Locks, locs and dreadlocks...we partnered with Shanicia Boswell at Black Moms Blog for a tutorial on how to color thick, beautiful, long loc’d hair. Read on for her tips and tricks, plus our professional colorists add a few of their own dreadlock tips at the end. Let the beauty begin...
When I decided to go natural almost 10 years ago, there wasn’t much information out there when it came to maintaining my hair. When I say “natural”, I am referring to hair that is free of perm and straightening products. As a Black woman, this was a huge step for me. Bone straight hair and extensions had become a part of my mainstay but such a struggle to coerce my hair to a style that it was not meant for. So off I went, on the natural yellow brick road towards hair liberation. It was a fun journey, and even more exciting when I decided to loc my hair four years into my natural process.
Loc’ing your hair refers to the process of dread locking, or matting your hair by foregoing combing or using any devices such as brushes. This results in tangling the hair to create rope-like strands. Since my hair texture is coarse, this process is fairly easy and takes about 6 months to fully loc.
Contrary to what you may have heard, locs are easy to maintain, clean, and can be handled just like loose hair. That’s why I was so excited to partner with Madison Reed to show the simple and easy process of coloring my locs. The process is almost identical to coloring loose hair but requires a little extra attention. I have broken it down in 5 easy steps, and included a video tutorial at the end of this post.