Our Story & Mission
Locs By Yannie started in 1998 on the beautiful twin islands of Trinidad & Tobago because there was and still is a need for natural 'Locs Care' free of chemicals, dyes, gels, or any unnatural products or processes. Being born into the Rastafarian culture and lifestyle our work is not about techniques for Locs. Though we have a knowledge of five innovative processes designed to manage your locs without the use and harm associated with clips, hair gel or heat from hair dryers and other unnatural products and processes that will cause breakage and damage to your hair and scalp, our passion is to help ALL our clients obtain and maintain healthy Locs, the natural way.
We do not twist or palm roll, or put the pressure or strain on your hair, scalp or follicles that are caused by these methods. Immediately after our 'Loc Sessions' you can Swim, wear a hat or cap, shower, go to the gym and even wet your hair and not worry if your hair will unravel as it does by twisting and other 'temporary' techniques and methods. Most importantly you don not have to get your Locs maintained every 2-3 weeks.
Locs By Yannie is not a team of 'locticians', hair stylist, hair dressers or beauticians. We are 'Locologists'. Our emphasis is not on elaborate hair styles and designs but instead we created this business to educate Loc Kings and Queens that having Locs is not "hairstyle" but a lifestyle and to view Locs holistically because our hair are extensions of our body, and if our bodies are healthy, our hair will be also. We teach you the correct ways to care for your locs inside and out, so that your crown can grow beautiful and healthy.
will teach you how to "EMBRACE YOUR NEW
HISTORY OF LOCS AND RASTAS
Maasai men found in the
regions of northern Tanzania and southern Kenya have been wearing dreadlocks
for as long as they have survived. There hasn't been official date of the
"start" of Maasai dreadlocks, but it is a tradition that has been going on for
thousands of years. Even today, Maasai men can be found easily donning their
dreadlocks, with a tint of red color from the soil.
Egypt examples of Egyptians wearing locked hairstyles and wigs have appeared
on bas-reliefs, statuary and other artifacts.Mummified remains of ancient
Egyptians with locks, as well as locked wigs, have also been recovered from
The Hindu deity Shiva and his followers were
described in the scriptures as wearing "jaTaa", meaning "twisted locks of
hair", probably derived from the Dravidian word "Sadai", which means to twist
or to wrap. The Greeks, the Pacific Ocean peoples, the Naga people and
several ascetic groups within various major religions have at times worn their
hair in locks, including the monks of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church,
the Nazirites of Judaism, Qalandari Sufi's the Sadhus of Hinduism, and the
Dervishes of Islam among others. The very earliest Christians also may have
worn this hairstyle. Particularly noteworthy are descriptions of James the
Just, first Bishop of Jerusalem, who wore them to his ankles.
Pre-Columbian Aztec priests were described in Aztec codices (including the
Durán Codex, the Codex Tudela and the Codex Mendoza) as wearing their hair
untouched, allowing it to grow long and matted.
In Senegal, the
Baye Fall, followers of the Mouride movement, a sect of Islam indigenous to
the country which was founded in 1887 by Shaykh Aamadu Bàmba Mbàkke, are
famous for growing locks and wearing multi-colored gowns. Cheikh Ibra Fall,
founder of the Baye Fall school of the Mouride Brotherhood, popularized the
style by adding a mystic touch to it, it's important to note that warriors
among fullani, wolof, serer and mandika were also known to have dreadlocks
when old and cornrows when young for centuries.
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Africa and the Western World;
Caribbean, North and South America
Africans and people of African descent are known
to wear this hairstyle. Members of various African ethnic groups wear locks and
the styles and significance may change from one group to another. However this
is most likely a blend of the returning slaves from the west.
Ashanti people and other related Akan groups of Ghana reserved dreadlocks for
their spiritual leaders or okomfo . The co-founder of the Ashanti Empire,
Okomfo Anokye is believed to have worn dreadlocks. In modern Ghana, dreadlocks
now have a negative connotation and are associated with spiritualism that is
contrary to Christianity.
The warriors of the Maasai nation of Kenya
are famous for their long, thin, red dreadlocks. Many people dye their hair red
with root extracts or red ochre. In various cultures what are known as Fetish
priests, sangomas, or shamans, spiritual men or women who serve and speak to
spirits or deities, often wear locks. In Benin the Yoruba priests of Olokun,
the Orisha of the deep ocean, wear locks. The Himba people in the southeast of
Congo-Kinshasa also dye their locks red, but their style is thicker than that
of the Maasai. Other groups include the Fang people of Gabon, theMende of
Sierra Leone, and the Turkana people of Kenya.
Another interpretation among
the Rastafari is that "dread" refers to the fear that dreadlocked Mau Mau
warriors inspired among the colonial British. The Mau Mau, a
largely ethnic Kikuyu rebel group in Kenya fighting to overthrow the state
government of the British Colony and Protectorate of Kenya from 1952–1960, hid
for many years in the forests, during which time their hair grew into long
locks. The images of their rebellion, then broadcast around the world, are said
to have inspired Jamaican Rastafari to wear locks.
Dreadlocks on a
Rasta's head are symbolic of the Lion of Judah which is sometimes centered on
the Ethiopian Flag. Rastas hold that Selassie is a direct descendant of King
Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, through their son Menelik I. Rastas also
believe African people are the descendants of the Israelites' Tribe of Judah
through the lineage of Kings of Israel David and Solomon, and that he is also
the Lion of Judah mentioned in the Book of Revelation