T: My name is Dara Michelle and I’m from Virginia.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
T: I’ve been natural my whole life, and I’ve always put my hair in twists so I decided to get locks because I thought they were gorgeous and would be easier to manage.
How would you describe your texture?
T: My hair I’d say is 4a/4b texture. It is mixed throughout my hair, which affected how my hair locked (some parts locked faster than others) and it is very thick throughout.
What method was used to start your locs?
T: The method of locks I had put in was sisterlocks. I went to a consultant to get them installed. I stopped counting my locks at around 300.
How do you style your locs?
T: I use Lottabody Texturizing Setting Lotion when I style my hair to hold my curls and crinkles. I lovvveeeeee this product. It lasts for a few weeks and it is pretty much the only product I use.
What does wash day look like for you?
T: I do a baking soda cleanse every month to keep my locks fresh. Weekly I wash my hair with Avalon Organics Shampoo and Conditioner Tea Tree Mint Therapy.
What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
T: I need to keep my hair conditioned since I have small locks and they can fall out easier.
What are 2 do’s for your locs?
T: 2 do’s: Keep conditioned, and maintained so they don’t get matted together.
What are 2 don’ts for your locs?
T: 2 don’ts: Pulling hair to tight weakens roots, and letting them get really dry.
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
T: Find me on Instagram: its_dara_michelle.