Getting Microlocs Today… Is It Safe?

When you think of loc’d hairstyles such as microlocs you may automatically think that since they are “for us, by us” that they are acceptable. However, I was recently in a microlocs training class and the educator challenged that way of thinking. She specifically said that “for so long microlocs have not been safe [for black women]” and that resonated with me to the core.

I remember my first set of locs in 2010, which were Sisterlocks, and the drama and trauma I experienced with them. The facilitator of the class speaking those words really opened a sore spot in my loc journey that I thought I had dealt with. Unfortunately, I hadn’t gotten past the pain and her putting words to how it felt— unsafe — really opened my eyes.

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As I continue to heal and process these emotions in real-time, I want to pose a question, one that I recently explored in my video, “Getting Microlocs Today… Is It Safe?”. The question is: Do you believe that obtaining microlocs is safe in today’s industry? When I mention “safe,” I’m referring to your confidence in the ability of a professional Loctician to protect your scalp health, hair health, and energy throughout your loc journey.

Our hair is our crown, and feeling safe and confident in your choice is essential! Let’s explore this topic together and redefine what “safe” means in the world of microlocs.

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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.

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I keep my locs covered beneath a scarf daily. Like them but not yet in love with them. They’re convenient for now, but do require maintenance to prevent locs from joining. The only drawback I’ve experienced is the cost of upkeep during inflation, and learning to fully embrace that my hair has become more silvery.

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