In this 4th Issue of Hairpolitan Magazine, we are loving us some Locs!
I remember standing in a butchery in Langata, where I grew up, when a slinky man with 3 dreadlocks (I kid you not) walked in. Despite the locs looking flat, matted and brown (not a sexy well dyed brown, but Kwashiorkor type brown), I was fascinated; and I quickly gathered all my guts to ask him how I could get them done. Wash with OMO, rinse with Coca Cola and let them be – was his response. I have locked my hair three times since that day, but not with his recommended method.
The 1st time was in 2000, using raw Machakos beeswax, actually obtained in a market in Machakos town. Once the rudimentary application was done, my whole head looked like a stack of candles. It took significant amounts of tears, KES 500/- and Ben’s resolve to salvage my suffocated-by-wax-hair. Ben was the only professional loctician for miles and was based at Urembo Lonrho House at the time. After he was done he locked my hair using sane methods and ended up being my loctician for the next 6 years or so.
The 2nd time I started them out myself and spotted a bobbed look with them for 3 years. The 3rd is my current hairstyle – Sisterlocks, which I have had for just over a year now. However, as I write this I am contemplating undoing them since post partum shedding on my crown is getting out of hand.
I recently met a lady, whom after I told my dreadlock story, said that I unfit to have Locs since I never kept them long. I still am yet to think up a proper response to her statement but I can safely say that it’s my journey and I regret none of it. It also means I can relate with all aspects of the Locked hair journey; therefore it’s a delight to introduce you to the stories in this issue.
Gracing our covers is Maya Amolo, a beautiful spirit, who shares more about herself in Cover Girl’s 21 Questions on P4. While in WEAR on P22-23 we ask Marion Vionna of Curly Cheeks more about the Scoodie that our model, Maya, is wearing on the cover. In STYLE on P5 Wagio Mokaya explores the new trend of crocheted dreadlocks and how they are installed.
While in the REVIEW article, Tabby of Top Stylists Salon, gives us a run down of her Top 3 products for Locked hair on P11. Evie gives us a glossary description of different types of Locked hair terminologies in KNOW – HAIR on P28-29. Mumbi Ikua goes down memory lane on her dreadlock journey in INDUSTRY on P20-21.
In our FEATURE on P16-19 we talk to Leah Kiguatha about being an Adoption lawyer in Kenya; while in GUY, I chat with Andy Mburu, a Pastor, who spots dreadlocks on P38-39. Aliza Jebet guest writes in CREATE and takes us through her creative journey process on P34-37. Another guest contributor, Crystal Ading shares with us a story in FICTION on P40-41 that is sure to tantalize your imagination.
Get your notepad out and get schooled by Ciku Wamae in KNOW – SKIN as she breaks down for us skin lightening techniques and a key ingredient on P24-27. We also have a lot to learn from Josie Karoki in her interview with Karimi Kagwe in RAISE on P12-15. In ENJOY we share two events in words and pictures. The first a showcase dubbed All of June by June Gachui on P30-31. The second an art installation titled Akili ni Nywele curated by Wambui K. Collymore at BIEA on P32-33.
Keep it locked.