Another Year. Another Loc Anniversary!
It is hard to believe that it has been 9 years since I started my locs. Over the years, they've grown to what I'd call a decent length, been a few different colors & put into tons of styles. Of course, they've seen their fair share of hair products with plenty of trial and error. One thing I can say for sure, I wouldn't trade my loc journey for the world.
If you asked me to point out my biggest flaw, it is without a doubt my lack of patience. I like immediate results and have difficulty grappling with anything other than "now". If you are familiar with the locing process, you know that there is nothing immediate about it. I waited 2 years to see "results" and yes I know that sounds dramatic. But, it took a year to get my locs into a semi-decent ponytail and two years to feel like my locs were finally looking like locs.
During that two year period, I asked several friends to help me comb my locs out. Every single one of them refused. Talk about having a support system! There isn't a lick of sarcasm in that statement. My friends refused to help me walk away from something I wanted. They wouldn't allow my impatience to get the best of me. They also spared themselves from hours of work and potential blame for hair woes. LOL!
Now, 9 years into my loc journey I couldn't begin to imagine myself without them. Don't get me wrong, I regularly swoon over perfect twistouts, blunt bobs, fresh cornrows, and short cuts. There is a chance that I'll switch it up on you guys one of these days. For now and the foreseeable future, however, I'll be loc'd up and serving as your friendly loc goddess until further notice.
My Letter of Rec: Share your dreams and goals no matter how small or trivial. Sharing allows others to hold you accountable and in my position, save you from yourself. While it sounds like a stretch, my hair has been my biggest lesson in patience. My family and friends were aware of my "hair goals" (healthy waist-length locs) and encouraged me to stay the course to reach them. I haven't achieved my hair goals just yet, but on my 9th loc anniversary, I'm happy with where I'm am.