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How To Wear Your Loccessories
Looking for a way to keep your dreadlocks in check while maintaining a great style? Loc cuffs are a great way to accessorize your locs and add a little hair flair to your everyday style. The first step when using a loc cuff is to ensure that the end of your chosen loc is as smooth as possible. Next, gently but securely hold each loc in place as you slide the cuff from the bottom of the loc up to the desired position. If you select a loc somewhat larger than the cuff’s diameter, the cuff will remain in place until you remove it. Placement of loc cuffs can be used according to your particular style preferences.
Loc ties are intended to be used for large sections of locs and are especially designed to accommodate the thickness of locs. The band is made with enough elasticity to stretch over very thick locs without damaging them. One of the benefits of using a loc tie, as opposed to a regular ponytail holder, is that our loc ties are made without any metal clasps or clips to hold the band together. This is especially important to protect your hair from snags, tears and further damage thus helping it maintain its health and vitality.
To use your loc tie, first, gather your locs with one hand while holding the loc tie with the other. Wrap the band around your locs and secure them by gently pulling the beaded ornament through the loop, then using the toggle clasp to securely hold the loc tie in place. The loc tie can then be slightly adjusted according to your personal preference.
There are two different lengths to choose from. Small loc ties are typically used around ponytails, whereas large loc ties can be banded around gathered locs several times or worn as a headband.
Loc Jewels & Loc Beads
Loc jewels are handmade, one of a kind jewelry you can wear to express the natural mystique that you already carry and to further enhance your personal style — hair flair as we like to call it! Depending on the thickness of your locs, loc jewels and loc beads may require the use of a special tool in order to gently work the locs through the accessory. A loc threader is useful in making this process easier. Using the loc threader will ensure that your locs do not “bunch up” while attaching the jewels, beads and cuffs.
First, thread the tool through the end of your chosen loc. Then simply align each loc jewel or loc bead alongside the threader and thread the tool through the loc bead to guide the loc through the bead or jewel. Carefully thread the loc through the accessory and position over the locs. Once the accessory is on, simply slide it to the desired position.
For Best Results With Your Loccessories…
For best results, always choose one of your locs (or twists or braids) that has a tapered end. This will make it easier to get the loc started when threading it through a loc bead, loc jewel or loc cuff. You also want to select a loc that is slightly thicker than the opening in the adornment. And be sure to slide the accessory high up enough along the shaft of the loc to hold its position. If you are concerned about the loc sliding, you can use the thread included with your loc threader tool to secure it in place. Your loc threader tool is free and included with every purchase.
Lastly, it’s a good idea to remove your natural hair accessory prior to washing your hair unless your goal is for the jewel to become permanently attached. This won’t be an issue with the loc beads because of their thickness but since some of the loc jewels styles use wire and are many times coiled bands, decide your preference (permanent or removable) prior to washing the hair to avoid tangling.
As with any natural hair accessory, Loccessories are designed to enhance your appearance and provide you with various styling options. The beauty of K. Hill’s Loccessories is that the collections are uniquely designed and handcrafted. With the help of her creative hand, you can rock your locs with the ultimate confidence and style!
This is some of the most fun you’ll ever have in an accessories store, so come visit us often for new styles featuring natural stones for that earthy appeal, cowrie shells for an eccentric look, or Swarovski crystals when you want a bit of bling. Once you receive your items, be sure to stop back through and let us know how you rock your loc•cessories — we’d love to see your customer photos!
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The fellas like to keep a low profile but let’s be honest. We know that guys like to look fresh just as much as the ladies do. The good news is that if you are a guy who rocks locs, you don’t have to feel left out when it comes to having fun with hair accessories. There are many dreadlock accessories available for men. These accessories can be used to create custom hair styles and decorate your dreads or simply worn as functional tools to keep your locs up and out of the way. The following is a list of unisex accessories that you can use to style your locs.
Head Bands & Slouch Bands
Head Bands and slouch bands are one of the most popular accessories for men with dreads. They are super comfortable and great for keeping the hair up and off of your neck when its warm or humid outside. You can also wear headbands in the summer to replace tams which can be a bit too warm in the summer heat. Headbands can help to cover any loose roots, in between maintenance sessions or can simply be used as stylish accessory.
If you are forming new dreads, tams are a great accessory to have in the clutch for mornings when your baby locs are determined to do their own thing. Basically, they are useful if/when you are experiencing a bad hair day. If your roots are ready to be retwisted or you have uncooperative starter locs, tams are the go-to companion as you make it through the awkward phase. You can put on a tam or a crown which will cover your dreads in a crunch and still have a well put together look. Let’s face it, part of the loc journey is facing those days when your locs have a mind of their own, so why not embrace it and even throw a bit of style on it!
Peyote stitches are another stylish accessories for dreadlocks. You can use them to decorate your dreads while adding personality and character to your hair style. They come in dozens of designs for you express yourself. From LGBT pride to religion to cartoon anime, you’re sure to find a design that represents your passions. You can also use them to cover any lumps or loops in your dreads or to help to tighten your locs.
Glass Beads are a more advanced dread accessory. Why do I say that? Because, only a mature dread wearer can rock this, simply for safety’s sake. You always have to be mindful that you actually have glass in your hair and have to adjust your activities accordingly. However, they can be used to smooth out any imperfections in your dreads. You can also wear different pieces to change up your style or make your crown of locs even more unique.
Wooden Dread Beads
Dread beads can be found in a range of different materials including plastic, metal, and wood. Many people use wooden beads to decorate and style their dreads. Wearing beads in your hair will encourage the strands of your locs to stay locked together and also help to tighten your locs.
Loc ties are large looped ponytail holders that do exactly what the name implies…they tie your locs back (or up – whichever you prefer). They are ten times better than a regular ponytail holder because they are large enough to accommodate full, thick, long dreads. Regular ponytail holders are often too small and too tight for dreadlocks. Loc ties are open-ended so you don’t have to struggle to get all of your locs through the small band of a typical ponytail holder. We have some unisex styles that would be perfect for the fellas, check them out here >>
So there you have it, this list is by no means exhaustive. And perhaps we’ll add to it as time goes on to make it an “ultimate guide” of sorts. But until then, we wanted to give you a few ideas to get you off to a good start. Have fun accessorizing!
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Even though logically we know that no one lives forever. It still always take your breath away when someone who shaped the soundtrack of your life leaves us. For me, Gene Wilder was one of those people.
Actor and comedian, Gene Wilder, passed away yesterday. He was forever known to my generation as Willy Wonka from the original Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory film (later remade with Johnny Depp cast as the lead…sorry to say, a pitiful, pitiful remake). This film mesmerized young children for obvious reasons, the fantasies about endless candy options always at your disposal. The rainbow of vivid colors and fanciful costumes. And for that time, the special effects were cutting edge although they can seem rather cheesy now.
The other thing that was so powerful about this movie was the lessons that it taught through song. One of those songs really sticks out…it’s the song that the Oompa Loompa’s sing and goes something like this:
Oompa loompa doompety doo
I’ve got a perfect puzzle for you
Oompa loompa doompety dee
If you are wise you’ll listen to me
What do you get when you guzzle down sweets
Eating as much as an elephant eats
Where are you at, getting terribly fat
What do you think will come of that
I don’t like the look of it
Which brings me to the title of this post…
There’s a vicious virus that’s infiltrated the natural hair community. And it’s one of product junkie-ism. It’s when a hopeful Naturalista seeks the holy grail of hair growth in a product, pill or potion hoping to magically grow her hair to shoulder length or better in an unreasonably short amount of time.
When the truth is, your hair grows at a pretty steady rate. And the thing that most affects your hair health (and hair length) is not so much what you put on it as is what you put in your mouth.
You see, your hair thrives on nutrients. And it gets those nutrients from the foods that you eat, the water that you drink, etc…
No magical hair vitamin can trump that.
So the next time you catch yourself pulling out your wallet to purchase the latest magical hair elixir wrapped in the sweet scent of a curly pudding, instead, hop on over to the produce aisle and pick up some vegetables. I guarantee, you’ll fair better and feel better (and poo better too).
Not to say that hair products are bad or useless, but just realize that there’s no magic in them. I just want you to have realistic expectations of what they can/will do for you.
R.I.P. Gene Wilder, you brought us joy and laughter and lessons that will always stay with us.
To the rest of my Naturalistas,
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