There are numerous benefits that come with having locs.
Like looking good in the morning, without styling. I’m basically able to wake up and go.
Needing minimal products for styling.
Being able to dance in the rain if I wanted or go swimming.
Saving tons of money that would have otherwise be spent on hair extensions. Heck I can run my hands through my hair without feeling tracks from weaves on my scalp.
Getting nods of acknowledgement when you meet a loc brother or sister.
Or people seeing you as an inspiration to start their locs.
But there are also the not-so-nice aspects, which I’m sure fellow locheads will totally get.
1. When people call it “dreadlocks”.
Please it’s called locs. There’s nothing dreadful about the hair.
Yes I know the title says ‘dreadlocks”. That’s because it’s what Nigerians call locs. I’m here to tell you that it’s incorrect. So please, take note.
2. Seeing someone with long locs and wishing yours could grow faster.
3. The longer they grow, the longer it takes for them to dry.
4. Having to go through extra security checks at the airport.
Probably because they think that drugs get hidden inside the locs. To give them credit, it’s been done before. Doesn’t mean all locheads are like that though.
5. Some people thinking that you must do drugs.
Seriously?! Yeah, Bob Marley smoked weed. That doesn’t mean we all do that though.
6. Having to hide your locs when you go for job interview.
7. Or getting funny looks when you leave them out.
Sometimes, you don’t get the job.
8. Meeting your boyfriend’s or girlfriend’s parents for the first time and seeing their reaction to your locs.
I’m a good person. I promise.
If you have locs, you’re bound to get questions like this:
9. Do you wash your hair?
No, I don’t. My locs are self-cleansing.
10. How do you wash it?
The same way you wash your hair.
11. Were you born this way?
Not necessarily. If anybody with kinky hair decides to stop combing their hair, it’ll matt over time.
12. Are you from Jamaica?
Nope. That’s neither here nor there.
13. Do you like reggae? You must be a musician.
Not really. I’m not a musician, but I can sing.
14. Are you a Rastafarian?
Yah man! Yaga!
Sigh, not a compulsory criterion.
15. Are you a footballer?
It’s only Michel Obi or Jay Jay or Kanu that have locs abi?
16. Why is your hair standing up?
Because it’s short?
17. Being told by relatives: “How do you expect to find husband/wife with this kind hair?”
You don’t say. I didn’t know that was a criteria now.
18. The polite ones ask “Can I touch your locs”. Other times, you’re not asked. They just go ahead and touch. It happened to Ava Duvernay.
Missed train dealing w/ a man who touched my hair + when I asked what in all the hells he thought he was doing replied “Is this racial?”
— Ava DuVernay (@AVAETC) June 13, 2015
19. Are you a lesbian?
Getting statements like these on a regular basis:
20. I like your your hair, but it makes you look rough.
Nobody asked for your opinion.
21. I like locs, but I can never do it. I don’t think it’ll fit me.
That’s nice to know.
Despite it all, the pros still outweighs the cons, by far and I wouldn’t change it for anything.
Featured image: Patience Edet