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