Name: Megan YASU Davis
From: Toledo, Ohio
Natural Since: 1997
Loc’d Since: August 2007
DIYLocs: Why did you go natural and decide to loc your hair?
Yasu: I decided to loc my hair for cultural awareness, healthier living and budget friendly hair care.
DIYLocs: What method did you use to loc your hair and how long did it take to install?
Yasu: I created over 350 mini finger coils in my hair and it took 10 hours over 2 days (starting and stopping) to finish.
DIYLocs: How long did it take for your hair to loc up?
Yasu: It took 6 months for most of my hair to loc, but 8 months for it all to loc up.
DIYLocs: Would you do anything differently if you were to go back in time and start your dreadlocks again?
Yasu: YES! I would have started them sooner and LARGER than my original installation.
DIYLocs: How often do you retighten your hair and what method do you use to retighten your roots?
Yasu: In the beginning, it was every 2 weeks, but now it is once every 4-12 weeks, depending on my health and my schedule.
DIYLocs: What is your current hair regimen over the course of a month?
Yasu: I shampoo my hair using The Kitchen Salon Black Coconut Shampoo and condition with the Aloe Leave-In. I oil the length of my locs with The Kitchen Salon Coconut Oil Blend, and twist my roots with the Loc, Twist and Shine butter. When I re-twist, I either plait or curl my locs. When the plaits or curls pattern falls, I follow all the steps, but I don’t re-twist. I air dry 90% of the time in the summer, but will use the dryer more often in the winter.
DIYLocs: What is your go-to dreadlocks hairstyle and how do you do it?
Yasu: I typically wear my hair half up and half down, which could include a bun or french roll in front and loose in the back. A close second is a braidout.
DIYLocs: Has loc’d hair been easier or harder than relaxed or loose natural hair?
Yasu: Loc’d hair has its challenges just like any other style but is far easier than relaxed hair and my loose natural hair. But I had to learn how to care for my hair when I wore each of those styles, so it was no different when I loc’d.
DIYLocs: How did you colour your hair and has your hair changed as a result?
Yasu: I never wore permanent color until 2014, when I dyed the lower section of my hair. I have had rinses before. But using the lightener, certainly did make the ends of my hair more dry and brittle, so I had to use Shea Butter based oils more than the lighter oils to protect my ends. I did also see breakage with the lighter color.
DIYLocs: Has having dreadlocks affected your personal or professional life/relationships in any way?
Yasu: Yes absolutely, but not in a negative way. My hair is as much a conversation piece as it is a cultural symbol.
DIYLocs: Any encouraging words for people who have just started the journey?
Yasu: Locking is a process, and it requires comittment to the process as well as patience during each transition. It’s not a “no” maintenance hairstyle, and can be a “low” maintenance style with proper care.
DIYLocs: Thanks for doing this interview. Is there anywhere we can keep up with your hair journey online?
Yasu : The Kitchen Salon LLC on Facebook and @Yasumarie on Instagram