Crown Chronicle of @IndieAfrikana

indieafrikana Thick Locs

IndieAfrikana is a Leo Empress that’s relatively new in the Loc Family but her Instagram page has a lot of Loc Inspiration! Take a peek into her journey thus far and to see how she has cultivated such beautiful thick locs.

Tell us about yourself.

Briana Hill, 21, Singer/Songwriter

How long have you had locs and what method did you use to start your loc journey?

I’ve had my locs for 1 year & 2 months! I only have 56 and I started my locs with two strand twists.

indieafrikana First Month with Locs Started with Two Strand Twists

First Month with Locs Started with Two Strand Twists

Who or what is your hair idol or hairstyle inspiration?

My ultimate hair inspiration is the beautiful & talented Lauryn Hill. 

What lessons have you learned during your loc journey?

I’ve learned patience & understanding. That it takes time for wonderful things to come to pass. You must stay faithful and consistent for the results that you want.

indieafrikana Marley Twists over Locs

Marley Twists over Locs

What are your favorite products to use on your locs?

My Afrikan Black Soap shampoo, Cantu leave in conditioner. Raw shea butter & castor oil for my retwists & everyday moisturizing! Simple as pie. 

Selfie of indieafrikana with Thick Locs dyed Red

How often do you maintain your roots?

Ehh, roughly every 2 months. They’re thick so I want to make sure I’m not putting too much pressure on my roots. I don’t use clips on my locs either. I started my locks as well as maintain them myself. The only time I’ll use a stylist is when I want it styled in an updo.

Selfie of indieafrikana Thick Locs in headwrap.

Why did you chose locs?

I wanted to see what type of stigmas came along with women with locs. I’be always been obsessed with locs & knew I’d grow my own one day!

Do you have a length goal? 

I’m never gonna cut them so I’d say waist length. 

What advice would you give to someone just beginning or considering locs?

Take that leap of faith because you will not regret your decision! My locs have had me realize so much more about myself. My esteem is higher than its ever been.

indieafrikana Thick Locs with wire wrapped loc jewelry.

Wire Wrapped Loc Jewelry

You can connect with Briana on Instagram and Twitter @indieAfrikana.

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Jocelyn Reneé

Jocelyn Reneé is a Licensed Cosmetologist, Loctician and Textured Hair Educator. She was born and raised in the Washington DC area and is a graduate of the Aveda Institute Cosmetology Science program. With over 14 years in the Hair Care Industry, from Salon Assistant to Natural Hair Blogger to Professional; Jocelyn is passionate about cultivating healthy hair.

Blog Comments

Love her locs. I’m loc’d a little over 2 years and I am always trying new products but the one I ALWAYS use is Castor Oil. I love it. I use it daily for moisture and to re-twist as well.

Castor oil is too thick for me, I’m in love with grapeseed oil for my locs and also raw shea butter. What are some other products you’ve been trying? I don’t really see too many products specifically for locs out these days.

Her locs are as gorgeous as she is! I just go mine installed a month ago and I’ve found myself in a dilemma. I wanted them thick (always been in love with thicker locs) but now that they’re installed I’m worried that they are not going to thicken up as much as anticipated and in the process end up looking spacey. I only have 52 of them. I also have very tight coils. My question is then, does the tightness of the coils limit swelling? Also, apart from semi-forming and combining (which is not an option for me lol) are there anymore tips for thicker locs?

Congratulations on your new journey! The texture of your hair does play a role in the ultimate appearance of the locs, however with the stages of locs, all textures of hair will swell and then shrink as they mature. It is a general rule of thumb that the locs will be about the size of the parts if you’re not overtwisting the hair. As for tips, make sure you’re subscribed to the newsletter because I have a post coming soon about “How to Grow Thick Locs”!

I love your locks they are beautiful. I just wanted to Know what site would you recommend to order the wire wrapped lock jellewery .
I started my locks on January.
Thank you

You can reach out to her on Instagram or Twitter via her contact info in the post to find out where she got her loc jewelry from, I’m not sure.

Hi thank you for sharing your journey and tips, I recently started locs and my hair is thin so I don’t have many locs, but even though they are a few I want to have thick locs. I started and maintain my locs and just wanted to know how often I should retwist because my scalp gets dry, itchy and a lot of dandruff so I constantly feel the need to wash them but when I do it seems they loose their form?

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