Texas Teen Denied Job at Six Flags because of his Dreadlocks Recruited By Top Modeling Agency

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Kerion Washington, a 17-year old from Fort Worth Texas, was denied a job at Six Flags due to his hair, but now it appears modeling is in his future after his story went viral.

Kerion made headlines in March when Six Flags Over Texas rejected his application for a summer job. The 17-year-old loc rocker said, “They told me I could cut my hair and come back, that it’s just hair and it would grow back. But they compared it to having a tattoo. I didn’t want to cut it.”



He opted not to cut his locs and continue to look elsewhere for work, meanwhile his mother shared his story on Facebook, it was shared over 17,000 times. In response, multiple job offers were extended to Kerion.



Other opportunities presented itself, Dallas News reported Kerion was reached out to by Corrie Caster, head of development for IMG Los Angeles and a scout for IMG Models World Wide, on Instagram about a potential opportunity. IMG Models represents Ciara, Kate Moss, Gal Gadot, Priyanka Chopra, Chrissy Teigen, Whiz Khalifa and more. Caster heard about the teen through a friend who shared an article about him. The picture of Kerion shared in the article caught her attention.

“I scout the world looking for talent and stories,” Caster said. “I didn’t know his story then, but he
had a lot of the physical features we look for in our models.”

Shortly thereafter, Kerion had his first photoshoot and he is now looking at a possible contract with a world renowned agency and a full on career. Not only that, the incident has led Six Flags to alter its policy to no longer discriminate against those with dreadlocks. Kerion's decision has not only positively impacted his future career prospects but others with locs who may seek employment at the theme park in the future.


From Costly High Maintenance Hair to Loc'd Freedom

Monday, May 20, 2019

Recently Sisterlocked had the chance to interview Kori Davis (also known as @geauxldie_locs), who went a bit viral after sharing one of her gorgeous selfies on Sisterlocked's Facebook page! Inquiring minds wanted to know all about her gorgeous blonde traditional locs and Kori was more than willing to share.

Why locs?

Before I started my locs, I changed my hair constantly. It was never the same for long, from color to style. I often found myself consumed in what I could do next. But on the flip side, I hated doing my hair everyday.

One day I was on Instagram and saw a beautiful woman with amazing locs and fell in love with the idea of locs. It took me about a year or two to actually go through with it, and when I did, I never felt so liberated!

How has your views around your hair and your own beauty been impacted by having locs? 

Honestly, I’ve never felt more beautiful! My hair being loc’d has forced me to focus more on myself, on who I am as person. I had to focus on my assets as well as my flaws. It allowed me to understand how I didn’t need this or that to feel beautiful, I just needed to let all of that go and really focus on me. Before, I was so focused on the next color, next wig, next style... Which was extremely time consuming, overwhelming as well as expensive.

How has your beauty regime changed and give us the details? 

My regime has changed drastically! It’s far more simple than I can explain.

Before it was braids, twist outs, wigs, etc. I use to have to sit hours for braids. I spend hours twisting my hair in order to try and get the perfect twist out, by the way it never came out right. I don’t even know how much I spent on wigs, it's ridiculous. Don't get me wrong, they all looked amazing, but LORD time was not on my side with them.

Now, I have so much freedom and time! I usually get my hair re-twisted once a month and I do my own roots about once a month. At the most, I spend $70 a month to get my hair done, that includes conditioning and moisturizers. I am no professional, but I do maintain my own color. I was blonde before I started my locs. So when I recolor them, I only touch up my roots. Those products are about $20. You can't beat that at all!

What have been some of your pros and cons of having locs?

Pros are it's pure freedom! No more spending 100s of dollars on hair or getting my hair done. No more spending hours in the salon. No more not knowing what to do to with my hair. No more late nights doing twist outs. A lot of people have the misconception that you’re only stuck with one style but that isn’t true. You can change your style easily. There are no cons to me. They’re amazing!

Who would you recommend locs to?

I would recommend locs to anyone who is in search of finding out who they truly are. To anyone who wants pure peace and freedom!

What are some of the costs associated? (cost to have them started, maintain, etc)

Traditional locs aren’t very expensive. When I started mine, the method used was comb coil and it cost around $60. I get them re-twisted once a month for about $40/$50. I’m not sure if size changes the price, but for mine that’s the ball park price. I also live in Louisiana, so that may factor in to the cost as well. The amazing woman that does my beautiful locs name is Kris and her IG is @blackgirlsrock1190, definitely check her out.

Where can we find you on the internet (Instagram, blog, Vlog, etc.)

You can follow me on IG: @geauxldie_locs
A YouTube channel is currently in the works so stay tuned!


Loc Bedtime Routine

Sunday, April 28, 2019

I almost always shower at night and an added benefit, other than going to bed without the day's dirt lingering on my skin and helping me to relax, is some of the steam gets to penetrate my locs and add a bit of needed moisture before bed. This is important because if you don't have a satin pillow case or wear a satin scarf, your sheets and pillow cases are very well stripping your hair of much needed natural oils and moisture and even leaving behind lint.

So let's talk loc nighttime routines. You should be doing something a few nights a week to help keep your locs moisturized, which will help prevent damage and breakage.

Steam Please

If you shower at night, don't use a shower cap. Put your hair up and let some of the steam penetrate your locs.

DIY Moisture Spray

If you don't take a hot shower at night or if you have regular issues with dry locs, consider praying on a water-based moisturizer.

My favorite hair moisturizing duo for locs is either the rosewater spray or you can make a powerful DIY loc spray from aloe vera juice and a mix of oils great for hair (I like to use a couple of drops of  avocado, lavender, rosemary oil). Also, burdock root and nettle brewed in distilled water is a great addition. See recipe/instructions below:

Spray can be used as needed on mature locs. For locs still in their infancy, exclude oil (or only a few drops) and minimize use to when you hair is very dry.

Keep scrolling for a simplified version of the aloe loc spray by Valerie, who has a great instagram and youtube channel for her traditional locs.

Please note: There is quite a bit of misinformation about oils and locs. Oil do not moisturize your locs, black hair care experts are now clarifying that there is no such thing as a “moisturizing hair oil”.  To add moisture to your locs, you need a water based mix. Even for my skin, I use my skin oils after spraying with a water-based herbal spray or immediately after washing, while skin is still wet. So either first you apply a water-based moisturizer and then apply an emollient oil (emollient means retains moisture) or mix a bit of water-base moisturizer with a couple drops of oil.


Satin

Wear a Satin bonnet, satin lined cap or use a satin pillow. Cotton pillowcases and sheets are one of the biggest contributors to dryness and lint. The use of satin head coverings or pillows will help.


This bedtime routine mixed with a solid regular loc care routine, a healthy diet, and appropriate water intake will keep your locs healthy for years to come.

Student Forced To Use Black Marker To Fill In Haircut That Violated Dress Code

Thursday, April 25, 2019


A junior high student was forced to fill in his haircut with black permanent market by a school administrator after being told the artful letter "M" shaved into his fade (haircut) violated the school district’s dress code, the Houston Chronicle reports.

When the child arrived for class in Pearland, Texas, an assistant principal called him out for violating the dress code, which bans “extreme hairstyles” and “carvings.”  The child's mother posted her outrage over the incident on Facebook and noted the school did not reach out to her and told her child that he either had to color it in or get in-school suspension (ISS).

His mother's post has sparked outrage. The uproar has caused Pearland school district to issue an apology acknowledging that the administrator “mishandled” the situation.


Source

“District administration has contacted the student’s family to express our extreme disappointment in this situation, which does not fall in line with the values of Pearland ISD,” a statement reads.

This is yet another example of continued aggressions and stigmatizing of black bodies/culture and the continued lack of cultural intelligence and empathy by teachers and staff. While the "M" is an optional hairstyle, such minor displays of culture and fashion are often discouraged or met with extreme opposition when unique to black bodies/culture. 

As the workplace becomes more inclusive and cultural competent, with many of the top earning and emerging leaders in innovative and lucrative industries like tech wearing man-buns and hoodies to the office, do we still really need to minimize cultural identity and expression for this and other black/brown children to succeed in the future? Or do we need to more thoroughly do away with these archaic ways to mask systemic bias and racism.

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Corporate Chic. Natural Living Advocate. Freelance Writer. Speaker. Social Media Addict. Bookworm. Wanderer.

When I'm not working crazy hours for my corporate finance gig, I'm toiling away as an evening entrepreneur and making random hair and skin care products from scratch. I started Sisterlocked.com in 2010 to chronicle my natural hair journey and it has grown into so much more.
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