Reader Dreadlocks Styles: This Lioness Is Locked For Life

by Alicia Banks
(Chicago, IL, USA)

Long dreadlocks

Long dreadlocks

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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Reader Dreadlocks Styles: This Lioness Is Locked For Life

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Jul 30, 2012
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excuse my typo
by: Anonymous

i meant:

the history of "dreadlocks" is significant and rich within historically dreaded rasta culture


i like the term "dreds" too as it retains the history without the hate

peace

Jul 30, 2012
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"dread"
by: Anonymous

i prefer the term "locks" too but the history of "dreadlocks" is significant and rich within deaaded rasta culture and eurocentric blacks globally do indeed still dread nappy hair...especially in colorist/white supremacist america

so the term dreadlock is still richly relevant

to each their own

peace

Jul 30, 2012
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Locks not DREADLOCKS
by: Anonymous

Yes. I wear locks. Have been locked for six plus years. Regret not locking sooner. See my locktician every six weeks. Use Ojon products and sleep on satin pillow case. Receive compliments where ever i go regarding my hair. There is nothing "dreadful" about my hair.

Nov 02, 2011
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thanks!
by: Anonymous

u r welcome!!!

best wishes!

stay tuned!

Nov 01, 2011
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Gotta Love the Locks :)
by: Nexia

I love your dreads :D The length is beautiful :)
I am going to try the methods you do and see where it gets me :). Thanks for sharing!

Sep 09, 2011
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alicia
by: Anonymous

never give up!

love your locks and they will love u back!

we may all have a genetic max length...
like ht/wt etc...

but keep trying!

water is key...ie
a daily light water mist wks for me too

best wishes!


Sep 08, 2011
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diet
by: alicia

i posted about the genetic max above...

but i think the best thing i may do for my hair is drink gallons of water each day

i try not to drink calories and avoid sugar...

i eat a lot of high water content fruits and veggies too

this is my fav lock care book

enjoy!

http://www.amazon.com/Locs-Life-Being-African-American-Women/dp/143435721X/ref=pd_sim_b_2

Sep 07, 2011
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Locked for life
by: Anonymous

Your locks look beautiful, I am also locked for life. I have been locked for about 16 years my locks are about shoulder lenght. I Think this is a good length but I often wonder when I see sisters with locks well beyond thier backsides. How do they grow so long. My locks seems to take their time but never grow to that point. I also use natural oils and stay away from bees wax. Should I wishh for more growth or just live with what I've got.
Stay Happy and Nappy

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