RAW BEAUTY - Aliya Will
When did you start your locs and how long was your hair when you started?
I started my locs about 8 years ago. My hair would have been down to the top of my shoulders if straightened, but I have very 4c hair texture.
Are your locs interlocked or palm-rolled and do you maintain them yourself?
They’re palm rolled, and I do maintain them myself. I don’t go to salons.
Why did you decide to get locs? And why traditional locs, in particular?
I’ve always been natural, and I’ve always loved the look of locs. My family is Jamaican, and my brother was the first to lock his hair, so I already had someone to look up to in that respect. I enjoy having that special connection to my heritage through my hair.
How many locs do you have?
I have about 115 locs.
How is your beautiful hair maintained? Please share your haircare regimen:
- Africa’s Best Ultimate Herbal Oil (great for adding to water in a spray bottle)
- Doo Gro Mega Thick Growth Oil (for the scalp)
- Africa’s Best Triple Repair Oil Moisturizer Hair and Scalp Conditioner
Do you deep condition your hair? If so, what do you deep condition with?
What is your daily routine, e.g. moisturising spritz, scalp oil, etc.
I spritz my hair and oil it before bed if I don’t get it wet during a shower.
How often do you retwist your hair?
I retwist the front every week, and retwist my whole head once a month.
How do you manage buildup?
What tips would you give a newbie, or what have you learnt about how to manage locs in general over the years?
Do you think you’ll ever cut your locs off and try a different hairstyle, e.g. loose natural hair or Sisterlocks?
I honestly don’t see myself cutting my locs. If I want a switch up I can just find a massive wig. I’ll ask SZA.
What do you love most about having locs?
That’s a hard question. There’s a lot to love. I feel more connected to myself and my culture. I love exploring the ways I’m able to style them.
What do you hate most about having locs?
I almost used to hate having them back in high school because I didn’t see many women with them around or in the media. But since I started instagram I saw a big influx in the embracing of natural hair, and I’m proud to be a part of that movement.