Locs are a commitment that many naturals are proud to have taken on. They are a beautiful expression of both natural hair and African spirituality and beauty expression. Sometimes it can seem like once you’re loc’d up, some of your options for style become limited, however that isn’t always true! While you may not have the same free tresses there are a plethora of ways to try new things and have versatility while maintaining your locs. We’ve put together a few ideas for you to add style to your lovely locs.
Twist and Braid Looks
If you’re getting ready for a special occasion or just want to try something fun, locticians have been coming up with new and creative ways to rock your locs. Having locs does not have to be limiting! Versatility is always possible.
A Splash of Color
Color is always a fun way to add a little flair to any hairstyle. Bleached tips are popular, but bolder colors are starting to become more popular as well as new healthier dyes become available. You can add color to a few locs, just the tips, or your entire head depending on what look you are going for.
Charms are the easiest way to add a little style. Your charms can express your unique personality and interests. If you’re not very into the dangling charms, you can also keep it simple by winding string around your locs or using some simple clamps or beads.
Crimping and Curling
Crimping and curling are easy ways to add style at home! You can crimp your locs by braiding them up with your favorite setting products, leaving them in overnight and taking them out. To curl your locs you can use perm rods with setting products, or roll and pin them up overnight.
If you’re open to a haircut, there are plenty of styles to choose from. Some naturals have been experimenting with the bob and curl look, and some are adding layers or going for a tapered bob. Haircuts are a great way to lighten the weight of your locs without getting rid of them entirely. You can also add some extra personality to your hair cut by curling your locs to create more shape.
So, in summary, there are many ways to rock your locs and how you choose to do so is a unique expression of you and your loc’d journey. Just like our curls, our locs are unique to each of us, not only will we rock them differently but we also have our own personal reasons for being loc’d in the first place. So love your locs and don’t be afraid to let your locs be an extension of your personality and who you are.
Ebony is a content creator working in the Inland Empire. She loves taking care of her natural hair as a form of self-care and exploring personal development.