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Lalah Hathaway: ‘My Record Label Talked Me Out of Locing My Hair’

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In 1998, recording artist Lalah Hathaway made the decision to loc her hair. Hathaway had been considering locing for years. However, the opposition she faced from her record label presented a huge roadblock, she revealed:

I decided first in 1992 to loc my hair and my label talked me out of it.”

Some of the criticisms directed at Hathaway’s interest in locing her hair ranged from “being too ethnic” and “having an urban look” to “not fitting with the flow of what everyone else is doing.”

Hathaway eventually made the decision to loc her hair 6 years later.

Watch Hathaway’s interview below.

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Texan by birth, Los Angeleno by situation. Lover of Tame Impala and Shoegaze music. Comedian by trade. Macaroni and Cheese connoisseur by appetite.

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[…] “Why is my natural hair, the hair that grows out of my head, seen as a political statement?”  To be honest, this could be a legitimate question if handle correctly.  Not everyone that chooses to go natural is making a political statement.  However, because of the world we live in the personal is often politicized. Therefore, the answer?                                                                                       Also: “Zara Employee Told her Box Braids Were Not “Clean” or “Professional” Enough for Zara’s Brand”; Lalah Hathaway: ‘My Record Label Talked Me Out of Locing My Hair’ […]

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