Are You Thinking About Semi Free Form Loc’n?

What is semi free forming? Semi free forming is a way of locking. It is not an organized way of locking and many shy away from the process because of the beginning stages. Although the beginning stages could test the thickness of your skin (due to negative comments), the loc journey is very rewarding within itself. It will test your patience, it can increase your confidence, it can become a spiritual journey.

August 2nd will make two years on my semi free from lock journey. I would have never guessed that I would ever be locked but here I am today rocking this semi free form locs.

Check out this video of me sharing tips in hopes of encouraging you to follow through your unique journey embracing every step of the way.


Naturalista Tia



Hi, my name is Tia. I’m a 37 year old mother of two. I live in Greenville SC but Baltimore will always be my hometown. I have been natural for the last 16 years.


My reason for returning back to natural is because I was unhappy with my hair. I felt like it didn’t fit my personality. My sister is a hair stylist so I’ve had just about every hairstyle from short cuts, to weave, to braids. Tried them all with my relaxed hair. I decided to try no chemicals so I got it cut short and let it grow out and been loving it ever since.


If you are wanting to return natural, you have to have an open mind and be in love with your natural self and not anyone else’s natural self. Everyone’s texture is different so I always hear people complain or be disappointed that their texture is too loose or too tight and they see all these pictures of other people’s curls and expect that.


I also advice you to learn your hair. Learn the texture, the porosity, the thickness. This will help with choosing the right styles and products for your hair.


With my hair being loc’d now I don’t use too many products. I shampoo with Dr. Bronners Peppermint Castile Soap. I also oil my scalp with a homemade mix of jojoba oil, avocado oil and tea tree oil and spray it daily with rosemary and sage infused water.


My favorite go to style when it was loose is a wash n go on my short tapered cut. Quick and easy.
Right now I am semi free forming my tapered cut so I just spray, shake and go.
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Naturalista Ola


My name is Ola, twenty four years old, Nigerian studying and living in Germany. I’ve been natural for three years. Before deciding to go fully natural though, I was always switching between low cuts and growing my hair out only to cut it off again. I have an androgynous identity on the gender spectrum so growing up and having to conform to the beauty standard for girls in my birth country was really hard on me. I was buying expensive wigs and changing hairstyles every month. Instead, I preferred to wear a low cut.


 I started growing my hair out again in 2014 after chopping it off earlier and didn’t know what to do with it… so on a particular day, I went on YouTube and stumbled upon black youtubers with natural growing hair. Well, I was amazed and taken back at what my natural hair could do, the curls, twist outs etc. I wanted hair like that so I decided to never cut my hair and instead grow it out.


 I must say this that hair for us in Africa was never a political issue as compared to USA Europe with the compulsory conformity to white standard imposed on black bodies etc. Conformity to Western standard of beauty was more subtle as a result of the influence of western norms and media gibberish on our perception of bodies and beauty. It wasn’t quite easy to see a young girl with her natural hair except for some of our mothers who we considered old-fashioned anyway. The rest of the girls who grew their natural hair were the religious ones who did it for religious reasons. We didn’t wanna look like them of course, we wanted to look pretty, so as soon as we could, we applied chemicals on our hair, bought wigs and flaunted different styles of hair.


 So ja I was shocked when I saw on YouTube girls who were very beautiful with full head of afro, all twisted out and curls. I wanted that. What we simply lacked was representations and education. I sat to gulp them all, very excited about what the future had for me. Before this, I was always very self-conscious about beauty standards etc. Well these beautiful representations gave me wings to fly. I did the different styles I watched on YouTube with my hair, I looked at myself and began to see a different image, a beautiful self-confident one. I began to get very comfortable in my skin, and stopped wishing for straight hairs.


 Fast forward to 2016, I decided to convert my afro into locs… so now I have locs and this is absolutely the best decision I have ever made. Ja I loved my afro but I don’t miss it either. I’m the simple one style kinda person who doesn’t care too much about switch ups and all. I also love the fact that I can wake up and in seconds step outta the house. My locs gave me the freedom that my afro never did. I remember my friends telling me wtf Ola you spend lots of time on your hair, because of course I had to twist my hair into three to four strands before sleeping and then untwist them every morning to comb out. I loved and enjoyed every bit of it because it’s my hair and I won’t have it any other way, but I love my locs more. I’m more comfortable in my body with my locs. I even stopped using makeup because I really do look in the mirror and say wow I’m beautifully made. My locs gave me that perspective and I’m forever grateful.


 My advice for anyone trying to go natural is, it’s your hair. You cannot be comfortable if you don’t accept yourself. You would always look at others and the comparison will never end. Beauty is a state, both internal and external, it is what you think of yourself when you look into the mirror. Do not let society define you because what society does best is reduce our body into sites for the production and display of power, carve us into pieces of jellyfish forever needy of validation. The problem isn’t our difference, the problem is the interpretation and perception of our differences and how we are narrated as not good enough. That’s always the way society works. The one who has the power is able to wield it in whichever way and narrate the story to suit him. So, do not let society own you, own yourself, shine so bright it dims the one who tries to stifle you.


 I’m actually not a product person, I’m too lazy to sit and go on a quest for hair products so I basically just use simple shampoos and moisturizer with coconut oil. Coconut oil I’d say has been one of my consistent product. Now that I’m locd, I use Avalon organics Zitronen shampoo and coconut oil to oil my scalp after every wash. And I semi free form so I don’t retwist and all. Simple and light-hearted… I am more than happy to finally have to grow my hair just like white people. I constantly say, why should mine be different, you leave yours in your own way, I leave mine in my own way. It’s not even up for discussion. It isn’t something we are supposed to sit and have a discourse on, going natural or not, but since history has made it so. Then ja we gotta keep talking about it and also show our kids undiluted images so they love and embrace every part of their black bodies unapologetically.


 My favorite natural go to style is just letting my locs grow full all over my head. I love the full natural locs than retwisting regularly to give them a defined look. So, I let my locs do whatever they wanna do. All I do is separate the roots after every wash and continue with living life.

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I’m Guilty Of Dirty Hair!

I should be ashamed of myself but I am not.

I have never waited this long to wash my hair but it seems as if every time I would think about doing it something would come up. My hair was not stinky and did not look too terrible but I could feel the dirtiness of it. Have you ever just felt nasty? Well, that is the feeling.


My friend asked me to go out to dinner with her and she captured this picture and as you can see, my locs do look a little on the dusty side. I still think they are beautiful- just dirty and beautiful.

I have never looked at myself as a lazy natural but I guess you can say that I may have just become one. Or, it could be that I am just a busy body and do not get around to it as often as I would like to.


My friend is a snap chat Queen and I have no idea how to use it but she snapped away at us throughout the night and all I could think of when I saw the pictures was I ought to be ashamed. It had been two months since I washed my hair. That may not sound so bad being that people wear braid styles for up to six months without washing their hair but I have never gone more than a month. It started to really mess with me.


Daily I would apply spritz water and an oil of my choice. I did not have an itchy scalp or product build up so that was a good thing.  My locs were stiff and felt like they needed some TLC.


Today I am feeling refreshed as I kind of rushed and washed my hair before having to head out to work. I couldn’t take it anymore.

I used Creme of Nature products and in all honesty, I rarely use this product line for myself because I tried a conditioner years ago from this line and my hair felt awful and began shedding a lot. I don’t know why, I just know I ended up giving it away to a friend who said she loved it.

I purchased a detangling and conditioner shampoo and conditioner near the end of 2016 from the Creme of Nature line and so far it works pretty good on myself and children. I try to steer clear of it for my locs because it is “detangling” but that is all I had on hand today. It is time to either create some products for use or purchase! However, my hair feels great now. I no longer feel like I have a nasty nest on my head. My locs are flowing in the wind. Ok, maybe not flowing in the wind but you get what I’m saying. They have life now!

I can not say that I noticed any damage to my hair by not washing it for two months. I did have shedding but this is normal and nothing to panic about. Do I suggest you go two months without washing your hair? That is up to you. I am sharing my two month dirty hair story so that you can know that even as a blogger, I don’t stay up on maintaining my hair as often as people probably think I do. My hair is still healthy and I am a O.K.

No need to panic or feel ashamed if you can’t seem to stay on schedule with your hair. Life happens so be like the waves of the ocean and just flow with it.

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Opinions stated within my review for the product Creme of Nature are my honest opinion. I was not paid to do a review and products were purchased by me, not sponsored.