DL: How long have you been loc’d?
Neesha: As of today October 14th, 2017 I have been loc’d for officially 4 years
DL: Why did you decide to loc your hair?
Neesha: ) I decided to loc my hair because I never felt complete by weaving my hair or perming. Locs signified inner strength in not being afraid to go against the ‘norm’.
DL: Do you have a favorite product you like to use on your hair?
Neesha: I love using the ‘Mango & Lime’ brand of products as well as jojoba oil
DL: How has your loc journey been thus far?
Neesha: Thus far, my loc journey has been very emotional yet empowering. Emotional because it’s a daily fight to stay focused on getting to know who I am as an individual and loving myself completely. Empowering because in finding yourself you develop a newfound confidence about yourself.
DL: What do you think is the biggest misconception about people with locs?
Neesha: Personally, the biggest misconception has been people thinking that because I have locs, I love to smoke weed.
DL: Would you say being loc’d helped you become more in tune with your mind, body, and soul?
Neesha: Most definitely yes, being loc’d have allowed me to understand and pay attention more to how I treat my body, staying positive, and educating myself on my roots.
DL: What would you like to see more regarding the loc’d community?
Neesha: I would love to see more support amongst the loc’d community. Specifically accepting all who have locs and educating every race, as it is not only African Americans who decide to loc.
DL: What is your hair care routine like?
Neesha: I wash my hair twice a month, I let it air dry and oil/massage my scalp with the products I listed above. I don’t style my hair besides the occasional high ponytail as it does add too much stress on the hairline. I also twist I don’t like interlocking.
DL: What would you advise someone considering locs?
Neesha: I would advise them to do it for themselves and not just for fashion as there is a lot of care that needs to go into having locs. A lot of people think it’s ‘convenient’ without knowing the grooming and maintenance process behind it.
people always wonder what these rope-like figures are in my head. They wonder what it feels like, smells like. People are curious and stare in wonder. They don’t know you like I know you. They don’t know the feeling I get after a long day, running my hands through you. The sense of ease that runs over me. You’ve allowed me to truly be me, no hiding no shame, just 100% free. You are now apart of me, and this bond only grows stronger. I thank you, for you’ve shown me how to truly be happy, you’ve allowed me to find an inner peace and be confident in who I am as an individual. The once timid girl I once was has now grown to be a fierce woman who holds her head high. You are my true love.