1) What’s your name and where are you from? I go by the name of Itumeleng Makgakga. And I was born and raised in Johannesburg, especially in the Alexandra Township. But later in my life moved to Soweto. And now I currently reside in Ferndale, Randburg.
2) How long have you had locs? I have had my locs for 6 years now.
3) Why did you decide to start locs and what method did you use? I had relaxed hair and I hated the burning and the process of straightening my hair with chemicals. So I chopped it all off, then had natural hair for a while. I then realized the process and nature of treating natural hair, that it needed time and care. And that time my schedule was heavily hectic that I decided to loc my hair.
I woke up one morning and went to the salon to loc my hair. They used a twisting braid method with molding gel. And they were styled in a way to lock them in place. If I remember correctly, they took about 8-9 months to officially loc. And that is how it all began.
4) What is one thing you have learnt from having locs?
They always need to be clean; however, they do not need much maintenance. And consistently being patient towards growth and length (now that is important).
5) Have you ever struggled with build-up or breakage? I have a very strong line of healthy-and-lots-of-hair genes. So I have never struggled at all.
6) Twist or crotchet? And how often do you maintain your roots? Twist.
I visit the salon for treatment once after every two-months. And I wash and treat at home.
7) What do you love most about your hair? My hair has grown to be a part of who I am. It reflects so much about my personality; my confidence and it suits me. It is care-free, light, it moves at its free-will, it doesn’t really need much maintenance but love. And that for me highlights an ongoing relationship and a beautiful growth.
8) What do you dislike most about your hair? When it frizzes up after a wash. And how it takes the whole day to dry. Literally the whole day!
9) Which 3 products do you swear by? Aunt Jackie’s ‘Oh so Clean’ Moisturizing & Softening Shampoo (it smells and cleans so good) Rasta Locks Twist Jamaican Mango & Lime
Jabu Stone Multi Purpose Spray
10) What are your top 3 tips for locs?
Water, water and more water
Spray your hair with water every day. It can be plain water or add coconut oil to your water spray. That hydrates your hair and helps it to grow.
I believe hair is a seed that needs to be watered to grow.
11) What advice would you give to someone thinking of starting their own loc journey? Just do it. If you have thought about it for more than 3 months at least, then just do it. If you do not like them once you have them, you can always get rid of them. We have so many options when it comes to hair. You just have to find something that will make you happy and beautiful. So, give it a try.
12) Where can people find you online (Instagram/YouTube/Facebook, etc.)? People can follow me on Instagram @terracotta_cells
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