Loc Journey Files: Tonya’s Loc Journey!

DL: How long have you been loc’d?

Tonya: I started in August 2017. I’ve been loc’d for 2 1/2 years.

DL: Why did you decide to loc your hair?

Tonya: I decided to loc my hair because I wanted my hair to be free along with representing freedom. I love how they look and how versatile they can be; I wanted to find my true beauty.

DL: Do you have a favorite product you like to use on your hair?

Tonya: My favorite hair product is a natural loc gel that my stylist makes. The main ingredients are flax seed and aloe vera are the main ingredients. I also like Alikay Naturals products.

DL: How has your loc journey been thus far?

Tonya: My loc journey has been every bit of amazing. From the comb twist, to the budding to the actual loc. It took me about a full month to embrace the journey.

DL: What do you think is the biggest misconception about people with locs?

Tonya: Some misconceptions I’ve heard and went through when I stared my loc’s were; they stink, they always look “unkept” they are permanent.

DL: Would you say being loc’d helped you become more in tune with your mind, body, and soul?

Tonya: I would definitely say be loc’d has helped be become more I tune with my mind, body and soul.

DL: What would you like to see more regarding the loc’d community?

Tonya: I would like to see our loc’d brothers and sisters on natural hair products.

DL: What is your hair care routine like?

Tonya: I get my hair retwisted every 6 weeks. I maintain my locs by using oiling it once a week and covering them with a satin scarf or bonnet. Getting it styled helps the freshness of the retwist.

DL: What would you advise someone considering locs?

Tonya: Anyone considering locs . . . DO IT! I personally have influenced over 5 people to join the loc journey. I tell people it’s the best decision I’ve ever made for my hair.

DL: Pretend you’re writing a love letter about your locs. What would you write about them?

Dear Locs,

 I’m going to start by saying I appreciate you. I feel like since day one you had my best interest at heart. Started off a little worried, but you held my hand and didn’t let go.  You taught me to love myself outside as much as I do inside.  I learned to hold my head high because my hair is my crown. You made me realize that my imperfection is perfection. When your untouched is when you get the most compliments. My hair has always been important to me but my locs are everything. Every complaint you get is a golden star in my book. Even if I physically don’t feel well, I can count on you to make me shine. You have helped me grow, become more confident and powerful within myself.