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An Update!

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So one of my friends found out my little secret… this blog! …and my natural hair drama since taking my locs down three years ago.  She told me I needed to update the blog.  I mean she knew I was NOT loving it but now she REALLY knows I wasn’t loving it and the endless changes I went through until I decided to loc it up again back in October.

I haven’t updated because honestly there isn’t much to say.  (And it took me a minute to remember which email address I used to start this blog… then I needed to find the password.)  Womp womp.  I really do believe that less is more when it comes to natural hair, and especially with locs.  It’s been…  8 months now I think? and I’m still rocking a bantu knot out, washing every two weeks.  Rinse and repeat.  Alot less scalpy than they were back in November and a little bit longer but not too much (shrinkage is still a bish!).

I don’t use any specific products.  I was super faithful to the locking pomade from Nubian Kinks and a friend of mine picked up a jar for me from their salon, but we haven’t been able to coordinate a meet so I can get it from her.  I ran out of the jars I had and since then I’ve just been using whatever I had in my closet, mostly because I’m being frugal and don’t want to spend alot of money on hair products.  Since running out of the Nubian Kinks pomade I’ve used some leftover stuff from Oyin Handmade, and when I ran out of that, I now use some Taliah Waajid stuff.  I do miss that Nubian Kinks pomade though, I’ma need to meet up with my friend soon so I can get my jar.

Let’s see… what else? I colored my hair over Memorial Day weekend . L’Oreal Sizzling Copper and 40 developer from the local beauty supply.  I like it, getting lots of compliments.  I colored my hair with it a million years ago (seriously I can’t remember when it was.  I’m sure it’s in this blog somewhere) and just wanted to refresh the roots.  It came out really nice.  I actually wish it was lighter.  I like that it’s red copper and not that yucky box red they put in those Dark and Lovely boxes.

Pardon the shiny face, I had been out in the sun all day in a BLACK maxi dress.  Sorry it’s not a better picture.  I’ll see if I can find one but for now this will have to do.

What else?  Ok so every two weeks, I shampoo and condish with the Nourish Spa line from Trader Joe’s. Sometimes I’ll combine the TJ’s condish with some leftover Aubrey Organics White Camelia condish along with olive, castor, jojoba and peppermint oil for deep conditioning under my hair steamer.  Moisturize with Kinky Curly Knot Today and a spray bottle with olive oil, peppermint oil, jojoba oil and water.  Use whatever pomade and/or gel I happen to be using to bantu knot the locs.  Let dry.  Take the bantu knots out.  Go.  Repeat as needed every two weeks.  Sometimes three.  Because I workout and sweat alot, when things start looking Miss Celie, I’ll pull the locs up in a banana clip minus the teeth and rock a little mini loc hawk until it’s time to wash again.

And that’s all.

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Soooo…..

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It’s been… about three weeks now I think, and for the most part things have been going well, so there isn’t much to report.  I’ve been washing weekly mostly because my scalp starts itching and I can’t go any longer than that.  I also work out daily and sweat alot, so a week is about all I can stand before I feel like I need to cleanse my scalp.  I have experienced some dryness which I’m  attributing to a few things; the change in weather and also what I’ve been using to twist my hair.  I’ve been using the Nubian Kinks Locing Pomade which gives fabulous hold, but it unfortunately a bit drying for my hair.  I also think I need a better, sulfate free shampoo.  Currently using Herbal Essences Hello Hydration, and it’s just ok.  So I’m on the hunt for something new/better and a little more natural.

I just washed my hair Friday and to add some moisture to my hair instead of using the Nubian Kinks Locing Pomade, I used my old standby, Hollywood Beauty Olive Oil Creme, (and I can’t believe it’s been a year to the day that I made that post!) and put my twists/locs into individual bantu knots.  I’ve used it in the past for bantu knots and it offered great hold and moisture. Since I’m not really a fan of wearing this style to work, I’ll leave them in tomorrow since I’m off from work and take them out Tuesday morning.  My uncle’s wedding is Saturday, I’m hoping the bantu knot out will last until then.

Pics…

Last weeks bantu knot out… ( I look so tired in this picture!  Dunno what that’s all about.  But my hair looks good tho!)

This weeks bantu knots.

They actually are less painful than they look.  The smaller ones are easier to sleep on and I didn’t make them tight at all because I knew I’d be leaving them in for a few days.

A bantu knot out  is how I’ve been wearing my hair for the past few weeks.  **shrug** And that’s that.

Locked and Loaded!

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After a brief moment of panic on Saturday morning when I ran into crazy traffic at the Brooklyn Bridge exit on the FDR Drive and thinking I’d miss my appointment AGAIN, I am officially locked and loaded.

I went to Nubian Kinks in Brooklyn and met with Luna who started my locs for me. She washed my hair, gave me a steam treatment, then started twisting.  I am 80% happy with my parts.  I would have done some things differently and maybe made them a little bigger, but overall I’m ok with them because I know that they will shift and change over time.  I can always combine if I want to, and honestly I *may* readjust some of these parts over the weekend.  We’ll see.  My only complaint was that Luna was quite heavy handed with the oils she put in my hair and when I left the salon my twists were literally DRIPPING with oil.  I mean DRIPPING like I had a jherri curl.  I grabbed some napkins in Starbucks while waiting for my friend to meet me after my hair appointment and used them to squeeze out some of the oils in my hair.  The napkins were soaked with the excess oil.  I didn’t even want to think about leaving all of that in my hair for a week or more, so I came home, bought a wig cap from the nearby beauty supply store and washed my hair…  again.  Then because I wasn’t feeling the flat lifeless look of my starter locs, I did bantu knots for each twists and rocked a bantu knot out for work today, aka The Big Reveal.  I’ll probably wear my hair like this until the coils fall, which will hopefully take me into next weekend.  Overall, I’m happy with my experience at Nubian Kinks and would return there again for another appointment – although next time I’d definitely ask Luna to lighten up on the oil.  For the most part tho I intend to maintain at home.

Here are some pics.  I took these with my phone so they aren’t the best quality.  I PROMISE I’ll have better pics later this week.

This is right after my hair appointment waiting for my friend in Target.  The twists look good but they were greasy to the touch from all of the oil. (You see what aisle I’m in, right?  I’m already looking at hair stuff for my new starter locs!)

This is is a pic from this morning, my bantu knot out.  Scalpy but that’s to be expected.  I’m typing this up at about 11pm, and they’ve already loosed up a little.

I just sleep with a satin bonnet so I don’t flaten it out… and that’s about it.  The waiting game begins.  Not sure if I’m gonna wash weekly or very two weeks.  Guess that’ll depend on how much time I have this coming weekend and how my scalp feels.

Combining Locs

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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!

 

Closing out 2009…

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Okay so here’s how I’ve been wearing my hair for the past 10 days or so. It’s flat twists in the back (can you tell I’m really digging flat twists?) and some hair out in the front.  Basically I just took some pretty decent sized sections of hair, used Afroveda Loc Twists and Roll Butter, and did bantu knots.  I took them out in the morning and didn’t touch it again until it was time to wash.  I used my satin cap to keep the style fresh. I also added a really cute accessory I’ve been DYING to wear for a while.  I didn’t end up wearing it to work, but just put it in my hair to take the pics…

And that’s it… I started twisting my hair yesterday at around noon and got about halfway through before going to bed at around 11.  I finished up this morning and was done before noon.  Again it’s hard to tell how many hours it took me because I did take breaks and of course slept.  But it’s done.  Not my best work, but it will do.  I tried new hair instead of going with my old standby and I regret it, but I made it work. I also decided to do them shorter this time which definitely cut down on the time I spent doing them.

 

The first week…Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

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Mkay.  So.  I was going along pretty well this week.  I’ve noticed significant growth since June which is nice.  It’s only a few inches but that really makes a difference because I can actually style my hair now. It’s a great feeling.

So Friday night I put my hair in two strand twists to dry after washing and on Saturday morning I separated them with some KBB Hair Milk on my hands to prevent frizz, and turned each twists into two twists, so I made them smaller.

I kept those in until Monday and took them out.  And I STILL hate twist outs.  UGH!  😦  It really is a style that does NOT look good on me, probably because my hair isn’t long enough to hang down after I take them out.  It all ends up looking like a big old frizzball.  So I turned them in the familiar updo leaving the twist outs loose in the front.  I felt like I was having deja vu.  My hair was soft though and pretty shiny courtesy of my washing routine from Friday.  I was pleased and left the house happy and confident.

Tuesday – Same style on second day hair.  I *think* I just retwisted before I went to bed and fluffed out in the AM and pulled it into the undo again.  It didn’t look as hot as it did on Monday, I called it my Sideshow Bob look.

Tuesday Night – Instead of two strand twists I tried flat twisting the back and two strand twisting the front.  The back came out reallly curly and cute and confirmed for me that flat twists can certain me an alternative for me to the two strand AND take less time do to.  The result was a funky fro hawk.  Only two complaints about it.  One, the hair at the nape of my neck is longer and has a looser curl pattern that my other hair to the hawk kinda looked like a hawk mullet, longer in the back, so that was fun.  Also it was a super cool look and I LOVED it, just wasn’t so sure about wearing it to work.  It mighta been too…edgy I think. (PS – Those are combs, not a banana clip which probably was the reason why the back looked so long.. I’m sure I could have fixed that part up with some hair pins or something.  Maybe next time.)

So Wednesday night I came home and intended to do my flat twists again but my hair wasn’t cooperating with me.  It seemed…  too gunky, like filled with product.  If I had taken the time to work through it I probably would have been okay, but my fool ass decided to wash my damn hair in the middle of the week.  Needless to day I went to bed after midnight, went through quite a few products, realized wash and go is something I will NOT be doing any time soon, at least not until it gets warmer, and woke up with the DRIEST hair EVER.   I had NO idea what to do with it, so I brushed it up into a crazy looking hot mess of a style and went to work.  It looked…  not good…. and by the end of the day it was sooooo dry and probably looked it too.  😦  My poor hair.  I felt bad because I know I looked a hot mess, but I also felt bad for my hair!

I saw a video on youtube that had a cute little tutorial on how to achieve the Corinne Bailey Rae look which involved flat twists and bantu knots at the ends.

 

So when I got home tonight I bathed my poor sad looking dry hair with the Chicoro method of moisturizing the hair, (water with condish – I used Oyin Honey Hemp – in a spray bottle, a liquid moisturizer – I used coconut oil – and a thicker moisturizer – I used Qhemet Olive and Honey hydrating balm) and flat twisted and bantu knotted the ends.  I’m gonna let it air dry over night (my fool ass used heat last night like a dummy, so I want to keep heat off of my hair for at least a week) and HOPE for the best in the morning.

Tomorrow is Friday so that’s good, I only have one more day to go before I won’t have to actually be seen in public unless I want to.  I also think that Saturday night into Sunday will have to be my hair routine… either that or Sunday AM wash… air dry or assist with dryer until sorta damp, then moisturize and twist Sunday night to be ready for Monday morning.  Washing on Friday night means that midway through the week I might have to wash again and I want to avoid that.

So I’m doing ookay this week.. I don’t want to go back to the synthetic twists so I’m gonna try to work with what I’ve got.  The only thing I’m not happy with is the color of my hair.  It’s black but not really black… because I want huge shine factor, and I need a deep conditioning anyway, I ordered me some henna and indigo and will work that out next weekend.  I’m pretty excited.  Woo hoo!!! More on that in another post…

Stepping Out…

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So I got sick of the braids. 19 weeks is a LONG time to keep your hair hidden, especially when lately I’ve gotten a little anxious to see the new growth. So last night I decided to just go for it and take the braids out, wash and condition and style and see what pops up today.

Yesterday I scoured youtube and blogs and message boards for products and styles to try and found this blog:

http://newlynatural.com/blog/

Now I know her hair type isn’t like mine, but she had some great articles and links to other blogs and fotki albums and product reviews that the more I read and the more pictures I saw the more sure I became that I wanted to take those dang braids out and play around a little.

So last night I took the braids out, washed with Dr. Bronners Almond Castille Soap diluted with water and some olive oil, detangled with a mix of Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa Condish and KC Knot Today. I rinsed it out but not a full rinse; since my hair was sectioned into fours I didn’t take the sections out individually, just stuck my head under the water, sections and all. I then dried so my hair wasn’t sopping yet (which has been a mistake for me in the past, I’ve tried to style almost soaking wet hair with waaaayyyy too much product, then end up with product filled damp hair in the morning…) then added some Giovanni Direct Leave- In along with a little coconut oil and started the bantu knots. It took me a minute but that’s because they were so small. I wasn’t sure if I’d get enough stretch if I used bigger knots.