Nothing to report. Me and the boo took engagement photos today. It was SOOOO cold here in GA which is just CRAZY! I wanted to remove the coat, but uh, it feels like straight BRICK outside...The boo's eyes were running so bad because of the wind and well, that explains the squint... It was fun...more pictures to come...
I am so anxious these days. My wedding day is coming up in February, and although I have everything taken care of, I still don't know how I am wearing my hair. Soooo, my stylist and I are going to play around with some styles each time I get my hair done. I am not even sure if I want the traditional veil. Where could I find some nice sisterlock updos to look at? I mean, I have looked all over. I guess I will combine different things I like from various styles to create the ultimate hair do.. Oh well... we shall see... And now for the pic. Totally random, well not really.. It's from my bridal shower last week. I was so feeling the love :) This is me and my dear mother...
Yeah, I know... I have been a stranger to my blog. All I have to say is that I am really happy with my locs. They are growing and I am just going with THEIR flow. I decided to that I would start 'oiling' my scalp like the old days, and man, what a difference! I know that some lockers won't use the old school oil, but I had to take measures in my own hands. Anyway, nothing else new, but I did get my hair done. I like.
Just dropping in to say hi. Had my 6 week reti Saturday and my loctitian decided to give me an updo. She is trying things out on my hair in prep for my wedding style. I like this one, but I was thinking I could add some curls in the top and intertwine vine in my hair. I dunno.
Well, actually... The only bad part was that I had so much slippage that it took my reti a whopping 6 HOURS!! It is what it is. Three extra hours for color... Hmmmm... Next time, I am letting a professional do it. Someone who works with locs. I won't be doing this on my own again. I am glad my loctian was able to repair them. When I color, I will go a tad bit lighter. You can't really see the color in the pics, but I do like it and it does add some zest to my locks.
Well... I did it... I dyed my hair. It's not to bright, and it's a change I suppose. I would like to see what it looks like once the sun hits it. Anyway... I did run into some problems. Problems that I wanted to avoid in the FIRST place, but it is what it is... So, here goes:
*Well, in my previous post, I posted a picture of some of my loose ends in the front. Well, they aren't so loose as they are bound together and kinda bunched. That's OK I guess because at least the hair is together. That's my way of rationalizing it I guess.
*My two-headed dragons now look like one lock. I thought about separating them, but then asked myself 'what's the point?' I guess all the color and washing bound those together too.
*My locks seemed to have shrunk a bit. I tried pulling them as best as I could, but I don't know. Seems like I lost some length.
*I had some slippage in various areas. This wasn't SO bad, and these were locks that were already in need of serious work and lucky for me my reti is on Friday. I hope my loctitian won't be too mad with me. I may have to pay her for extra time to fix the front portion of my locks.
Overall, I am not sure how I feel about what I just did. There is no easy fix for me as I don't know how to fix bunching and this has made me realize that I really need to consider taking the class. However, does the class teach you how to take locks down and re-install them? I don't think so.
Well, tomorrow is another day. I twisted and rolled my hair in lock loops and I hope the results give me some relief. I mean, my fiancé doesn't think it looks any differently, but it's my hair so I notice everything. Oh well.. My reti can't get here fast enough.
Do any of you have issues with the front section of your locks? What I mean is, since I pressed my hair so much, the front section suffered the most so the kink is basically loose at the ends. Then again, I wonder if it's due to the ends not being interlocked enough during my install. Point is, I am tired of looking at them, and while I have the cylindrical locks in the back, these just don't look uniformed. What do I do? Is this fixable? Should I keep doing as I have been doing and snip at the ends every so many months? They don't look as bad when I roll them, but when I want to free-style, well you can imagine my angst. These bad boys will never have the balls at the end, so I know for a fact they won't be locking.
OK… I am giving in. I am now ready to color my hair. Any suggestions on brands? Any tips? Should I color before I get my next reti or should I wait until after? How many boxes? I don’t want to ‘lift’ my hair color by adding bleach so what brand will give me the most vibrance?
I am just tired of this dull shade of brown that I have been blessed with. I thought about going jet black to achieve the ‘full and thick’ effect.
Also, are any of you having issues with limp locs? Seems like some days my hair is just limp and the EO spritz I made doesn’t seem to help. I am still trying to find a shampoo and conditioner that will give my hair life and cleanse at the same time. I can’t use V05 or Suave too much because it causes my scalp to become dry. A friend of mine said that she likes the Jamaican Lime products, but I don’t know. Help…!!!
Hello my fellow bloggers!! Just wanted to drop a line and check-in on all of you. I am keeping up even though I am not blogging as much. I am going to do better, but life has me RUNNING! Well, I don't have much to report other than.... I GOT ENGAGED YESTERDAY!!! I can't describe how I feel, and mainly it's because I get to marry my best friend. I couldn't have asked for more!
I did it again. I slowed down on my blogging and I even missed my year anniversary (March 13th). Well, better late than never. It has now been a year, and I have to say, I am proud of what I have accomplished. There were a lot of times that I didn’t know if I was going to make it with theses SLs, but I DID! I can now say that I am in-love with them and I have a renewed appreciation for my beautiful babies. My hair is growing like crazy, the texture is changing, and I now know what my hair needs in order to be happy. My regimen is really simple, and I am free from the chemicals. I have not dyed my hair yet, and as of right now, I don’t have any plans to do so anytime soon. All and all, I am happy and I hope after this move to our new spot I can catch back up on my blogging. Anyway, here are some pictures I took TODAY after taking down the pipe cleaner curls I put in last night. I like the tight curl, but I need to learn the art of giving them the spiral look... Oh one more thing...ALL OF YOU ARE LOOKING AWESOME TOO! Keep it up!
I am not in love with my hair today. Maybe it’s the weather, but I feel absolutely BLAH about it. That is all. Will try again tomorrow, and no, I have not attempted the ‘Let’s Jam’ experiment as of yet.
Question one: What’s the longest you guys have gone between retightenings? Initially, I was going every four weeks, now I am going every 6 weeks, and I am beginning to feel like I could go every 7 to 8 weeks based on the middle section of my head, but the front would def need to be done sooner.
The fact that I am not waiting longer to get my hair done, it has prompted me to learn to do my RETIs myself. I know some people took the class, and others have not. I definitely can’t afford it, especially with me trying to go to grad school. I need to save anyway I can. So that leads me to question two: For those of you who use the NL tool, and looked through the instructions, do you find it was easy to reti your hair? I know there are LOTS of Youtube vids out there. I am thinking of asking my stylist to show me how. At least I would be able to do my edges to start.
For those of you who took the class, how much was it? I have searched for a class in ATL and I didn’t see anything, but I could have been looking at something wrong or I could have overlooked it. I dunno, maybe I will try to save up for that too, but I am thinking of buying the NL tool.
*UPDATE* I did find the cost of the class. $@250, not bad, was it worth it??
I have not tried the ‘Let’s Jam’ experiment just yet, but I am going to do it! I just wanted to drop a quick note and see how you guys are doing. I know it’s coming up on a year for a lot of us, and I have a question: Is the status of your hair where you thought it would be thus far? How are you feeling right now? Would you have done anything differently?
You ever wish that you could have that smoothe look at the roots that traditionals have after a reti? I do. One of my BFFs has traditional locs and I swear everytime she has a reti I find myself becoming green with envy. It's so smoothe looking, and I know it has a lot to do with the method (I suppose). I just wish there was a way to achieve that same look. Obviously since my hair is being knitted (so to speak) it won't have the same look as palm-rolling. I mean, don't get me wrong, I can def tell the difference after a reti. My scalp is visble again and so forth. Still, I wish I could really tame these fly away hairs. It would be nice to be able to apply something to the loc. Just my rant.
... for not keeping up this blog. I have not been motivated, and I have been a bit busy. I cut all of the straight ends off so that took away from length, but it's all good. Out with the old and in with the new is what V said as she cut my ends. Anyway, I will do better in the upcoming months. Here is a picture I took this past Saturday. I have not been rolling it or anything lately. I am getting color in 2 months to celebrate my loc-a-versary! Anyway, update again soon... Oh, and I know I am late, but Merry XMAS, HAPPY NEW YEAR, and then some!