By Kay of NappyHeadedBlackGirl.com
1. You can’t wash your hair in the beginning
If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard this, I would have…well, a whole lot of nickels. I don’t care what your cousin/best friend/stylist says. If they’re encouraging you not to wash your hair, run. Your scalp is skin just like the rest of your body. Would you go weeks without washing your face? Or under your arms? Your scalp houses bacteria, sweat, toxins, and hair products. Letting that fester can lead to all kinds of drama, notably clogged pores and funk. Wash your hair, people. The public will thank you for it.
2. Locs were started by black people/Rastafarians
Contrary to popular belief, black people can’t claim invention of locs. Actually, no one truly knows who rocked the first set. The Rasta movement began in the 1930s, but different races and ethnicities have been locing for many, many moons. For example, Indian sadhus were wearing locs in pre-Christian times. That’s like a gazillion years ago. All hair can loc. Kinky, wavy, straight, and everything in between. Locs are for everyone. Feel the love.
3. You must use certain products
Don’t fall for the okey-doke. You can use any product–or none at all–on your locs. Just because something is expensive, is endorsed by a celebrity, or has the colors of the African flag on the label doesn’t mean it’s necessarily for you. Bandwagons are for parades. Learn your hair and what works for you.
4. You must retwist
One of the many cool things about locs is that you can rep them however you like. There are no set rules. If you want your locs neatly parted and every hair in place, cool. Or if you want to rock the bush like yours truly, that works, too. Don’t let anyone tell you you must maintain your hair a certain way. A loc is a loc is a loc.
Did I miss anything? What loc myths have you heard? Or what misconceptions have you had about locs?