Our Story & Mission
Locs By Yannie was 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. A knowledge of four innovative processes designed to manage your locs without the use and harm associated clips or hair gel or heat from hair dryers that will cause breakage and damage to your hair and scalp.
Our process doesn't twist or palm roll, or put the pressure or strain on your hair 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.
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 people about being Rasta and the correct way on how to care for their locs so that their crown can grow beautiful and healthy.
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THE 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.
In ancient 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 archaeological sites.
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
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.
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.
Africa and the Western World; Caribbean, North
and South America
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.
The 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.
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
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
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