My birthday just passed and like every solar return it makes me want to switch things up. However, this time, unlike any other time, I wanted to try a new hairstyle. If you’ve been following my journey for any stretch of time, you already know hairstyling is not my thing. Even in the salon, when guest’s come in desiring styles with little to no input, I promptly tell them “I’m not your person, at least give me a picture!” So cue the picture I found that inspired my latest hairstyle…
Hairstyle Inspired by The Big Chop
I’d like to guess that you’ve heard of “the big chop”. If you haven’t or if the lingo has changed since I entered the natural hair movement (over a decade ago), “the big chop” refers to when someone cuts, or chops, off all their hair. Ya’ll know that I am good for combing out my locs! However I’ve had this current set of locs for almost 6 years— I’m trying to stay strong! My locks are mid back in length and all 14+ inches can be a lot sometimes. So while scrolling on Instagram (before they shutdown my account 🙄) I noticed that people with similar or longer lengths were all doing one style— Loc Knots! So I decided to give it a try.
My First Set of Loc Knots
After washing and conditioning my hair, nearly a month since my last cleanse [click here to find out why that happened], I began to put in the loc knots. I started in the front so that I could get the hang of it. After about 7 Loc Knots, I hated how they looked and was ready to take them down. I figured doing just 20% of my head was enough to gauge the whole style. I was so wrong. Which is crazy because when I am styling my clients’ locs I always remind them not to judge the process, and wait to see it at the end. Or I’ll turn them away from the mirror. Yet, here I was judging what I saw before I got to the end. Thankfully, Hubby popped into the bathroom and complimented the 7 curly fries I had in. It was just the boost I needed to keep going. And guess what?! I loved it in the end!
Never mind that my sisterfriend said that I look like the real life version of Allegra, from Allegra’s window, lol! I’ve been confidently rocking this style for a week and there are definitely pros and cons to it— more on that next week. All I know is that it felt great to switch it up, especially going into my New Year!
January 20, 2022 at 7:05 pm
I love you hair. It’s look nice on you
January 20, 2022 at 7:10 pm
Thanks so much Sandra!
January 20, 2022 at 8:42 pm
I did the big chop about 7 months ago in order to allow my gray to grow in after coloring my locs for years.
Still trying to find the proper products to give me a good twist out… Some areas curl nicely while other spots just frizz. Unsure at this point as to whether or not I’ll loc again or simply fro it indefinitely.
Nevertheless, I enjoy your posts! Thanks
January 20, 2022 at 11:22 pm
Thanks so much for continuing to follow my journey! I am no help with loose natural hair, but Black Girl Curls is a great resource to check out!
January 21, 2022 at 8:06 am
Looks great. This is my go to hair style.
January 24, 2022 at 11:15 pm
Thank you!! How do you sleep on them at night?!
January 21, 2022 at 11:21 pm
I remember when you showed up on live with these and I asked like 3x thinking you cut your hair. It had me shook lol. But these pics do a great job showing the texture and color. I tried two strands last week but I have thicker locks like you so all the rubber bands broke within an hour. I got a pic up on my IG
January 24, 2022 at 11:15 pm
The rubber bands popped?! LOL! Maybe you wrapped ’em too many times, like 2-3 times is more than enough.
January 25, 2022 at 10:19 am
That’s probably what happened. My locs are the same size as yours
Cherie R Bates
January 23, 2022 at 12:17 am
I style my hair all the time. I started this about 10yrs ago n you know I’ve been loc’d for 27yrs. I typically change the style every 3 weeks when I wash. I started this because when I first learned that retwisting my hair every two weeks was too much manipulation I didn’t like the amount of work n time it took to get all of the new growth into the existing locs. So putting it in a protective compression style made the retwist so much easier, which I now do every 6 weeks.
February 1, 2022 at 8:34 pm
You look gorgeous! While I like to be and look well groomed and stylish I definitely don’t want to look older than I am or like I’m trying to hard. Being older, 60s, I’m always hesitant to try something new/different with my hair. These loc knots look like something I could carry off with confidence.
February 3, 2022 at 7:39 am
Thank you for the compliment! Definitely I encourage you to give the Loc Knots a try!
Also! You have permission to do too much!! Indulge yourself and nevermind anyone that attempts to dim your light!