Area loctician celebrates the beauty of black hair
Voice of the Wildcats writer Malcolm Daniels spoke with local "loctician" Sharon Lawren Jackson as part of an occasional series on area residents and business owners in Midtown, the community surrounding Bethune-Cookman University.
How old are you and where do you consider your home to be?
"I am 34 years old. I'm originally from Tampa. I moved to Daytona Beach when I was 14 years old. I have been living here since I was 14 years old, so I can call Daytona Beach my home.
What is a "Loctician"?
"A loctician is a hair stylist specializing in dreadlocks. They help you grow dreadlocks safe, fast, and effective. I provide in-home care to men, women and children wanting to start there loc journey and maintain healthy locs. My services are starting locs maintenance, repair, color, loc extensions, retwist and style."
What challenges have you faced on this journey?
"The challenges I have faced is getting clientele and putting my business out in the community and on the map."
Do you have any plans for the future?
"Yes! I plan to start a shop that provides loc maintenance and care to the community I want to make my 'kings and queens' feel comfortable and confident with and about their natural hair and beauty. Also, (I will be) selling natural hair care products, whipped butters, bath bombs, and displaying other vendor products as well. The loose hair that I have left over will be donated to the (American) Cancer Society! I will also support breast cancer in the name of two survivors that I know who has had mastectomies and are local."
What community-based organizations are you a part of?
"I am an Eastern Star, New Life #529 Daytona Beach. It's a community-based organization based on the Bible. I'm also a member of the local motorcycle club "Adorable Divas In Motion MC." We are a community organization mentoring children."