No matter how long a person?s locs, their history is even longer. Check out Groupon?s study of their origins.
Often associated with celebrities such as Bob Marley, Lauryn Hill, and Lenny Kravitz, locs are a style in which sections of hair form thick coils that the wearer does not comb out or cut. Locs are created by one of two principal processes: the freeform method or the cultivated method. Calling the former a ?method? is a bit misleading, as it simply consists of not doing anything to hair until it forms itself into locs. The cultivated method can start in a variety of ways, such as braids or single and two-strand twists, that wearers wash and condition but do not brush out. As new hair grows in, it requires twisting, a process that stylists often refer to as ?loc maintenance.? Those who wish to skip the budding phase can cheat the look with loc extensions, available at many salons that specialize in natural hairstyles for African Americans.
Though still popular today, some believe the look originated in the societies of east and north Africa, including the Maasai of northern Tanzania and southern Kenya, as well as the ancient Egyptians. To many members of the Rastafari movement, the reason for wearing locks is found in the Bible, specifically the Nazirite vow in Numbers 6:5, which states that ?All the days of the vow of his separation there shall no razor come upon his head [?] he shall be holy, and shall let the locks of the hair of his head grow.? Throughout history, the look has had cultural significance in other religious communities around the world, from India to Jerusalem, as a commitment to shunning material vanity or as a tribute to ancient deities who are thought to have sported the style as well.
Strawberry margarita, key lime pie, and morning coffee—at In'Dulgence Nail Spa, the nail technicians serve these sweet treats to feet in a soothing array of spa pedicures. They also tend to hands with acrylics, gel fills, and CND products, including shellac polish, which stays chip-free for up to two weeks. Many of the manicures and pedicures harness the restorative powers of essential oils, and technicians can add-on extras including exfoliating scrubs and paraffin treatments. Though they're mostly focused on hands and feet, the staff also waxes away unwanted hair from faces, bodies, and overgrown bear-skin rugs.
Embellish Hair Design’s stylists, cosmetologists, and nail technicians boast a collective 20 years in the beauty industry. They put this expertise to use in creating haircuts for women, men, and children, along with coloring services and keratin straightening treatments. The nail techs make digits fancier with manicures and spa pedicures, and aestheticians use wax to remove fuzz from the lips, chin, and eyebrows while aiming to maintain a calming atmosphere.
At Salon Lofts, 15-year veteran of the beauty industry Rana Bowling updates men’s and women’s coifs with a range of cuts and styling services. Rana’s specialties include natural-looking gray coverage, Brazilian Blowout treatments, and hair coloring with professional products from Goldwell.
Equipped with a file, a buffer, and a passion for nail design, technician Illeen Williams decorates finger shields with elegant acrylics and high-end polish brands such as OPI. Clients can also pair mani-pedi services with indulgent add-ons such as a hot stone massage, hot towels, or long-lasting shellac polish.
Nail Confessions specializes in pampering hands and feet with luxurious manicures and pedicures using OPI and Essie polish. The veteran nail technician cares for cuticles and files and buffs fingernails and toenails as clients relax in a private appointment room.