Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Loc Love Week: Shantell Johnson

Loc Love Week has been such an amazing success! We're so grateful for the warm responses and kudos we've received thus far! Let us remind you that it's not too late to participate and have your loc journey showcased on our website! If you're interested, shoot us an email at!!
Loc Love Fact: 
Hampton University's African American business school dean, Sid Credle, stands firmly by his controversial ban on dreadlocks and cornrows first implemented in 2001. The ban applies specifically to male students enrolled in the school's 5-year MBA program who take the seminar class. They cannot wear dreadlocks or cornrows in class.

Credle’s decision is based on the belief that, in order to land a job in corporate America, looking the part is important. In response to those who disagree, the Business Dean touts his job placement record. "We've been very successful. We've placed more than 99 percent of the students who have graduated from this school, this program," said Credle. -Source
Now for our FEATURE of the night!!!
My name is Shantell Johnson and I am the Social Media Manager for The Croaker's Spot.

Why and when you decided to go natural:
I went natural 2007 because I was tired of the harmful chemical effect the perming process took on my hair. It was constant maintenance and split ends were always a
problem. I knew my hair could handle more heat if I needed to press it out. I also knew my hair in its natural state would become stronger and I could say goodbye to the monthly routine of perming new roots.

What sparked you to loc your hair.
I've always been a fan of long hair on myself. Even though I knew the look was complimentary to my features, it took a few years for me to actually become passionate about it. I debated on the idea between 2007 and 2010. In August of 2010 I decided to just do it. Just start the process and if I didn’t like how things were going, I'd comb them out. Needless to say I survived through my "ugly duckling" stage and I'm 3 years and 2 months locked. 

Have your locs ever been the cause for a debate or discussion amongst peers and or coworkers. 
Fortunately my coworkers, customers, and peers are fans of natural hair and locs. I've only had the pleasure of receiving positive feedback in reference to them. So I generally get the basic questions about my process and how long I've had them. Here and there people want to touch them. I’m humbled by the positivity.

What advice do you have for anyone thinking of getting locs and that are on the fence about it.
Make sure that you understand that it is a process and a commitment. The first year is the hardest but very memorable. You want them to lock immediately and that takes months. You’re going to want the length immediately and that takes years. The process teaches patience and appreciation. Looking back through your lock journey will be extremely rewarding. It is your crown and glory. Everything you go through during your loc journey is significantly attached to your main. The journey in itself is why individuals with locs, dreads, or sisterlocs are so prideful and protective of their hair. In reality there is no "ugly duckling" stage but simply a transition. So I would say to most of all enjoy your journey and embrace it for everything it will teach you.
INSTAGRAM: @shannibauthentic 

As Always, Stay Classy!!

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