Welcome back WB4S readers to another installment of #ShoutOut Saturday! This week’s ShoutOut goes out to Brittany Thomas, creater of Loc Rocker, a website who’s motto reads, “Because Rockin’ Natural Hair is a LifeStyle.”
I couldn’t agree more!
On her site, she gives natural hair care tips and insight into the journey (and trust me, its a journey) of the ins and outs of having textured, natural hair.
I will be visiting her site quite regularly! Although I’ve had natural hair for the better part of 6 years, I still have my failures. Sad, I know. This is also a great resource for those of you who frequently contemplate ditching the “creamy crack” for a natural alternative!
Here are a few tips that Brittany shared on Stylist.com:
1. Give your hair water, water and more water. Whether you’re loc’d, rockin’ a TWA (teeny weeny Afro) or a huge Afro, your hair needs water. I spritz a bit on my hair daily. It’s as if my hair craves it every morning.
2. Cover the crown at night. I used to go through this crazy misconception thinking that I didn’t need to wear a scarf at night because, “Duh…I’m natural.” I could not have been more wrong. Black hair is extremely fragile and sleeping on cotton pillow cases can be quite damaging. Do your crown a favor and rock a satin bonnet, scarf or pillowcase at night.
3. Focus on hair health and not length. You can always bet on your hair growing. Maybe not at the speed of light but it does grow. Focusing on maintaining a healthy scalp and hair, I think, is more important than adopting the Rapunzel syndrome and wishing on a star that your hair grows down your back in two weeks.
4. Go to a professional if you want to color your hair. My hair has received more at-home hair dyes than professional ones. But it’s better to be safe than sorry, especially if you want to lighten your hair by bleaching. Yeah girlfriend, let’s leave that to the professionals.
5. Her hair is pretty, but love your own. It took me some time but I am finally in a place where I love my hair unconditionally. As naturals, we tend to obsess over natural hair photos and videos, which in turn has us lusting after hair textures and lengths that aren’t what we have at the moment. Stop that. Love your hair. Love that it has two or three textures going on. Love the way it moves and the way it feels.
This is me, I don’t put enough pics of myself up, but I’m working on it! I went to a homecoming party in 2010 with my natural hair and all its BIG glory! This is a go-to in the summer, because I HATE, HATE, HATE to spend money on getting it pressed only to have it look like a hair sponge by the end of the day. I will now be taking Brittany’s advice and spritzing it with water daily (now seems like a no-brainer) because it looks NOTHING like that on day 2!
Again, kudos to Brittany and her work on Loc Rocker! Natural hair wearers (namely me) need as much advice as possible and its great to have a place to share questions and perspective!
By JaNea @janeaNOTjane
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