Reader Dreadlocks Styles: This Lioness Is Locked For Life
by Alicia Banks
(Chicago, IL, USA)
I shaved my head bald in 1996. When my new natural silky nappy growth reached 1", I paid a gifted locktician to twist and pattern my hair.
By 1998, I was fully locked. I am a Leo. My locks are now now my official long lovely lioness mane.
I have never used bees' wax, petroleum, or tools. I finger roll only with natural liquid oil blends and aloe vera gels. I use mild shampoos sparingly. I use only cold air to partially dry. My locks prefer natural air. I use water and blended oils to moistorize daily.
My locks are still very thin, soft, shiny, and fragile. Most are about 1/3 the width of a pencil. I still twist them to my scalp.
I am 5'9". I keep my locks trimmed to about 40" or draping just below my lower back. I often pin them up in styles to give my roots a break from gravity.
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