When Lloyd came on the scene with the song “Southside” in 2004, he not only had a distinct sound, but also a unique look. The New Orleans’ native had a head full of beautiful curls most naturals would dream of rocking, but the singer went through his own hair transition, so to speak, when he chopped off his locks in 2010.
While part of the impetus for the chop was donating the hair to a charity for kids with cancer, when Lloyd stopped by our office, he also told us, looking back, he realizes that act was the first step toward the Buddhist lifestyle he now lives. Explaining that monks are bald as a display of their “lack of attachment to things that are irrelevant to happiness and fulfillment and spirituality,” Lloyd said he realized after cutting off his hair that he had, in fact, been attached to his signature long strands. And, in addition to feeling good about doing something for someone else by donating his hair, the 32-year-old said cutting off his hair was also a way to prove to himself that his success “wasn’t just the hair, that it was the talent also.”
“I don’t feel like I’m held down by my hair anymore,” he explained. “It just feels like it is who I am. I actually feel kind of naked without it.”
Check out the full interview with Lloyd in the video above as he talks more about letting go of his hair, maintaining authenticity in the music industry, and his new and first independent album, Tru.