I officially have been a loc'd woman for two years and I couldn't be happier with my hair.
It seems like it was just yesterday that I was sitting in my mom's house installing (what I thought to be) micro locs in my hair. I carefully parted, and two-strand twisted my hair both with anxiousness and pride. And now here I am with nearly, collarbone-length hair and not micro, but small-to-medium locs.
I thought returning to my natural hair was a journey of accepting myself in my truest appearance (which it has been) but honestly installing and maintaining my own locs was on another level. I sincerely had to trust the fate of my hair in my own hands. Which contrasts vastly from my loose natural hair journey because I did not perform my "big chop" on myself, but rather trusted my tresses to a professional. However, when it came to my locs I decided it was best for me to install them myself as opposed to going to a professional. I know, I was definitely going out on a limb.
I can honestly say, I am glad that I decided to install my locs myself. It makes my journey extra sweet and personal. I've created these locs, I cared for them to make them grow, I AM THE REASON. And I know they may not be technically perfect, but they are to me. And it empowers me to say that I began them and I solely take care of them.
With this new hair journey, I feel like I've been able to discover a different side of me. Almost like my truest self. And I'm not saying that my hair is a huge percentage of who I am, but it is a big part of my physical identity. My locs have taught me discipline, patience and fluidity. They have made me realize that I am in control, but at the same time to always accept what may naturally come and to roll with it. I love my locs!
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