I might as well face it.
I’m a newbie again. I HAAAATE being a newbie. It’s like I KNOW I’m NOT a newbie when it comes to locs, but what’s on top of my head doesn’t reflect that. I want to WILL my hair to grow, but I know that nothing but time can do that. I am an impatient person by nature. My mom teases me all the time because in NYC my patience is tested constantly and she sees me getting frustrated when I have to wait on line or wait for slow people to hurry up at the ATM machines. Patience is a difficult thing for me, but I got through this stage the first time around and I can do it again. But for now let the teenage phase begin.
Since I took down the kinky twist portion of my locs I’ve noticed that many of my locs were extremely small. I guess with all that extra kinky twist hair in the way I hadn’t noticed it before, since the extra hair made my locs look thick and full. I remember when my loctician started them I thought he parted them kinda small, he even said so, but I figured I could combine them in the future if I wanted to. And so… here we are.
I thought I’d just be able to twist two locs together, but when I did that I wasn’t happy with the outcome, my parts were rectangular, which I just wasn’t feeling, and things just looked… odd. So I had to do some big time loc grooming. In addition to just combining two locs together in some places, in other places I took down some locs, split the hair into two parts and twisted the hair around the locs on either side. So now some of them look like locs, some look like two strand twists and I have three locs at my nape that are basically comb coils because I had to start them over as three locs and not four, but I’m happy with everything. I’ve probably impeded the loc process a little bit at this point, but I’d rather do that and end up with the locs I want in the long run, than to continue on with my locs the size they were before and not be totally happy with them.
So now all I have to do is wait. Which is basically the hardest part. Womp womp. I am SOOOO not feeling this length, but at least I can pull my locs up into a bun, put on a cute headband and call it a day. OR I can always jump off with bantu knots, which I did tonight for the week. I hope the bantu knot-out turns out okay. I just set my locs with the EVOO/tea tree/water spray (I also added jojoba oil which I just bought at Trader Joe’s), and Taliah Waajid Crinkles and Curls. I didn’t section my locs to use the Crinkles and Curls, just put some of the foam in my hands and worked it into my locs, then created the bantu knots.
In the meantime I’m going to sort of develop a “leave them alone” routine for the time being just because I’ve been doing WAAAYY too much. Coloring, re-coloring, taking down, combining, bantu-knotting. TOO. MUCH. I think I’m actually looking forward to starting school againin January so I have something else to think about besides hair.
For now I just plan to wash every week or two weeks and I think bantu knots are gonna be my style of choice for a while until my locs grow out some. I’ve also decided that instead of conditioner, I’m gonna jump off with some hot oil treatments as a deep conditioner for the next few months.
And that’s it. Pics of the bantu knot-out are coming. Hope it looks nice!