I am at work right now with an extra large Dunkin Donuts French Vanilla coffee on my desk, hoping that it will have magical powers revive me. I’m running on about 4 hours of sleep.
I was here at work yesterday minding my own business looking for youtube videos that had styling options for short locs (although technically I’m so not close to being locked yet, but I can still style up these two strand twists). I came across this video from tbey82. (You’ll have to watch on youtube).
I LOVED her parts. They were exactly the size that I had wanted when I rolled into Nubian Kinks on Saturday. There was actually a young girl working there with roughly the same size parts and when I asked Luna to make my parts like hers, she didn’t want to. “You don’t want big locs, you want smaller ones” she kept saying. I kept telling her “Not too small Luna” and honestly she didn’t make them small… I just wanted them bigger.
One thing I noticed about tbey82’s parts is that she had three rows in the back of her head before the rows that begin over her ears. (You can see this at about 2:12 into the video). Luna gave me four rows back there. **sigh** That wasn’t what I wanted. Also Luna’s parts in my hair were rectangles. I wanted square parts. I know that in the end it doesn’t REALLY matter, and I had resigned myself to be okay with Luna’s parts, but when I saw tbey82’s video yesterday something hit me. So, I went home last night, and spend six and a half hours talking down Luna’s twists and creating my own. I didn’t get to sleep until almost 3am and needed to be up for work by 7. Honestly I did 100% of my twists over completely. And I LOVE it. Except for one or two twists in the middle of my head that are bigger than I’d like them to be, (I’ll fix those tonight) I’m totally happy with my hair and can finally begin this process. FINALLY.
Yes yes yes. I went to a salon and paid money for something, then four days later took it down and did my own thing anyway. But I’m KNOW I’m not the only one who has done that. Don’t act like you haven’t done it! And I have no regrets. Well, ok, I have one… I should have done this sooner. 🙂 I think when Irene wouldn’t let me be great and I tried to start my locs myself, I was expecting these huge full delicious thick twists, and when I twisted up a few rows in the back and saw these scalpy pathetic looking twists I figured I wasn’t doing something right and needed to go to a salon. But honestly when I left Nubian Kinks, I still had scalpy pathetic looking twists. That’s just the way my hair is apparently. Once I realized that no matter what I did or WHO started my locs, scalpy twists were more than likely going to be the end result, it hit me that I didn’t do anything wrong the first time, and that I COULD start my locs on my own. Plus as the months go by, the twists will puff up as they loc and the scalpiness will disappear.
So lessons learned, all a part of the process. My legs and feet are tired from standing in the bathroom for hours trying to angle my mirrors correctly to see the back of my head. My arms are tired from all that twisting. My body is tired from lack of proper sleep. But it’s all good. I’m happy. Pics to come.