Soooo, whaaatttt is this? Could it be a bud??? I’m really not sure…
I’ve made it to a month in this loc journey. There hasn’t been much change being that I was almost completely retwisted last week. My scalp still itches like crazy. I’ve started to oil it every other day instead of twice a week. That seems to be helping. I’m still moisturizing daily. My retwist looks older than a week. There has been alot of shrinkage since last week and my roots are really puffy.
After today, my plan is to update once a month, unless there are changes with my hair.
I’m in the 3rd week of starting my locs and today I had an appointment for a wash and retwist, which I was excited about because my scalp has started to itch quite a bit. The wash felt GREAT!!!! My scalp loved the attention. However, afterwards, I realized that my coils were gone!!!! I can’t describe how devastated I was. My heart sank because I felt like the part of my journey that I’d been through the past three weeks was in vain and I would be starting all over.
I asked my loctician had the coils come down and she confirmed that about 85% of them had. She assured me that this was part of the process and that because of my my hair texture it was to be expected in ratios. She stated that the nape is curlier and will loc faster and that it was well on it’s way. But, the crown, which has ALWAYS been a problem, is softer so it will take longer. She stated that the next time about 25% will stay and progress from there as my hair is being trained, hence her comment about ratios.
I can’t say that her explanation made me feel any better. But, I understand it. I guess this is my first lesson in patience as it relates to this journey.
3 weeks today…I decided to do a comparison of my hair over the course of the 3 weeks.
My scalp has started to itch quite a bit more. I’m oiling it twice a week as my loctician suggested. I also noticed that my coils look dry, even though I’m moisturizing daily. I’m happy that less of my scalp is showing since my roots have thickened due to new growth.
I have an appt for a wash and retwist Friday. I can’t wait because my scalp needs to be cleaned since I workout so much.
As of today, I’m two weeks in. Not much has changed. My roots are a bit puffy and I have some frizz. There is a bit more shrinkage but my coils are holding up pretty good, although a couple at my nape have now completely unraveled though. My scalp has started to itch sometimes, but it’s not bad at all. I have an appointment for a wash and retwist next week, so I’m just letting my hair do what it’s going to do and let my loctician take care of the unraveled coils so they can all be consistent and uniform.
Today marks one week since I started my locs and surprisingly they have held up well despite my workouts. I have two that have completely unraveled. One of them I recoiled because it was at my edges. The other I have yet to touch.
The coils have shrunken a bit since, but my hair seems to be adequately moisturized and I have not had much itching. I was told to oil my scalp twice a week, which I have done. I’ve also been spritzing it daily with Creme of Nature Argan Oil Strength and Shine Leave-In Conditioner that I diluted with water. At night I cover my hair with a satin bonnet.
So far, so good.
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.
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 length. I hope it starts to bud and grow quickly!
…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!
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…
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 ❤!!!