To this day, I dislike being asked if I am Rasta because I don’t want to be put into a box. I’ve always been a private person and have never felt like it’s my duty to answer questions about my supposed lifestyle and what my beliefs are every time I step outside of the house. There’s a time and place for everything, and if people think I’m stuck up because of it, so be it.
I’m just a simple girl living my life quietly. Sometimes your belief system just lines up perfectly with something that already has a name attributed to it.
My process was gradual. I’ve always been into positivity/self-improvement and natural living. All the decisions I’ve made in my life have formed me into someone who can be identified as Rasta by the way I look and the way I live.
I love this video because it’s almost like a crash course in Rastafari. It’s give a quick overview of who Marcus Garvey and Haile Selassie are, the religious (Hebrew) beliefs Rastafari incorporates, why some wear their hair in (organic) locs, panafricanism, what red/gold/green represent, what the Ital diet entails, and the role of reggae music.
This video portrays a positive and simple way of living. There’s nothing illicit or cult-like about Rastafari in general.
I used to be apprehensive about my 10-year-old daughter rockin’ locs like I do. I did not want her to experience the stares and stereotypes that I sometimes get.
Eventually, I decided that because my locs are a representation of who I am (someone who believes in racial pride and natural living), it was only fitting for someone who was being raised with the same values to exemplify that… if she chose to, of course.
She has now had her starter locs for roughly 4 months.
Let’s take a moment, though, to observe the cuteness of this random father and son.
In this video, YouTube’s Lauren Jackson discusses how she feels about her natural hair.
For me, personally, going natural and starting my locs was more of a lifestyle choice than an aesthetic one. I realized that I had been trying subconsciously to fit in or even blend into the background. To do that, I had to chemically straighten my hair and rock my super-thick hair in a ponytail or bun all the time. I had to wear makeup to feel pretty, and I had to buy clothes that were “in style.”
When I started going to the gym on a regular basis, I was make-up free, dressed down, and rocking my natural hair. The attention I garnered nurtured my confidence and lead me to ditch the full make-up, tamed-down hair, and look the way I naturally do.
It was one of the best things that ever happened to me. I now am conscious of the amount of physical activity I get, how healthy the food that goes into my body is, and love rocking my super thick locs loose and free.
Like I said, for me, locking my hair was more of a lifestyle choice… a culmination of the positive changes I had been making.