I get asked all the time by friends and family: Will you ever take down your locs?
I have had 2 sets of locs since 2001 – With a brief few months of loose natural hair between them. I spent most of my life with natural loose hair before my locing journey. Here are some thoughts…
I wrote a blog post a while back during my teenage stage of my 2nd loc set – Locs Vs Loose Hair? Some Factors That Made Me Decide! I still pretty much stand by what I wrote and why it makes sense for me to keep my locs.
In short – No, I can’t see my Self taking down my locs any time soon. It’s a personal choice and each person will have their own reasons. I just seem to prefer having my locs. Here are some personal reasons…
Some reasons I don’t plan on taking down my locs anytime soon:
I love how I rarely think about my hair anymore…
It’s true – There are days when I literally forget I have hair because I just get up and go about my usual morning/daily routines without much thought about my locs. I sling them up in a ponytail in complete auto-pilot-mode and get on with everything else.
I admit, I am a lazy loc styler… This is probably why I don’t really spend any time thinking about my locs, except when I need to wash them as it takes a whole day to dry. Apart from that, I will occasionally decide to switch it up and do something different – and I like that too!
I like the way I look in locs…
I personally prefer the way I look when I have locs… Some people in my life might not agree lol, but that’s cool! 😃
If I think back to my loose hair days, I used to mainly have my hair tied in protective styles… With the UK weather, I would usually have very dry tangled hair if I had it out in a full afro for too long. With locs, I have the freedom to have my hair out or tied, in any weather! And I prefer the way it looks on me with my hair in locs this way too.
The spiritual expression of my loc journey…
This is a big reason for me. I stopped writing in this blog for a while because, as I mentioned in reason 1, I hardly thought about my locs – I didn’t feel there was much more to share about them or my journey. So, when I recently started writing blog posts again… I started to reflect on where I am right now on my journey. And where my locs fit into it.
My current locs represent my yogi path… I started the 2nd set on the same week that I started my Kundalini yoga teacher training. After many years since 2004 of working as a holistic therapist, I wanted to watch this new journey be expressed in a different physical form…. through my Crown Chakra and what grew out of it. I released the old energy of my last locs and made room for some new foundations to grow my new plants 😃
Right now, a few years on, I am seeing how my locs (once again) have taken on it’s own life through the stages of my spiritual journey and I love that! Each stage reflected where I was on my yoga training path (which lasted around 2 years of training, about the same time my locs slowly matured).
I want to continue watching my locs grow long and wild as I do my best to expand my knowledge of my holistic journey each day and share it with others.
This blog is part of this journey too! I reflected on my writing journey since 2001 (long story and many websites came/went throughout this time)… the times I felt like I wanted to share the most was not when my locs were growing, but because I was the one growing up. Even now, as I return and write this blog post in 2017, I feel inspired on yet another stage of my spiritual path. And my locs just happen to be a small part of this experience too.
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