Tress Talk With Loc Crush

July 11, 2014 in Interviews, UNCONDITIONED ROOTS by mkabba

Hair Talk With Denise AKA Loc Crush

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Hey Empress… Kindly introduce yourself!

Hey Ladies, I’m Denise also known as Loc Crush.

Have you worn your Natural Hair since birth? If not how long have you been natural and what spurred you to start your Loc Journey?

My hair has always been very thick and hard to manage. I got my first relaxer when I was in grade school, around six years old I think. My hair was so hard to straighten that I’d get touch-ups with an extra-strength relaxer every 3-4 weeks. Too much! My hair would get just below shoulder length then start breaking off. I got to a point where I had extreme breakage, especially in the back where the relaxer would touch first. Then I’d big chop and do it all over again. Torturing my scalp like this is why I suffer from Sebborheic Dermatitis. To best treat it I needed to stop it with the heat and chemicals on my scalp and hair. After my final big chop in 2009 I tried going just natural but my hair is so course it lead to so much maintenance. I’m a low-maintenance kind of girl. I had always wanted locs and knew that I needed to loc my hair. I’m so glad I made that decision.

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Did you receive immediate acceptance having been newly Loc’d up? What were the reactions of those around you? How were your Locs received by others?

Immediate acceptance, indeed. It made me wonder – what was I waiting for? This was me all long.

Tell us about your Loc hair stages! The beginning, the middle and the now?

In the first year I was so anxious for it to loc already. I wanted to take the best care possible (and that hasn’t changed). I wanted them to look perfect (not so much anymore). I washed and retwisted every two weeks for the first year or so. In the second year I slowed down a bit then started researching more natural solutions to get a grip on my dry scalp. By my third year I was making my own retwisting gel and moisturizer, ditching over-the-counter products with chemicals in them. Now, in my fourth year, I am fully in control of my hair and it’s never been this healthy, full, and long.

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What is the most common mistake people tend to make with their Locs?

A big mistake is retwisting too tightly and too often. Once you break those hairs and weaken your locs it’s very hard to recover from that.

Do you believe there to be stereotypes and misconceptions of people who wear Locs?

Yes, people have asked me if I wash my hair. As if I wouldn’t?? lol I wash my hair more than most people with locs, sometimes several times a week, never more than two weeks.

During your pregnancy did your hair change by any means? Did it have any effect on your Locs? Did you have to change your Loc regimen?

I am very blessed to have the gene of hair growth during pregnancy. My hair, skin, and nails glow and grow when I’m pregnant. When I look at the length of my hair before and after, I’m amazed.

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In your experience would you say managing Dread Locs is mentally and or physically demanding?

Absolutely. I’ve bonded so much with my hair throughout this process. Maintaining my locs myself, I’ve learned what my hair needs and catered to those needs. The beginning years were like boot camp lol. I didn’t know if I was going to make it. Glad I saw it through it’s taught me great patience. In the past I’ve attempted to start the loc process three or four times before fully committing.

Kindly tell us your 3 most HOTTEST must have hair products?

Number one is water. Yes, water! I love having clean hair and scalp. Washing my locs brings me a sense of renewal. Also, I use Rose Water in moisturizing my hair daily. I love the smell and benefits of it. Number two is coconut oil. It leaves a nice shine on my locs and is very healthy for them. Thirdly, flaxseed gel. I’ve tried lots of over-the-counter retwisting products. Many have irritated my scalp. Once I started making my own flaxseed gel I did not experience that irritation any longer. I love it on my locs. It’s cheap, safe enough to eat, and very clean. I love that I know exactly what’s in it.

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What are the most popular questions you get about your Locs? Pros & or cons?

People ask me most often how do I get my locs so thick and full. I wish I had a straight up answer for that. But truth is, it’s mostly genetics. I just nurture it the best I can.

What are your TOP TIPS for healthy, lengthy, successful hair growth?

Listen to your hair and do what’s best for it. There is no one solution that works for everyone. Leave the harsh chemicals alone and embrace natural solutions.

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Let’s talk HAIR REGIMEN! What does your current/staple hair regimen consist of? How does your hair respond to this?

I do not do much with my hair. Right now I wash every two weeks. I do not retwist as often. Truthfully, I may be a free-former at heart. I just don’t care for my hair to be extremely neat all the time. Plus, I’m tired lol. Retwisting all of these locs takes a lot of time. I mainly retwist my edges for a neat look after washing then apply coconut oil for moisture.

Do you believe returning back to natural/wearing Locs to be a statement? If so of what sort?

Somewhat. I feel that I’m finally owing what my hair really is. 20-something years of trying to straighten my hair seems like rebellion. I’m in sync with my hair now, letting it do what it do. This is more my personality – organic.

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Have you made any mistakes/ experienced any natural hair disasters with you Locs? If so what? And what advise/words of encouragement would you give to anyone considering getting/wearing Locs?

Once, while pregnant, I was too exhausted to do it myself and I wanted my hair done so badly that I booked an appointment with someone before checking their credentials. She twisted my hair so tightly that I lost some of my edges. I’ve learned that I need to take care of my own hair or at least be my hair’s biggest advocate when someone else is touching my locs. Some damage is irreversible.

Has wearing locs dispelled any myths you previously had of “dreadlocked hair?”

I’m Jamaican. So I’ve grown up around Rastas and loc-wearers all my life. If anything, I understand and embrace locs more.

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Your luscious Locs are ALWAYS so flawless! What are your GOLDEN top tips on length and health retention?

Leave them alone. I don’t do too much with my locs. I think the low-manipulation has aided in length retention. And sticking with having clean scalp and hair has helped maintain the health of my locs.

What is your favourite go-to natural hairstyle and how do you achieve and sustain it?

I love, love, love a high bun! I use a hairnet or two to wrap around and form the bun and a few hair pins to secure the hairnet.

Latterly where can our readers find and reach out to you (Online)?

On Instagram @loccrush and loccrush.com will be coming soon 🙂

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