I Believe My Locs Are Sacred

SACRED: Connected with God(s); Regarded with great respect and reverence by a particular group or individual

My locs are sacred because…

I believe my locs allow me to show up as my highest self. In the wake of the recent activism against systems that have refused to see the value in our existence I am reminded of how powerful I am. The community that we’ve cultivated of people with locs matter. Which also emphasizes the deeper meaning behind cultivating locs— at least for me— they are sacred.

3 Reasons My Locs Are Sacred

I’ll share with you a few ways in which I believe my locs are sacred.

My locs are a reflection of my self-care. For me, feeling connected to my power is deeply rooted in self care. However, there are times when I don’t get enough sleep, rarely touch my water bottle, or I choose not to make the time to reflect. And in those times my locs feel brittle, dry and are constantly itchy because oversleeping doesn’t allow time for moisturizing. On the other hand, when I am intentional about my self-care it looks like practicing my morning ritual, exercising, drinking 80+ ounces of water, and checking in with myself daily. In those moments, my locs are moisturized because a part of my daily morning ritual involves my moisturizing shower routine. So, caring for my locs becomes a byproduct of my self-care.

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My locs remind me of my growth. We all know with textured hair shrinkage is real. That applies to locs as well. However, when I speak about how my locs remind me of my growth it is both physically and metaphorically along this journey called life. For a long time, it appeared that my locs were the same length— like my hair wasn’t growing. Similarly, in life I have moments where I feel stuck— like I am not reaching my goals. However, the reality is that growth is happening even if others don’t notice it.

Showing the current length of my thick long locs

My locs also give me protection— from places and people. We know that there are still people that hold negative connotations and stigmas about locs and/or people with locs. So by simply having locs I am guarded from the people who are not open-minded and at peace with themselves enough to see the light in me. And that right there is a powerful.

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So when I think about my locs, I realize that they are sacred in that they connect me to and allow me to be the best version of myself. While you may not feel exactly as I do about your own journey with locs, I challenge you to think about one part of your life that reminds you of how sacred you are and share it with me in the comments.

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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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Thank you so much for sharing!!! My locs has taught me to be more consistent in all areas of my life and to be more patient… it’s been a rough but uplifting 4 year journey so far and I am grateful for it!

I am grateful for your perseverance! Thank you for sharing!

I’m a very independent self motivated person, I have always done as I see fit for me. I dance to a different drummer, I was the first person to have LOCS on my job, I’m a retired Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Many of my colleagues followed afterwards when they they saw my attitude regarding wearing LOCS.

Locs definitely allow you to be who you are and be free! I am glad to hear you also inspired many people to get locs as well! Thank you for sharing!!

Sacred my locs are loved inside out beautiful just because. Blessed and grateful crown of naturalness each chapter new to embrace and love . God bless and stay safe…

I personally feel that my locks are a reflection of my spirituality. My journey has been a slow process. I’ve been to several different places to get my locks started. After 6 tries. I finally found someone to help me start my journey. I would like to know how to maintain them properly. I want to reflect my true nature of who I am.

That is beautiful!! Thank you for sharing and I am so glad to hear that you found the right person to begin your journey with locs! I offer training for maintaining starter locs and overall hair care advice in the “How to Retwist Locs At Home” workshop. You can click here to register.

Peace Everyone!!!! Reading your post today bought tears to my eyes once again. After asking the Holy Spirit to heal my pain from the recent deaths and pains of so many, Sis,my story is similar, however, quite different. I Prayed to my Father to take my hair into a nappier texture so just maybe I could form locs. Never,wanted to be accepted as the girl with the good hair ,long & flowing down my back. Just wanted to be accepted for being African American. I didn’t do ,perms, flat irons and now Praise Jesus good naps and all! Jesus loc’d my hair and I am the happiest lady alive. They want to touch it and that’s a ”No”; they roll their eyes and that’s a smile Peace !Love .

You made me think and sometimes we need to just think,our hair is strength and we have to be strong to grow our hair and not get hung up on what the world portrays as beautiful so thank you for making me think .my locs are two months in and just letting your hair alone and let it create something that only you can achieve that is “home grown “ Is worth it all.

“Home Grown”, I love that! That is exactly how our roots grow to cultivate locs. Keep going!

I had locs long ago and cut them off.I missed them so much I thought why not grow them again and I am doing just that.I’m not going to cut them ever again they are here forever thus time no matter how long they grow and no matter how gray my hair gets in the future.Have a blessed day and I love this site.

That’s beautiful! Welcome back to the journey! Thank you for sharing with the community!

I installed my own microlocs about 3 years ago and for me it has been a symbol of my emerging beauty, stepping into my higher ‘self-accepting’ self.

I learned how to style my 4c natural hair about a decade ago and now I’m the hair person for my whole family lol.

Learning to do my own hair has been a pillar I constantly reflect on when facing new challenges.

I have had my locs for 5 years now. I say with my whole heart my locs are not just hair my locs have taught me to love me in all I put me through.
Your story is beautiful I enjoyed reading it.

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