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When it comes to hair, these days Dimples is a happy girl.  Want to know why?  She hasn’t had her hair combed or braided in nearly seven weeks – yes, you read that correctly, seven weeks.

I know this sounds completely negligent, but it is actually an answer to our prayers.  After much thought and discussion, we loc’ed Dimples hair.  There are three beautiful women in my community who have locs and I’ve admired them from afar. Last Christmas Eve, as our church service ended, lovely Grace walked by with her locs all pretty and I thought, “It is time to take the leap.”

It took a few weeks for us to connect, but one Friday afternoon she and her sister, Alexis (another lovely lady with locs), began working on Dimples’ hair.  They finished the next day and Dimples came home announcing to the family, “I never have to comb my hair again!”

Since that day we’ve had one session to tidy up the fuzzies and a monthly re-loc session to loc in the new growth.  I haven’t learned how to re-loc yet, but I need to learn to do it myself.  Honestly, I thoroughly enjoyed dropping Dimples off with Grace and Alexis and picking her up with her hair all cute and tidy.

As the locs are beginning to grow, we’re having fun using mini clips to style them and I even gathered a few up in a small ponytail.  We hope they will be long enough to gather into a real ponytail this summer, but we’ll see.

Dimples is a little girl with a heavy load on her plate and high maintenance hair was one thing I could lift off for her –and for me.  We are both happy that there are no more dramatic hair combing and braiding sessions.  Really, life is hard enough.  And beside, she just looks super cute with locs!


  1. Sharon Wheeless (Reply) on Thursday 17, 2011

    So cute! I will definitely keep this in mind when we bring our two kids home. I love this look on boys too.

  2. Amy (Reply) on Thursday 17, 2011

    She does look super cute!!

  3. darci (Reply) on Thursday 17, 2011

    she is SUPER cute with locs. love it! You can tell she feels beautiful, too..good choice!

  4. Donna (Reply) on Thursday 17, 2011

    It is beautiful on a beautiful girl. We don't have enough hair yet, but maybe someday!

  5. projecthopefulva (Reply) on Thursday 17, 2011

    SUPER Cute!! :)

  6. Jess (Reply) on Thursday 17, 2011

    She looks beautiful! And what's even better, she looks happy! Great job Lisa! I've read that the maintenance is not too difficult once you get the hang of it.

  7. pastormacsann (Reply) on Thursday 17, 2011

    What a great idea, Lisa! Looks terrific.

  8. Leslee (Reply) on Thursday 17, 2011

    I have an African American friend with 6 girls! She has locked nearly all of her girl's hair. She got hers done years ago and then learned for herself how to do it. She knew she would not be able to afford to have all of her girls done, nor the maintenance, so she has just pluged away on each girl until they were finished! It was complete necessity for her.
    Glad to know that Dimple's hair would lock. I wasn't sure that my girl's hair would – curl too loose. I may be giving it a shot soon, especially for one of mine!

    • One Thankful Mom (Reply) on Thursday 17, 2011

      Leslee, I wasn't sure Dimples' hair would loc either, her hair is pretty soft, but it looks like it is going to work. I think it depends somewhat on the method used for loc'ing the hair. It will probably be months before it is truly loc'ed and it still gets quite fuzzy. I was comforted when I read a AA woman's site about loc'ing her hair and she said the first year was the worst and she wore lots of hats and scarves. I'm relying on wide headbands quite a bit right now.

  9. Emily (Reply) on Thursday 17, 2011

    SO COOL. I'm kind of jealous actually :-)

    thanks so much for your email, I loved it!! You're great. So glad to be connected.

  10. Emily (Reply) on Thursday 17, 2011

    PS, does Honeybee want them?

    • One Thankful Mom (Reply) on Thursday 17, 2011

      Honeybee doesn't want them – she is enjoying using a flat iron once a week and wearing her hair long and straight. I still love it big and curly! She actually has much curlier hair than Dimples' and her texture doesn't tangle as much, so it is not quite as challenging to work with it. We actually just trimmed over three inches off her hair to begin evening it out and she is happy.

  11. Jen @ zeelah (Reply) on Thursday 17, 2011

    I LOVE it! It looks beautiful and I know it must be such a blessing– no more tangles to come through!

  12. Chantelle (Reply) on Thursday 17, 2011

    LOVE IT!! I'd love to loc Spicy's hair but she doesn't like it. I think it's beautiful however!

  13. Dawn (Reply) on Thursday 17, 2011

    Wow, her hair style is so cute. And what a great pic of the ladies doing her locs. Their locs are super pretty!

  14. Angela (Reply) on Thursday 17, 2011

    I just read an article about an AA woman who has locs. I was suprised to read that & even more suprised to see how versatile it is!!! (I think the article was actually out of my RedBook magazine)! Anyway, it looks cute for her & totally understand the struggle, esp finding the time for upkeep!! We are waiting for a court date for Eden (she is 5 yrs old) and a little boy (14mo). so I have been doing a lot of reading about AA hair and products / etc. It will be interesting. In all the photos that we have received of her, she has her hair in cornrows. The last pict we received we could see that her hair is almost to her shoulders!!! YEAH!!

  15. Hannah Tucker (Reply) on Thursday 17, 2011

    Love it!

  16. Jillian (Reply) on Thursday 17, 2011

    She looks awesome. Primo LOVES her locks too! They are about 2 months old now…

  17. Sharon (Reply) on Thursday 17, 2011

    Beautiful-and so glad it helps make life more simple.

  18. nancileamarie (Reply) on Thursday 17, 2011

    Definitely seems like the way to go!! For now, at least! :)

  19. Shelby (Reply) on Thursday 17, 2011

    Hi, Lisa! I can't believe we are approaching 3 years home with Jude and Calyx. Sometimes it seems like yesterday when we went through the whole Embassy ordeal with you and your family. Anyway, we have had Jude's hair "loc'ed" for more than a year and it looks great. It's down to his shoulders and he is pretty positive he looks like a rock star! We combine an organic root stimulator/conditioner with grape seed oil to keep it from getting dry. Best of luck to Dimples!


    • One Thankful Mom (Reply) on Thursday 17, 2011

      Hi Shelby! I have thought of you many times since we came home with Honeybee. That was such a crazy experience at the Embassy – things have changed so much since then. So good to hear from you.

  20. Julie (Reply) on Thursday 17, 2011

    Cute! Dimples is such a darling! And one thing less to fight about…two thumbs up from me!

  21. Margaret (Reply) on Thursday 17, 2011

    Yes! Any way to minimize hair arguments is good…AND locs are beautiful.

  22. Dianne (Reply) on Thursday 17, 2011

    She is adorable!

    We are having a hair issue with our foster daughter. She wants to be blond haired and blue eyed, but as she is african-american, no such luck and she all but refuses to brush her hair. I can't even get her to agree to braids. She'd be adorable with them, or nice neat dreads like Dimples, but I think they are too "ethnic" for her and she won't agree. Sigh. Someday!

  23. Julie (Reply) on Thursday 17, 2011

    I've been thinking about these a lot for our 10 yr old daughter Beza. We do yarn braids a lot which last 6-7 weeks at a time but are a lot of work. I think if I can show her there is still a LOT of versatility that she might love this idea. I know I would :-)

  24. One Thankful Mom (Reply) on Thursday 17, 2011

    It really helped us to see beautiful women in our community who have locs. They curl them, pull them up, wear them loose – and they always look great. Dimples and I also looked online at various natural hair websites to see pictures of women with locs. Most of all, she didn't want to spend hours having her hair done and was excited about keeping it simple. I re-loc'ed her hair on Saturday and it only took about an hour. It was easy and fun to do and although it did hurt sometimes, it wasn't too bad for Dimples.