Sooo sorry I haven’t updated this blog in like FOREVER, because I basically suck at being a consistent blogger. Plus it’s been a crazy busy (and FUN!) summer!
Anyway, here are some pics of my locs since getting kinky twists in March. It’s been basically six months. My hair has grown, but I’ve been snipping away some of the ends of the hair just to maintain a bit of uniformity. The only thing I’m not liking about having the kinky twist hair at the end of my own hair is that my hair is starting to bulb and loc in the middle of the loc and at the root, but the hair at the ends is a bit thin and looks kinda scraggly in comparison. I’ve decided to put the scissors down for the next few months tho and let my hair grow out some more. I’m hoping that eventually the entire loc will be all one thickness and I won’t have to cut off any more ends.
So here we go.
This is Mother’s Day, May 9th.
This is mid-June, the first time I had enough new growth to retwist, about 6 weeks after I got the kinky twists.
Late July in Montreal…
Late August in Cali…
Mid September before seeing Diana Ross in Long Island. 🙂
I’d been wearing my hair like this for about a month, it’s sort of a fishtail style. I begin at the nape, then just cross sections of hair over each other, pinning as I go until I get to the top. I was leaving hair out at the top, but on a whim last weekend, I just kept sectioning locs, and continued the fishtail till I had tucked all the hair in. It turned out really cool, kinda like this Jonelle Monae-ish style that I ended up keeping in all week. It flattered my face beautifully! I think this is gonna me my staple hairstyle for the time being, I can do it in about 20 minutes or so, it lasts all week, face flattering, and saves me from having to do my hair every morning. I just put a scarf on at night to protect the style.
So that’s what’s been going on with my hair in the past 6 months. I’m really pleased with the process so far, and do not at all regret returning to locs. I’m having a blast with it all. My main concern now is finding products that work for my hair. I’ve been using Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo and Conditioner, moisturizing with shea butter and twisting with Trader Joe’s aloe vera gel, but I’ve found that my hair needs more moisture. I’m going to switch to Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa Shampoo and Conditioner and find a thicker moisturizer when I wash my hair tomorrow. I’ll also do a deep conditioner with honey for a bit of shine, since my locs have been looking dull since I came back from my cruise in early September. I did notice that the sea water did wonders for the locing process, but also made my hair and scalp dry. So for now I’m working on finding ways to bring moisture to my hair without weighing it down with products.