Written By: LaToya Sims
Once upon a time I was a “weave-a-holic.” I had a new hairstyle every week from different colors to different lengths. I always had a particular admiration for women and men with locks. I found them to carry a certain confidence that I did not have at the time and strongly desired. Like many college students, I left home and grew into a wiser woman. After graduation in 2010, I came back home to the Washington D.C. area more conscious and confident than ever. That summer I decided enough was enough; I was finally going to lock my hair. It was the best decision I have ever made.
Since I began my journey, I have gone through much adversity in and outside of the workplace. Some people think that dreaded hair is unprofessional and not suited for corporate America. However, there are many professional women including celebrities (Ledisi, Whoppi Goldberg, Lisa Bonet, and Lalah Hataway) that are naturally locked. There is a huge misconception that there is limited maintenance is required for locks. Contrary to what many believe, maintaining locks can be just as expensive and time consuming as wearing weaves and other hairstyles. Dreadlocked hair must be washed regularly just like un-dreaded hair. Dreadlocks do not require a chemical process, which is better for your scalp than any hairstyle that requires your hair to be chemically permed or straightened. Dreadlocks are also versatile; you have the ability to create many different styles at every length.
If you aren’t too convinced about dreading your hair, you can always try loc extensions. Loc extensions have become a popular hair trend for those who desire the dreadlock look. Like braids, some view it as a protective style worn in the hotter months of the year in order avoid applying heat to their natural hair. Even though I am not a fan of loc extensions, it is a great way to grow your hair and keep it healthy. If you have locs, loc extensions, or thinking about dreading, share your thoughts with us!