with many people who started traditional locs (aka manicured or cultivated locs)
I did do a little research on the history of one popular brand of wax ( it will remain nameless but most people I know who started locs with wax used this product.) The brand itself was developed in the 20’s and wanted to offer quality hair products for an affordable price. This brand is also known for it’s pomades which was once sold out of a barbershop until a pharmacy helped market the product. The pomade along with the beeswax is still available today, and can be purchased at many beauty supply stores nationwide.
So why wax? What made people use it? And what made people stop? I had the opportunity to talk to Lady T, a loctician who began loc’ing hair in the late 80’s. She’s now retired however, she gave me a little insight on why she believed wax was popular and what made her choose to stop using it.
As most people with locs know that the beginning of each loc journey can be difficult for some. Most people refer to baby locs or locs that are not quite mature as the ‘Ugly or Messy phase.’ When locs became more popular especially in the 90’s most people wanted to find ways to quickly loc and maintain their hair and this is how beeswax was introduced. As time went on, it became the popular choice because most people felt it was the only thing that would make your hair loc properly especially in the beginning stages.
"As a loctician especially in the 80s and 90’s that’s all I knew. That’s how a lot of locs were formed even my own when I had them." Lady T told me. She started her locs and many others in her home back in Jersey. She then went on to say after years of learning about locs through her own and maintaining her clients, she started to see the difference in how her locs look after years of using wax. "I just cut mines off after a while she continued. "I had bad lint issues and a lot of build up." She also urged a lot of her clients to stop using wax. "It took along time for some of my clients to adjust but after I told them that their locs are basically turning into a candle, they got the picture." Once off the wax, Lady T started using her own homemade products which consists of natural butters and oils. "I encouraged my clients to use natural products to take care of their locs especially when I stopped doing hair. Even though beeswax can be natural, everything natural isn’t always good for you, especially when it comes to hair."
With all the research including Locticians who continued to learn about locs, I’m proud to say that most people are not using the quick fix beeswax. I believe as natural hair becomes less trendy and more about self acceptance, most people are looking for products that maintain healthy hair. Everyone may not loc their hair for the same reasons, but one thing I can say that all of us want our hair to look and feel healthy in all stages. Whether you are just starting out your locs or had your locs for 20 yrs for healthier locs your best bet is to use products that will enhance the overall growth of your locs and beeswax is definitely not one of those products.
Special thanks to Lady T for her story.
20 Oct 2014 @ 08:24PM /
Loc History: Brotherlocks/Sisterlocks
In 1993, Dr. Joanne Cornwell created Sisterlocks/Brotherlocks as a new natural hair care management system that allowed women and men of color to embrace their natural hair in a new way. Once she fell in love with her natural hair, Dr. Joanne Cornwell has always embraced the diversity of natural hair, and sisterlocks/Brotherlocks is no exception. They are tiny uniform locks that are the result of a precision parting grid, and use a specialized tool to place the hair into its locking formation. She recognized because of the difference in formation of locks they would require a different type of hair care. As she designed, she saw the need for products which met the unique needs of it’s wearers. From shampoos to moisturizing conditioners, she delivers a unique brand of hair care products that supports the growth and maintenance of sisterlocks/ Brotherlocks hair care. In addition to the hair care system and products needed for it, she recognized the need to train others in the process. Sisterlocks/Brotherlocks has trained consultants in most states, and overseas like in the UK, and Jamaica. Because of the brand, women have become skilled in taking care of their own locks, and have created a new breed of entrepreneurs by training those who desire to be certified.
Dr. Joanne Cornwell is a visionary woman who has combined all of her talents: knowledge of black people and culture, understanding how culture impacts choices we make including our hair, teaching and educating, love of hair, hair science and knowledge, natural hair care, and entrepreneurship.
Special thanks to Lauren from thesisterlockediva.com for contributing this piece! Please check her out on facebook too! Keyword search The Sisterlocked Diva
16 Oct 2014 @ 06:09PM /
As we continue to celebrate loc history month, i asked brothers to send videos in talking about their hair. Here is Paul’s story! (Click the title to see the video)
If you would like to submit your story, feel free to do so! Email us at email@example.com. I will be posting more vids throughout the week that highlights locs and the influential people that wore them.
15 Oct 2014 @ 07:49PM /
Freeform Locs: The Journey
As we celebrate Loc History month on our blog I wanted to talk about different forms of locs. Tonite we are talking about Freeform locs.
I decided to take to youtube because I know their are so many different videos on basically everything, and I came across a brother name Dave who has been Freeforming his hair for over 2yrs. Dave has made several videos on about his Journey as well as offering tips on freeforming and debunking some myths. After watching quite of few of his videos, Here are some of things he spoke of that stuck out the most to me:
Maintaining Freeform Locs:
There is a such thing. Just because a person decides to Freeform their locs doesn’t mean there isn’t any maintenancing involved. When you shampoo your hair, thats a form of maintenance.
Stuck on the look of your hair not growing?
Dave mentions that the best thing to cope with this issue is taking many pictures of your hair, especially in the beginning. Since hair is not being twisted, it really hard to see new growth as quickly as a person who does cultivate their locs.
Freeform Locs aren’t always thick:
In one of Dave’s videos, he puts together a list of BAD reasons not to freeform your hair. In the video, he mentions how a person may say that they don’t to freeform their hair because they many not want their locs too thick. Dave says that in order to prevent this from happening, you should separate your locs.
To check out Dave’s video, go here: DatDudeDave08 Youtube
In this photo: John Jai
photography by: Mangue Banzima
15 Oct 2014 @ 06:29PM /
For several years now, every October we have celebrated the rich history of a dreadlock culture. As a newbie loc’er (I was loc’d for 5 months when we started the blog) learning the history of locs helped me appreciate my journey even more and I want to continue that tradition. This year however, I want it to be all about you brothers! I want you guys to share your stories. I want you brothers to dig a little deeper too. We are also looking for video submissions so if you feel comfortable talking about it on video, definitely send it to us!!! I hope you all are enjoying the blog and I look forward to bringing more content that uplifts and displays locs and loc culture in a positive light!
Take Care :)
This brother is one of my favorites from our fb page, he always is very positive and encouraging.
14 Oct 2014 @ 05:59AM /
"Hi my name is Dominic Regis. I’m 22 years old and I have recently been diagnosed with a rare cancer called Pheocromocytoma. Six years ago, while playing with a family member, I was injured. I suffered a hit to my stomach and got the wind knocked out of me so bad causing me to be rushed to the hospital. As I was treated for my injury, a tumor was discovered in my abdominal cavity called a Paraganglioma. A few days later it was removed. After further routine testings for traces of cancer cells, by the grace of God it was clear and normal. All that changed as of a few months ago. I started experiencing lots of symptoms which urged me to get medical attention. Unfortunately, the doctors revealed to my family and I that the tumor has returned but this time cancerous and it has aggressively spread to differents parts of my body. As I under go treatment it has become extremely costly to my family. I’m reaching out to my church, family, friends and just about anyone who wants to help. Whatever God presses upon your heart, even if you don’t have the funds, I fervently ask for your prayers. I am convinced that our Heavenly Father is just in all that he does. Thank you in advance."-Dominic
Please donate if you can! I’m praying for you brother!
04 Oct 2014 @ 11:39AM /