So last weekend I blogged that I’d used a semi-permanent black rinse for my locs. Yeah it totally didn’t take. My hair literally looked exactly the same as it did before I colored it.
I’d been checking out a particular locked sister on one of the natural hair message boards and really fell in LOVE with her color. She used L’Oreal Excellence for Dark Hair in Sizzling Copper. Her locs looked AMAZING. I knew where to get the color so I headed over to Ricky’s after work (in all that Halloween costume buying frenzy) picked up the hair color and the color developer and was all ready to color my hair. I was a little nervous since I’ve only been locked for 7 months AND was a little concerned about the kinky twist hair that’s begun to lock into my own hair, but decided to give it a go anyway.
I mixed the hair color and the color developer like the instructions indicated, sectioned my hair into four sections, put on my gloves and got to work. So la la la, long story short the color didn’t take.
I put the color on and smoothed it in to my hair and waited and waited and waited for the color to change… nothing. So I rinsed it out before I ended up bald in my bathroom! You can see that there is a HINT of color, but only really in the sun. I can say that for the most part my hair is all the same color but it’s not anything close to what I had anticipated. This morning I did a little more research on this kind of hair color and I think I was supposed to lighten my hair with beach first, THEN apply the color. This color is different than the ones you get in the boxes at Walmart that come with the bleach and color together.
That being said, since I have no desire to experiment with bleaching my OWN hair in my bathroom, I’ll just have to bite the bullet and get my hair professionally colored. And I’m sticking with my initial plan and waiting until March. I can live with this color for now, and will wait until I’m further along in the locking process before attempting to color my hair again.
On another note. I had to do a bit of loc pruning last night. I had combined some locs at my hairline that I thought would end up thinning out over time. I basically twisted the two locs together to create a bigger loc. This was probably two or three months ago. But I’d notice that some of the locs that I combined were heavy because the ends of the locs were heavy from the hair that had been combined in the two locs. Last night I ended up separating the ends of some of them, and cutting off one side. Not sure if that makes sense and unfortunately I didn’t take any pictures to show you. Basically the loc looked like a two headed dragon after I split the loc back into the two that I had originally combined, then snipped off one of the dragon’s heads so the loc wouldn’t be so heavy. That way as the loc matures and gets older and longer I woudn’t have to be worried about the base or root of the loc not being able to support the loc itself. Just trying to avoid problems before they BECOME problems.
I washed last night, just because I like the way my hair feels afterwards. I almost DON’T want to wash because I don’t want my scalp to get used to being cleansed every week just in case there are times in the future I get lazy and decide not to wash for two weeks. But for now I guess I’m trying to help my hair along and get it to loc faster so weekly washes are certainly a way to do that. I was palm rolling after I finished washing, but only did a few rows at the back of my head before I got lazy and decided not to do the rest. I just lightly blew dry my hair to pull out the extra moisture, added some olive oil to my locs and scalp, use a little Taliah Waajid Lock It Up Tight Hold gel on the edges, put on my scarf and went to sleep. The results this morning are in the pictures above. Just pulled them back in a ponytail and went on my way.
I have a wedding to go to tomorrow and am not sure what I’m gonna be doing with my hair yet, but I’ll be sure to post pics of the style, and some other styles I’ve been wearing in the past few weeks.