Steam for locs!

Courtesy Dr. Kari Williams, Mahogany Hair Revolution Salon

Courtesy Dr. Kari Williams, Mahogany Hair Revolution Salon

The Huetiful Steamer is a great way to keep your locs moisturized, which is probably one of the biggest problems that loc wearers have.

There are two things to focus on when maintaining the health of your locs:

1. Hydration

2. Moisture

HYDRATION. Dry locs need hydration. The human body is 70% water; a healthy strand of hair is 10% water. No water or hydration will result in brittle, dry locs. The end result of hair that isn’t properly hydrated is that it can break off or lack the luster or shine that you desire.


MOISTURE. Secondly, you have to ensure that you’ve restored the proper amount of oil to your hair. The scalp naturally secretes oil. The challenge with locs is that it is often difficult for those oils secreted from the sebaceous glands to travel down the hair shaft and over hair.

To steam moisturize locs, apply oil to locs (like coconut oil). Pin up locs. Sit under the Huetiful steamer until locs are moisturized. How does it work? Steam lifts the cuticles of each hair strand and allows conditioners to deeply penetrate, resulting in soft, supple locs.

The steamer is a bit pricey, $116.95, but it’s the cost of some loc maintenance appointments. Available at

gail1‘Till next time,
Gail Mitchell
Loc’d Life Magazine

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Secrets of the loc stitch


Courtesy Adaru Salon.

Need to tighten up your new growth and there’s no salon appointment in the near future? Here’s another way to groom your locs to their very best. This is best done on wet hair.

  1. Get a latchook (like one used in hair weaving or sold at hobby shops).
  2. On towel-dried hair, take one loc and hold it upwards.
  3. Apply twist and lock gel on the new growth and along the loc shaft.
  4. Separate your part so there are clear partings from the surrounding locs.
  5. Insert the latchook into the loose opening created by the new growth, and latch on to and pull the same loc through the opening.
  6. Repeat steps 2 and 4—but from another direction. Do not go through the same opening twice. This will result in a Y shape and a gap in your locs.
  7. Continue until all new growth is stitched.

Attached is a video that shows the process, courtesy of Dynamic Runner. She uses a North, South, East and West approach. She also wraps the loc around the latchook prior to pulling it through, which also works.

A loc and twist gel to try: Fabulocs Loc Binding Butter. It infuses shine and works with resistant, hard to lock hair. Available through mail order at

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Gail Mitchell
Loc’d Life Magazine

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Loc product review

jamaican_mango_tingle_shampoo2012-dreadlocks-wedding-hairstylesJust before this writing, I shampooed and conditioned with Jamaican Mango and Lime Tingle Shampoo and Protein Conditioner. Overall it was a pleasant experience.

My locs have grown quite a bit, so I used quite a bit of the Tingle Shampoo. It lathered pretty well at the roots and I worked it downwards towards the ends. True to its name, it did tingle, and it felt good. I lathered three times to really cleanse my hair of product buildup throughout the week.

I then used the Protein Conditioner. I followed their directions by applying it to my locs from root to ends and left it on for about 3-5 minutes. I put on a shower cap to allow my body heat to help the conditioner to penetrate. I rinsed out the conditioner and could feel softness return to my locs.

Will I use this shampoo and conditioner again? Yes. Jamaican Mango and Lime cleansed and softened my dry locs. That’s the bottom line.

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Gail Mitchell
Loc’d Life Magazine

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Loc salon tour


In the first of a series on the country’s leading loc salons, we feature Jahzin’s House of Locks in Brooklyn, NY.

JAHZIN HOUSE OF LOCKS opened in April 2006.


Jahzin Goodluck Werq

Today, Jahzin Goodluck Werq’s salon hosts a variety of services for natural hair. Her specialty is locs.

Jahzin started her career at the age of 13 by braiding and twisting her friends hair on her parents Brooklyn, NY porch. At 17, she was offered the opportunity to work in a natural hair salon also in Brooklyn. By age 20, she decided to pursue her dream of opening a natural hair salon. She wanted a place “where customers are welcomed to relax in a ‘spa-like’ environment.” Jahzin House of Locks seems to fit the bill.

As a Rastafarian woman, Jahzin wants to change how others view locs, and to show how versatile they are. Her creations include updos, and twisted locs. Says Ms. Werq, “Locks was always a natural art I wanted to master in this lifetime.” From the look of these styles, her mastery is well on its way.

DSC02109Jahzin House of Locks is located at:

Jahzin House of Locks™
5009 Beverly Road
Brooklyn NY 11203
(tel) 1-347-689-8839 


Salons: If you’d like to be featured, send your pictures and your story to For best coverage, send hi res photos of your salon interiors, and your styles and a picture of yourself, the owner.

‘Till next time,
Gail Mitchell
Loc’d Life Magazine

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More locs Q&A

Hope that you are enjoying your September. Here’s a letter that came in my inbox that I’m happy to answer…

I am in the Washington, DC area. I have had my consult about locking my natural hair. It is time, but I do not like the shrinkage of my natural hair (Still working on that part of my acceptance of my love affair of natural hair). However I discovered your online family and have been reading non-stop. I am doing research on the Yarn/genie locs phenomenon. I want to loc my hair and then add the genie locs on to help it along. My request for help comes in looking for someone in the DC/MD/VA area that specializes in the 2 processes.

Is it a good idea, or not? I am hungry for knowledge. If I don’t get help soon, I will either cut it all off or go back to the dreaded “creamy”. I won’t even say the rest of the word. That is an absolute LAST resort.

genie-locsGenie Locs are a great way to let your hair rest and grow and to try locs out at the length you desire. They are truly instant locs. Loose hair is palm rolled and wrapped with yarn. The other process involves braiding the hair with yarn. Moisturizing is important to keep your hair at optimal health. These are temporary, however, but the result is a head full of length that look and feel like natural locs. In my research, one loctician recommended genie locs for that in-between period of when comb coils go through that “messy” stage right before your natural hair starts to lock.

I found two hair braiders in your area that can do the yarn braids: Obsession by Maria in Silver Spring, MD (240-413-4593) and Bamba’s Hair Braiding in Richmond, VA (804-745-2062). Check out each for what you’re looking for in genie locs. It’s a start, and I will continue to look out for more. Good luck on your natural hair and loc  journey.

gail1‘Till next time,
Gail Mitchell
Loc’d Life Magazine

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Loc and natural heaven

Tendrils and Curls

Paula Chrishon’s passion is natural hair.

Her store, Tendrils and Curls in Houston (2501 1/2 S. Shepherd Drive,#1, Houston, TX 77019), speaks volumes about her passion. The upscale boutique caters to natural hair by selling products exclusively for the needs those who have embraced their natural textures. The store is also online as an e-boutique selling all of the products available in store (

“We have 45 brands of hair products,” says Paula. “We have products for loc’d hair as well. We have people who are veterans and customers who just decided to go natural. I have a large client base who wears locs. What they’re looking for is someone who is able to guide them to what they are looking for—to help them meet their unique needs.”

The store does no services—just consultations. “We’re basically an upscale natural beauty supply store.”


PaulaChrishonWhile Paula wears her hair curly, she wore locs for 11 years before taking them down. “Two-and-a-half years ago I decided that it was time to make a change, so I cut and unraveled them. One day, I was about to get them retwisted, when a lady came in with a head full of  huge loose hair.” That’s what inspired Paula to go curly. It took her seven days to unravel her locs. “It took 7 days, one hour a piece for the length you’re trying to save. I was happy when I finished though!”

When asked what is the biggest thing that locs need, she said that the scalp is where to start. “You need to get a good product that addresses buildup and itchy scalp. If things are not getting better, don’t hesitate to see a dermatologist. When I had locs I had  a second bout of alopecia. Don’t ignore the signs. Pay attention to your hair and scalp, keeping it oiled, wash it regularly, and be gentle to your hair—even a deep conditioning  will help.”

As far as product no-nos, she says that beeswax is still a big one. “I still have people who come in looking for beeswax. Products that are really waxy are way too heavy for hair. Locs need moisturizers, like natural loc butters—lighter, loc twist butters. Products that are too heavy and waxy you should stay away from.”

Her shop’s biggest sellers: Honey Lock Love Loc Starter by My Honey Child, Zuresh Loc and Twist butter, Zuresh Clarify me Shampoo, and for an itchy scalp, Rebirth, a hair tonic which gives hair what it yearns for. There’s also Sofia’s Herbal Mixture by My Honey Child, as a leave-in for itchy scalps.

Zailaa and PaulaPaula has a Ph.D. in psychology and has dealt with the issues of people of color. Hair is one and more than one would think. Hair is tied to self worth and how women view themselves.

She is following in her mother’s footsteps, who also owned a beauty supply. “I went after other passions and always knew I wanted to come back. I wanted to meet the needs of those who wear natural hair and open a place where people could talk about their unique concerns as well.”

Five Friendly Tips for Persons with Locs:

  • Consult an expert/loctician for a realistic regimen that works for you; what are your goals? Length? Modern styles? Just neat enough for work?
  • Don’t retwist too often; retwisting every four to six weeks is a good routine.
  • Headties/scarves are your locs’ good friends; Tendrils and Curls recommends Loc Socs.
  • Wash hair regularly; but pay attention to your scalp’s needs; if your scalp becomes incessantly itchy, it may be time for a wash. (Tendrils and Curls recommends Zuresh’s Clarify Me shampoo, which is also safe for chemically treated hair because of its pH balancing formula).
  • Keep scalp oiled, but not to the point of extreme oiliness. (Tendrils and Curls offers a variety of scalp friendly products and twist/loc products.)

gail1‘Till next time,
Gail Mitchell
Loc’d Life Magazine

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Locs color play


Loc’d Life’s email found a beautiful submission in its inbox recently—the work of Janice Brown of Tarbaby Hair Design.

Born in Jamaica, Brown started styling hair at nine years old, and has been in the natural hair business for the past 25 years. Trained in all hair textures, Brown specializes in the art of freestyle cornrow design. Her work has been featured on television, stage, and video, and Brown has styled hair from Philadelphia and New York and Florida, to California, Hawaii, London, and Japan. Her work has graced the pages of Essence magazine, Braids & Beauty and other international hair magazines.


Take a look at her colorful work here and you’ll see why. In style #1, see this updo with yellow and green locs throwing this updo a funky twist. In style #2, green and yellow locs peek playfully from the edges of this variation style. In style #3 colorful spirals emerge, cascading in this asymmetrical updo.

1177850497002 %283%29For more on this locstar, check out her salon, Tarbaby Hair Design, in Brooklyn, New York. Appointments may be hard to get, but definitely worth the wait! Look for more on this loc star at Loc’d Life. If you’re a salon with great photos of your work, send them on to

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Gail Mitchell
Loc’d Life Magazine

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What I like for locs


Looking for a good shampoo for your locs? Loc’d Life field tested four products, and they’re our picks for a good shampoo.

  1. Crème of Nature Kiwi and Citrus Ultra Moisturizing Shampoo. This fast lathering  product does what it says when it comes to clean. Locs will be left soft and clean. The price point is great, too at around $5.99  for the large size.
  2. Organic Root Stimulator’s Creamy Aloe Shampoo. This beauty supply staple also does a good job of cleansing locs. The creamy and bubbly formula gets to the root of each loc and beyond.
  3. Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castile Soap in Peppermint. This is a tingling shampoo, and there are other varieties, such as orange and citrus, rose, and others. This oil -based soap lathers quickly and efficiently. A little goes a long way.
  4. Chatto’s Uni-Locs Residue-Free Shampoo This is also a quick lathering shampoo that works fast in getting your locs clean. Available at

When shopping around for shampoos, watch that it doesn’t detangle, isn’t overly creamy, or doesn’t leave any residue behind. Occasionally, you can use a clarifying shampoo or an apple cider rinse to remove buildup. Just remember that you have to replenish the moisture loss afterwards.

gail1‘Till next time,
Gail Mitchell

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Anatomy of a hot oil treatment

BIG_locs-530x791Locs need moisture. There’s no way around that fact. Avoid moisture, and you will have straw-like, strands, or as a friend calls it, dry, dusty locs.

A hot oil treatment is what can revive your locs. Use the oil of your choice from olive, coconut, jojoba,  or other carrier oil that can provide complete coverage from the scalp to ends of your locs. Here’s how…

  1. Shampoo. Choose a shampoo that lathers well. One I just discovered: Cream of Nature Moisturizing Shampoo in Kiwi and Citrus. Lather, rinse and repeat.
  2. Remove excess water from locs with a lint-free towel.
  3. Heat a good size amount of oil. Be careful it does not get too hot.
  4. Massage it in from scalp to ends.
  5. Cover with a plastic cap and sit under a hooded dryer for 15 to 20 minutes.
  6. Rinse thoroughly once done.

Follow with the loc maintenance method of choice: palm rolling, loc stitch, or the method that works for you. Your locs should feel soft and supple from the infusion of oil it just received. Water is also at work here, too. They may not mix, but water seals the deal.

P.S. don’t forget to get vols 1 & 2 of our printed edition at

gail1‘Till next time,
Gail Mitchell

5 reasons to love your locs


Ledisi shows how versatile locs can be.

Bad hair days? Not with mature locs. Love your locs. Here’s five reasons why….

  1. They are unique. Each loc is unique. Each person’s locs are unique. No two heads of locs are the same. Color your locs, and even the hair color is interpreted uniquely. No style says that you are an individual more than locs.
  2. They are natural. This style is not your chemical romance, here. Every strand is hand-formed, cultivated from your natural beauty.
  3. They are yours. At least they should be. I know that some of us have loc extensions, but try to grow your own gradually. It is a personal spiritual journey that only you can embark.
  4. They are convenient. They are wash-and-go.  You don’t have to worry about the rain. You don’t have to worry about heat and humidity. Your hands are the only comb you’ll need.
  5. They are versatile. You can wear a ponytail. You can section and twist into simple French braids or cornrows or ornate coils and bantu knots. Your loc’d texture can go into any style you choose.

Just a little affirmation for the journey.

gail1‘Till next time,
Gail Mitchell

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