Sunday, October 31, 2010

First Style Attempt.. Ooer..

Yes, I made my first attempt to style my hair. Now what I love about my locs is that I wake up in the morning, shake my head and I'm good to go. However, lately I feel like my hair is thinning.. aaaaaaah!! Nooooooo! For real though, I don't know where it's coming from. There is a particular spot on the top right hand side of my head that gives the impression that I'm balding. When I take pictures with flash, you can see my scalp but without flash it's not so bad. For that reason I have decided not to retwist my hair for a while. Instead of the scheduled Nov. 5th (roughly), I'm thinking of not self-retwisting till the beginning of December, apart from the front row. This is a big deal for me. I really don't know if I can do it but I will try, for the sake of my hair health. I don't care about how I look walking around uni, but for work my untwisted look could be a problem. My solution was to *eeeek!!* style it. So, I braided up my hair after Thursday's wash. I think I did it too tight because taking them down was a nightmare, based on all the loose hair around each loc. Anyways.. this was what it looked like braided, alongside my "balding spot" :-(

No idea what that is about. I'm not sure if it really is thinning or it's due to 1) length or 2) the fact that the front half of my head tends to fall forwards instead of backwards thus giving that impression or a combination of the two. I'll keep an eye on it. The braids were kind of small which also contributed to the take down fiasco. Took them out on Saturday morning in a rush on my way to work. The crinkles are decent, I quite like them. The pics are kind of rubbish but here you go anyways:

LOL.. ok I know you can't really see the crinkles but they ARE there, I promise. My friend actually complimented me on my hair yesterday and he hasn't been the most receptive of my locs :-) Tips for next time
  1. Moisturise hair thoroughly before braiding!! Taking them down I could hear my hair rasping
  2. Do not braid up too tight, especially at the root
  3. Make bigger braids
Overall though, I am happy. I hope they last for the next week and a bit. Toodles!! xoxo

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Month 4 LOL

Um... yeah. Remember I blogged a couple of days back about it being my month 4 anniversary soon? Turned out it was the next day LOL. Took pics but I've been at work this weekend so I didn't have time to post. Nothing special but I just thought I'd commemorate the day. This also shows what my hair looks like a couple of weeks post retwisting, no wash and occasional sleep without a headscarf (click on all pics to enlarge):

Dunno if you can really tell the difference between these and that in the last post but yeah... (I have no idea how come I'm wearing the same shirt as I was a couple of weeks ago, pure coincidence I promise :-D). The last 2 are my favourites :-) :-) Oh and I realised that I promised pics of my last professional retwist which was on Sept. 15th but never delivered. I'll be honest.. I have pictures but they don't really show my hair; I was messing up with make-up and trying to feel sexy (FAIL haha) so I took the two that best show my hair.. Ok that's it. Still waiting for suggestions so feel free to drop me a line.. toodles!! xoxo

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Products I'd like to try

Heyyyy everyone!
Not much is happening with my locs, I hardly think about them to be honest unless I'm thinking about how much I love them lol. It's been nearly 4 months already.. not sure when but there is a reminder on my phone so when it pops up I'll update :-). Now as stated before, I've found being in the UK is a bit tough product wise. The ones I have been exposed to are mostly salon own brand or the ones available (mostly from Pak Cosmetics at Finsbury Park which is closest to me) I've read not so great reviews on them. Shampoo wise I'm currently using TRESemme Moisturising and Deep Cleansing shampoos on my hair. I do like them, I mean they seem alright to me. I like the fact that they are clear which is always a good sign because there is a lower possiblity of build-up, they smell decent and my hair seems to be quite soft and throughly clean (remember I combed out a loc last week? It was virtually lint free, just a FEW strands of material). However, I do feel I could step my game up a bit, especially as it's getting colder :-( The products for which I've read good reviews on are the Taliah Waajid's Lock It Up Gel (experimented with in last post), Aubrey Organics' Honeysuckle Rose Moisturising and Green Tea Clarifying shampoos as well as Giovanni Triple Treat Tea Tree Shampoo. Now I won't lie, they are kind of pricey; so far I've seen the Aubrey Organics going for £9.49 each for 325ml and the Giovanni for £7.99 for 250ml.. hmmm. Not sure about that. My TRESemme is £4.50 each for 900ml from Superdrug and my sis claims there is a store near my place back in London, specifically in Camden Town which sells them for £3.00 so... yeah. Broke student cannot afford these products at the mo' (though the website for the Giovanni gives free UK shipping for orders over £9.95 but still..). You all know I'm a stan for coconut oil (yessir!) but maybe I could try other oils/products for moisturising? Please feel free to leave any suggestions. 

Toodles!! xoxo

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Week 14! Second time around

Yes indeedy, I made it to fourteen weeks again! Quite excited actually. My regime has not changed much except now I don't bother trying to stretch my washes i.e. I wash every two weeks. The coconut oil is decent but my hair feels dry after a couple of days of spritzing with plain water, I'm not sure if it's because it's getting colder *side-eye*. So I just reapply as needed. My dandruff has gone down, not sure if this is an effect of not really oiling my scalp (since I can't get to it after I wash lol) so we'll keep an eye on this. Let's see.. yeah that's pretty much it. Working next week so I washed and retwisted today. Here I am before the wash and retwist *I just realised there isn't much of a difference between the back shot before and after LOL. NVM* And believe it or not, there is a headband in there somewhere before I washed.. :

This is the picture that surprised me the most.. I was like "Wow!" (s'cuse the shower *blush*)

I think it shows a lot of progress... don't you think? Ok so retwisting took FOREVER.. I was NOT impressed. Like 4 hours kmt. I can't wait till they mature so they can stop meshing, ugh! I retwisted with the ORS gel but for the front I used Taliah Waajid's Lock It Up Gel. My mum got me some free samples over the summer down in Brixton and I thought I'd try it out. It's a clear gel, which is a good sign. The hold seems decent but I guess we'll have to wait to see how long for, right? I liked the smell as well. If I really like it I'll switch, even though it's a couple of pounds more expensive than the ORS. Uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuummm.. yeah. That's it LOL. Oh yeah, I combed out a loc. I know, I know but only because one of the locs of my hairline meshed with the one behind it. Had to fix it. But come on now.. I've only combed out two this time.. remember the last set?? I think I'm doing pretty well :-) Ok enough talk, pictures time. I hope you enjoy... 

Aaaaaaaaand a comparison shot between this set and last set at Week 14

Toodles! xoxo