Hair is one of the first forms of expressions that is used to express the inner being on the outer person. We spend hours and time on our hair to ensure that it reflects our individuality. Did you know that your hair can hold negative energy? Did you know that who you choose to touch your crown is just as important as the style? When choosing a stylist, it’s important that you choose someone that puts not only care into your hair, but care into themselves. Locs by Cole is owned by Chattanooga’s born and raised Niqcole.
At this time, she is based in Chattanooga, but don’t worry she travels to Atlanta monthly and will be adding more cities when the clientele ramps up. If you have been looking for a loctician that will radiate love, positivity and peace, then distance should not be a factor. I recommend Locs by Cole to those that have locs that are yearning for the love and care that she will give to your hair. Please check out my interview with her below (and photos of her work)!
Want to see more photos of her work? Check out her Instagram HERE.
Want to view her website to book an appointment and contact? Check her Styleseat.
How did you get started?
I started doing a friend’s hair and realized I was pretty good at it. Once I moved back to Chattanooga from Nashville, I wasn’t too fond of going back to a 9-5 job [and] I posted my work on my Facebook page and it literally went up from there.
What is your #1 beauty tip?
Less is more.
#1 hair care tip?
Keep your hair and scalp hydrated with oil and/or water especially during cooler months
Which hair/beauty products and tools are always in your kit?
Comb, baby hair brush, oil, and gel!
What was the biggest risk you’ve ever taken?
The biggest risk I’ve taken would have to be moving to Nashville TN in 2013 on my own. A close runner up would be quitting my job early 2017 to pursue my loctician career.
What do you love most about being a stylist?
Making people feel good after they leave my chair.
What are the common misconceptions that people have about the work you do?
A common misunderstanding that people believe to be true about locs is that not all hair types/textures can be locked. But with the right tools and techniques all textures can be locked and maintained.
What was the last book you read and why?
I’m currently reading The Alchemist. I chose this book book because of the message behind it ,which is to follow your heart, dreams and to also learn something from every obstacle that crosses your path.
How would you describe your hair revolution? What does your hair represent for you?
I would describe my hair revolution as forever changing. Not only as I watched my coils grow and develop into locs but even as a loose natural I was always doing something different with my hair whether it was cutting it, coloring it or rocking the latest protective styles.
My hair represents patience and consistency.
Top two things I’ve always had a hard time having within myself.
What’s the biggest challenge to running a business?
#1 challenge for me is investing in my craft whether it’s paid advertising, supplies, or furthering my education and still having a stash for everyday necessities and funds to take a break from life.
Where is your favorite place to eat in Chattanooga (or surrounding cities)?
Chattanooga has a few vegan places. I like which are Powerplant Cafe & Sluggos. When I’m in Atlanta, I enjoy JINYA ramen bar. (I know you said a PLACE but I just love food too much to pick one!)
If you could ask a favor of every person that doesn’t know you, what would it be ?
To love yourself a little more today and spread it onto others. One way to start spreading the love would be to follow me on IG @locsbycole ️
Artistically speaking, what is one thing that people may not know about you?
Being able to twerk is an art right? 🤪
What are your top three apps in your phone and why?
Styleseat, Instagram & Facebook. Styleseat for booking appointments and scheduling my much needed me time.
Instagram and Facebook for learning and Marketing purposes being that, that’s my main source of retaining clientele.
What is your idea of happiness?
When you’re living life abundantly and are able to love with no conditions. Regrets are nonexistent, just lessons. & When opinions no longer matter!
In the form of a quote, what piece of advice do you have for the young aspiring artist reading your interview?
“Keep your faith strong, work hard and any NOs that you get make sure your promises to yourself to keep going is always YES!“