Tuesday, 28 March 2017

My Loc Care Regime!

Hello You,

I am motivated to write today as I had a blast dancing salsa last Friday night and was complimented to be the best female dancer on the dance floor. It's one of two things though, either every other female was a beginner or it was just fluke. I think it was fluke. The compliment excited me too much and one of the ways of channeling my excitement is to do this blog post. :D. Enough about me. Trust you are doing good and being the best at something out there.

So to the koko of the day. My Loc Care Regime is not surprisingly simple and straight to the point.

I use a sulphate based mix made by my mum to shampoo my hair 1 – 2 times a month. Unfortunately, mummy’s shampoo is not available for sale yet as we are continually working on perfecting her recipe. A lot of naturalista’s frown at sulphate based products but in the last 2 years I have come to realise that those are the only shampoos that can properly cleanse locs. As a result of what locs are and how they are formed, locs tend to hold on to all kinds of stuff. Sulphates just happen to be that ingredient that strips dirt, stale oils, dust and what not from your locs. It is often argued that sulphates dry out your hair and this is true, that is why I always always condition my locs after shampooing.

ORS replenishing conditioner.

One of the Locitude staff introduced me to this product about 9 months ago and I have not only grown to love it but use it religiously. It certainly replenishes the excesses of a sulphate shampoo. The ORS shampoo is a rinse out shampoo and has an instant effect on my hair.

Minty Burst and Conditioning Mix by Locitude.

Yep I use Minty Burst on my scalp and Conditioning Mix in my locs when damp and then I go ahead to re-twist my locs using the palm roll method. For more about Locitude Signature Oils click here.

Aloe Gel – Optional:
My hair texture is quite kinky and stays when I re-twist with just oils but I love the scent of one of our new soon to be commercialized products. It’s a mix of Aloe vera gel, critic acid as preservative and it is lightly perfumed. I only use this when I feel like pampering myself.

In between washes I oil my scalp with Minty Burst and spray the KUI Leave in conditioning mist in my locs.

Simply as A, B, C. This is my current regime as of date. I constantly experiment but with caution. I will be sure to let you know if I change anything.

In the meantime let me continue to bask in the glory of my latest salsa achievement. :). Till later fellows,

Your Loc Head

#Team Locitude.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Locitude YouTube Channel!!!

Hey People,

I'm bumping my head to 50cents "Go shortie, it's your birthday" even though it's clearly not my birthday... Oh well, I am excited that one of my dreams for 2017 has come true and I pray for discipline to ensure we continue through this year and many more years after.

On this note welcome to the Locitude YouTube Channel where everything we do is all about locs with the most positive attitude there is. We are currently 3 videos in and the feedback has been amazing. If you haven't been to our channel, stop carrying last and head on there right away. In the process don't forget to subscribe, like and comment.

Before I let you go, let me give some reasons why you will find our channel interesting, worth your while and your data.

1. Short and Sweet

Our videos are always between 5 - 7 minutes long. Straight to the point. No stories. You get exactly what you came for. We respect your time and data.

2. Discussional 

We never claim to know it all. So there's always room for your perspective. Are you pondering what I'm pondering?

3. Relatable.

You'll definitely find a thing or two which you can relate to.

4. Original.

We keep it real and are inspired by our environment. No fake accents, No Bullcrap, No pretentious-ness. We are us, trying to be the best versions of ourselves.

5. Educational. 

As much as we love to gist we find time to teach and learn.

6. Supportive

Going on a journey alone is never fun, so in us you will find a partner that understands where you are coming from and where you'll like to go.

7. Changing the world.

As unrealistic as it may sound, locs have benefits besides convenience to the loc head, of late we have been seeing how locs can bring about self acceptance, tolerance, acceptability and change the way we think.

You know if it is up to me I will write forever, so I would sign off now and leave you with a direct link to one of the videos on our YouTube Channel. Muaaah!!!

Stop Damaging Your Locs 
In The Name Of Protective Styling

Your Loc Head,

For #TeamLocitude.

Monday, 13 March 2017

The Power of Perception.

What do you see?
A young lady walked into the Locitude Studio last Saturday and asked if she could get a pedicure. I politely told her No, as we do not offer that service. She had a full head of natural hair on her head so I proceeded to ask her when she would like to loc (turn her hair into dreadlocks) her hair. The expression on her face was of disgust, her entire body headed towards the door, literally running away from my words. Just before she reached the door I mentioned to her that my hair is all mine and loc'd (dreadlocked). Her eyes lit up, and she started to realise that everyone else in the studio had loc'd hair. She was amused by the length, thickness and beauty of our hair then she started asking questions.
Cynthia spent about two hours with us learning about locs and considering them for herself. She hadn't even realised how much time had passed and that a pedicure was all she was looking to get, before she met us at Locitude. Before Cynthia left, she asked to follow us on social media and collected the number to my direct line. It was really amazing to see how her perspective changed right before our eyes.
Something she thought was disgusting 2 hours before became an interest she now follows and is considering for herself.
It may seem like I am the star in the story, but no, Cynthia is the ultimate star, her open-mind has drawn her into a new world of possibilities and changed her perception on something that is seemingly so insignificant albeit important.
I have a dream that one day, the world will be open-minded to see the good in all things; that we may be perceptive enough to see all sides of situations presented to us; that we may become tolerant of each other and truly love each other. At the end of the day we are all red on the inside.
Written as part of course work for Business Fundamentals: Effective Networking under The Open University on FutureLearn.com