Monday, October 27, 2008

To Jen & Others re: Locs

From time to time I get questions about K & O's locs in the comments to our blog posts, and sometimes people email me about it. I often have not responded -- I usually mean to get to it but I often just never do and these things seem to regularly fall through the cracks. And so, I'm sorry about that to all you who have asked stuff and didn't hear back from me. Just a couple days ago I got a question from 'Jen' about locs in the comments to the BarackO post--- (Jen, I couldn't find your email and your blog is private so this is the only way I could come up with to reply to you). Jen: K & O's hair was probably at least 1.5 inches long when we started their locs. Like you, we had major struggles with keeping their twists "in" because they'd often come un-done, especially on the sides and back of their heads. Owen's hair was much more difficult than Kyle's to loc up (their hair textures are different), so I've seen two different examples of the process and it is interesting just how different it was with the two of them. Anyway, it often felt like were beating our heads against a brick wall trying to loc up their hair... it often felt like an uphill battle... but eventually it did loc. It just took a lot of commitment to it on our part. I think starting locs on very young children presents a whole host of challenges above and beyond 'normal' loc challenges! (especially if those children are wild and crazy, rough and tumble boys) If you haven't seen it yet, I have a 'Tell All' post about the boys locs. You can find it here.

1 comment:

Jen said...

Thanks Heather! We will keep on going....i would say Wil's hair is about 1-1.5 inches. I am thinking for now we will do the twists and wait a few more months until the hair is a bit longer to loc it. I am sure our trip to Mexico next month would not be too good for new locs! Thanks again!