I have been growing my locs for over 10 years. My mother was my inspiration, and when I turned 7, I practically begged her to loc my hair. Although, It was not an easy journey. During the beginning stages of my loc process I was often ridiculed my my peers and even by some adults who disagreed with my choice of hairstyle. It was discouraging and at times I contemplated cutting all my locs off just so that I could fit in. As i grew older I began to appreciate the beauty and uniqueness of my locs. Wahidah Fowler, who is a close friend of my older sister, also was a catalyst in helping me see the beautiful hairstyles that locs could become.
I began moisturizing my roots and really loving and caring for my hair. Before I knew it, blogs began posting my pictures, my peers complimented me left and right. I was becoming a trend setter in my high school and everyone wanted to know how I managed to make my locs look so appealing. Now I am sharing my story with you actually because I never have before.
Your blog continues to inspire me and I appreciate your work so much for shining a light that is not often shined upon our beautiful, God given, natural hair. I am going to college this upcoming Fall and I plan to continue growing out my locs and hopefully inspiring other Black women to join in on our journey of "Natural Hair Beauty".
To learn more about Imani, see her Instragram page: @Imanibfly, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.