If you’re a 4C Hair Chick (4CHC), chances are you’ve thought about starting locs. Maybe you thought they weren’t for you. Or maybe you didn’t know what it would take. Fear not, 4CHCs, Loc Appreciation Day (LAD) is happening in several cities across the US (New York, Atlanta, Hartford, Wilmington, Boston, San Diego) and in London, UK and Lagos, Nigeria on June 28, 2014. We had the chance to talk with the founder of LAD, YouTube vlogger Qochemist about the why and what of the event.
Qochemist shared that the event was created out of necessity. During her transition to locs, she “noticed that …[there wasn’t] as much information available about locs or as many images of loc wearers in the media”. She also came across people who had somewhat negative perceptions of locs: “…people would ask me the strangest questions about how or if I cared for my hair and that certain assumptions were made about me because of my locs. As I connected with more loc wearers through social media I found that I was not the only one feeling this way and so the idea of Loc Appreciation Day was born”. So was born an opportunity to educate and share: “I wanted to have one day for loc wearers everywhere to unite and celebrate the beauty and uniqueness of our particular natural hair journey and to educate others about our loc’d hair and to break down any stereotypes or stigmas”.
A featured LAD just took place in New York City, and was hosted by Niyaa Tenee, founder of Locs Revolution. Niyyaa held her first annual LAD in 2013 and was inspired to create a Meetup group because of the response to the first event. Below she answers a few questions for 4cHCs.
1) What should event attendees expect?
In New York City, Locs Revolution’s event was themed The Art of Revolution and celebrated the concept of revolution as an art form. The event featured a Loc Style Presentation, showcasing 6 of NYC’s most talented Natural Hair Salons and Locticians. Khamit Kinks, Locs N’ Chops, NappStar, Nu Wave Kultural Kreations, Sumptuous Locks Sisterlocks Salon, and Sasha’s Uzuri. Over 20 vendors including live hair and make-up demos plus live entertainment, workshops, keynote speaker, guest speakers panel and give aways all showed out. And the gathering was hosted by the amazing Franchesca “Chescaleigh” Ramsey.
2) Are people who don’t have locs welcome to attend?
People of all hair types and backgrounds are invited to attend and learn about locs life style.
3) What’s the best advice you can give someone who is thinking of starting locs?
Take your time and do your research. First develop an understanding of your natural hair. Think about what types of locs and what loc’ing method will best fit your lifestyle. Whether you start your locs yourself or go to a professional it can be a great experience and you can grow beautiful locs. Just remember that no two heads of locs are exactly the same so don’t expect your locs to look like others you have seen. Embrace the unique beauty that is you!
4) Where can people learn more information?
For more information on Locs Revolution’s Loc Appreciation Day event, The Art of Revolution you can visit the event site at www.LocApprecaitionDayNYC.com
For info on other event locations how you can get involved with other Loc Appreciation Day activities or purchase apparel visit www.LocAppreciationDay.com
5) Is there anything else you’d like to share?
Loc Appreciation Day is for any and everyone to enjoy the celebrate the beauty of locs. In many places, locs are still viewed negatively. Show your support by attending an event or getting involved. To see the fun from this year’s Loc Appreciation day search the hashtag #LAD2014.