From: Detroit, MI
Occupation: Model, model coach
Natural Since: June 1991
Loc’d Since: May 2011
DIYLocs: Why did you go natural and decide to loc your hair?
Kenya: Well, I decided to loc my hair a year after I graduated from high school because, I knew it would be a different process an I wanted to to be something that I knew I would like. I’d worn weaves before before but, just braids as a kid. Young adult life – I wore a quick weave for a week and the itching was so unbearable I took it out instantly.
DIYLocs: What method did you use to loc your hair and how long did it take to install?
Kenya: I had someone start my locs off. The crazy thing is I thought you had to start off locs dirty that way it would loc faster. Silly me. The method she used was to wash my hair and twist it with a comb. This took about 7 hrs if you want to include breakes in between.
DIYLocs: How long did it take for your hair to loc up?
Kenya: I’ll say it took about a few months. I know for sure that it was less than a year.
DIYLocs: What is your current hair regimen over the course of a month?
Kenya: I re tighten them once or twice a month. I like to see the new growth of my hair. And, I know too much tension can cause breakage. A grease twice a week (and if I need to re twist unless dirty for a quick fix I just use water). I don’t like to add more product in for a quick fix because, to me, that would be more to wash out.
DIYLocs: What is your go-to dreadlocks hairstyle and how do you do it?
Kenya: Ponytail or braids.
DIYLocs: Has loc’d hair been easier or harder than relaxed or loose natural hair?
Kenya: I’ll have to say easier simply because I like to get up and go. I was not into getting up, doing my hair and messing with flat irons curlers. I just wasn’t that type of person who would like to consume my time in my hair so early in the morning.
DIYLocs: How did you colour your hair and has your hair changed as a result?
Kenya: First, I started using a rinse just to see if my hair would look colored. Then was the permanent color was by Creme of Nature Copper and Red Copper. Then I wanted to go brighter, but I was afraid of switching products. So, now I use dark n lovely intense red. The good thing about it is when the red fades it turns brown.
DIYLocs: What method do you use to retighten your roots.
Kenya: I wash my hair 2 times with a Creme of Nature shampoo. Moisturizing shampoo once it the creme of nature conditioner let it sit for a few min then rinse it out. Then dry my hair. Next oil my hair with protective-v mega growth oil , rub it through my scalp any extra oil I’ll rub through the end of my locs. Now I use Jamaican lime and mango wax to retwist. I don’t use the gel because my hair is already wet and I don’t like to sit under the dryer.
DIYLocs: Has having dreadlocks affected your personal or professional life/relationships in any way?
Kenya: I would have to say no. Simply of the fact yes a few friends were shocked I did but, it grew on them and my mother was actually surprised and said, “You style your hair better with the locks than you did with you straight hair. ” Some people said it made me look more mature and that it fits me (face structure). At work, I inspired old my boss to get them.
DIYLocs: Any encouraging words for people who have just started the journey?
Kenya: Patience and to know that everyone’s hair isn’t like yours so don’t expect the same results. It may take long or may be quick for your hair to loc and to know the “ugly phase”. I say this because, there is a stage in the loc journey that your hair may look funny or not to your liking and you want to take it down or even cut it (depending on how far you are). This is the test to see how determined you are to go through this journey. And, once you get past that YOU ARE GOOD!
DIYLocs: Thanks for doing this interview. Is there anywhere we can keep up with your hair journey online?
Kenya: My tumbler Miz KD World – Intagram @MizKenya