Salon Styles: In Love With Locs

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Stylist: Maria Thompson
Salon: Twist & Curves
Location: West Hartford, CT
Makeup Artists: Brettnee Nelson and Gerrie Ferris How long have you been styling hair?
Thompson: I have been a braid, locs, twists, and natural hair specialist for 37 years and an educator for 15 years.

VIEW GALLERY: Salon Styles: In Love With Locs What is the best part of your job as a stylist?
Thompson: I love educating stylists on natural hair and locs and helping consumers transition to natural hair.  In the salon, seeing the smile on my client's face when I am finished and I turn them around to the mirror is a wonderful feeling. I also love giving a loc client a style they did not know their hair could achieve. What do you love most about styling natural hair?
Thompson: Working with the texture. You can braid it, twist it, loc it— the styling possibilities are endless.  I believe as more and more women go natural they are going to feel comfortable with their tresses and styling it in between salon visits. 

VIEW GALLERY: Salon Styles: In Love With Locs What is your number one piece of advice for someone who wants to grow locs?
Thompson: Seek out professional advice and a consultation with a stylist.  Have her walk you through the locking process, what to expect, do's and don’ts, products to use and not to use and show you pictures of their work. Why do you think hair is so important to Black women?
Thompson: Hair is empowering, freeing, liberating, healthy, versatile; hair is a woman’s crown and glory.  When your hair looks good you feel great!