So, I curled the ends of the mohawk... Not feeling it. Won't do it again. After I went to work with this monstrosity, I IMMEDIATELY wet the ends to make the curls fall. Won't do that again... Not with sponge rollers, but maybe I will try pipe cleaners.
So, I had my 8 month reti over the weekend and asked my loctitian to show me how to do the mohawk style I had on my 7 month reti. Even though she was able to do the style in 5 minutes, it took me 30, and I still did it wrong so I decided next time I would take pictures.
The first step is to put your hair into 4 sections. You will need a section in the top, 1 section on each side of the head, and 1 in the middle towards the bottom.
Second, divide the side sections into 3 parts and then put each part into a rubberband. The key here is to put the parts as close as possible. Do this for both sides of your head. The third step is to bring the bottom section that you parted off earlier up closer to the middle. Notice that the side parts are close to this section. The key is to eliminate as much space as possible. The last couple of steps can be a little tricky. Remember that top section that you sectioned off? Well that section is the part that you will let hang free, however, you will need to section some of the front off into a small section. Here is the finished look. I am going to roll the loose hair and I will post pictures of the finished look later.
As I read a Queen Nat’s blog and explanation as to why she cut her locks, it really made me ask myself if I was 100% satisfied with mine. This is a trick question for me, and I hesitate to answer it because I am only going 8 months compared to her several years. Still, some of the issues that she is having, fuzzy locks, loosing locs, and etc, I am experiencing as well. Albeit, I have only lost 3, but that is enough. I already knew before reading her blog that I was going to have my loctitioan combine my edges in the front on my next reti. I know this may distort my pattern, but I really don’t have concern for pattern if it’s going to keep me from having bare edges. There is really no getting around it, especially with the tension that is put on it by twisting and plaiting my hair.
Another thing that I am fighting with is the fact that I have these overly pressed ends that are never going to lock in the front. I won’t be cutting them anytime soon because that will leave me some short locs in the front. I am tired of the in between stage so I won’t be cutting them until I know I can put my hair in a pony tail even after they have been cut.
Sometimes, and this is just me being honest, I wonder if Sisterlocks was definitely the way for me to go. I only wonder this because of my hair type; I have really soft hair, and I have a coily curl pattern. With my hair not being coarse, I wonder if that is why I have the fuzzies or if this is just something that happens and will eventually go away. Sometimes I wonder if I should have gone the traditional route do to the fact that my cousins and friends with similar hair types have a tighter look with the traditional locks. Will my hair ever have the cylindrical look? Some of the locks in the back are getting there… I just wonder sometimes. OK… I am done with my venting…
So for all you ladies that dyed your hair before your locks were completely locked, do you regret it? Do you wish you had waited? I want some color BAD, but I can’t afford a bad mistake. I am getting tired of the dullness of my locks, and want to spice them up, but, I am reaaaally afraid. Thoughts??
So, the verdict is in, In a previous post, about Organix I told you guys about a new (well new to me) SLS-free shampoo and conditioner that I wanted to try. I like it a lot! I don't even have the white-bulbs! My hair is soft, it does not feel hard, and the smell...the smell makes me feel like I am on an island and I wish I was. My hair is soooo soft, but not so soft that it feels like my locs are going to unravel. I used just enough shampoo, did my thing, and used the conditioner after diluting it by putting it in my hands and mixing it with water and then applying it to my hair. I still don't do anything rigorous, but my hair is clean and it feels great. Before washing my hair, I did a search on 'Organix and Sisterlocks' and I found a lot of Slers love this product and I have not seen not ONE bad review. This is a winner for me.
...or maybe it's right on schedule... I just felt like taking some pictures of my hair, and I just noticed how fast my hair is really starting to grow. I just got a reti 2 weeks ago, and it already seems like it's time for another. I thought a while ago I would be able to go every 6 weeks, not gonna happen. These bad boys are growing and I think I like the new pattern. I get the 'full' effect even before I need a reti. The locs (in the back of course) are def getting thicker and I am getting that spongey feel that I like. MAN, I can't wait to see what a year will bring!!
So as I was doing my weekly grocery shopping, I decided to see if I could find a good shampoo and conditioner for those days when I don't need a clarifying wash. I came across Organix, and it caught my eye since it is sulfate and paraben free. I have never been big on keeping away from SLS free products because I never saw the damage that it supposedly causes to your hair, but since I have SLs and I read a lot of the blogs, I am trying to become more educated on what I put on my hair, but sometimes it can still be hard to stay away from ALL things that are allegedly bad. Some things affect people differently. I recently read Bajan Lily's post about dry scalp, and it really got me to thinking about what to put in my hair and what not to put in my hair. I know that I use VO5's clarifying shampoo, and although I don't use it often, I do have dry scalp. Thing is, when I use it, my hair is CRAZY clean, but I don't want to risk stripping my scalp of the oils I need. Maybe I should use less? But honestly, I don't use a lot as it is. Hmmmm, maybe I could add a dab of EO to the shampoo??
I am hoping that I will have nice results with Organix especially since it is easy to find in my local Wal-mart, and it's not all that expensive. My goal is to find something simple to use. I am not big on having to have a whole bunch of different products to use on my hair, and that would defeat my the purpose of me getting SLs... I want my life to be simple, and my hair to be healthy. Crossing fingers that Organix makes it to my 'To Keep' list of products.
Check this out:
Does Organix® contain organic ingredients? Yes, Organix® formulas contain organic active ingredients. Do Organix® products contain sulfates? No, all Organix® products are sulfate free. They contain no lauryl or laureth sulfates.
Do Organix® shampoos and conditioners contain parabens? No, all Organix® shampoos and conditioners are sulfate free and paraben free.
Is Organix® safe for color treated and/or highlighted hair? Yes, Organix® luxurious formulas won’t bleach out your hair color or highlights. Because our sulfate-free formulas contain active organic ingredients they are gentle on color treated hair.
Are Organix® products tested on animals? No, Organix® products are NOT tested on animals, and we proudly have this declaration on each and every bottle. Organix® does not initiate animal tests on either finished products or ingredients whether directly or indirectly. All ingredients used are carefully monitored. All suppliers are requested to confirm that their materials have not been tested on animals. Ingredients which do not have this data supplied for them are not used in any products. Organix® is against the suffering endured by animals when ingredients and products are tested. We support suppliers and organizations that are developing alternative methods of testing without using animals.
Are Organix® products available online? Yes, although we do not currently offer Organix® products directly from our website, Organix® products may be purchased online from a number of websites including: amazon.com, cvs.com, walgreens.com, cosmeticsolutions.com, and many others.
Which Organix® collection should I use for my hair type? Organix® has a collection of innovative and creative products to fit the needs of every hair type, for example if your hair is dry you may want to choose either the Organix® Hydrating Teatree Mint collection or the Organix® Noursihing Coconut Milk collection. If however your hair is lifeless, you may want to try either the Organix® Revitalizing Pomegranate Green Tea collection, or the Organix® Reviving White Tea Grapeseed collection. For those with curly hair, you may enjoy the Organix Curling Citrus Mango collection, and for those looking for a more smooth or silky finish to your hair you may try either the Organix® Smoothing Shea Butter collection or the Organix® Soft & Silky Vanilla Silk Collection. Organix® has a variety of products and collections to help you look your best! Feel free to browse our website and read the description for each item to help you decide which Organix® product best suits your need or desired look.