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Intro­duce your­self!
C:
Hi! I’m Court­ney and I’m from the great state of New Jer­sey ^_^

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­ur­al?
C:
After count­less times grip­ping the salon chair as the burn­ing sen­sa­tion of the perm spread over my scalp like wild­fire, I final­ly just said enough was enough. Soon after my last appoint­ment I cut all of my relaxed hair off and nev­er looked back! I’ve been nat­ur­al since Sep­tem­ber of 2009.

At the start of 2012 I decid­ed to install my first set of locs (200+ loc count) because the upkeep of my afro became too tir­ing and time con­sum­ing. I want­ed to be free of con­stant­ly hav­ing to style my hair. For all of 2012 I wore my first set of locs. In Jan­u­ary 2013 I decid­ed that I real­ly want­ed thick­er ones so instead of comb­ing them out, I just went to a bar­ber and had him shave them off. I wore a short cut for a few months before I start­ed to grow my hair back out. In Sep­tem­ber of that year, I start­ed my sec­ond set with around 117 locs. They end­ed up being too thin for my lik­ing so I tried again in Decem­ber 2013 with 80, and again in March 2014 with 46. I am cur­rent­ly rock­ing my fourth (and final!) set of locs.

How would you describe your tex­ture?
C:
I’m pret­ty sure I am 4c. My curls are only real­ly vis­i­ble when wet.

What method was used to start your locs?
C:
I start­ed my 46 locs with fin­ger coils! I didn’t trust any­one to part my hair the way I want­ed it, so I just did it myself.

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How do you style your locs?
C:
I don’t real­ly remem­ber the details of what I was doing to my hair before I loc’d that first time, but I know that I was doing too much. Wash­ing week­ly or biweek­ly, co-wash­ing and reg­u­lar wash­ing. Con­di­tion­ing every month or so. Fre­quent­ly mix­ing home­made pro­tein con­coc­tions and apply­ing them to my hair. Fin­ger detan­gling. Trim­ming. Keep­ing my hair stretched with twist outs and braid outs. Pro­tec­tive styling to main­tain length. The longer it got, the more work it was. It was drain­ing. *sigh* I’m glad that’s over.

Now I usu­al­ly leave my hair as it is when I wake up. Some­times the sides and/or back of my hair are flat or one loc may be stick­ing out from all the rest, but I just let it be because I feel like it gives my hair even more char­ac­ter! When I’m feel­ing fan­cy I’ll put my locs into ban­tu knots.

What does wash day look like for you?
C:
It’s been smooth sail­ing since I decid­ed that I was hap­py with this set of locs. Every two weeks I wash my hair a few times with dilut­ed Dr. Woods Laven­der Castile Soap, rinse thor­ough­ly until the water runs clear, maybe apply a lit­tle cas­tor oil to my scalp and locs, and I’m good to go. I’ve cho­sen to not to twist my locs, but I do pull them apart if they start to show signs of grow­ing togeth­er at the root.

Tell us about your hair col­or?
C:
Back when I had my first set of locs shaved off my cousin dyed my super low cut a cin­na­mon brown col­or. It’s now over a year lat­er and the ends of my locs are the col­or it was dyed way back then. I haven’t got­ten my hair dyed since.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require spe­cial care and atten­tion?
C:
I’m only two months into this loc­ing jour­ney so some of my locs still unrav­el when sub­merged in water. The loc right above my right ear is pret­ty stub­born. I think it may be one of the last to loc. We shall see.

What are 2 do’s for your locs?
C:
1) To be patient. They will even­tu­al­ly ful­ly loc and mature. Length will come in time. I need to just enjoy my locs at every stage. 2) Sleep with my hair cov­ered every night to retain mois­ture and pre­vent lint and oth­er stuff from get­ting in my hair. My hair is a lint mag­net.

What are 2 don’ts for your locs?
C:
1) Going more than two days with­out spray­ing my locs with water. 2) Going to sleep with­out cov­er­ing my hair at night.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
C:
Blog: www.courtneyindepth.tumblr.com
Insta­gram: @courtneyindepth
YouTube: www.youtube.com/courtindepth (stayed tuned for videos!)

Meosha

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

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18 Comments on "Courtney // 4C Natural Hair Style Icon"

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Youngin girl

Wow, you are brave. You actu­al­ly go out like that. You let your hair real­ly be and don’t wor­ry about how pret­ty you look or com­pare your­self to anoth­er girl. I final­ly get to see a loc’d girl. I want to see more. This can give oth­er women moti­va­tion to go out like that.

Taiwo

Ahhh!! Court­ney has such beau­ti­ful hair, and a love­ly spir­it and blog! SO glad to see you on BGLH :-) You are sim­ply stun­ning!

Elle

All kinds of gor­geous­ness!

Eboni

Hey Aly, if you think about it, nat­u­ral­ly afro-tex­tured hair (espe­cial­ly thick, coarse) if not manip­u­lat­ed in the same ways loose nat­ur­al is will nat­u­ral­ly sep­a­rate on their own. Feel free to look up a few arti­cles on semi-freeform­ing & free-form­ing. One sim­ply wash­es their locs (how­ev­er often), then sep­a­rates what­ev­er parts try­ing to grow togeth­er or “mar­ry”, add some oil to seal, and that’s all there is to it! There’s also a good amount of videos on Youtube to check out about this type of loc main­tainence.

Aly

Can some­one explain to me how you can loc your hair with­out twist­ing it? I’ve nev­er heard of that before.

monica

@Aly , Next month will be 1 year into my freeform jour­ney, my hair is 3c/4a all I do is wash about 3 times a week with a sham­poo bar and spray with Rose­wa­ter or a Laven­der tea mix, Keep­ing it sim­ple work well for me, I was locked in about 3/4 months.I dont twist, have nev­er had any scalp issue or dry hair prob­lems. I have been a nat­ur­al for 14 years.

Adina

You can start them with fin­ger coils. You can also start them with braids, though it’ll take longer to loc that way. You can also start it with palm rolls, a com­mon way to start semi free form locs.

locdnatural

Your hair locks nat­u­ral­ly on it’s own. If you were to have a curly afro and all you did was wash it and nev­er comb it. the hair would tan­gle & inter­twine, which will mat togeth­er and there you have it–Locs are formed. Google freeform locs and you will see amaz­ing pic­tures.

Jacky

Love­ly! and i would love to see your locks when they grow longer.

cacey
beau­ti­ful girl! such loc­spi­ra­tion. I’m now loc’ed. just did it yes­ter­day and im ful­ly so now, and i’m wor­ried they’re gonna unrav­el. a few got wet in the show­er yes­ter­day and tried to come loose :( water makes my hair com­plete­ly unrav­el, so i know i’m gonna have to avoid full-on dous­es for at least a month to allow the locs to mature. I’m so excit­ed to be free of and done with all of the main­te­nance asso­ci­at­ed with loose nat­ur­al hair. i’d done that for 2 and a half years and was frus­trat­ed by the con­clu­sion so i’m glad… Read more »
jenni

Gor­geous lady!! I love your free spir­it… Every­thing I just read just tells me to enjoy life and your hair!!

Nappy 4C Rocks

awww, she is so cute and adorable…luv the hair and style

Chelsea

Wow, I love her locs, if I were to loc my hair I’d want them super thick in sim­i­lar style of hers, it’s fun­ny because every time I used to do fin­ger coils when my hair was longer , I’d get peo­ple ask­ing me if I was start­ing locs so it’s inter­est­ing that she actu­al­ly start­ed hers that way! Great fea­ture , inter­view and pho­tos.

herlucidsky

I HEART her locs!! They are so very beau­ti­ful to me.

Deedeemaha

You are just to cute. You are tru­ly nat­ur­al. And it works.

Alisa

Her locs look great!

T.

Awe­some lady! I love see­ing her pics and stuff on Tum­blr. She’s so gor­geous, and her pho­tos are won­der­ful.

April

Love the ban­tu knots!

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