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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.

Okay! I’m reloaded!

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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.

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.

Hurricane Irene. Just ruining plans left and right. :/

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This weekend in NYC is a bust.  Hurricane Irene is on its way up the east coast.  Because of Irene, the Brooklyn Loves Michael Jackson 3rd Annual Birthday Celebration that was supposed to take place tomorrow was rescheduled, then canceled/postponed. Because of Irene, bus and subway service in the five boroughs will stop at noon tomorrow.  Because of Irene, NYC is on alert as the hurricane is expected to arrive Sunday afternoon and last into the evening.  And because of Irene my appointment with Nedjetti is up in the air.  I took the day off and everything to start my locs because it had to be this specific day and now I’m not sure it’s gonna happen.  At least not by Nedjetti.  I guess if I won’t be able to meet up with Nedjetti on Monday I have a few options.

1. If I know early enough that she won’t be able to meet with me, I can just start them myself which was the original plan.  But now that I was all geeked up about a professional starting my locs for me, I’m second guessing my skills to do it myself.  The reality is that if I don’t do it myself on Monday, I’ll have wasted a vacation day and won’t have my locs started on a day that means alot to me.  The upside to starting my locs myself is that they’d be started on the day I want, I won’t feel like I’ve wasted a vacation day,  AND I’ll save quite a bit of money by not going to Nedjetti. (Not sure about that $35 deposit if I decide not to reschedule, but hell it’s only $35.  I’ve wasted more money that that buying pairs of shoes I ended up never wearing.)

2. I could reschedule with her next week if possible, but who knows when I’d be able to.  She’s only in the city on Sundays and Mondays and works from her home salon the rest of the week.  Next week I’ll only be in the city on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and am leaving for DC on Thursday morning.  The only “real” time for me to get my hair done would be Tuesday evening after 6:30pm if she’s available.  Which would mean me taking the train to her salon I guess if that’s even an option.  And then getting home somehow.

3. Or I could just pop some yarn twists back into my hair on Monday as soon as I know whether or not she’ll be able to meet with me and then reschedule my appointment for sometime when I get back from DC.

So yeah.  This kinda sucks. I’m leaning towards option 3 because I am allergic to having loose natural hair (of course I don’t mean literally but you know what I mean).  But putting in a new set of yarn braids will definitely take some time and I’ve got my first class of the semester on Monday evening, so I can’t just stay home and finish them in time for work the next day .  If anything I’ll just have to work fast, do enough twists around the perimeter of my head to make a ponytail and go ahead on about my business until I can get home and finish up OR finish up on Tuesday after I get home from work.  Plus there are the pros and cons I listed in #1.  Maybe I can do it myself.  How cool would that be to say I started and nurtured my own locs?  I’d be saving money that’s for sure.  And I’d be able to say a year from now that I started my locs myself on Michael Jackson’s birthday.  Decisions decisions.  And I’ll be stuck in the house all weekend with nothing but time to think about what I’m gonna do.  Thanks Irene.

I know what I said, but…

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Ok so yesterday I was at work minding my own business, perfectly happy with my decision to start my locs myself with three strand twists (although since my last post I’d decided to go back to two strand twists instead, AND was a little worried about the parting, but decided I was gonna do it anyway), and was just trying to figure out when a good time would be to color my hair before I started my locs, when my cell phone rang.  It was Nedjetti from Nedjetti’s House of Peace, a loctician and natural hair stylist in the NYC area that I’d called maybe two weeks prior, asking about an appointment to start my locs.  When I called and didn’t hear from her in a few days, I didn’t stress it, I just figured she didn’t want the business and I was just gonna continue with my plan.

When I answered the phone she immediately apologized for calling be back at such a late date.  Now usually the Bourgie in me does NOT approve of poor customer service, but she was apologetic and said I was the first person on her call-back list which was nice (even if it may not have been true!).  She asked what I was looking to do, and asked if we were Facebook friends so she could see what my hair looked like in its natural state.  Since my hair’s been in twists for months, the only picture I had of my natural hair was some shots of me in London in 2009.  She quoted a price to me based on my picture, and explained her non refundable deposit policy, which I’d already read about on her website.  We had a very nice conversation and seemed to be on the same wavelength as far as products, and her preferred starter method, as well as some other things, so even though it took her a while to return my call, the conversation we had totally made up for it.  She seemed professional and knowledgeable about natural hair.  I’d also read some reviews of her services on some websites and everyone that went to her had positive things to say, especially about the atmosphere that she provides while you’re at her salon.  I am also friends with her on Facebook and she has many pictures of styles she’s done on natural hair including locs.  They looked fabulous!  I had no problems paying the deposit and made my appointment with her for August 29th at 11:00am.  (I forgot to ask about the color, I’ve just texted her, and am waiting for a call or text back).

So yeah, I know what I SAID about starting my locs myself and whatnot, but with all of this extra time to decide on something and change my mind, then decide on something else and change my mind AGAIN before the 29th, this was bound to happen.  But it’s okay.  I want to make sure I do this right because I know I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again to anyone who asks, I will NEVER EVER EVER EVER take down another set of locs.  So since this is gonna be a permanent thing, I want to be pleased with my foundation.  It’s gonna cost me a pretty penny (you don’t even WANNA know how much, and that’s not even including color, which we haven’t spoken about yet), but I’m okay with spending the money, especially since she seemed very nice over the phone and reviews I’ve read online have all been positive.  And truth be told, I actually don’t mind that you have to put up a deposit before your appointment.  It tells me she expects a certain level of respect from her clients and in turn will offer them the same.  At least I hope so.

It’s getting closer!  I’m so excited, and now even more so because I’m hopefully going to have a pleasant experience with this stylist.  Ten days to go!

ETA:  I heard back from Nedjetti, she’s going to color my hair as long as she thinks its healthy.  I think it is, but then again I haven’t really seen it since December, so I guess I’ll have to wait and see and put that extra money aside just in case she says my hair is okay to color.  More pretty pennies I’m going to spend on my hair but it’ll be worth it.  Wooo hooo!

Experiments with color. Yes. Again.

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If you can’t tell I REALLY want to color my hair.  I had some experiments back in late October AND late November that didn’t go well, and I’ve left my hair alone since then, but I want to color my hair before I start locking just so I can have a “line” if you will that will show me how much my hair has grown since I put the color in.  This way I’d have an indicator anytime I’d think my hair wasn’t growing, especially since I probably won’t color it again until 6 months or more into the process.

In my previous post about experimenting with color, I discussed using the L’Oreal Excellence for Dark Hair in Sizzling Copper and how it didn’t take because I hadn’t used bleach on my hair beforehand.  I don’t know why I thought it would work this time around because my hair hasn’t changed at all since then, but I bought a tube AGAIN and did a test on a small section of my hair this evening.  And once again, the color didn’t take.  No surprise there.

I also bought a box color, Creme of Nature Intense Red and did a test on a different section of my hair.  Box colors usually come with 20 developer, but when I mixed up the sample, I used the 30 developer I had from back in October. The Creme of Nature color didn’t take either.

My hair is practically jet black, so apparently I’m living in a fantasy world if I think that I can lighten up my hair by several shades without using something to remove some of this jet black-ness.

I see such wonderful potential with the Sizzling Copper that I’m not willing to give up on it yet, but I’m afraid, I sooo don’t want my hair to fall out!  As of right now I’m 50% for and 50% against.  We’ll see how I feel when it comes closer to the 29th.  I love that the Sizzling Copper is red-ish but not the traditional red that I see on alot of Black women.  That burgundy red that I’ve never been all that fond of.  You know what I mean.  Anyway, the idea is to have the top half of my hair Sizzling Copper, and use a semi perm jet black for the back of my hair  (No need to use developer and all that if I don’t have to).  My hair is healthy and strong, so I don’t anticipate any problems.  In the meantime I won’t do anything without thoroughly researching it first.

As I was scouring YouTube for vids of folks coloring their hair red, I came across this cutie.  Yes, she’s  not “of color” but as a freelance video editor, I see the detail she put into editing her videos and absolutely love her personality…. AND her color.  She makes me wish I was 20 years old again without a care in the world and no corporate job so I’d be able to color my hair this gorgeous red.

In the meantime, back into yarn twists my hair goes until the Countdown To Lockdown clock ticks down to zero.  No matter if I color my hair or not, I’m still ready to loc and begin my new journey.  22 days to go!