Occupation: Visual Artist/Producer
Natural Since: 2004
Loc’d Since: 2007
DIYLocs: Why did you go natural and decide to loc your hair?
Danielle: I decided to go natural because the products that I used damaged my hair and I needed a fresh start. So what I did was braided my hair a lot through high school and I would cut my ends once every two weeks to get rid of the perm. It took me about a full year to grow out my perm. But it wasn’t until i got to college when I decided to loc my hair
DIYLocs: What method did you use to loc your hair and how long did it take to install?
Danielle: When I decided to loc my hair. I wasn’t really positive If was going to like them so the method I chose was the two strand method just incase I wanted to take out my hair.
DIYLocs: How long did it take for your hair to loc up?
Danielle: It took about 6-7 months for my hair to fully loc with the double twist.
DIYLocs: Would you do anything differently if you were to go back in time and start your dreadlocks again?
Danielle: If I could do anything differently… I think I would’ve started sooner.
DIYLocs: How often do you retighten your hair and what method do you use to retighten your roots?
Danielle: I palm roll my hair. I don’t really have a specific routine when I retighten. I just go off of how I feel and how my hair looks.
DIYLocs: What is your current hair regimen over the course of a month?
Danielle: I try and wash my hair every month either with shampoo or peppermint oil. I am very constant with moisturizing my hair.
I moisture my hair with natural products I created. Stay tune I will probably be selling it soon.
DIYLocs: What is your go-to dreadlocks hairstyle and how do you do it?
Danielle: My go to hairstyle is my ponytail or bun. So easy and so cute.
DIYLocs: Has loc’d hair been easier or harder than relaxed or loose natural hair?
Danielle: I think it has been the same. People assume that it is easier to manage, but
its not. Especially for a girl. You have to make sure your hair is neat, smelling good and presentable.
Oh, and not to mention if you have color. That is a whole different process to maintain.
DIYLocs: How did you colour your hair and has your hair changed as a result? (if relevant)
Danielle: My hair is probably three colors right now. Honey blonde, brown and my natural color (dark brown).
My actual hair hasn’t changed. I think the colors have changed because I don’t leave them on at the same time equally.
DIYLocs: Has having dreadlocks affected your personal or professional life/relationships in any way
Danielle: Having locs hasn’t affected any relationships. It actually has started a lot of conversation and a lot of opportunities.
DIYLocs: Any encouraging words for people who have just started the journey?
Danielle: Having locs or natural hair is a sign of confidence and patience. It really is a great journey that only people that has experienced it can understand. So embrace who you are and enjoy the journey.
DIYLocs: Thanks for doing this interview. Is there anywhere we can keep up with your hair journey online?
Danielle: Yes, You can keep up with me