Beginning the loc journey

Beginning the loc journey

One of the most beautiful things about locs is the journey. To reflect upon the stages of going from loose natural hair to loc’d goodness is always an interesting story. How exactly does one begin the process of locking the hair?

Chaunda ‘Loc Star’ King, owner of Naturals Salon and Spa (located in the historic Jackson Ward area of Richmond, Virginia), offers variety for those with a desire to begin the loc journey:

"At Naturals we start locs several different ways. Comb coils, two strand twists, interlocking and micro locs. In the beginning the hair is very neat. Once the hair starts to loosely mat (budding the 1st step to the locking process) it takes on a different look. Many clients call this the ‘ugly’ stage (the hardest part of the loc journey), because the hair has a mind of its own. Some locs will stick up or out. I like to call this the ‘funky’ stage.

I really love the locs when they are going through this transition. Most of my male clients don’t mind this but I tell my female clientele to make sure to get their brows waxed, big earrings and make sure the lip gloss is poppin’. You have to own it!"

Two strand twists are acheived when the hair is sectioned, divided into two equal parts and twists around one another. The natural texture of the hair combined with technique results in a dainty twist.

Each of these methods may warrant the use of a tool. You are essentially weaving your hair in a pattern (similar to crochet) from the ends to the root. This is an excellent choice for those with textures that may otherwise have a locking challenge. This is also a great alternative for those who desire a smaller loc.

You may also opt to begin your locs with
facebook besthairbuy the aid of extensions. Box braids, yarn braids and kinky twists are a few options. The new growth is twisted while the concealed ends are left alone; later to be cut.

Some take it a step further by abandoning the journey entirely and undergoing loc extensions (also offered at Naturals Salon and Spa). During this process the natural hair is braided while tightly coiled human hair is wrapped around the braid and palm rolled.

U.S. Stocks Trim January Rout Amid BOJ Action

The U.S. stocks ended the worst January since 2009 with the best one-day gains in more than four months, after earnings from Microsoft Corp. exceeded expectations and the Bank of Japan stepped up monetary stimulus.

Equity gains accelerated in the final hour, with the strong finish a fitting end to a weak month that featured sharp reversals on an almost daily basis. Microsoft led the surge Friday with its biggest gain in three months. Nine of the S&P 500’s 10 main groups rose at least 1.6 percent. Amazon.com Inc. was a blemish, tumbling 7.6 percent as earnings for the holiday quarter missed estimates.

S & P 500 rose 2.5 percent to 1,939.72 at 4 p.m. in New York. The gauge slumped 5.1 percent in January, its worst start to a year since the height of the financial crisis.

Stocks swung between gains and losses this week as investors assessed corporate earnings and the degree to which central banks will intervene to help stem increasing volatility and a dimming outlook for global growth.

Prior to today’s unexpected action from the Bank of Japan to adopt a negative interest-rate strategy, the European Central Bank signaled last week it could boost stimulus as soon as March. The Federal Reserve said Wednesday it was watching to see how the global economy and markets impact the U.S. outlook.

Source : Bloomberg

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