“Women who wear locs are usually overlooked and I think that we are considered second class naturalistas due to the fact that most of the female public figures usually either have processed hair, weaves or natural hair in its loose form,” says Synethia Ennis, a school teacher who has a popular blog and YouTube channel that features various hair styling tutorials. “I basically want to show the versatility of locs. [They] can be styled in a variety of ways and I am proving that on a regular basis.”
Ennis and Ramsey sometimes share hairstyle inspiration and links to each others videos, which include tutorials on how to create pinup-style looks, French rolls and more. But when Ramsey recruited several popular YouTubers with locs for a collaboration video where they humorously shared their stories about the ignorant comments, assumptions and rude gestures people make toward their hair, the result was one of her most popular videos to date at over, 217,000 views.
“To this day my grandmother thinks my hair is weave. Whenever I correct her she says, ‘It’s yours cause you paid for it Frannie,’ laughs Ramsey about the incident, which was one of several inspirations for the video. “She’s always had a very sassy personality so I try not to take it personally and usually end up just rolling my eyes.”
Brittany Thomas, Social Media Specialist and founder of LocRocker.com, who also blogs about beauty products, travel and food, says that one family member actually questioned her sexuality when her loc journey began. “She called my hair ‘lesbian locs’ and said that many lesbians wear loc’d hair.’ Who knew sexual identity could be tied to a certain hair style? I calmly explained that I wasn’t a lesbian and went on this rant about how stupid it was to make such an assumption.”
Another common assumption expressed about people with locs is that that the hair is dirty but according to Nice Dreads (and common sense, depending on who you ask), the cleaner the locs the easier they form, and the easier they are to maintain.
Grooming, for most loc wearers is simple once a routine is established but when it comes to people’s attitudes and reactions, that’s where things get unpredictable.
Contrary to popular belief, Ramsey and Thomas don’t believe their hair has ever hindered their professional growth. But for Charity Clay, a potential employer’s negative remark forced her to stand her ground.
“The interview was for an auditing position with an accounting firm and after they said how impressed they were with my resume the lady interviewing me asked, ‘So If you get the job, what are you going to do with you hair’ I told her that if I had to change my hair then I couldn’t accept the job.”
Clay is currently enjoying life as a sociology lecturer in pursuit of her PhD and basketball coach on the side, while Ennis, Ramsey and Thomas are most likely busy planning their next posts with a purpose.