December 2007


About « The Home Studio-Celebrating Natural Hair

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While this blog is about the entire family, I thought I would start with my own lock journey.  I have mentioned before that I have been loced for 2 years, (Dec 4th 2005 to be exact!) and I have loved the entire experience.  It truly has been magical and enlightening to stop being a slave to weaves.  I was a certified weave junkie.  My favorite saying used to be..”It is all my hair, I bought it!” Here is a picture of me before I loced.

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The only sad thing about this is that my older girls grew up thinking this was the norm and unfortunately it has been a hard lesson to break.  My oldest daughter will not even hear of doing without a weave and I am sad to admit, still wears her hair straight.  She is the only one in the house that is not natural .  It is difficult for me, because I created the monster.  Still, I try to stay optimistic, she is only 16 and it is hard being different than her peers.  I am simply trying to be a great example to her and hopefully…..she will see the light. 

I don’t think I even have any pictures of my hair when they were baby dreds, the best I can do right now is one of me when they are about 8 months old.  The process of leaving them alone was great for my hair, as I started with 3 inches of growth and by the time this picture was taken, my hair was about 4-5 inches.  Hassan and I were in Nice, France and I was checking out the delectable pastries when he took this shot!

8 Month Old Locs!

Now some more recent shots, I promise to get some that are better in quality.

This is a side profile:

Side Profile!

And the back…..

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I love how my hair has grown, it is now past my shoulders and it is all mine! 

My Family

I  am very excited to have this blog.  Although I have been loced for two years (did not take enough pics though…) I am happy to announce that the influence has been positive on my children and my partner. They have decided to join the ‘natural movement’ and have all made the decision to loc their hair or wear natural styles.  This blog is going to be a record of our journeys and also of my new business as a loctitian -protective hairstylist. I want this place to be a celebration of our hair and because I did not take enough pictures in the beginning, I don’t want to make that mistake again with the others!   

A little about us….we are a big blended family of nine.  My husband Hassan and I have been together for the last 5 years and have our 7 kids all in tow.  We are truly one big happy family that has come together and has managed to grow strong together as well.   It has been an eventful journey, but one of evolution and great love.  My husband Hassan has helped root my spirit and has been a great protector, a fantastic advisor that has been instrumental in allowing me to bring myself closer to God- closer to my true self.  I love him dearly for this. 

We have a rambucious and tenacious group of kids- ranging from the age of 6 to 18. There are 4 boys and 3 girls, all of which have different hair stories and I am sure, very different reasons for being in various states of locdom or natural hair. I will be introducing them to you over the course of the blog. 

I have learned so much about hair and the locing process through doing my own hair and now my family’s, I have discovered that I have a true love for the cultivation of black hair.  For me it is a labour of love that I am embracing and want to be able to share this knowledge with others as well, so starting a little home business that is focusing on natural styles was a natural transition.   I have been braiding, twisting and cornrowing hair for my family and friends for the last 10 years so it has always been a big interest to me. 

I hope that you all enjoy my little corner of the world and come along for the ride as we chronicle our story. 

Now this is a picture of Hassan and the kids- and a friend of the family from our first year together.  It is not the best picture, I will definately be taking some more as we go along!   This picture was also taken before our lock journeys began, but I think it is good to start from the beginning.  More pics to come!