Beyond Standards: See How These Ladies Rock The Hell Out Of Free Form Locs

With all of the constant attacks on black hair in various workplaces, black women have heard and seen it all.  Many of us saw the tip of that very icy iceberg when a judge recently ruled that banning locs in the workplace isn’t discrimination.  So what can we do about all these lame attacks on black hair?  Continue to celebrate the awesomeness of our natural tresses! 

We found several gorgeous women on Instagram proudly flaunting their luscious free form locs.  Check them out below!



“I have always been drawn to Rasta livity, especially when it came to Pan Afrikanism and being natural. But it was only until a year and a half ago I felt i was ready. And I knew I wanted real natty congo bongos. I wanted the freedom and defiance that I associated with them. So I quit my job, braided my hair, went to Jamaica and when I came back I took out the braids and just let it go. Mind you, I have been rocking my natural hair for more then 18 years so I was used to the freedom but having these locs brought me to a whole other level of freedom and self actualization. Best thing I ever did for myself. – Poema Jones, IG @PoemaJones




“What inspired me to loc? I was just over having to spend so much time styling my hair. Wearing locs frees up a lot of time to do things I love! I’ve never thought about how locs make me feel so that is a really cool question! I feel unapologetically me.”


“My hair looked really wild in the beginning stages. I loved it but others didn’t understand my choice to wear my hair this way. Now, people look in amazement but I’m like “Oh no, where were you a year ago?” Lol. But all jokes aside, I’ve really enjoyed watching my hair grow and change in each stage of the loc journey! It’s a constant reminder to relax and trust the natural course of things.” – Brittany



Nevlynnn’s free form locs are just that, free!



Model JuNe LeJoi keeps it seductive!

Kandake looks stunning with her beautiful locs pulled back!



I was inspired to loc my hair because it was literally the only style I haven’t done under the sky. It always seemed so permanent. I had difficulty committing. Once I reached the place in my life where I felt grounded, I decided to not allow society or my own fears to stop me from doing something I deemed not only beautiful but natural. So I said let’s do this. I am what’s considered a semi free former. It’s literally the most liberating thing I have done in life. I wash my hair and go. Let my mane do what it does only taming it once every three to four months. I am free. – Sharon



Long and stong!


Short and lucious!



Cessilye Smith shows off her semi free form locks from back to front.  She says the secret is finding a stylist that you trust with your locs.



Abi Ishola
Abi Ishola


Abi Ishola is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Beyond Classically Beautiful, the acclaimed photo series turned multimedia platform. On any given day, you can find her tucked away in a perfectly lit Brooklyn coffee shop working for several hours. Then she dashes off to pick up her daughter from daycare. Abi is also a TV Producer, a proud FIT Alum, Nigerian-American, and a soul searcher.

  1. Hi, my name Vonnie, I started my loc journey November 3, 2003 at a little past shoulder length, my length is now at thigh length! I’ve been loving my journey all the way. I ❤️ all the styles shown in the article above! Let’s keep the journey going sisters and brothers!


  2. My husband has been wamting to start locs and with neyond enough motivation in this article I think its time!!! All very beauriful confident women who made thete choice! Why not make mine!

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