On my YouTube channel: Anjanae Rizwan. I recently posted my “One-Year Loc -N- Life Update”. When I started my Loc -N- journey I had so many questions on which products should I or shouldn’t I be using? how often should I wash my locs and re-twist them? and mainly those days, when I didn’t feel like doing my own hair which loctician could I trust to do it for me. I went through tons of Blogs and YouTube Channels. No matter what, I knew I didn’t want to become a product junkie. Every blog and channel mentioned Natural oils were the best solution, even-though some were using commercial brands too. Secondly, I mention finding a loctician who will be the best and most qualify (which wasn’t hard because I have family members in the business for 17+ years, which I will share a list of questions below. Thirdly, the other thing I had to figured out was that everything that worked for another loc’d Sister or brother, was not necessary going to work for my locs.
Once you start this journey for yourself, don't be afraid to research and ask questions. On my channel I give you the ups and downs of my journey, but I’m like a broken recorded… I mention all the time “research…research…research !!!”. I'm also telling you that your journey is yours and my journey is mine. Just consider this to be your foundation, but one thing we can agree on is that we will enjoy the bliss of our naturalness.
Now that you have a better understanding on my mission for HEALTHY LOCS. I will like to share something I do personaly to my locs and question you might want to ask another loctician .
A. How much is this going to cost me?
This might sound like an odd question, but installation and touch-up or re-twist are different prices. It can run you anywhere from $$50-500 and perhaps more. IE Sister Locs or Brother locs is way more.
B. How much experience does the stylist have? Are they a specialist in locs?
Anyone can run you the line that they know how to install or re-twist, but having customer come in every so often does not make that stylist an expert. Also ask them if they have photos of previous customers…
C. What techniques does the stylist use, and are they appropriate for your texture?
There’s not any two or a million people in the world with the same texture. Your method could either be a interlock or palm roll method. Even the circular growth patterns can run clockwise (which the majority does), but some people circular growth direction is counter clock wise. It’s important for your loctician to know. It doesn’t hurt to learn how to do your own hair too. I have toddlers and my husband put a lot of hours in our business I don’t always have the luxury to go and get my hair done.
D. What products do they use?
Call me a snob, but I like only use natural products, but ask the loctician to show you the bottle that they use. They may use a product you don’t like and if that the case asks if they can use something else. If they say NO! then this loctician isn’t the one for you. When I go get my hair done I bring my own products.
E. Will anyone else in the salon be working on my hair?
Sometime the salon can get a little busy and I personally don’t like to get passed around. So, if you don’t mind waiting a few minutes, just so you can get the one person you came in there for. Then wait!
F. Does the stylist offer maintenance services, as well?
A lot of stylist/Loctician offer installation services, but a loctician who also offers maintenance on your locs will have a better insight on how your locs will mature, and be able to guide you through some common problems associated with each stage.
G. Are you a certified colorist?
Like myself, I know eventually I’m going to color my hair, I also know that not all locticians are certified in dyeing locs. Asking is not rude. Most stylists love showing off their credentials.
I’m SO!!!! Proud of far I’ve come with learning more and more about my locs. There are so many YouTube videos and also blogs that tell you the dos and don’ts. The reality of it all is that you have to find your own way that works for your hair. I decided the best routine for me is NATURAL. That’s right ALL NaturaL!!! The only problem with that is that even the products labeled themselves as natural still have ingredients in it. You and I both can’t pronounce or know what they are without pulling up google.
Over the next couple of weeks, I will reveal my ALL-NATURAL staple Products I use on my locs. From Shampoos, to what I’m about to share with you today. Which is my ALL NATURAL AND MOISTURIZING FLAXSEED GEL.
I hope you enjoy this video and much more to come… Below is a measurement chart if you want to make whole or half measurements.
I usually make a half batch amount because it lasts me between the three-week span of when I have re-twist. I do suggest making the whole measurements if you have longer locs or if you re-twist often.
(Food for thought, You shouldn’t retwist often because it will definitely over time thin out your locs)