The Problem With Covering Your Locs With a Wig

The Problem With Covering Your Locs With A Wig

Wearing a wig after you start locs is a sign of fear.

Wearing a wig after you start locs is waging a war with self-love.

Wearing a wig after you start locs is… common.

….I can speak on it from personal experience.

The Day I Wore A Wig Over My Locs

Many people will argue that wearing a wig is a styling option for women that like to “change their hair often”; yet never acknowledge the psychological implications of covering your own natural hair.

The day I wore a wig over my locs, was the day that I was going into court to contest the accusations of a police officer. My personal psyche told me that if I were to be “accepted” and not “judged” I needed to have straight, tamed hair as opposed to my expressive coiffure that was reaching out towards the sun amongst other directions.

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I was battling my self-confidence, my values, my beauty and my culture for hours before the trial. Thankfully, what I’ve learned along my 7 year journey to embracing my natural hair was that a strong support system is essential to progression. In that moment of realization, I reached out to my support and their feedback / words of encouragement were helpful to my internal battle.

I’m sharing my story because it is important that we can talk about the issues we face with self-identity and self-love rather than feel like we’re the only ones and have to battle alone. I realize your immediate support system may not be enough and I’m here to create a safe space for you.

You Don't Have to Have Straight Hair To Be Beautiful

When you make the decision to start locs, you should have a consultation with a professional, especially one that is supportive of the journey and can encourage you along the way. You should also mentally prepare yourself for the journey and be open to embracing your locs at all of its stages. And lastly, you should NOT try to hide behind a European beauty aesthetic because your hair, your beauty and worth are so much greater, and no one will realize that until you show them.


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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 love your hair ! I just read saw your post regarding going to court and wearing a wig vs locs. I get it ! I was brought up thinking that locs were a sign of difiance where now I believe mine to be a sign of personal growth and beauty. My locs are only 7 months in. Ive been trying to go two months between retwists. My hair is fuzzy sticks up all over at times but I love it . At the same time I’m aware of those looks that read when are you going to do your hair . I think your brave and strong to wear you locs to court. You looked beautiful !

Interesting …cause I was considering wearing a wig over my hair when i start my loc journey..the short phase does not appeal to me at all. So then the question becomes if you get loc extensions is that a sign of self hate as well?

I don’t think it’s self-hate Reuther way. I would definitely encourage you to embrace your locs, especially at the shorter stages otherwise you do miss out on important lessons that they teach you, as well as the freedom of locs becaus you’re “trapped” under a wig (in my opinion). But ultimately do what makes you most comfortable. You’ll still go through a process with loc extensions, it is just with longer length.

I disagree. As a POC, I will say this is the case for some folks, but not all. I have rocked purple, teal, blue, magenta and a bunch of other colors on my locs. I outright refuse to cover them at job interviews or in “professional settings.” People wear faux fro wigs and wigs of all textures because they are fun. If we say straight hair is a sign of self hatred, what are we saying about POC with straight hair? The real tragedy is that we have let Euro standards of beauty steal the diversity of beauty. Straight hair isn’t white, but the desire to look white or to believe that white defines beauty is the issue. I hope POC stop depicting straight hair as a “white thing” We need to stop viewing our world through their lens. Now, I am going to continue my web search for a straight wig .

I’m just starting my locs two weeks and I’m super excited about my journey . I am in the medical fields and have face to face contact with people,patients daily. I’ve found that they stare at my hair when I’m talking to them . I know I have to get pass this . I have very fine hair and it frizzes really bad but I’m trying hard not to wear a wig also to avoid the staring. My best friend is not part of my support team she thinks I’m . I finally he to tell her to keep her negative comments to herself . I really don’t have a support group my husband is okay with it he said he loves me regardless of why I want to do to my hair and I so thankful!!!!! I’ve been natural for nine years and went back and forward between wearing my natural hair out and wearing wigs . Now I’m embrassing my locs. Thanks for your story

Thank you for sharing your experience! Just know that it does get better with time and if it’s any encouragement, my entire family hated my locs until they matured now they all want locs… Go figure!

wow!!!! Now that’s awesome!!!!

I just got my hair licked 3 fays ago and was feeling low and wanted to cover it up especially for next Sunday for our church Home Coming but after reading thie profound post and the others has truly boosted my self esteem.. I too work in the medical flield and can trult understand Mrs. Myatt abd where she is coming from. I actually had to work a hald day after l got my hair done and l was surprised that l didn’t get too many looks. My husband is somewhat ok wirh me doibg my locks! I went to the grocery store after church today and saw an old patient who just loved my hair and she really made me feel goos! But after googling (if you can wear a wig after a new hair lock) and stumble across your post and the others l am once again sm8ling and holding my head high waiting for tge next step in my Journey. Jocelyn Renee, thank you so much for your inspiring story! You do not know how much l appreciate it and your journey. It was meant for me to read it because l was in church when l stumble across it. See how God has spoken to my loe spirit again an build my self esteem yet again. Want he do it! Thanks again All!

I am only one week in. The first day…I cried. I freaked out because my boyfriend and son HATED my hair. The next day was easier. I am almost a full week in and I am in love. I think my confidence is driving my positive self image. I told my boyfriend I am embracing the entire process and if he can’t handle it…he can leave

I am a couple weeks away from my 2 month loc journey. I’d been natural for 5 years prior to me deciding to loc my hair. The timing was perfect. My life was rough and so was the beginning loc journey. At times, like now, getting ready to go back to work from mental health leave and going to see college friends next weekend, I start thinking about what’s always been my biggest challenge and that being accepted for who i am so I’ve been considering buying a wig. I have TONS of support in loc journey and it’s been very very helpful. As my current situation continues to get brighter, I see the strength and growth also in my hair. I’ve learned that no one else is living my life and no one is going to love me like I love me and I’m so glad I finally decided to loc my hair! ❤️

i did my locs on permed hair…been almost three weeks and i am not sure how to go about with them…i have done research but still not satisfied…please help.

Effective 6 Dec 17; I’ll be wigging it out until retirement from the USAF. Unless our CMSAF (whose black) will authorize BW to wear them. Until then I’m struggling to find a wigs that will fit properly over my 2 yr locs.

Thank you for this, am on a battlefield right now for the first time after 5 years of having my locs and rocking them proudly. I must say that am from Sub Saharan Africa and locs are so popular and even celebrated and all these five years has been filled with compliments on how thick and fast they are growing. No one ever prepared me for the skepticism and hate in the Middle East. Every other woman has straight hair and its okay with me but l get the looks everytime l step out of the house. I love the looks as l showcase what they don’t know and show off my natural black hair but the issue is getting snubbed by prospective employers because of that. A recruiter recently confided that no matter my qualifications which are quiet good and up to standard my locs are really getting in the way of my career and no one in corporate will hire me because they represent rebellion and its as good as hiring someone with a huge tattoo on their face. I feel sad and my partner has urged me to stick to my who l am but l am here angry about how much l have to change who l am as a black person because it is not good enough, what do l do?


I been natural for nine years and have been through it all and yet my hair never grew even close to my cheek bone its so depressing I cut it off last year it was so damaged from the weaves and crochet and thyroid disease and also letting at least more than 20 people in my F…IN ALL THOSE GD YEARS!! and still unhappy and $$$$ boy its depressing my last straw was when I went and bought a wig for 180 dollars never received it I don’t know why but my feelings were truly hurt I had enough so this week I started a new job and decided I want locs I tried it before but took my hair down two years ago I just didn’t want people looking at me I just didn’t feel fly enough ya know people have commented on my looks a lot over the years my bf my friends no longer either in my life they said I was not cute and you know before them and social media I thought I was lol shit for me now my self esteem has been torn down terribly so my wigs and weaves made me fly and actually cured my insecurity for a moment until I take the wig off after work no edges dry hair yes that is ugly I said I have pretty curls at the end of my natural hair but its short so no I cant let people see me so last week I wore a wig to my new job and this week I did my own locs and wore them to work and guess what some people noticed of course and some said your hair looks good and one white women said did u cut your hair okayyy and but of course my sista boss said did you cut your hair really?? I think I was more afraid of my own people comments then anything else I don’t know why I did I hear what we say about each other and don’t get me started on our brothers its hard u know if you have everything else going on except long hair well a wig will do but not no more and guess who called me beautiful and flirted at my job WHITE MEN imagine that LOL!!! Im taking control of this short life my head feels wonderful in and out locs are my way out of this hell I can feel it!!!!!!!! First comment ever so long I needed to vent LETS GO LADIES F WHAT PEOPLE THINK!!!!! # SHE READY LOL

You said straight hair, but straight hair has NEVER appealed to me personally. I’m thinking about wearing a kinky wig, closer to my texture, over starter locs (that i’m soon considering getting). Natural hair has never been an issue for me, more so the ppl around me like my mom and siblings, but I pay them no mind literally. Shrinkage, my fine strands, with a medium density, and low porosity has been an issue for me. I love my natural texture, but I love the full, high density look and feel.

Thank you so much for the encouragement I am in the process of getting sister locs next week aug 23 and I am excited and nervous all at the same time , simply because my hair is fine and the thought of so much scalp showing really makes me nervous I already know I’ll wear a wig until my hair thickens, I’m very self conscious of this I am going thru with the process I know it a journey and I am gonna see it through!!!!!! Thanks for sharing your story !!!!!!

Peace Lynda! I really hope your installation went well! I beg you not to wear a wig and embrace the journey that your Sisterlocks will grow through! Also, there is a huge risk of slippage and unraveling associated with keeping newly installed Sisterlocks under a wig. You definitely don’t want to pay for re-installation or having to sit for hours and hours to correct slippage.

Thanks for this article! I actually used wigs to grow out my natural hair after completing a big chop two years prior. After starting my loc journey, I threw/gave the wigs away to avoid temptation. On days that I wasn’t feeling my hair I would wear scarves— which is funny because in the past I would never be caught wearing a scarf on my head in public lol.. things are easier now that I am 9 months in. I work in finance so being able to work from home due to covid has made things easier as well. I agree with your sentiments.. however, whatever a person has to do to succeed in their lock journey, I support them through it. Although I still have my rough days, I don’t ever see myself going back.

I have had many bad experiences regarding my hair from interviews to on the job. I DO NOT wear my natural hair to interviews. Now after I’m hire, they get 100% of me. Everyone is not ready for me still and I do not know who that someone might be. Sad but it is the reality of this country. Some people even frown on us wearing wigs. We are damned if we do or if we don’t. Sad……..

Post menopause thinning the crown is very thin but the back is very thick . Everyone say it’s malepattern baldness and heriditary. What can I do if I want sister locks I have embraced my salt and pepper color now ready for locks. Please advise

If your hair is thinning, I would not advise on getting Sisterlocks. Go to a Dermatologist to determine if it can be stopped or slowed down first.

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