Locs have always seemed to be at the bottom of the natural hair
movement totem pole in mainstream (read: white) media and quite frankly, even within the Black community
. Despite having two aunts who’ve had locs for years, I struggled to see myself adopting a style that felt tied up in so much negativity. Locs seemed to be the antithesis of who I was. I knew societal stereotypes heavily influenced my bias because locs have somehow been associated with being dirty, less hygienic, unkept, and highly unprofessional (remember when Zendaya
was unfairly ridiculed for wearing locs to the Oscars
?). Despite the praise the natural hair movement receives on its surface, one of the movement’s many flaws is that, at times, it excludes the most natural style from the collective community’s exaltation — and along with it, type 4C hair textures
. For all these reasons, I felt I couldn't bind myself to locs and the assumptions that come with them because I didn’t want to inevitably have to prove that I was still beautiful, talented, and smart — especially when I knew I was planning to pursue a career in law.