*Pre­pared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1Me­Nat­u­ral­ly

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Intro­duce your­self!
R:
My name is Roc­quelle, and I am from Hous­ton, TX. I am a full-time grad­u­ate stu­dent, run a style blog, Con­sid­er Me Love­ly, and am the own­er, cre­ator and design­er for Clutched & Cov­ered, a company/shop that makes clutch cov­ers, a means of giv­ing your favorite clutch a new look. 

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral?
R:
I’d been want­i­ng locs since I was a lit­tle girl, after see­ing one of my old­er guy cousins with them. I sim­ply thought his hair was beau­ti­ful, and when I lat­er learned it was locs I decid­ed it was a style I want­ed, but my mom said I had to wait until I was an adult to make such a hair deci­sion, lol. After a failed attempt or two dur­ing my fresh­men year of col­lege, I wore braids and twists for about 8 months, had my perm cut off, wore a small afro for about 3 hours, and have had locs since. I’ve been nat­u­ral for 8 years.

How would you describe your tex­ture?
R:
When it comes to the numerical/alphabetical term that describes my hair tex­ture, I’m hon­est­ly clue­less, lol. I have always had very thick hair, whether per­med, pressed, nat­u­ral, or loc’d, and I guess I’d say my strands are coarse and tight­ly curled. I am often asked why I am not a hair blog­ger, it would be because I am clue­less about ques­tions like this, lol. All I know is my hair is my hair :-).

Did you start your locs your­self or did you go to a loc­ti­cian?
R:
I went to a loc­ti­cian for the first 4 years of hav­ing locs. They were start­ed using a bit of back comb­ing and palm rolling. The last time I count­ed a few years ago, I had around 300, but I’ve recent­ly start­ed com­bin­ing a few of them in hopes of may­be mak­ing my job a lit­tle short­er when I main­te­nance them myself, lol.

How do you style your locs?
R:
When I style my hair, rub­ber bands, jum­bo hair pins, and elas­tic head­bands as hair ties are my go to dai­ly prod­ucts. I like to try new things with my hair and I very rarely wear it down, so the­se three prod­ucts are essen­tial for me!

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What does wash day look like for you?
R:
Wash day looks like a VERY long day for me, lol. I have a lot of hair, and it takes FOREVER to dry (I often air dry or do a mix of air dry­ing and sit­ting under the dry­er). When I wash and main­te­nance my own locs, I am cur­rent­ly using Eden Body­Works Jojoba Monoi Mois­tur­iz­ing Sham­poo and Revi­tal­iz­ing Con­di­tion­er and Tal­i­ah Waa­jid Lock It Up Gel. I’ve not real­ly had any residue issues or any­thing from using this gel, but I am look­ing to start mix­ing my own pro­duct for loc main­te­nance soon, after I do a bit more research. Aside from this pro­duct, I use olive oil and/or Doo Gro Stim­u­lat­ing Growth Oil for oil­ing my hair.

Tell us about your hair col­or?
R:
My hair is dark brown with teal (and may­be a bit of red) tips. I did not do it myself, I went to my loc­ti­cian, who’d dyed my tips red about a year and a half ago. I don’t recall the names of the prod­ucts she used, but dye­ing my tips teal was a two step process. The first vis­it she bleached the red out (or as much as she could with­out dam­ag­ing my hair) and put a coat of teal dye on my tips. About two weeks lat­er, I went in and she applied a pro­tein treat­ment to my tips and anoth­er coat of teal dye. This dye choice was more intense than any oth­er I’ve had before on my locs, but I have not real­ly noticed any affect it’s had on my locs, or their tex­ture.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require spe­cial care and atten­tion?
R:
With twist­ing the roots of my locs dur­ing month­ly main­te­nance (and some­times dur­ing the day when I am day­dream­ing, lol), I try to be sure to pay atten­tion to my edges and ensure that they aren’t thin­ning, which is why I oil my edges with olive oil reg­u­lar­ly, even if I don’t have time to oil the rest of my hair. Also, the longer my hair gets, I’ve noticed some break­age here and there on the tips of my locs, so I just try to make sure mois­ture is reach­ing the tips of my locs as well as my roots.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
R:
Mois­tur­ize: There is noth­ing worse than dry locs. Clean­li­ness: I wash my hair every 4 weeks, some­times 3 now that I’ve start­ed work­ing out. In hav­ing locs, wash­ing my hair too much will not aid in the lock­ing process of my new growth. Cre­ativ­i­ty: One of my goals in start­ing my locs was to prove naysay­ers wrong who said I would be lim­it­ed in what I could do with my locs. As a result, I am always exper­i­ment­ing and try­ing out new hair­styles.

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
R:
I’m no hair expert, as evi­dent in my answers to some of the pre­vi­ous ques­tions, lol, so my biggest don’t is to not lim­it my locs. I am of the belief that my locs can do any­thing some oth­er hair tex­ture can do, nat­u­ral or oth­er­wise. I just may have to go about a dif­fer­ent route, but it is cer­tain­ly doable :-).

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
R:
Yes, my style blog is Con­sid­er Me Love­ly, www.considermelovely.com, where I share the occa­sion­al hair tuto­ri­al among posts of style and empow­er­ment. My shop where I sell hand­made clutch cov­ers is, www.clutchedandcovered.com, is my biggest project right now. Clutch cov­ers come in fun prints and bold col­ors; I’m pre­dict­ing them to be the next big thing, hehe ;-).

Meosha

Just anoth­er lover of nat­u­ral hair and expres­sion.
— Style Icon Coor­di­na­tor for BGLH

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33 Comments on "Rocquelle // Natural Hair Style Icon"

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[…] (who was actu­al­ly fea­tured in this BGLH Nat­u­ral Hair Style Icon post a cou­ple years ago) is a beau­ti­ful, con­fi­dent, sis­ter with skin rem­i­nis­cent of choco­late.  Dur­ing […]

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[…] (who was actu­al­ly fea­tured in this BGLH Nat­u­ral Hair Style Icon post a cou­ple years ago) is a beau­ti­ful, con­fi­dent, sis­ter with skin rem­i­nis­cent of choco­late.  Dur­ing […]

Youngin girl

Your locs are like God­dess of the nile:) You wear them proud­ly. I was kin­da surpirsed that you as a lit­tle girl want­ed locs because I nev­er thought I’d hear that com­ing from a lit­tle girl like my niece or from me years ago. I love locs and when wom­en dye col­or on it. Keep rep­re­sent­ing hous­ton!

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Knatural

HONEY, That Teal SPEAKS!! So beau­ti­ful…

Mika

I have such hair envy look­ing at her locs! Gor­geous!!

hassan

FIERCE & BEAUTIFUL!!

Michelle

More loc’ed up icons please! I fol­low more than a few on insta­gram who I would love to learn more about! :)

cb

+1

Jacky

You have such love­ly locs,versatility in styling them and a bang­in beau­ti­ful style,keep it up sis­ta

EG

I love your hair col­or, I hope to add teal high­lights by next sum­mer.

Elisa
Love­ly locks! Love the purs­es too. I unrav­elled my locks six months ago and i miss them huge­ly. Locks are eas­ier to deal with and more often than not look bet­ter than free hair. At least this is my opin­ion. I was wash­ing my locks every oth­er day and mois­tur­iz­ing them on a dai­ly basis but styling was so easy and quick. Residue are an issue though and i ‘m not sure it’s avoid­able. I know some peo­ple think that they don’t have that ( i used not to real­ize that myself) but any­body that cut open some clean look­ing… Read more »
Jo Somebody

Hmm, that sounds a bit off-putting! Did you use a clar­i­fy­ing sham­poo at all? Wash­ing every oth­er day and you still had build up?!

Elisa

Yes i did… I used clar­i­fy­ing sham­poo, bak­ing soda and did Avc rins­es.… And i nev­er used any creamy con­di­tion­ner… I was extreme­ly care­ful as i was very aware of that risk. Build up was hap­pen­ing any­way. I believe it was most­ly due to dust.…

Ezea

Yes i did… I used clar­i­fy­ing sham­poo, bak­ing soda and did Avc rins­es.… And i nev­er used any creamy con­di­tion­ner… I was extreme­ly care­ful as i was very aware of that risk. Build up was hap­pen­ing any­way. I believe it was most­ly due to dust.…

Eboni

Just the oth­er day I was think­ing, “BGLH hasn’t fea­tured a loc’d style icon in a min­ute!” and BAM here she is! 

I’m so excit­ed because I’m considering…no I’m GOING to loc my hair by the end of this year, haha! Any­ways, I like how she decribed her wash day to be exten­sive, just because peo­ple tend to assume that hav­ing locs is super quick and easy, when actu­al­ly you need to take just as much time and care as you would with loose nat­u­ral hair. 

I’m def­i­nite­ly feel­ing the the teal high­lights too, lol. 

Feel­ing more and more con­fi­dent about loc­ing my hair soon :D

CheriV

Ive felt the same way about the loc’d style icons. So glad to see one today. It def made my Mon­day!

Rocquelle

It is such an hon­or to be fea­tured here!! Thank you ladies for your kind words (so far, lol), and thank you Meosha for reach­ing out to me for such a fea­ture!

luvmylocs

i’m in hous­ton and a loc wear­er too (had tra­di­tion­al before and sis­ter­locks now). you rep­re­sent­ed us well!! i agree the hous­ton cli­mate is great for locs!!

Michelle

Beau­ti­ful locs! how do you mois­tur­ize your locs? I’m about 3 months in and still expe­ri­enc­ing some dry­ness :-/

Rocquelle

Thank you Michelle! Aside from reg­u­lar oil­ing, I use a spray bot­tle with water and oil to mist my hair, on the rare times of the year when the Hous­ton air is very dry. I live in a rather humid cli­mate, which I think plays into the fact that I haven’t expe­ri­enced a lot of dry­ness.

Zanthe

It would be so awe­some to see one day come forth and be like “am 4C/B and proud” there’s a lack of that bc they all give the same answer

Jo Somebody
Davide
Hey B! My 7 1/2 mon­th old babies are dyin for a dye as well. And i keep teilnlg myself that Im goin to do it myself! after all if some­thing goes wrong YOU can fix it or what­ev­er. Im sor­ry your expe­ri­ence was bad. I think you should rock and updo room hide the big col­or change and when you get time (i would at LEAST wait a week) and bleach it (no it’d nor good but we know you, and we know your gonna do it) lol but just hide it for the time being. Don’t imme­di­ate­ly re-dye… Read more »
Anon

Peo­ple call for doing away with typ­ing on here when it comes to the icons. I’m not sure what the rest of your com­ment refers to, some icons of all hair types don’t sub­scribe to the Andre sys­tem and say as much, that’s not exclu­sive to 4b/c icons. You can’t expect peo­ple on the innanet to val­i­date your own hair or hair type, they rep­re­sent them­selves. I find that 4cs are on youtube and labelling them­selves as such so may­be this just isn’t the right out­let to get the pride and cheer­lead­ing you are look­ing for.

EG

I think Zanthe’s point is that type 4 peo­ple tend to be the most vague about their hair type on this site, as such, it is some­times mis­con­strued as a lack of pride in kinky hair. We know youtube has a lot of type 4 nat­u­rals, but I per­son­al­ly find it dizzy­ing to try to search through 20 pages of results :-(.

Anon

Check Jouelzy out, she’s 4C and says as much, her vids are too the point too. I find that when I type in 4C and any style, tech­nique or method, I find a lot more peo­ple than I did four years ago. I remem­ber when there was no 4c and you could bare­ly find a 4b on Youtube. If you look hard enough you will find 4Cs who have decent qual­i­ty videos.

Ashes

I am a 4b/c nat­u­ral, and I’m pret­ty darn proud. But enough about me, lol. I think her locs are love­ly, and I under­stand the point of want­i­ng to know her type, but I kin­da feel like with locs, the hair type may not be as impor­tant. I dun­no, may­be type 4 hair is eas­ier to loc? But it seems that the main­te­nance loc’d hair dif­fers some­what from that of “free” hair, so per­haps that is why its not men­tioned? at any rate, i think we can all agree that her hair looks gawjus!

Rocquelle

What is 4C/B? I’m sure as some­one with nat­u­ral hair, or hair at all, that it’s some­thing I should know, but I am rather clue­less on what it means, in terms of defin­ing my hair type.

Bridget J.

Absolute­ly beau­ti­ful hair and great style!

Jessica

Her locks are AMAZING.

Priscilla

I love her dread­locks. Fea­tures like this make me want to loc my hair NOW :)

Fatty B.

Yes ma’am! Lov­ing your style from head to toe :)

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