From: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Occupation: Full Time Student
Natural Since: Last relaxer was 10/2012. I transitioned and cut the relaxed hair off in 02/2014.
Loc’d Since: 04/2014
DIYLocs: Why did you go natural and decide to loc your hair?
Audri: I always loved the look of locs. I also loved the idea that they can be fairly low maintenance. Loose natural hair was wayyyyy too much work for me. I only lasted 2 months with loose natural hair. LOL
DIYLocs: What method did you use to loc your hair and how long did it take to install?
Audri: Okay this is going to be a long one. LOL. So, the method I used is not widely known. My hair was started with the crochet method, or some people call it insta-locs. (Click here to read about instant locs.) Basically, my loctitian twisted my hair and while twisting it she used a crochet hook to pull in the loose hairs. For this reason it took a couple hours to install. This is not to be confused with interlock, its totally different. There are videos on youtube which show the process but I definitely do not recommend doing this method by yourself. If done incorrectly, it can leave holes in the locs and make them really weak and damaged. Even still, some loctitians do not know how to properly do this method so pleaseee actively research who you’re going to.
When they are finished the locs should not be sticking straight up in the air or extremely stiff. They should still be pliable and have movement. The reason I chose this method was because I liked the fact that I didn’t have to wait forever for my hair to start “looking” like locs. They looked like dreadlocks from day one. However, please be advised that they are not locd right away. It still takes time for the core of the loc to loc up. At least, it did for my case. Also, very early in my journey, I decided that I wanted thick locs so we combined them. Because of this method, I don’t have any dragons, so that was another plus. 🙂
DIYLocs: How long did it take for your hair to loc up?
Audri: It took my hair about a good 6 months or longer, but way faster then it would have been if I started it the traditional way.
DIYLocs: Would you do anything differently if you were to go back in time and start your dreadlocks again?
Audri: Sometimes I wonder how differently my hair would have turned out if I started the traditional way, but I’m pretty happy with the set I have and I have no regrets.
DIYLocs: How often do you retighten your hair and what method do you
use to retighten your roots?
Audri: I palm-roll to maintain my hair. To be honest, I am really lazy with my hair, especially being in school full-time with so much going on. Therefore, I have no set schedule. I do not re-twist often at all. It is now the end of June and my last re-twist was in January for my birthday. LOL. But I truly feel this is the key to keeping them
thick and healthy. What I do in between then is a twist out or keep them in curls so my roots don’t look so bad.
DIYLocs: What is your current hair regimen over the course of a month?
Audri: So again I’m super lazy with my hair lol. I only use 2 products in my hair for the most part. I use Lily of the Desert Aloe Vera Gel to re-twist my hair. I have used this to re-twist my hair from DAY ONE. It’s organic and leaves no buildup. You can find this at Vitamin Shoppe or Whole Foods. To wash my hair I use Shea Moisture’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen Grow & Restore Shampoo. Before that I was using Kinky Curly Come Clean Shampoo. They are both really good and will get your hair super clean.
DIYLocs: What is your go-to dreadlocks hairstyle and how do you do it?
Audri: Definitely curls or twist-outs. I use perm rods for the curls. Sometimes I may do a head-wrap with the curls.
DIYLocs: Has loc’d hair been easier or harder than relaxed or loose
Audri: For me, loc’d hair is soooo much easier than loose natural hair. It reminds me of having relaxed hair but without the chemicals. Low maintenance, get up and go hair, but every now and then when you feel
like getting fancy you can get them done on your terms.
DIYLocs: How did you colour your hair and has your hair changed as a
Audri: The most color I will do on my hair is a blue black semi-permanent rinse to make them dark and shiny. Bleached locs are beautiful but I’m scared of the damage.
DIYLocs: Has having dreadlocks affected your personal or professional
life/relationships in any way?
Audri: At first some people were against me getting locs, especially my boyfriend. He prefered my long relaxed hair. This is why you can’t listen to what people say and just live for you. I’m so happy I did. I
get many compliments now.
DIYLocs: Any encouraging words for people who have just started the journey?
Audri: Hang in there. There are days where you WILL feel so ugly and want to hide. And it’s okay. Just know with patience and time, things will start to look up. Your hair will not be short and frizzy forever 🙂 For the health of your locs, don’t retwist too often or use too creamy thick products that will build up in your hair. Less is sooo much more. I still have a long way to go myself but I’m enjoying the ride.
DIYLocs: Thanks for doing this interview. Is there anywhere we can keep up with your hair journey online?
Audri: Yes my instagram is @illuminateddri and my facebook is https://www.facebook.com/
free to contact me if you have any questions!