So, you’re contemplating locking your hair and you’re trying to decide which method is best.
You may be wondering IF you should do it because others may have put doubts and fears in your mind.
Or, perhaps you’re wondering if you’ll look okay with them, if you’re head’s too big, or if you’ll have trouble getting a man or woman, and so on.
I know because I had those same concerns myself before I made my final decision!
My Biggest Fear About Locking
Back when I contemplated getting locs, my biggest concern was folks calling me Whoopi Goldberg or saying I look just like her.
I mean, they were saying it WITHOUT me being locked so, by locking my hair, I knew those remarks would increase one hundred fold! (and they DID but *sigh* I’ve come to terms with it lol)
Not sayin’ the woman is ugly, but come on nah… what was she constantly called in The Color Purple? And what did she say her grandfather called her in, For Colored Girls? Exactly.
So when they say I look like her, I immediately jump to the conclusion that these mofos are calling ME ugly! LOL!
Anyway, back to the topic at hand…
What to do BEFORE Deciding to Lock Up
Grab your notepad and pen, then come right back and complete this assignment.
1. Do Your Homework!
Now, I could be totally biased and say,
“Forget all the rest, Bradelocz is THE best method of locking, hands down!”
But that would be neither fair nor accurate. Just because it was the best choice for me, it may or may not be the best choice for you.
Therefore, you should definitely do your due diligence by researching the various methods of hair locking and understand ALL that is entailed in the process of each method.
Once you’ve done that, write down the one you’re leaning most heavily towards, then make a list and ask yourself the following questions:
– How long does my hair have to be?
– What is my hair texture and does this method work well with it?
– Do I want to use product (gel) for starting & maintaining my locs?
– Can I DIY (do it yourself)?
– How much will it cost if I can’t or decide not to DIY?
– What is the upkeep like?
– Will I have to rely on someone else and can I afford to do so?
– Does it fit in with my present lifestyle? (For example: Do you workout a lot and need to wash/rinse often, or do you swim, etc.)
– Will it conflict with my place of work?
2. Ask Advice From Those Who’ve Been There
For whatever method(s) you are leaning toward, search even deeper by seeking out a few individuals who’ve started with that method and ask how things worked for them… what was their experience like?
This is just for research purposes, so take what they say with a grain of salt. Remember, everyone is different, every journey is different, and the final decision is ultimately yours alone!
3. Get Consulted
If you’re going to visit a Loctician, Braider, etc., ask for an initial consultation if they don’t require one by default.
During the consult, DO NOT be afraid to ask very detailed questions.
If you feel as though they’re not being on the up and up, or they’re not answering your questions thoroughly enough to make you feel comfortable in your decision… find someone else!
Also, ask to see some photos of their previous work so you can get a feel for their skill level.
Doing these things will help minimize “lockers regret” so you can enjoy the process and journey of locking even more!
Are Bradelocz one of the methods you were interested in? If so, click here and check out my “Are Bradelocz For Me?” video to get some information on them.Blessings & Warmest Regards,