Tiffany from Texas Keeps it Loc’d

Tiffany's Bleached Locs

Name:  Tiffany Parr
From:  Dallas, Texas


Occupation: Designer/Owner of Tiffany’s Loc Jewels and That Critical Piece
Natural Since: July 2002

Loc’d Since: May 2006

 

Newly Natural Tiffany

Newly Natural Tiffany

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

Tiffany: I went natural 13 years ago, because I wanted to experience my natural texture and redefine my look.  I was going through a life change and knew that doing this was another way I could get to know the real me, authenticate myself, and love myself wholly.  Once I experienced the freedom of wearing my natural hair, I wasn’t planning on going back.  I was wearing a ‘fro, enjoying my scarves and my big earrings, but I would two-strand twist it at least once a month.

Well, I loc’d my hair after going to the natural hair salon (The Natural Choice, back in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where I was born and raised) because the locticians used to tease me when I went in for my twists by saying, “Okay, okay, so when are you gonna loc it?”  I kept saying I wasn’t ready, until two months before I moved to Dallas.  So they did the install and a loc wash-maintenance or two and then I moved.  I hated the fact that I started them without them being able to groom them for at least 6-7 months, but I was glad that they were the ones to put them in for me, because I trusted them.

 

Tiffany's Dreadlocks

Tiffany’s Dark Locs

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

Tiffany: I used the two-strand twist method as my go-to installation because I had already been doing this myself and loved the look, and my locs were at my jawline and I wanted to wear the bob look.  It took a few hours to install.

Tiffany's Full Afro Before Locs

Tiffany’s Full Afro Before Locs

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

Tiffany: Probably, around 7-8 months before it fully loced.

 

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

Tiffany: I love my locs, but yes, I would make them a little smaller and add more to the bottom.

Tiffany's Locs

Tiffany’s Locs

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

Tiffany: When I retightened my hair, I went to a loctician to get this done and she used a special tool.  I loved the freedom it provided in washing and air-drying.  I was going every 7-8 weeks or so, but I’ve since gone back to palm-rolling.

Tiffany's Curley Locs

Tiffany’s Curley and coloured Locs

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

Tiffany: Right now, I wash and re-twist every two weeks.  I experiment with different all-natural, organic type shampoos and conditioners, and I love using black soap.  One I like in particular is, Alaffia Authentic Black Soap, and TheraNeem Conditioner.  I like the over-the-counter products also, such as Shea Moisture, but I dilute them with water.  For twisting, I love using Organic Root Stimulator Loc Twist Gel.  Sometimes, I use As I Am, for smoothness.  I know there are many more on the market. I guess I’m just a creature of habit!

After washing, I apply a tea tree oil blend oil and one of my own Natural Hair Mists, and I’ll brush my locs for a few minutes before beginning the twisting process.  Every morning and evening, I’ll spray my locs with my own Natural Hair Mist to freshen and condition it.  Right now, I’m using Heaven, which is Vetiver and Lemongrass blend with lightly added oils in it, such as jojoba and Argan oil.  But there are many more, with peppermint, lavender, jasmine, sandalwood and cinnamon!

 

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

Tiffany: I love wearing the braid-out the best, since it’s so easy to do and style your locs with braids while it is drying.  I also like the spiral coils, and the straight look sometimes.

Tiffany's Locs

Tiffany’s Locs in a Braid-out Hairstyle

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

Tiffany: It’s been a lot easier, because it’s a wake-up and go style!  When I had a relaxer, I used to have to use the flat-iron or curling iron every morning or every other morning.  I was adding heat and that wasn’t very good for my hair.  There can be a lot of prep on the front-end, but that’s fine because it isn’t a daily task.

 

DIYLocs: How did you colour your hair and has your hair changed as a result?

Tiffany: I do color my hair, and I mix different colors together using Textures and Tones, at least 2-3 times a year.  My hair hasn’t changed much because of it. There were some dryness here and there, but not much has changed.

Tiffany's Bleached Locs

Tiffany’s Bleached Locs

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

Tiffany: Perhaps it has and I didn’t know it.  I’ve never had a weave so I don’t know what kind of response I would get with that, but I’ve garnered a lot of attention because of my locs in a positive way.  At work, people just ask questions about how long it takes me to do.  I’ve never been discouraged not to wear natural hair at work.  In my dating life, I’ve been asked how long I was going to keep them, and questions like that.  Other men approached me and just love natural hair, even prefer it.  But mostly, I’ve been around people who were supportive.

 

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

Tiffany: Well, I would say before you start, make sure your certain about what size you want your locs to be.  If you’ve already started, learn to embrace each part of the journey, the budding phase, the adolescent phase, the times when its frizzy and has not quite loc’d yet.  Enjoy the length along the way and come up with cute styles at the length it is at that time.  Don’t worry about reaching your hair goal too much. Just live your life and before you know it, your locs will be right where you want them to be.

Tiffany with dark locs

Tiffany with dark locs

DIYLocs: Thanks for doing this interview. Is there anywhere we can keep up with your hair journey online?

Tiffany: You can follow me via Facebook, Instagram, or my blog at www.tiffanyslocjewels.com. Thank you, my pleasure!!!

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