Intro­duce your­self.
 My name is Aprill, I’m orig­i­nal­ly from Mary­land. I cur­rent­ly live New York where I attend school and major in Illus­tra­tion.

Why did you go nat­u­ral?
 I have always worn my hair nat­u­ral. Pri­or to lock­ing my hair, I’ve worn braids, two strand twists, free-form curls, a curly afro–I tried a vari­ety of dif­fer­ent styles. Final­ly in March 2008, I decid­ed I want­ed a change, but I still want­ed to wear my hair in a nat­u­ral style. I had always admired the look of locs for quite a while, and saw they required less main­te­nance. So I decid­ed to give it a try with my own hair, and it was one of the best deci­sions I’ve ever made.

In what ways (if any) has going nat­u­ral affect­ed you?
 It has great­ly affect­ed my devel­op­ment as a per­son and as well as an artist. Lock­ing my hair has tru­ly tak­en me on a jour­ney. At first, I was self-con­scious about lock­ing it, begin­ning with two-strand twists and hav­ing very curly hair it gave off the illu­sion I was loos­ing a lot of my hair’s length. Cou­pled with outsider’s opinion’s that I would “ruin” my hair by lock­ing it, that the process would make it appear unkept. How­ev­er my nat­u­ral hair jour­ney has taught me the impor­tant lessons of patience, the nev­er-end­ing lesson of self-love, and self-accep­tance. It has also showed me that change and growth are two incred­i­ble parts of life and given me the con­fi­dence to exer­cise my voice and come into my own as a per­son.

How would you describe your hair?
  A very curly tex­ture, nat­u­ral­ly thick, and very soft.

What is a brief descrip­tion of your reg­i­men?
 I don’t do much to my hair. Locs are easy to main­tain. I alter­nate between prod­ucts. My favorite style is wear are my curls, after a wash and ret-wist, I wear a set of curling rods in my hair overnight and take them out the next day which gives me coiled curly results. For oth­er cre­ative hair styles, I leave them up to my tal­ent­ed loc­ti­cian Evet­te Cham­bers at City Kinks.

How do you retain length and mois­ture in your hair?
 I occa­sion­al­ly alter­nate with sham­poos and Ioc prod­ucts for re-twist­ing. Cur­rent­ly I am using Carol’s Daughter’s -Rose­mary Mint Puri­fy­ing Sham­poo and Tal­i­ah Waa­jid Black Earth Prod­ucts Lock it Up Gel. I mas­sage my scalp with tea tree oil, and spray it dai­ly with olive oil spray and or coconut oil spray.

What mis­takes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
 For­tu­nate­ly, I haven’t made many mis­takes with my locs oth­er than tri­al and error with prod­ucts. Some I used in the past left unwant­ed residue behind. So after shop­ping around I’ve found things that work for me. I have learned that patience with them is key, espe­cial­ly dur­ing their ear­ly devel­op­ing stages. There is no need to rush the process, avoid over-twist­ing them–that can lead to stress and break­age, and just enjoy the jour­ney as they mature and devel­op.

What’s the best/most effec­tive thing you do for your hair?
 Keep­ing my scalp moist and healthy, let­ting it be–and not putting any added stress on it.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
My blog–
My web­site–
My artist face­book page–

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Cutie! I met this love­ly lady at last year’s Afro Punk fes­ti­val. She is an amaz­ing artist, and I hope to see her again this year! (


What a cutie! I met this love­ly lady at last year’s Afro Punk fes­ti­val. She is an amaz­ing artist, and I hope to see her again this year! (


so beau­ti­ful


your hair is gor­geous


hey, i went to high school with her. hi! lol

Annie L.

NY Curlies! Gor­geous pics and great inter­view! Loved the Margret’s Mane book, a lot of tal­ent on your web­site!


Very beau­ti­ful locs. This makes me want to do the same lol. She’s def­i­nite­ly an inspi­ra­tion.


Love your hair and your art­work is amaz­ing! Thanks for shar­ing:)


Beau­ti­ful! I rock loc’s as well. I have been loc’ed since 1999 and haven’t looked back since. I agree with your warn­ing that to much twist­ing and palm rolling can weak­en the loc’s. Peo­ple mar­vel at my length and lus­ter all the time!


Hi Cheryl. I’ve always admired locs and a few days ago, I decid­ed to give it a shot. I’ve been chem­i­cal free 5 months now. I did 2-strand twists then back-combed. I don’t know if I did it right and I real­ly don’t wan­na cut my hair. Any sug­ges­tions?? Thanks