Locking one’s hair is a highly personal journey, and we all have our own reasons to embark. For myself, it was over 10 years ago, in 2004, as I was immersed in the American Tribal Bellydance scene that I really got the bug to explore the style. I started my exploration through working with synthetic hair, creating unique, custom crafted hair falls and synthetic dreadlock sets that I marketed directly from this website beginning in 2005. Two years later, I enrolled in Cosmetology school, and upon receiving my license in 2008, I began to apply my craft to clients seeking to lock their own hair.
I have always been self taught, and have used many methods in the intervening years before arriving at my current modality. My methods today include backcombing, crocheting, and optional product application. I believe that there are no firm right or wrong ways to lock or maintain hair, just easy and hard ways. In fact basic methods, tools, and products required can and will vary greatly based on the curl pattern, density, and texture of each individual’s hair. I keep up to date with current knowledge and sentiment in the dreadlock community, and I actively pursue education in all aspects of haircare, making me a well rounded professional capable of more than just locking services. I offer color, cutting, and texture services in addition to dreadlock care, so that your finished look is completely unified.
Of course, no matter how your locks started, there is no substitute for time, patience, and basic maintenance. For most people, hair that is started on its journey to locking will take anywhere from 6 months to one and a half years to reach “maturity,” the state where each individual lock has a solid, yet pliable core. At around 2 to 3 years most of the outer hairs have matted to that core, giving the lock a smooth and individual appearance that people associate with the style.
Contrary to popular belief, well groomed dreadlocks are not a “no maintenance” style, but with the proper care, they will progressively become lower maintenance over the lifetime of the style, requiring a root tightening only once or twice a year (or really as often as you would like). In my own experience, which I write about here, there was definitely a lot less constant fussing with loose hair after a year, and as I write this in 2015, my dreads are 5 years old and I have the roots tightened by a fellow loctitian about once a year.
I’m eager to share my wealth of knowledge and educate my clients. I offer a number of different dreadlock services and am always learning new things inspired by my diverse and daring clientele!