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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.

Irene wouldn’t let me be great.

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So I’m sitting here with colored hair and a brand new set of yarn twists.  No locs.  Irene just wouldn’t let me be great.  Lemme tell you what happened.

So on Saturday evening Nedjetti texted and canceled on me which was understandable given the impending bad weather.  She said she was available on Sept 4 and 5 and to let her know which one would work for me.  I texted her back within FIVE MINUTES to let her know that the 5th would be ok (and asked was it okay that it was Labor Day).  About an hour later I realized that she hadn’t responded so I texted again.  Still no response.  Later that evening I was on Twitter and I see her there tweeting away, but still hadn’t responded to my text.  Long story short, she didn’t text me back until Monday afternoon and then had the NERVE to add to the text “please respond to this text”.  Really?  I just…  I don’t know.  So basically  it took her so long to respond to two texts that I sent while I’m seeing her on Twitter that same night and the next day, THEN when it was convenient for HER, she responded to my text and basically kinda demanded that I respond to HER text.  I just wasn’t amused.  At all.  Honestly by the time she texted me back on Monday afternoon I’d already written her off, completed 99% of my new yarn twists, and made an appointment at another salon in October.  Folks who want to act like they don’t really need the money don’t get my business.  I should have listened to my instincts initially when it took her so long to return my phone call for the initial appointment.  Plus you wouldn’t believe how much she was charging (and how much stupid me was willing to pay!) for starter locs.

So what’s going on now you ask?  Well I attempted to color my hair on Sunday because I was gonna just go ahead and start my own locs.  The color came out… interesting.  I kinda like it, but it definitely needs some time to tone down and fade out a bit. No one will really get a chance to see it anyway because it’s enclosed in a brand new set of yarn twists.  I attempted to start my own locs but..  it just…  wasn’t working.  My parts looked kinda crazy, I wasn’t sure if I should twist my hair wet or dry or use a product like a gel or not or how big the parts should be.  I did a few rows at the bottom and I’m not sure if it was because my hair at the nape is sooo soft but the twists just looked to straggly and the parts looked all funny and bla bla bla I gave up.  I thought I could do it but I can’t.  😦  I need help.  I need someone to start me off on the right path.  So I made an appointment with Nubian Kinks in Brooklyn in October.  I’ve heard mixed reviews about the services there, but that’s par for the course for any Black salon.  So I’m already going in knowing that it could potentially be a LONG day, but I’ll sacrifice one day just to get my foundation going and then maintain from there.  So basically I’m right back at square one.  The Universe told me it was time… but Irene wouldn’t let me be great.  I’m SUPER bummed, I would have LOVED to have my locs started on Michael Jackson’s birthday, but it just wasn’t meant to be.

The reason I made an appointment for October instead of next week is because I JUST scrambled to put in a new set of yarn twists after taking out my old set when I thought I was gonna start my own locs.  I did these bad boys in RECORD time, so I’m not TRYING to take out another set AGAIN; I just put them in.  Plus I want to give my hair a break after the color.  My plan is to wash the twists every week and moisturize well until my NEXT attempt to start these locs.  **sigh**  I’m kinda over it now.  Super disappointed.  When it happens it happens.  Maybe it was better to just have picked a random day and gotten them done like I did before, that way I wouldn’t be as disappointed as I am now that I picked a special day and wasn’t able to make it happen. Booooo!

Here are some pics of my color and my new set of yarn twists.  Took about seven and a half hours.


Crinkle Locs and Lessons Learned

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And so… here we are.

Let’s just get to it, shall we?

I had to color my hair again, the Jazzing was fading and that awful brass from the coloring mishap I had back in November was rearing it’s ugly head again.  I decided to just go on ahead and use a permanent color because I didn’t want to have to keep reapplying the Jazzing and sitting under the dryer every 6-8 weeks or so.  I’m like over this hair already, tired of messing with it. My natural hair has always been resilient as far as color goes. I am a little concerned about damage, but as long as I take care of my hair especially well in the next few weeks I should be fine.

After coloring I decided that instead of traditional conditioner, I was going to do a hot oil treatment, but after applying my castor/olive/jojoba oil mix, sitting under the  dryer using the technique I described in this post, and rinsing my hair, it still felt crunchy and dry and my scalp felt even worse, like I’d been walking in the desert for 6 months.  I attempted to fix the dry scalp issue by applying more olive oil to my scalp which did nothing but make a hot greasy mess, and my scalp was STILL dry.  It was so dry that when I put head to pillow to sleep that night, my scalp felt like someone was sticking it with a million pins because there was absolutely NO moisture on my scalp and the hair was rubbing up against it. Awful.

So I ended up having to wash my hair AGAIN to get rid of all of that oil and used Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa conditioner under the heating cap for about half an hour.  My hair thanked me. My scalp thanked me.  I also twisted and braided with the Nubian Kinks Locing Pomade.  God that stuff is FABULOUS, and really helped with the scalp dryness.  I’ll also be using the Taliah Waajid Protective Mist Bodifier nightly as a leave-in to bring the moisture back into my hair.

So the lesson I learned is that traditional conditioners work best for me.  I’ve heard different stories about using creamy conditioners on locs, especially on loc extensions, and honestly I used traditional creamy conditioners on my first set of locs and never had any issues with buildup.  The only time I ever used hot oil treatments was on rare occasions that I went to a salon to get my locs washed and they gave me a hot oil treatment under the steamer.  But for the time being, hot oil treatments aren’t gon get it, my hair disapproves.  This was my second attempt at one and I wasn’t pleased with the results either time, so I’m sticking with traditional conditioners from now on. I’ll add to them with oils like olive and castor, to thin them out, and especially because of the cold, dry winter weather, but using the oils by themselves is no bueno.  I can also use pure oils as a pre-poo, but not for conditioning. I do want to eventually purchase a hair steamer and MAY try another hot oil treatment at that time, but I’ll probably mostly use a traditional conditioner mixed with the oils instead.

So here are pics of the braids and the braid out.  My locs are not all the same length, so I used a tip from one of the Nubian Kinks youtube videos that suggests bending the ends of the locs that stick out, underneath the braid, then securing with the bands, so you don’t end up with straggly straight ends that ruin the look of the style. I think it worked out really well.

The End of an Affair… with Kinky Twist Hair

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So I finally FINALLY combed out the kinky twist hair.  I actually started on the evening of the 17th and, took a few rows out every night after work.  I finished on Friday night.  I did a prepoo overnight with Amla Oil , which is an Ayurvedic oil that also comes in powder form.  (I’ll get into Ayurvedic hair care in another post.)  This particular brand of Amla Oil doesn’t smell very pleasant and it gets all over EVERYTHING, but I’ve used it in the past and it did strengthen my hair.  In the morning did a light shampoo. I THEN used Clairol semi-permanent hair color Jazzing in Bluest Black.

The hair color I’d done a week ago was ATROSH!!!  I swear my hair for the most part looked like someone’s brass bed, especially the hairline.

I could NOT WAIT to fix it!  I certainly didn’t want to use another permanent color so I opted to use Jazzing because it’s only semi-permanent and will give me  coverage until the brassy-ness of the last color grows out. (And for the record I am DONE with color for the next 6 months.  I’ve put my locs  through so much lately I want to give them a chance to recover.  Soooo done!) The Jazzing requires you to apply the color to wet hair, then sit under the dryer for 30 minutes.  I sat under the dryer for about 45 minutes.  The stuff is very thin and drippy and got all over me.  Thank goodness I had spare towels I was getting ready to throw away that I ended up using to cover myself and to prevent the color from getting everywhere while I was sitting under the dryer.  I also recommend using some kind of protection on your hairline so the Jazzing doesn’t stain.  I used that old good-for-everything standby, Vaseline.

I then rinsed, and instead of using conditioner, I created a hot oil treatment.  I just heated up EVOO in the microwave, applied it to my hair, then wet a small towel, put that in the microwave to heat up, wrapped my hair up in the towel, put on a shower cap and sat under the dryer for about half an hour.  The wet towel acted as a steamer for the olive oil. My hair turned out oookay.  I’d love to purchase a real steamer and I’m pretty sure I will eventually, but for now I’ll stick to conditioner and my heating cap, which has been working fine for me all this time.

Once the half hour under the dryer was up, I rinsed my hair with as much cool/cold water as I could stand in order to close the cuticles of my hair, then palm rolled my hair with my new holy grail for palm rolling, the Nubian Kinks Locing Pomade.

THIS STUFF IS GOLD.  And is very difficult to get because the salon that sells it, Nubian Kinks in Brooklyn, sells out so frequently.  I had been chasing this stuff down for WEEKS.  I’d call, the receptionist would tell me they’d be getting some in that  Saturday, but because it’s easier for me to get to Brooklyn during the week since I’m already in the city then, I’d wait till maybe Wednesday to call and confirm they still had some left, and they’d be sold out.  I even sent a girlfriend of mine to the salon this past Saturday to pick some up only for them to be SOLD OUT before noon!  UGH!  I’d heard such great things about it (but not so great things about their shipping times) and was having a hard time getting my hands on some.  Then, on a whim Thursday afternoon I called the salon and the lovely receptionist put aside the last jar for me.  I made a BEELINE to Nubian Kinks after work to pick it up! So happy! Thanks Dana at Nubian Kinks!

The Locing Pomade has a light and fluffy consistency, kinda like whipped pudding, smells DIVINE, and has a blend of some of the most awesome oils EVER.  The ingredients are Water, Aloe Vera, Wheat Protein, Hemp Oil, Soy Bean Oil, Jojoba Oil, Olive Oil, Castor Oil, Safflower Oil, Avocado Oil, Castor Oil, and Herbal Blend.  My hair dried a little crunchy but that was my own fault because I was heavy handed on purpose.  Since I’d put my locs through so much that morning, I wanted to saturate it with moisturizing ingredients and the Locing Pomade fit the bill.  I seriously do not know why they don’t create and sell more of this stuff because it’s fantastic.  Honestly if they were to focus on seriously promoting the Locing Pomade  they would be ROLLING in dough.  It’s THAT good.

I took down the last row of locs at my nape.  The hair back there is very 3c, extremely soft and fragile. Even with my first set of locs I ended up combining two or three locs in that last row and they were shorter than the other locs not only because of the fine texture, but also because since they were at my nape they were always brushing up against something, my collar, a scarf, etc.  My loctician this time around put 4 locs in that row and every time I washed I was afraid I was going to lose one, so I ended up taking down the four and re twisting them as three locs instead.  I also combined a few in other places and combed out one loc entirely, splitting the hair and adding the hair to locs on either side.

So that’s that.  I’ve lost a bit of length, but that’s okay cause it’s all my hair.  It’s actually grown a good 4 inches or so in the last 8 months, about average growth (which is half an inch per month just in case you were wondering).  I kinda missed my hair actually, my different textures and all, the 3c at my nape, the 4b at the crown and the 4a everywhere else.  I’m just happy I don’t have to spend an entire weekend washing conditioning, detangling and styling it!

What I am NOT digging is this scalpy look I’ve got going on right now, but I wanted to leave my hair and scalp alone for the next two weeks, so I decided to go a tight palm roll with the clips to give my locs a little staying power. Here’s the style I just created, it’s a funky kinda basket weave in the back, and some loose flat twists in the front secured with pins.

 

That’s my E.T. Storybook in the background, my first Michael Jackson record.  Shout out to the King of Pop!

Texture close up.

Whew!  Long post!  I’m done now.  Off to rejoin the real world…. I’ll have some style pics in my next post.