Thursday, May 27, 2010

Back in England

So.. I'm back in England!! Boy oh boy... It is so dry!! I had forgotten JUST how dry the air here is! My skin is in shock.. it feels awful. No matter how much I moisturise, my skin ends up looking all wrinkled and ish. Ugh. Not good. I even tried moisturising no less than 30 seconds after I get out of the shower.. Nope, didn't work.  My face is rebelling with a force. I'm breaking out all over. Plus when I moisturise my skin just looks greasy, you can still see the skin underneath is dry. Horrible. The only way it looks semi decent is if I wear make-up, something I'm not a big fan of. Too much work. Oh and guess what? I took out my coconut oil to make a spritz for my hair.. it had solidified!! I was so shocked, because in Malaysia it was runny; I even thought I'd bought the wrong kind because on Nappturality everyone was saying how they had to melt theirs before use and how theirs was kind of golden. Mine was runny and clear... Not anymore. I had to melt it by putting the bottle in a pan of hot water and it came out kinda golden.. and even when I made the spritz, I came down this morning to find the oil layer hard!! Had to melt again before spritzing. I'm not sure how I feel about this.. Do I really have time to melt my spritz every morning? Plus it means I will inevitably have to cut down the number of times I spritz a day if every session involves me melting it. I dunno, I may end up switching oils which would be a shame because I love the smell of coconut oil. Oh and my cocoa butter has solidified as well.. takes a bit of work to get it out of the jar. This is surprising to me because I've only ever used this brand in hot countries like when I was in Ghana or Malaysia.. The other brand I used when I was in England was solid anyway but yeah.. I just found it really surprising. I guess it makes sense, I mean the temp here is a good 10 degrees or more lower than it is in those countries.

The moment I touched down my family lovingly made it a point to tell me how much weight I'd gained.. repeatedly. Just in case, you know, I hadn't noticed. How kind of them. No really. I appreciate it. KMT. I'm meant to start running.. Haven't gone yet. May do today. Not sure. What I AM sure of though is that the weight will be gone by September. I look hideous.. I can actually see the fat underneath my skin on my arms and stomach. I know.. gross. Imagine what I'm going through.. I have to look at it in the mirror!! I have a bet with a friend.. £50 is at stake.. Motivation for me.

My hair: Hmmmmmmm. LOL. On the night before I left Malaysia I washed it.. and they didn't unravel! Not alot anyway. I was really excited. Got me thinking.. Maybe I wouldn't redo them after all. They look OK, seem to be going on just fine. What I did do, was some more size readjustments. To be honest I really don't know anymore. I log in today and what do I see? My lock twin has only gone and restarted hers! On the day that I was planning on restarting mine!!! Unbelievable..I may go to the salon tomorrow and ask them to take a look at mine, to see how they are coming along and if they can tell me roughly what size they will turn out.  I really do not know any more. One day I'm happy with them, the next day I think they're too big... *sigh* They have started to lock though.. When I did the resizing I actually had to take the entire lock down, I couldn't simply pull out some hair from the lock like I was doing before. It would be such a waste if I started over again.. OK I'm rambling now so I'll stop. No Internet at home so updates will be sporadic but I will keep you posted on what I decide. Toodles!!! xoxo

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Crossroads

Well.. next Sunday will be my 3-month anniversary... But I don't think I'm going to make it. That's right folks.. I am SERIOUSLY contemplating taking them down and starting over :-( I like these locs, but I don't feel them if you catch my drift. The size issue is just too much for me; I'm obsessive like that. I know what I like and that is what I want. And these are not what I want. At least I don't think so. So... yeah. It is pretty sad to be honest because the few originals I have left on my head are actually locking. I guess on the upside, if I start next week, I'll still be about 4 months in before school starts. Still pretty sad about it though.

That is all. :-(

Friday, May 14, 2010

My Texture

Quick post.. I just realised I don't think I have pics of my texture on here.. so here you go


When wet:


When dry




So you see my problem is that when I twist my hair is wet and manipulating it tends to encourage it to stay in the loose spirals instead of afro-ing up, which makes the retwist look good but isn't really great for matting. Spritzing makes it afro up but messes up the retwist. Can't I just have the best of both worlds?? :-) Jk.. I think I will try and have that though.. I may keep my ends unsealed, I like the whole corkscrew curls at the end thing. Ok back to medicinal chem.. ugh

Thursday, May 13, 2010

I'm Done Y'all

Yup. I'm done size adjusting. For real this time. I think I have a couple of biggies and teenies but for the most part, I believe I'm happy with the mean size. Finally! Haha. Since the locs are at different stages I'm going based on the size of the part (how it feels, a little inaccurate but w/e) instead of the size of the actual loc (duh). Right now I'm about the fuzzies.. Out of control peeps. It looks more like the locs are coming apart, not fuzzying up. Fuzzy equals them having like a halo of loose hairs around the loc right? I dunno how to describe it.. I'll take a pic when I get my camera (hopefully next week). But anyway.. I think I'm retwisting wrong. This is how I do it: I take a bit of ORS, apply to the root and finger twist clockwise. Then I smooth the loc downward with residual water/gel, whatever is squeezed out as I twist. I think I should be palm-rolling from the tip instead.. hmm. Anyone care to help out? Now the question is whether to wash before leaving or when I get to London... I'd prefer to wait to prevent too frequent retwisting but if Mum and my cousin A see me looking like an escaped convict.. I would just rather avoid that. I may just do my hairline in front. Oh and I may have found another source of lint... My ceiling fan!! It has all sorts of stuff on it, I think it's blowing stuff into my hair. Not big bits.. really tiny tiny pieces that I saw when I took down a couple of locs today. They build up though... So now I cover my hair in my room too. All this stress.. I'll just dye the locs at some point LOL

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Retwist Frustration

I am beginning to hate retwisting. I just finished a 2 1/2 hour session after washing.. and it was pure hell :-(. OK so I washed thrice through the stocking cap and once without, to see what would happen. Under the water, the twists seemed to hold up pretty well. Dried with a t-shirt because I figured most of the lint was coming from my towel. There was SO MUCH unravelling afterwards, it should be criminal.  At the roots, they'd mashed together. A lot of my "buds" have disappeared. What the hell is up with that? I am not happy. I'm thinking I'll just have them restarted when I get to London. Ugh. Leaving Malaysia in like 2 weeks so I will buy clips and give it one more try. If it still sucks I'll restart. I am really annoyed.


ETA: I've calmed down some since it's been a couple of days. My hair looks rather neat, which is nice. I noticed I did it kind of tight.. Oh well. Hopefully that means I won't have to redo them before I leave. What I'm looking like now:






I didn't bother taking pics of the back, it always looks messy for some reason *shrug*

Monday, May 3, 2010

WEEK 8!!!

Yay!! I made it to the end of week 8!! Two months.. *sigh* It's weird, sometimes it feels like it's been forever, other times it feels like it's only been a couple of weeks. Anyway. So where I'm at with my hair now iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis... I wash every 3 weeks with Head&Shoulders through a stocking cap (I wonder when I can stop using it because thinking about it, not all the stuff in my hair can actually come out if it isn't dissolved in the water, like lint. I'll give it another couple of months.) I spritz daily/every other day depending on if I remember with a coconut oil and water mix. I discovered using hot water to make the spritz helps make a better emulsion so even when it cools down the oil never really separates. Still have to shake it up though. Oh and before I was simply spritzing and running out the door; now I take the time to rub it into my hair so it feels less oily these days. I guess not rubbing it in meant the oil was just sitting on the hair. Not good. Retwist after each wash with ORS Twist and Loc Gel, though I'm considering looking into something with better hold. I don't spritz often during the  first week after the retwist because it just nullifies all the effort I put into retwisting. Erm.. Yeah that's it. It's exam time so I only leave my room once a day to buy food so most of the time my hair is covered. I'm leaving Malaysia at the end of this month so I will finally one, have pins to retwist my hair properly and two, have the Tresemme shampoos I was talking about. Yay! Ok so pics of my hair atm, nothing special. My face is a war zone for some reason so it's blank faces this time.








Can you see my straight ends? I really do not know what is up with that. I cut them, and then they come back. I guess it's just my texture. Mtchew. It doesn't really bother me, I just don't understand it. Oh yeah I forgot to mention.. I'm looking really scruffy LOL. Can you believe this is two weeks after my retwist? But you know what? For some reason, I couldn't care less. I guess it's part of the loc evolution heehee.  Oh and shout out to my loc twin.. we made it another month!! Toodles!!