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Lock It Up! Support Thread (Sisterlocs, Dreads, Freeform, Etc)

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  1. Cattypus1

    Cattypus1 That's not how any of this works...

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    Not really. Still style challenged.
     
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    Cattypus1 That's not how any of this works...

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    Super pretty loc porn!
     
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  3. shortycocoa

    shortycocoa Hair Weave Killer

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    Absolutely beautiful!!!!
     
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    simplycee Sweetest Taboo

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    Don’t take your locs down. It’s a journey, a marathon not a sprint. Give yourself more time. Your locs are beautiful. When I start feeling down about my hair I focus on something else. My latest project has been making waist beads. :p Or I search for those with similar locs on YouTube and see how the navigated during times of uncertainty.

    How about head wraps? Yougonatural has some really pretty ones. I’ve purchased many! https://yougonatural.com/collections/all
     
  5. Evolving78

    Evolving78 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the encouragement.
    I washed and interlocked my hair so I feel better. I tried finding someone with similar locs. I found a tuber I was subscribed to years ago when I had locs before. She hasn’t posted any videos in a few years, but her loc size and density seemed similar to mine. I bought a bunch of barrettes and clips. I do have a lot of scarves too. Since I finished my hair yesterday and got that monkey off of my back, I’m going to work on my assignments for school today.
     
  6. Foxglove

    Foxglove A drop of golden sun

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    Thanks! I get new growth both within and outside
     
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  7. Foxglove

    Foxglove A drop of golden sun

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    Agree @Evolving78 leave them alone and do length checks in a few months. At your length I just played around with different parting and pinning styles whenever I felt like changing up my look
     
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    Evolving78 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks! yes I am at that struggle length phase.. hopefully I can do something cute with my hair by the end of next month. I need a new lipgloss or something...
     
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    I got some Sea Breeze to clean my scalp after I workout to help me to push my wash day to two weeks. Even though I interlocked my hair, all of the new growth and unlocked hair is at the base of of the loc, so when I wash my hair next time, I’m going to retwist.
     
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  10. BillsBackerz67

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    Absolutely beautiful!
     
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    Yours are maturing quick! Your hair looks awesome.
     
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  12. Evolving78

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    It’s been a week since I washed my hair...

    I didn’t make it! Lol that wash felt so good and freeing!
     
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    Thanks!
     
  14. Alta Angel

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    Hey Ladies!
    I have finally started my loc journey after much soul searching. I went back and read the first 50 pages of this thread and it has definitely been inspiring to see the progress that you all have made. I have my reservations about the "ugly phase", but for whatever reason, my grays have me more shook than frizz...for now.

    1. How long have you been on your loc journey?
    1 Day!!
    2. What made you decide to embark on a loc journey?
    I have been a "loose natural" for 11 years and have loved every moment. I am ready for a new experience. 2020 has been the year of "expect the unexpected", so this new journey fits right in.
    3. How long do you plan to stay loc'd?
    I have no idea, but locing has been something I have pondered and researched for 2 years.
    4. What type of locs do you have? Sisterlocs, Traditional, Cultivated, Freeform?
    Traditional?
    5. What process did you use to start your locs?
    I installed 2-strand twists to start my locs.
    6. How do you maintain your locs?
    I didn't twist with any products other than my water and vit E mix. The shrinkage is real. From BSL to NL!
    Nighttime: Spritz with rosewater and vitamin e spray. Sleep in satin cap
    Day: Possibly spritz with same mix? I am also considering a spray by Mane Choice. I am not doing any styling.
    Wash: This part scares me. I plan on washing every 3 weeks and palm rolling my new growth every 6 weeks.

    7. What, if any, products do you use on your locs?
    Rosewater, aloe vera juice, and vitamin e spritz and/or African Royale Braid Spray for moisture.
    Camille Rose Cocoa Nibs Growth Oil (I already had it)
    ?? to wash and cleanse scalp
    I still plan on steaming, but I may have to wait until the locs mature.

    Welcome to any product and maintenance advice and suggestions!!!
     

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  15. shortycocoa

    shortycocoa Hair Weave Killer

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    Very pretty! Microlocks come through! They are going to be gorgeous. It sounds like you are off to a great start. Enjoy your journey.
     
  16. Cattypus1

    Cattypus1 That's not how any of this works...

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    Welcome aboard, get ready to enjoy the ride! Lots of good advice and good juju up in here. How many twists do you have?
     
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  17. Alta Angel

    Alta Angel Well-Known Member

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    Thank you! I have about 160 twists. I know I will be combining some eventually.


     
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  18. hairsothick

    hairsothick Black and Magical

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    I'm getting Sisterlocks next month. I can't wait!
     
  19. Evolving78

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    @Alta Angel
    Welcome!
    I would leave the Castile soap alone and use an actual product designed to shampoo and cleanse the hair. That stuff will leave a film and coating on your locs over time, eventually resulting into buildup. Get moisturizing and clarifying shampoo and you should be good. Every time someone uses that multipurpose household soap, their locs look dull, dry, stiff, and they have to do a ton of ACV rinses with a bunch of hot water for removal.
     
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  20. Alta Angel

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    Thank you so much!!! Will do. I was thinking about Design Essentials Oat Protein and Henna Shampoo and the Honey Creme Shampoo to follow up since I can't use conditioner yet. Do you have a favorite shampoo that you would recommend?


     
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  21. Cattypus1

    Cattypus1 That's not how any of this works...

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    I use the Design Essentials products, both of the products you named. I love them. I have used conditioner from the very first wash. I even use the mousse or the setting lotion to retwist.
     
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    I use those two shampoos, so you are in good company!

    Sometimes, I use Mizani or Silk Elements Neutralizing Shampoo (to clarify) and the rich moisturizing shampoo & conditioner (the brown bottles). I have a huge bottle of Elucence Moisture-Acidifying shampoo as well. It’s concentrated, so I only use a small amount and rinse like crazy.

    I have the ION hard water shampoo that I plan to use once during the winter.

    I started using creamy conditioners around the 9th month. I use a leave-in conditioner spray for daily moisture.

    I think you moisturizing spray and oil will be good for your locs!

    I think you wash and retwist schedule sounds ideal and will prevent issues later on down the line.

    I believe your locs are going to mature beautifully!
     
  23. Alta Angel

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    Has anyone here ever used this product for retwists? Someone on my FB loc group uses this, but I wanted to ask you all. TIA

    Genuine African Gel.JPG
     
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    I have seen a few videos, but never tried it.
     
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    Nevermind, I saw some reviews and pictures of the product with mold. :barf:

     
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    Oh no! I was considering trying a gel with that type of consistency. I know it will provide shine. It will probably take a lot to wash out though..
     
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    Cattypus1 That's not how any of this works...

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    Mold! Not mold. Yuk!
     
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    OK I am going to stop asking so many questions! Do you all recommend braiding your starter locs at night for stretching and to prevent bunching? When I used to do mini-twists, I would spray my hair at night and then put them in two large braids. Is that too much with locs? TIA
     
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    Ask all the questions you want!! We are here for each other!

    Since you will be retwisting, Tie them down with a scarf. Don’t use a bonnet until your locs mature. If you were interlocking/sisterlocks, I would suggest braiding them.
     
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    I plan to retwist my hair this morning. I washed my hair last night, but I was too tired.
    FYI, don’t sleep with damp hair. My hair is fine, but I can see how somebody could get into trouble with their locs.

    All of my hair that I interlocked back into my locs are completely out of the locs! So I gotta go back to the tried and true of using some gel and retwisting.

    can anyone give me some advice on how to make it to 2 weeks?
     
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