Naturalista Tracey

Hi my name is Tracey.  I am a month shy of turning 49 years old, I am also a wife and a mother.  I am currently attending school to become diagnostic medical sonographer.  I have been natural 12 1/2 years.  In 2004 I was laid off and could not continue to perm my hair.  So I started getting my hair braided.  One day I went to get my hair braided and asked the stylist, “If you cut the permed hair can you braid my hair?”  She answered yes and the rest is history.
I would encourage anyone wanting to return natural to love themselves, be confident and don’t allow anyone to make you feel bad about your decision.  It does take patience, you must find what works for you.  Your natural hair is beautiful and so are you!
I love bentonite clay to clarify my hair and scalp, Giovanni Smooth as Silk conditioner, Shea Moisture’s Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Hair Masque, Mielle Organics Moisturizing Hair Milk, NeKeShea Butternut Leave In Conditioner, and Vitamin E oil.
I have two go to styles:  Wash n Go’s and mini twists.
However, I am taking a turn in my natural hair journey.  I began my loc journey as of 2-12-16.  I hope that you will join me and watch the progression of my loc journey.
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  1. I have starter locs and is always researching locs and dreads. I have seen Naturalista4me posts and love her semi-free form locs How many months was you locked before starting semi-free forming. Keep up the good job of caring for your beautiful locs and posting. God Bless.

    1. Thanks for your comment Sandra! I started my locs from comb twists and re-twisted once a month for the next two months after starting. I fell in love with the afro look at the root and it just felt right so I stopped re-twisting. I began to just use the partings as a guide to know where to separate if my starter locs did try to join. I would go through each lock one by one and just make sure they were still all in place. Eventually it began to look like I didn’t have starter locs at all but more-so looked like I just kept my afro separated into sections. Those sections eventually began to become what my hair is today. I am going to be completely honest with you and say that many people thought I had went crazy because they didn’t understand that locking in this form is a process (as anyone’s loc journey is) and they immediately wanted to see the finished product. I embraced it every step of the way. Have patience and embrace the journey. Congrats on your loc journey! I hope this helps! 🙂


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