Allo NaturalSelection naturalistas! I’ve got an exciting week of posts ALL ABOUT LOCS coming up for ya! I always seek to include all members of the natural community on this blog, but since I don’t personally have locs, loose natural hair tends to get a bit more love on the site. But not this week! I’ve reached out to some amazing contributors to share with us some LocTalk! My hope is that we with the loose hair can learn a thing or two from our loc’ers as well as give loc’ers a chance to learn new things about their own hair (and have a platform to share their unique natural journeys)!
Kicking things off is NYC-based blogger and vlogger Miss Franchesca Ramsey aka Chescaleigh with the fantastic Youtube Channel Chescalocs. I’ve long been an admirer of her blog because of her gorgeous and innovative loc styles and eye for design so I asked her to put together a couple tutorials for us here! I too have been eyeing the partial shaves and I love that this style that recreates the drama of the look without the commitment of the shave! Enjoy!
Faux-Shaved Style Tutorial
Major hair confession: I’m secretly obsessed with the half shaved hair look, but I’m way too chicken to do it! The style got major attention when Cassie boldly debuted it in 2009, but after seeing it on Natural Hair guru Chime “Hair Crush” Edwards (http://www.youtube.com/user/HairCrush) I knew I had to find a way to replicate this style with my locs. Check out my step by step photo tutorial to learn how you can rock this look without taking out the clippers!
Step 1: After flipping your hair to one side (which ever you prefer) section off a row of hair at the nape of your neck.
Step 2: Then, flat twist the section starting from the side of your head opposite of your flipped hair. For this tutorial I flipped my hair to the left, so I started my flat twist on the right.
Step 3: To flat twist, simply pick up one loc, twist it and then pick up the loc next to it, twist it, pick up a few more locs and so on as you move across your head, the same way you would travel when doing a french braid or cornrow.
Step 4: Once you reach the opposite end of your head, secure with a straight pin or bobby pin.
Step 5 -7: Create another flat twist directly above the previous one. Once you reach the opposite side of your head secure with a straight pin or bobby pin
Step 8-10: Create a final third flat twist above the previous two and secure with a straight pin or bobby pin.
(You can stop here if you’d like, but I need bangs in my life, so bang on!)
Step 14: Secure the section with a hair tie or small rubber band.
Step 15: Make a goofy face as you wrap the section into a cinnamon bun shape on your forehead.
Step 16: Now make a sexy face as you secure the bun with a straight pin.
Step 17: If needed, use an additional pin to secure the bun.
Step 18: Bam! Watch out Cassie! Wait, does she even wear this style anymore?? Whatever, I look super cute…
Step 19: But wait, we’re not finished! This style also looks great with a ponytail!
Franchesca Ramsey is a 28 year old graphic designer and video blogger based out of New York City. With over 30k subscribers on her two YouTube channels, she and her videos have been featured on numerous style and entertainment blogs and news publications including MTV, The New York Times, Essence.com and The BBC. This year Franchesca was selected as one of the 25 winners of YouTube’s national NextUP competition, which sought to discover YouTube’s next big stars. She received a grant to fund her video production and also participated in an exclusive week long training program at the Google headquarters. Franchesca dreams of someday having her own online talk show and/or sitcom where she can continue to inspire creativity, make people laugh and make them think. She also hopes that in the future someone else will write her bio for her since she feels kinda silly and narcissistic writing about herself in the third person.
ChescaLeigh is all sorts of connected and you can follow her here:
comedy videos – http://youtube.com/chescaleigh
hair videos – http://youtube.com/chescalocs