A new documentary is shining a spotlight on “loc culture” in Black communities across the country. While locs have become a mainstream trend over the past few years, these intertwined strands have a tangled history. They have gone from signifying status and religion for specific cultures to being banned in work environments to becoming a fashion trend.
mĀK Collective’s Loc Doc explores this history and how what is seen to many as just a hairstyle, is actually a tentpole of identity, culture, and transformation for others. The hour-long film intertwines live performances and animations with unfiltered conversations with hair experts, loc enthusiasts, and psychologists who share their perspectives on their hair journey, stereotypes, and their ongoing relationships with hair.
Press play below to watch the film directed and produced by Ryan Thomas and Ua Hayes.