Rocquelle // Natural Hair Style Icon

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*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 ;-).

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33 thoughts on “Rocquelle // Natural Hair Style Icon

  1. 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

      • 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.

    • 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!!

  2. 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

  3. 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 locs know what i’m talking about. That’ just something you have to accept and unfortunately for me i couldn’t deal with that after the realization that some white stuff was forever trapped into my locks even though they look great and didn’t smell funny… I kind of regret my decision to unravel them though…

    • 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?!

      • 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….

      • 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….

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  5. 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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