REASONS WHY WE LOC: Nature's Call
I stopped Angie (8 years) on the street to compliment her on a beautiful Victorian loc bun that appeared to roll in from the base of her neck. Before I could finish complimenting on her on what I told her looked like an intricate ‘do, she reached behind her, ripped the two interwoven Pippy-Longstocking-like braids apart from behind her head saying, “What? This?!” My face lit up in...
The Nudred - A revolution starting locs in 20...
Introducing the Nudred super fast hair loc’ing tool for Afro-textured hair. I am happy for the creator of this product. She has turned what appears to be a heavy duty car wash sponge with strategically placed holes (on the opposite side) into a revolutionary device in black hair care. See this lady’s enthusiastic at-home demo. Depending on the length and texture the hair, Nudred...
The Locs in Blue (Part II): Interview w/ a Retired...
Only a day after interviewing the rookie cop from The Locs in Blue, who reported that having locs in the present day NYPD is no big deal, I met happened to meet none other than a retired NYPD officer with locs 18 year old locs that he was made to wait 20 years to grow. Former NYPD officer Woody from Brooklyn shares an alternative tale of locs and ethnic hair styling acceptance in the force...
The Locs in Blue: Interviewing a Loc'ed NYPD...
I stopped one of the boys in blue with, may I add, the coolest demeanor to ask him about being a loc'ed cop. An interview with a loc'ed cop, 1 year in the force, 11 years in the locs:
L&B: How long have you had your locs?
Officer: Hm.. Since 2000.
L&B: So 11 years?
Officer: Something like that.
L&B: Oh, is the time you have the locs not important to you? You know, some people are very into timing and celebrating their locs and things. So the question is, why did *you* loc?
Officer: Well it's spiritual.
L&B: Oh, you're Ras[tafarian]?
L&B: You were born Rastafarian? Like born and raised?
Officer: Well half.
L&B: How you do mean "half"?
Officer: Well my uncles...
L&B: Oh, so you mean you were influenced then?
Officer: I was raised in part by my aunts and uncles. So I got the best of both worlds.
L&B: So I've talked to other police officers before, and for example, one woman was telling me she was having problems fitting all the hair [locs] under the hat. So how has the loc'ed lifestyle affected or been affected being a cop? How do you fit all the hair under the hat?
Officer: It's not under the hat [that matters], but off the collar. You can see I can't fit all the hair under the cap. It's too much, it won't fit.
L&B: Oh, so that's the rule? As long as its off the neck it's cool?
Officer: Yeah off the collar, securely fastened to the head. Like in a bun. [Turns to show me his complex bun] -- And mine is.
L&B: Ok. And that's for safety reasons, so no one grabs it or what?
Officer: I don't know. You can ask them and they probably don't know either. [laughs] But it's probably they just want us to look neat.
L&B: Speaking of being the appearance of being "neat," what's the situation with how are locs regarded?
Officer: You mean within the department?
L&B: Yes. Cause you know, in some places and professions like the army when locs first came out...[there was some controversy about being able to wear them].
Officer: Ah, it's nothing. -- Nowadays. Yeah, maybe in the beginning [there was some issue for some people], but there lots of people with locs. Even firefighters.
Next mission. Find a loc'ed firefighter
Surprises, Discoveries, and Hi-jinks of My Loc...
Here are some of the surprises, discoveries, and hi-jinks of my loc journey into loc maturity. Don’t judge me! My hair is *luxurious*! …Now. LOL • Once I turned my locs white while washing them. I cried. – What really happened was the build-up from whatever I was using at the time got loose, but didn’t come all the way out during washing. It then reacted with whatever I was washing my...
urbaneworldwide asked: Nice blog. Locs and a lot of talk I see! Cheers.