About Me and my Journey.....
I was born in the twin Island of Trinidad & Tobago. I migrated to the U.S about
35 yrs ago and is a U.S citizen.I am married with a 17yr old named Zion.
~MY HAIR JOURNEY~ My early days in the U.S., I settled in Brooklyn and worked as a Nanny. Soon after I found that perming and styling my hair only to be in parks and playgrounds was not working for me anymore. That’s when I decided to find an easier and more natural way to cope with my stressful hair days. After careful thought about growing my hair natural, I decided to start growing “locs”. Obviously this did not sit well with my family, especially my mother…she said it was going to look like a riff-raff mop and she did not raise me with a mop head.
Nevertheless, I started growing my locs and at first I was not sure if I really liked them since they looked spiky, but I gave it time to grow some and pretty soon I was loving every aspect of it. Especially the all natural look.
Before I knew it, time had flown by and my hair was getting longer and longer. I became very over protective of it and started referring to my hair as “my baby”.
I didn't realize how much my hair had grown and and just how beautiful it looked to other people until 2009 when a lot more people began to compliment me and ask lots of questions about my locks, such as how long I’d been growing it, how do I wash it, how long it takes to wash and dry, and if I am in any books like Guinness or Ripley’s.
So finally after plucking up the courage to seek out Guinness and Ripley’s, I submitted an application to GWR. After playing the waiting game for a few weeks, I finally received the green light to proceed with the Record Attempt by carefully following GWR’s policies and protocols. The very strict guidelines for the hair category stated that hair must be all natural and (definitely) no extensions! It must be real human hair and also, must be measured in the presence of a known public figure and be witnessed by a notary public.
In so doing, I had to come to terms with having 2 licensed hair care professionals examine my hair to verify it was in fact all my own hair and that there were no extensions. I had never been to a hairdresser or salon before in my life since I have never liked people’s hands in my hair and I'am somewhat of a germaphobe!
Ripleys allowed me to send them my pics to view which was verified and accepted and was posted on one of their daily “Cartoon Comic Strips” of which was amazing and also officially certifying and placing me in their 2012 edition for the “WORLD'S LONGEST LOCKS”.
EXPLANATION OF TWO DIFFERENT LENGTH’S NOTED IN THE FIRST RECORD AT 8ft 6ins 2008 AND THE UPDATED RECORD OF 19ft plus IN 2009.
After the first 8yrs of growing my locks, which was already past floor length, I became very ill due to a work related injury. I spent the next 25yrs coping with frequent hospitalizations surviving 35 surgeries including bilateral mastectomies,Tram-flap reconstruction for my upper chest and breast area....two mild heart attacks and two mild strokes , Chronic bleeding stomach ulcers, stomach removal & now battling MS (multiple Sclerosis)
During that time my hair became unmanagable and hard to cope with. I started having weak areas and some breakage. Since my locks were already such a huge part of my life, I could not come to terms with cutting them as family and friends suggested so I had to come up with a plan to save my locs.........
To protect the weak areas from breakage, I tied the locs in knots.keeping them at ankle length since at that time they were already at floor length. I guess you could have referred to me as “knotty dread” back then!
When I tried for my first GWR record, not only had I never thought of measuring my hair before to see its actual length, but was quite surprised to learn that they were over 8ft long! I had been so caught up in the excitment, I totally forgot I had 13yrs of tied in knots , not thinking they would actually made a difference, That is why the first actual measurement is at 8ft 6ins..
After acheiving the award, I soon realised my error in not letting out all my knots to accurately measure my hair so I contacted about 3 ‘locticians’ and explained to them my hair issues and asked for their help in sorting through my locs.2 of them refused telling me 13yrs of tied up locks, so flatened and embeded in the hair was almost nearly imposible. She told me she had seen that before and it can be untied, however she did not have the time it would require to do such a task...for me, It is a task I was not able (or too willing!) to do on my own. I was then refered to a locstition In Trinidad who suggested we give it a try, but she could not guarantee there would not be any damage and breakage to the locks.
After about 14 long, stressful hours at ODETTE’S HAIR CLINIC in Point Fortin, Trinidad, Odette carefully and patiently untied my hidden knots. My bum was sore, my back was hurting, and Lord did my neck feel like I was carrying bricks up a hill!
I contacted GWR and explained to them my error and the steps I took to have my hair sorted out so that the measurement can be corrected and updated. They then advised me I wll have to go through the whole procedure all over again like I did the first time and to re-submit a new application with a full explaination and also updated proof such as another two hairdresser’s verification and my hair being examined and withnessed by another Notary Public. Upon review, if approved my locks will then be re-examined by their experts and once verified..it will be adjudicated and my measurement will be modified to state its true and correct length which the longest measured at 19ft 6 1/2 ins..........
WHEW…GWR is very strict !
Upon doing so, my application was once again accepted. I was then invited to be a part of GWR week in New York to be adjudicated while somewhat breaking my previous record.
That was a brilliant moment for me since I felt that all my years of struggling to hold on to my locs " my baby" was beginning to be worth every moment of it.....
As of March 2018 I celebrate 35 years of locks journey and 92-100ft of locks.
.My Journey continues...............
~~ I AM A VERY PROUD and GIFTED EMPRESS QUEEN ~~
I am The BLACK RAPUNZEL