Sunday, November 28, 2010

Thinking about quitting again...

That's right. I'm considering giving up the ghost. Maybe locs just aren't for me. Why? My hair is feeling D-R-Y. In a major way. I don't know what to do anymore. The best thing I did for my locs was the coconut oil/water spritz but the temperature here makes it impossible to carry out and sealing with coconut oil after spritzing with water just isn't the same. My roots are oh-so-soft but as my fingers travel down they meet these hard, rough, crunchy things I call my locs. I've never touched another person's locs so I don't know if this is how they are meant to feel but based on other peoples' descriptions of theirs, I have a feeling they aren't meant to be like this. I don't think I have buildup since I have no residue or smell or anything. I just don't know. I guess I'll wait till I get to London and buy myself some Taliah Waajid Mist Bodifier; it's meant to be good. Wish me luck. :-(

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Heading into month 5..

Yup, it's been five months already!! (well nearly) Time flies.. kind of. I can't believe it's been nearly 5 months already since I saw my fro or combed my hair but on the other hand it feels like it's been FOREVER and my hair is still not fully locked or long! SMH at myself. Anyways.. What has been going on with my hair? I'm still untwisted, yes I am *insert applause here lol* It hasn't been as difficult as I expected. I only redo the front for work and even that I try to stretch out since I'm lazy so since the last time, I only redid the front a couple of days ago. I usually leave them or braid them up, depending on how much I'm caring about my appearance at work. My hair is still meshing, though I will admit it is to a slightly lesser extent. I've realised my "balding spot" is composed of hair that is quite soft and thus feels a bit like the rest of my head did at month 2 or 3. Not really sure why I mentioned that but hey lol. Like I said before, I have been battling "dry" locs. I put dry in quotation marks because I'm not sure if they really are dry or that is just how locs are meant to feel. I plan on waiting till I get to Ghana next month to see if my hair feels extremely different in that humidity or if it really just locs. BUT in a bid to combat it, I did a deep conditioning a couple of days ago when I washed and my hair, whilst damp, did feel softer. Actually now they are dry they are a LITTLE bit softer.. I'll keep doing this and see if it has an effect. My deep conditioner comprised of coconut milk, coconut oil and honey. Proportions wise, I wasn't really fussy. Used about 200ml of milk, like 4 table spoons of honey and the remnants of my coconut oil. Next time I will use more milk because it was a little short but on the whole.. yeah it was cool. I heated it on the stove, poured over my head and then wrapped my hair for an hour with clingfilm. It dripped quite a bit at the temples so sitting down for that hour really was work but it was worth it. Here's me clingfilmed:
Fun times. So I braided them up overnight and took them out the following morning. WHYYYYYYYYYYY do I always think I can undo all the braids in 10 minutes when it took me more than an hour to put them in?? *sigh* As usual, it nearly made me late for work.. well not really because the bus came late but still...was rushing out the door. I did a combination of big braids and small braids.. depending on the thickness since I have varying sizes of locs, though the most in each braid was 6 locs. I liked the result.. here are some pics. PLEEEEEEASE tell me you can see the crinkles this time lol (click to enlarge):

Yeah so.. I like 'em :-) At work I had two black people say they like my hair; one girl during half time says "I like your hair, are they dreads?" I say yes and she's like "Really? Wow they're really nice!" *insert dance* Then after work in the locker room area this guy just walks up to me smiling and says "Hi, how are you? I really like your hair, it's beautiful." He then proceeds to stand in front of me for a couple of secs smiling, looking at it and nodding his head which was a bit random but I was happy from the compliment so.. yeah :-D

In other news.. I have combined a couple behind my right ear. I have a feeling I will combine those in the front as well because they are kind of thin but I'm not really sure. I will wait a bit and see. And it appears my ends are sealing too which is weird because I always thought the ends were the last to lock? Here's a pic:
Not sure how clear that is but that is what I'm talking about. This isn't with all of them, I still have a few curly/straight ends -_- but I'm not watching that. On the whole, I'm happy! I feel I've bored you enough so I'll say my goodbyes.. till next time! Toodles! xoxo