Tuesday, August 31, 2010

8 Weeks, The second time around...

Hey y'all. So I've hit the 8 week mark again. How time really does fly. Like I've mentioned before, a lot more laid back about this set. They are just doing their thing. I tried a deep condition last week with egg, mayo and honey, courtesy of Kalia-Dewdrop and her tutorial. TBH I did not notice a huge difference in my locs but I'm thinking it's maybe because my hair isn't mature yet? *shrug* I'll try again another time. I also did a baking soda rinse/wash to clarify this week.. Verdict is still out on that. I didn't really have build-up in the first place, since I only use castor/coconut oil and water for the majority of the time and wash quite often. Again, I'm thinking it is because my hair isn't mature yet. My hair IS pretty dry though, I do not know what is up with that. Dry hair is meant to be a side effect thingamajig of the baking soda but my hair was kind of dry before that so I'm not really sure. I did not have this problem when I was loose, what could the problem be? Castor oil worked fine then, a point I've touched upon before. I will be switching to coconut oil this week, hopefully I will see some improvement. Otherwise I'm thinking oils aren't for me? Suggestions welcome. Erm, lets see. Yeah, washed a couple of days ago. Hair feels great. I love washing my hair lol. My question is, why do I get dandruff in the front third of my head? Really? The front looks really bad but I check the back and there is literally no dandruff there. It is really strange. Let's see.. Mum thinks I look messy lol. She cannot stop talking about it. But it's ok. I love her anyways. Plus I really don't care what anyone says about my hair anymore. I know what I'm doing with it. It may look messy now but when they mature.... phew. Hotness. I know it. Haha.. I'm even considering being a semi-freeformer eventually. Yeah boy, get it. LMAO. Ok I think that's it. Have a couple of pics to update my progress. Forgive the PJs :-) And lol at my baby hairs.. No idea why my hair does that. Texture is a curious thing...

Toodles!! xoxo

Thursday, August 19, 2010

How being natural makes me feel..

Beautiful. Really. Ok not beautiful as in a "damn I know I'm fine!" sort of way, more of a "there is nothing horribly ugly about me" way. Sure, I'm not at the weight I want to be, my skin isn't clear and smooth they way I would like it, I may not be the prettiest one out there but hey, whatever you know? I do me. It feels great. For me, embracing my natural hair has led to acceptance of myself, completely. Flaws and all. Not to say I don't have insecurities like the relaxed/weaved person, heaven knows I have truckloads full. The difference I've noticed since being natural is that it doesn't bother me as much/I don't focus on them the way I used to. And I love it. How has being natural changed you?
Toodles! xoxo

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Random Loc Ramblings

Hey y'all. I haven't updated in a while so I'm just going to ramble lol. Basically..

Hair is itching! Don't want to wash but I'm going to have to. I can't wait till my hair is mature because I NEED to wash my hair every two weeks. After two weeks I'm like aaaaaaargh! I've noticed that I tend to get quite a bit of dandruff around my hairline, I don't know whether it's because the skin there is similar to that of my face and thus needs more moisture. Aah well, I'll figure it out. Been using castor oil since I came back to England but I'm not really feeling it, don't know why. It was cool when I was loose, worked pretty well then to be honest but with the locs, it just doesn't feel right. Going to go back to coconut oil and see how that works. Still a little worried about the size but went to Westfields (Shepherd's Bush) yesterday and saw a decent number of women with stunning locs, a couple with small roots like mine but they had decent sized dreads. For real. There this one woman with a bun.. drop-dead gawjus! Loved it. Oh and I was on the bus last week and there was this couple and they had amazing hair as well. Where are all the locheads coming from? Were they always around or am I just more conscious of it now? Either way, loving it.

Erm lets see. I've got buds! The kind of buds I had the other time, the ones that disappeared after the first real wash lol. Hopefully these ones will stay. I actually have one that feels nearly fully locked. A little nervous about showing my hair at school but at the same time I really don't give a damn. I'm doing me like they do them. They may not agree but they don't consult me before they make their hair choices so I don't need to consult them. I kind of like the shortness but I would like some length at the same time. It's times like this having a blog with a previous experience is good because I look back on my previous entries and see the progress I had made at this point in my journey and it makes it easier. Uhh... I looked into the mirror today after going through my old entries and was like "whoah! My hair has really grown!!" I'm impressed. It kinda crept up on me but it's made me happy tonight. So take pics ppl.. it will keep you motivated, seriously. But tbh this time, I'm more laid-back about the whole thing. I'm basically like whatever dude. Let the hair dread. Have been wondering how long I'll keep this set for.. I'm thinking till I'm 35-40 years young. Then I'll be loose for a while and lock again when I'm like 60. Wishful thinking? *shrug* Whatever I guess. I'm saying whatever alot lol.. sorry. The hair plumped up as promised.. nothing major but less stringy and scalpy. Shall take pictures and post soon. I want to count my locs but there are too many!! Haha.. for real man. I should. I will. That way I can update my stats. 

Umm... been watching BronzeGoddess01 on YouTube alot lately.. love her! She seems so kind and genuine! Plus I cannot believe her age! She does NOT look it.. for real. She has some great genes... and great loc tutorials/make up vids/advice so check her out. Lets see.. I love my hair. Loose, locked, don't matter. I love it. I love my curls. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE THEM! When I was loose, I loved my frohawk the most. And co-washing. I adored that. With dreads, I love the fact that in the morning I just shake my head and get to stepping. lol. Ok I think you're bored now so I'll sign off now. Toodles! xoxo

Tuesday, August 3, 2010


Yes, as promised, I have a new set of locs! Yay! LOL. Yeah, so basically had these ones started as promised on July 1st 2010 at Morris Roots, Highgate branch. Before I had them installed I went for a consultation I think a week or so before? The guy I spoke to I think is like the manager or something; he was not particularly helpful. He spoke to me as if I didn't know anything about locs, even though I mentioned that I had only just taken down a set. Maybe it's because he couldn't hear me over the reggae music (they tend to blare it... ok if you are having your hair done in silence, not so great when you are trying to speak.) I mean, I guess a lot of people come in without having done any preparation whatsoever, something I find hard to believe but hey, I'm sure it happens. So my consultation was kind of a waste of time. On the actual day, they just told me to sit down at the sink and someone washed my hair. Then my loctician came, introduced herself, gave me a placard to read with rules and advice and then started on my head. I was like... hold up. No-one asked me what size I wanted them, whether I would prefer clockwise or anticlockwise.. nothing. Didn't mention the product being used or anything. It was kind of weird. Plus I personally found the entire setting kind of intimidating so I  was just going crazy in my head without actually saying anything but after a while I was like naah. So I asked what size she was doing and she said medium. I had a few pictures of how I want them to turn out so I showed her and she said "these are locs, your hair is just being started.." or something to that effect. I'm like, erm, I know, but hopefully at the end of the process mine with roughly resemble that. Again, I guess a lot of people come in thinking they are going to have mature locs at the end of the installation, not realising that it takes time. I was kind of concerned about the size; I don't want them too small but at the same time I don't want them being huge. I mentioned the fact that I was worried and my loctician assured me that they wouldn't be too small and they would expand and not to worry. When she finally finished and took out the clips.. I was worried lol. They looked so minuscule! Remember how with the last set I was worried about having too few? This time I felt like I had a million!! Here's how they looked four days after the installation

I kinda loved this look lol. So yes. Oh and if you are wondering, they use their own locking pomade/gel/concoction to twist. Looks pretty good huh? The only thing is that it makes it a little hard for me to spritz as water just rolls off it. Result? DRY FLAKY SCALP. It was really bad. I lasted for as long as I could.. and I simply HAD to wash. Even though on their placard it has a line that goes something like "Please do not panic but it could take up to 3 months before your hair is washed properly." Um... methinks not. I washed twice before I retwisted yesterday, 5 weeks after the initial installation. I thought it would be pretty quick but it was still kind of long. Couple of hours. This time they came out even tinier, I don't really know what to think. I don't want them big but at the same time I do want volume. I see some people with locs that have a lot but volume wise, hair is pretty thin on the ground if you understand me. Probably not. Anyways. There is always combining right? :-) This is what my hair looks like now (I'm amazed, you should have seen me before the retwist, it was practically an afro again lol)

Scalpy, I know. But I'm confident they will plump up in a week or so so no worries for me. I'm just going along for the ride. Highgate branch will be closed for a while so I'm not going back till September. Now I think weather conditions will cause me to rethink my spritz formula, going to go for more oil than water and see how that works out. May attempt to do self retwist at some point, though I was feeling the unkempt look as well (I doubt Mummy dearest will agree though). I guess we'll see. Till next time.. Toodles! xoxo