Where’s The Love For Locs?

Dreads and LocsDon’t get me wrong there has been a real surge in loc wearers as the natural hair movement has progressed but the surge of loc wearers or the representation of locs is nowhere near as pronounced. While debates raged over whether natural hair was acceptable for the workplace, locs were still being associated with weed smoking political activists who only listened to Reggae.

Stereotype much? It’s insulting to label people according to their hair choices but to some, ignorance stems from a lack of diversity and to others it stems from fear.

It seems that natural hair has conquered the hurdle of acceptance with one full sweep but as it revels in the win with smiles on its winning lap, locs are still making the track to the finish line. The truth is locs are not as accepted as loose natural hair. Even braids (micro, box) get more love than locs do and they are similar in the eyes of many. When I rocked box braids pretty regularly in the 90’s and I cannot count how many times I was asked about my “Locs”.

What’s worse is the nagging and annoying falsehoods that seem to stick to locs like glue. I know you’ve heard them before:

People with dreadlocks don’t wash them.

People with dreadlocks smoke weed.

People with dreadlocks are political rebels.


Locs are created by neglect.

Locs are permanent. You have to cut them out to stop wearing them.

All false and all still believed by many and I am even ashamed to say I thought the last one was true until recently. How do we stop these false perceptions from continuing? It might be difficult especially since it seems like the natural hair movement is not really including locs in the group.

When you look at the flood of natural hair products that have filled such common stores like Target, CVS and Walgreen’s it hard to believe that very little are catered to or even include one product for loc wearers. A few lines might carry one or two items but the overwhelming numbers of these products are concentrating on loose natural hair.

So, where’s the love for locs? Why are they still stagnant in the fashion arena or treated as a viable natural hair option for black women? Locs are more of an afterthought to the natural hair community and although they really can stand on their own I find that sad and wrong. If we included locs as a measurement of the over all growth of natural hair the numbers would probably have been staggering starting from way before 2010.

We are all naturals but there is really a disconnect between loose and locked naturals. As locs continue to harbor misunderstandings surrounding them and loose natural hair continues to thrive it’s only a wonder if they will come together and bridge the gap between the two. Share your opinion, is there no love for locs?

 

Originally posted 2014-05-22 15:00:20.

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About Sabrina Perkins


Hello all, I'm Sabrina. I'm a freelance writer and a full-time blogger at my site, http://www.seriouslynatural.org/ where the focus is on Natural hair, beauty and style. I became natural 8 years ago at the tender age of 35 and love sharing my ups and downs as I master this thing called natural hair. Married, with two kids (one being a natural herself) gives me a different perspective on our hair and why I love being natural. I want healthy hair, long hair and sexy hair! I'm an older natural---that's right---I'm grown and sexy, and I have much to share. I love fashion too and recently opened a clothing shop for beautiful black women at www.seriouslynatural.spreadshirt.com

About Sabrina Perkins


Hello all, I'm Sabrina. I'm a freelance writer and a full-time blogger at my site, http://www.seriouslynatural.org/ where the focus is on Natural hair, beauty and style. I became natural 8 years ago at the tender age of 35 and love sharing my ups and downs as I master this thing called natural hair. Married, with two kids (one being a natural herself) gives me a different perspective on our hair and why I love being natural. I want healthy hair, long hair and sexy hair! I'm an older natural---that's right---I'm grown and sexy, and I have much to share. I love fashion too and recently opened a clothing shop for beautiful black women at www.seriouslynatural.spreadshirt.com

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Comments

  1. Coretta

    Sabrina,
    It saddens my soul to see that not a single user of this site (I know for sure have locs) did not comment on this article. It proves the lack of love for locs. I use this site as a guide to take care of my scalp. In fact, I wrote to this site about the lack of information on locs. There is endless information on natural hair, relaxed hair, and even ways to get temporary locs but no information on locs at all just pictures. The response was that not many people have locs or ask for information about locs when I wrote this site. I guess all in all its just a thicker piece of hair and you can treat it as such is the thinking the respondent thought when replying to my inquiry. There are users of this site that would love some information such as products, diy regiments, and remedies for people with locs. I enjoyed reading your article and wish to see more like it. Thank you

  2. Loving Locs

    I really like this article and I agree with Coretta! There really isn’t a lot of information on locs as there is to natural hair. I plan on transitioning to locs by next year and I’m trying to get all the info I need! Youtube has helped a lot but yeah I definitely think that this site needs more loc info.

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