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

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  1. shortycocoa

    shortycocoa Divorce Court Aficionado

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    Yep....I mentioned that yesterday. She should definitely start there. Also ask lots of questions and definitely get reviews.
     
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    Cattypus1 That's not how any of this works...

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    Good call. Thank you. I am on FB. My problem is that I’m in KY. I live in a stupid backward state. Just my luck. I’ll probably have to drive a hundred miles to find someone. :cry3:
     
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    How's your hair doing?
     
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    My hair is doing great, thanks for asking! I owe ya'll some pics from last week and a couple updates. I'll try to be succinct, but ya'll know I ain't about that life. :lachen: :lachen: :lachen:

    So let's see...where should I start? I'll start with what I did today. I figured out my style dilemma from the other day when I said I was trying to make my lock puff and it didn't come out the way I was picturing it. I think I nailed it this time!

    I'm trying to upload pics but I keep getting an error message. Anyway, I think I figured out what I was doing wrong. I had to go back and look at some old pics of when I had SLs because I used to wear this style all the time. I just figured that my hair didn't look the same because of the factors I mentioned in an earlier post, coupled with the fact that I have less locks so it wouldn't look the same, since less locks (read: thicker locks) take up more space. My SLs were way smaller in diameter, even though my hair was thick back then, so I figured that caused me to be able to put all those in a puff and look the way I was aiming for.

    At any rate, after giving it some thought since then up until today, the light bulb came on and I remembered that I used to have to use three ponytail holders and put my hair in three ponytails first, then use an elastic headband to wrap around all 3 ponytails. (I usually use 2 ponytails when I wear this style now, and it still doesn't give me the same look I want).

    But I also remembered that when I wanted a smaller looking puff when I had SLs I would just use 2 ponytails.

    I don't know why I never made the connection until now.

    Last week I tried wearing beads on some of my locks. I also tried wearing my lock jewelry, even though I said I wanted to wait until my locks matured more. In doing so, I discovered several things. The beads went on my locks fine, once I found some that would fit. However, one or two of them that did fit would either slide down or fall out from too much movement. The same was true for the lock jewelry. I also didn't like that when I took the beads out, I was disturbing some of the loose hairs that were trying to mesh with the lock.

    I even put two locks on one bead in the front of my hair and it did stay.

    I have determined that my locks are slim thick. :lachen:

    My sister from another mister came by Saturday and I showed her my jewelry. She loved them. She told me I could probably take it to someone locally that makes lock jewelry to see if they can fix it so they stay on tighter. I'm going to have to figure out something because I know as my locks mature I won't be able to wear them because my locks are going to continue condensing once my hair leaves the pregnant locks stage. I kinda want them to stay like this, though.
     
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    Lol slim thick!! :lachen: I've been thinking a lot about my locs lately. I am starting to think that keeping on interlocking might be best for my hair given it's texture and the frequency at which I need to wash my hair. If I do decide to go that route, being that my hair is fine, I will probably choose to do a 2 pt rotation instead of 4. I think a 4 point rotation will have my hair looking like sisterlocs but w regular loc sized parts :lachen: I'll see what my loctician says when I go back at the end of the month.
     
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    Yaaaaaaasssss!!!! That interlocked life is the best life! Someone had asked a question about a 2 pt rotation on FB early this morning. I think you're on the right track. I was telling the person that it makes sense that the 2 pt rotation would give the appearance of thicker locks. Thinking back to DS 2's retightening, I did see firsthand that the more rotations I did his lock bases got smaller and when I stopped after the second rotation they stayed bigger.
     
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    I'm back with pics from my computer since my phone wasn't cooperating. Lock puff:

    IMG_20181204_110250_lock puff 1.jpg

    IMG_20181204_110240_,lock puff 2.jpg

    IMG_20181204_105959_lock puff 3.jpg

    IMG_20181204_105947_lock puff 4.jpg

    IMG_20181204_105713_lock puff 5.jpg
     
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    I also wanted to mention, this came off of one of my locks Sunday night. I don't know which one it came off of, so I won't be able to reattach it to the specific one. I'll save it and figure out where to put it later.

    IMG_20181204_125056_lock bud gone.jpg
    Beads in my hair, different days:

    IMG_20181129_100857_beaded ponytail 1.jpg
    IMG_20181129_100829_beaded ponytail 2.jpg
    IMG_20181127_122027_beaded loose locks 3.jpg
    IMG_20181127_122226_beaded loose locks 2.jpg
    It won't let me post my favorite pic of the beads in my locks....ugh...
     
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    Thank you! You will get there in no time!
     
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    @shortycocoa how much would you say the interlocking swell? Because I gotta say if it's not much I'm going to have some super small locs :nono: the interlocked part of my hair is like microbraids .
     
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    It's hard to say. It depends on several factors. Two of them being your texture also and the density of your hair. If you plan on doing a 2 pt. rotation and you space your retightenings out I think you would be fine. However, if you go closer together then they will probably stay relatively small. At least that's my theory.

    Ask your loctician to see what she says, though. I believe the part of your hair that is not interlocked will expand and condense throughout the locking process and it may go through several cycles of that until they fully mature, depending on your hair.
     
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    Lock jewelry in my hair: (this is just one of the pieces I wore in my hair last Friday. On Saturday I tried wearing the other one and I couldn't find a lock for it to fit on without sliding off.)

    IMG_20181130_132605_lock jewelry pic 1.jpg

    IMG_20181130_132001_lock jewelry pic 2.jpg

    Loose locks, no jewelry:

    IMG_20181130_131254_loose locks pic 1.jpg

    Loving my slim thickness...:lachen:

    IMG_20181130_132555_loose locks pic 2.jpg
     
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    They're looking good! I can see the areas that are getting ready to bud. Yay!!!! You must be so excited!
     
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    I’m totally excited. I need to get this first shampoo and retwist under my belt. Do you all deep condition your locs? What do you use?
     
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    I've never deep conditioned either set of locks, so I can't say what I use. Maybe some other ladies can chime in on that aspect. I do know we have been discussing ways to condition our locks, so if you search the thread for that, you'll find several posts. One of the things we talked about was using tea rinses as a conditioner.

    I do know that when I had loose natural hair, I would mix up Mayo, 1 egg, EVOO, honey and peppermint EO and use that as a deep conditioner. Sometimes as the years progressed I might add other things to it but that was the standard mix I used.

    I was scared to put that on my SLs back then for fear that it wouldn't wash out completely and I would be walking around smelling crazy and growing mold in my hair. :lachen:

    I low-key still have the same fear now, so I'll probably never know, unless I test it on one or two locks to see what happens.

    It might be too heavy to use on your starter locks though and could cause them to unravel. The same might be true for a commercial deep conditioner. If you use one, I would recommend maybe getting a spray bottle and mixing some in with water and a stimulating EO and then spray it on your locks after a wash. Let it sit for a while and then rinse. Don't let it sit too long because it is a conditioner and could cause your starter locks to unravel.
     
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    I finally counted my coils and I have 206!! YAY!!! I'm very surprised because I thought I had a lot less.
     
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    Wow!!! It's so good to know that you got EXACTLY what you wanted!
     
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    New bud. Who dis? Lol could it be a bud y'all?!

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    That is great! And your profile pic looks sooooo good!!
     
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    When I'm fully locd I will probably do a deep condition every once in a while. If not a DC I was also thinking of a hot oil treatment and taking a hot towel wrapping it around my locs then covering with a plastic back and letting it sit for a while. If I do use any type of conditioner at some point I will probably water it down. I'm so afraid of buildup.
     
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    It sure is! The one right above your thumb is also starting to bud and the one right above that is going to bud where the color is lighter. I can see it. Your hair is going to take off now. Woo hoo!

    Right??? @Guinan your hair looks amazing!
     
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    Well it's official, I'm on my interlock journey! I text my loctician this morning and told her I would like to move forward with interlocking instead of palm rolling. We had previously scheduled my next appointment for Dec 29th and i asked if I should keep it since there prob be nothing to interlock and she said it was up to me. I decided to keep it because I do want her to check out my hair and scalp and make sure everything is looking good.
     
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    @Cattypus1 how's your loctician search going? Any luck or have you just decided to maintain on your own?
     
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    @shortycocoa Are there any good interlocked ladies on YT? I've found some but no really popular ones.
     
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    Thanks for asking @FlawedBeauty. the jury is still out on the loctician. I haven’t actually done the search yet, been busy with work. I really want to maintain on my own. I don’t know what’s going to happen with my first wash. I don’t want to ruin my progress but I just don’t want to deal with these folks here.
     
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    Good luck with interlocking. Having someone to evaluate the condition of your hair and scalp is a good deal.
     
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    @Cattypus1 I meant to say that I was looking into this for you the other day. I searched on IG and you weren't lying....nothing came up for locticians I KY. I searched on Google, but I don't know what city you're in. I found these, though. Is this in your area?

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    Don't look at it like that. As long as your hair is in the state it is in now (meaning starter locks) and you have not cut them or shaved your head bald, you are making progress. It's all a part of the process for your hair to potentially loosen up some during a wash, especially the first wash.

    Just remember to use low water pressure and be gentle when you do it. Focus the cleanser mostly on your scalp and don't disturb the coils as much when you wash. The cleanser will reach your coils when you rinse. It will also allow your hair to keep some moisture in and not dry out too much if you don't put the cleanser directly on your coils.

    If they loosen up or unravel, just twist it back up or you can wait until your first retwist. You got this!
     

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