Founded in 2013 Loc Love Lives Here is a unique online destination where the intersections of beauty and politics are discussed through a Queer Black feminist lens. Our community quickly amassed over 15,000 followers and spawned the annual #BestOfLocsAwards as well as the #ITaughtMarcJacobs hashtag campaign featured in HuffPost
during the Marc Jacobs 'twisted mini bun' fiasco. Moving forward we'll be bringing our community offline and into real time contact. We value sisterhood, authenticity, collectivism and critical thought as methods of overcoming Eurocentric beauty ideals and social norms and welcome you to join the conversation.
Tired of feeling like YOUR natural isn't good enough or being ostracized for not being 'natural' at all? Bummed about Shae Moisture's drastic changes in marketing? This is the place to talk about it without fear of judgement, ridicule and some of the one dimensional conversations you might be used to. Check out the workshops we offer on the politics of black hair here.
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A member of the Royalty steppers at Manhattanville College had a vision for hosting dialogue about ‘good hair’ within the diaspora and via the power of social media and word of mouth, we found our way to each other.
I watched ‘Good Hair’ with a classroom’s worth of college students and together we told stories, some funny, some painful, all relevant, as we deconstructed our ideas around what makes Hair ‘good,’ ‘bad,’ ‘healthy,’ ‘pretty, etc.
Some things I noticed:
🌸 the guys in attendance listened, as opposed to mainsplaining or trying to Center our dialogue around their gaze (unlike Chris Rock’s film *cough*)
🌸 the Yt girls in attendance listened. They didn’t take up space. They didn’t cry about not being relevant to the conversation. And when I went around asking folks for 3 words to describe their thoughts about the film one of them simply said ‘Black womens hair.’
🌸 a lot of the Black girls in attendance had never permed their hair and were wondering where the perspectives of natural/ transitioning women were- particularly women who were natural before it was popular, profitable and on trend.
🌸 none of the girls judged each other or acted as if anyone’s Blackness was attached to how they chose to wear their hair.
🌸 one of the girls brought up how boys also go through scrutiny for having longer hair after a certain age and are seen a certain way depending on their length and texture
They were funny, engaged, and articulate. We talked about the myth that being natural is ‘more expensive,’ about how much our families choices when we’re young and whether or not we have their support can we effect our hair journeys and about how strange it is that many Black men pretend weaves are a sign of self degradation and misaligned priorities because of their cost- while lauding European designers and women.
We talked about how we have to be careful who we spend with regardless of how we want our hair to look after seeing the racism in a beauty industry dominated by White and Asian businesses despite being the #1 consumers of beauty products. We talked about DIY hair care and learning what works for us rather than trying to keep up with the joneses and buying multiple versions of the same product.
We left the space feeling affirmed and rejuvenated.
Black girls of any and every ethnicity can do what they please with their hair.
As long as they’re doing it for them and not because society has made them feel less than for showing up unapologetically Black.
Even if our personal preference isn’t our natural hair we should always be ready and willing to fight for our people’s right to show up wearing their hair how it grows from their head and being ready to go to war with anyone who paints unfiltered Blackness as ‘unprofessional,’ ‘informal,’ ‘ugly,’ or offensive regardless of the setting.
Black hair is beautiful.
Black kids are beautiful.
Thankful for this opportunity.
Speaking on the intersections of natural hair and activism at the House of Art Gallery in Brooklyn. Hosted by Natasha Gaspard of Naturals 4 Change and Mane Moves TV. Featuring Lurie Daniel Favors of Afro State of Mind, Imani Dawson of Tribe Called Curl and Arielle Newton of Black Milennials.