Locs Feature | Jodian from Jamaica

Name: Jodian Blake


From: Manchester, Jamaica


Occupation: Teacher


Natural Since: September, 2008

Loc’d Since: August, 2012

Jodian's Work Look - Professional Locs

Jodian’s Work Look – Professional Locs

DIYLocs: Why did you go natural and decide to loc your hair?

Jodian Blake: I went natural because I was tired of creaming and braiding my hair. I decided to loc my hair because I wanted a new look. After seeing how beautiful locs hair look on other people, I was inspired to try it out.

DIYLocs: What method did you use to loc your hair and how long did it take to install?

Jodian Blake: I went to the hairdresser with my hair braided (rope twist or senegalese twists). I used the locking in braid method. I took about 45 minutes to install. I selected this method because it was the only thing that was suitable for me at the time.

Starter Locs Using Braids Extensions

Starter Locs Using Braids Extensions

DIYLocs: How long did it take for your hair to loc up?

Jodian Blake: My hair took about 6 months to loc up.

DIYLocs: Would you do anything differently if you were to go back in time and start your dreadlocks again?

Jodian Blake: Not at all. I love my hair just the way it is.

Jodian's Crimped Locs

Jodian’s Crimped Locs

DIYLocs: How often do you retighten your hair and what method do you use to retighten your roots?

Jodian Blake: I like my hair neat and clean so I retighten my hair every two weeks. I used the twist and pin method.

DIYLocs: What is your current hair regimen over the course of a month?

Jodian Blake: I wash my hair every week using the Purelene Egg and Protein Shampoo and Conditioner. I oil my scalp twice per week using Purelene Multivitamin Black Hair Grower. I also use the Jamaican Mango and Lime Locking Gel.

Jodian's Locs Petal Hairstyle

Jodian’s Locs Petal Hairstyle

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DIYLocs: What is your go-to dreadlocks hairstyle and how do you do it?

Jodian Blake: I am very fortunate to do my own hairstyles. I try to do styles that fit my face. I’m not sure how I do it but they all look beautiful.

DIYLocs: Has loc’d hair been easier or harder than relaxed or loose natural hair?

Jodian Blake: It has been easier for me. I spend less amount of time in my hair.

DIYLocs: How did you colour your hair and has your hair changed as a result? (if relevant)

Jodian Blake:  I went to a hairdresser to colour the end of my hair. My hair still has the same texture so there was no change.

Jodian's coloured locs today

Jodian’s coloured locs today

DIYLocs: Has having dreadlocks affected your personal or professional life/relationships in any way?

Jodian Blake: Before I locked my hair, people never spoke to me or recognise me as much as they do now. When I started looking my hair I was asked “Why are you locking your hair Jody?” I never really care what people think about me locking my hair. Now everywhere I go, people tell me how pretty and gorgeous my hair looks. Everyone wants to know who did my hair. They love it.

DIYLocs: Any encouraging words for people who have just started the journey?

Jodian Blake: First you have to love your hair. Don’t watch what other people think. Secondly, take one step at a time, don’t rush and ENJOY IT.