Week 9 with locs looks like unraveling, wild roots and sessions of loc brushing— at least on my new journey. We all know that everyone’s journey is different, but it is amazing to witness the difference on the same head; my head.
This week, my hair has been especially wild.
As you’ll see in my Week 9 Loc Vlog Update, my hair definitely has a mind of its own and is doing whatever it wants to do. Just like a baby, hence the baby locs stage. Since I’ve been along this process before, I know to accept it for what it is, but I can definitely see how many individuals would be frustrated at this point.
My hair is creeping into other locs, sticking straight up, and endlessly frizzy.
“Embrace the journey. You’re beautiful!“— this is what I tell myself.
What I’m reminded of as I go through this process again is how shamed I was the first time around. Mainly by family, but also in public. Ignorance can make people very judgmental. Change makes people uncomfortable. But your confidence speaks volumes. What I learned is that you have to be comfortable in your decision to transition to locs, walk with your head high and crown on, despite a mound of frizz and unruly hair. Your confidence will silence all judgments and the ones that aren’t silenced can’t tell you anything. But the moment you give your control to another person’s ignorance, is the moment you second guess one of the best decision you can make with your textured hair.
Even if you’re not feeling confident at this very moment, it is okay, it takes practice. I challenge you to look in the mirror and say out loud “I love you”. Then, take a selfie, looking AND smiling directly at the camera. EVERYDAY. You have to be a witness to your own beauty to allow others to see it as well. And honestly, it is not as bad as you think. Embrace the journey. You’re beautiful!
Share some words of encouragement or positive affirmations that you use in the comments below!
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.