My do over

So, over the past few days I’ve been doing a lot of reading about locs…reading I should’ve done before I initially started on this journey. Today I decided to re-start. I clarified my hair to make sure I was starting with clean hair. I didn’t do this with the first set of twist. I’d twisted on 2nd day hair. After clarifying, I used a hair masque for 5 minutes, rinsed and spritzed with my water and oils mixture before retwisting with my loc sponge. I feel much better about the foundation for my locs now. So let’s see how this goes. I’m anxious.

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My hair today

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I will admit that I was hesitant to go all in with the locing process because I don’t really like the beginning stages. However, today I decided if I’m going to do this, I need to commit to the process. So, I bit the bullet and tightened my twists.

Here is my hair today.

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Big difference from yesterday’s twists!

My new journey

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I’m back!!! And I’m on a new journey. Once again, I had to cut my hair and start from scratch! I was so discouraged and almost did something that I knew I would regret. I had the box of relaxer in my shopping cart and was on my way to the register when I came to my senses. Deep down I knew I really didn’t want to do that, despite the frustration I was feeling.

It seems that as I age, my hair is changing. The curls are looser and it doesn’t grow as fast as it used to, which adds to my frustration.

All of that being said, back to my new journey. After going back and forth with myself about this, I’ve decided to loc my hair! I’m three days in now. Right now I’m attempting to get them started myself with a loc brush. If it proves to be more than I’m willing to take on, I will go to a loctician. Right now I’m moisturizing with Tru Hydrating Hair Butter and Carol’s Daughter Mimosa Hair Honey for shine.

Here is a pic of my hair now. It’s at that awkward loc stage. I hope it starts to bud and grow quickly!

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My drop by…

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Hi, Y’all! I’ve been MIA for a few months, mostly because there’s not much going on with my hair. Since my most recent BC, things have been pretty mundane… basically a repeat of the past two years. Do I sound bored? I am! But anywho… here are a few recent pics of my TWA… I’m impatiently waiting for my hair to grow back!

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Notice anything else different? 😉

My newfound love…

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…for shea butter! I mean, I really don’t have too much to say, other than this stuff is FANTABULOUS!

When I returned back to natural and started experimenting with products, I was told about Shea butter by a friend as well as reading and hearing about it on blogs. I’d bought a container of Cantu Shea Butter Leave in Repair Cream, which I used as a moisturizer. I liked it, but stopped using it because of some of the ingredients. I’d also made whipped Shea butter a couple of times, but didn’t like how that made my hair feel.

Fast forward to this past week. I’d been doing more research after this last issue that I had with damage. I was looking for ways to protect my hair now that winter is upon us. Once again, I came across tons of info about Shea butter. I almost ignored it due to my past experiences. However, I decided to give it another chance, but this time instead of using it as a moisturizer, I’m using it as a sealer. Butters tend to be better sealers in cold weather because they are heavier. OMGosh! When I say that I was instantly in love, I mean it! I could tell the difference immediately in how my hair felt with the butter in comparison to sealing with oils. I can’t really explain it, but it felt different.

I’ve been using Shea butter for the past week and my hair seems to like it! One thing that I love about it…I don’t have a greasy film left on my hair after sealing. In addition to that, my hair holds moisture and my curls are locked.

I’m so glad that I decided to give this butter another try!

My hair today

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So I’ve come to accept the fact that I had to BC again and now I’m back to loving my hair. I’ve always liked my hair in the TWA phase and this time is no different. Here’s my hair today…

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TWA ❤

I misted my hair with water and moisturized with Aussie Moist since I was out of my Kinky Kurly Knot Today and Elasta QP Olive Oil & Mango Butter Leave-in. I sealed with shea butter (more on my newfound love of this butter in another post). I ran a tiny bit of EcoStyler gel through my hair and used my boar hair bristled brush to create a few coils in the front. TWA ❤!!!

My hair woes

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As I’ve posted before, the crown of my head has always been a source of despair for me. This area always breaks really bad. Even when I was relaxed I had this same issue. Last year, I BCed again, BC number 4, because of the same breakage. My hair has grown back only to once again break off at my crown.

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So here I am at this place where I’m attempting to regrow this area. I will not BC again. I’m going to have to figure out a way to do this without taking such a drastic step.

So, what am I doing to, in a sense, rehabilitate my hair? First off, I trimmed my ends. I also make sure to strictly follow my moisturizing routine, once in the morning and at night. I co-wash every 2-3 days to remove any product build up and I have been doing a moisturizing, deep conditioning weekly, with a protein deep conditioning once a month. Hot oil treatments are incorporated when I deep condition. I shampoo every other week to prevent excess dryness. Since I rarely use products with silicones, this has been sufficient. Lastly, I try not put the least amount of stress on my hair as possible when styling. I’ve been sticking to this regimen for the past two months and have experienced very little breakage or shedding. Hopefully these measures will be adequate enough to resolve my breakage problem and help my hair grow back healthy.

My hair today

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Twist out on semi dry hair. I didn’t want tight curls and wanted some volume, so I decided to unravel the twists before they were completely dry, which is usually a no-no! I actually like it.

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Washed with Marshmallow Silk shampoo bar (ordered from Etsy), deep conditioned with Shea Moisture Tahitian Noni & Monoi Smooth & Repair Nourishing Hair Masque & Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow, & Restore Leave-In Conditioner with oil mixture (EVOO, JBCO, jojoba, sesame, vitamin E, and peppermint oils); Style set with Aussie Moist conditioner, ORS Lock & Twist Gel, and same oil mixture.