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

shortycocoa

Hair Weave Killer
I took them for an additional year since I was breastfeeding/pumping then stopped. I’m back on them since I’ll be taking my mirena out soon

Oh ok good! I know I rode that wagon until the wheels fell off after I had my youngest. I switched to a regular multivitamin + hair vitamin after I ran out of refills, but I think I'm going to go back on prenatals starting next month.

I need to re-up on most of my supplements and vitamins anyway.
 
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firecracker

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Nice!!! Your locks are going to be thick!
I don't want them to be too thick nor thin like I see a lot of sistalocs. I have the other side of my hair pinned up with bobby pins. So its a swooped style. I figured at the length that I am the ugly stage won't be as bad. I used to keep my individual braids up for 3 months with new growth all fuzzy. lol
 
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firecracker

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Nice @firecracker! I just celebrated my 3-month locaversary. I like seeing the journeys as they begin and progress. Please keep us posted. Have you ever been loced before? Do you have a regimen planned? What products will you use? I’m just curious, that’s all.
Congrats on making to 3 months. I've never been loc'd before. I plan on leaving my hair alone for at least 4-6 weeks for now. I haven't thought of a regime yet. I'm doing a lot of research right now. I have some Shea Moisture products and some other stuff in my arsenal I plan on trying to use up. I used the Shea Moisture curl enhancing smoothy to twist my hair. I ordered the kinky girl kit from Belles Bar Organics and Mysteek natural temporary hair color before I decided to start this journey so I'm hoping to eventually try that out.

I'm depending on my daughter to guide me through this process because she maintains her own hair. She uses some lightweight gels to palm roll her new growth. Stuff that she used when she was natural like S Curl gel & Eco Olive Oil gel. I wish I could show you a picture of her beautiful locs but she probably wouldn't like that. If you have any suggestions for products or natural hair companies please do share them with me.
 

firecracker

Well-Known Member
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Here are my daughters locs
 

Cattypus1

All loced up...
Congrats on making to 3 months. I've never been loc'd before. I plan on leaving my hair alone for at least 4-6 weeks for now. I haven't thought of a regime yet. I'm doing a lot of research right now. I have some Shea Moisture products and some other stuff in my arsenal I plan on trying to use up. I used the Shea Moisture curl enhancing smoothy to twist my hair. I ordered the kinky girl kit from Belles Bar Organics and Mysteek natural temporary hair color before I decided to start this journey so I'm hoping to eventually try that out.

I'm depending on my daughter to guide me through this process because she maintains her own hair. She uses some lightweight gels to palm roll her new growth. Stuff that she used when she was natural like S Curl gel & Eco Olive Oil gel. I wish I could show you a picture of her beautiful locs but she probably wouldn't like that. If you have any suggestions for products or natural hair companies please do share them with me.
I’m still working on developing my regimen. At this point, I can’t go longer that a week and a half between shampoos and I’m using Design Essentials products. I have been binge watching Damien Walters and trying to follow his process. I did not start my own locs and hadn’t planned to begin maintaining them this early in the process. I struggled to find a reputable loctician in my area and the person I found did an ok job but I didn’t trust her so I’ve been maintaining it myself and hoping I don’t screw It up and have to shave my head. I’ve also been keeping a journal and taking pics all along the way. I would recommend that so you can see your progress. Your daughter’s hair is beautiful. Good luck to you, you definitely have a resource in her.
 

shortycocoa

Hair Weave Killer
Saturday was my 10 month lockaversary. I happened to realize that last night while I was getting DS 1 ready for bed. DS 2 will hit 5 months tomorrow, while DS 1's locks will be 2 months old this Thursday, since there's no February 29th this year.

I'm super low maintenance (read: lazy) with my hair now that I'm closing in on one year. :lachen: I usually wash my hair on Sundays but lately I have been delaying it until the next day. Sometimes I just wait until the mid week wash and do it.

I also haven't been pressed about styling it much lately. I think I did a couple styles last week but the last few days I just woke up, took my ponytails down, shook my hair and left my headband on. It's the best thing ever to be able to do that and not spend so much time getting my hair together every day.

I also need to check the calendar again to see when I'm due for a retightening. I do believe it's soon. I remember putting it on the calendar for March.
 

Cattypus1

All loced up...
Saturday was my 10 month lockaversary. I happened to realize that last night while I was getting DS 1 ready for bed. DS 2 will hit 5 months tomorrow, while DS 1's locks will be 2 months old this Thursday, since there's no February 29th this year.

I'm super low maintenance (read: lazy) with my hair now that I'm closing in on one year. :lachen: I usually wash my hair on Sundays but lately I have been delaying it until the next day. Sometimes I just wait until the mid week wash and do it.

I also haven't been pressed about styling it much lately. I think I did a couple styles last week but the last few days I just woke up, took my ponytails down, shook my hair and left my headband on. It's the best thing ever to be able to do that and not spend so much time getting my hair together every day.

I also need to check the calendar again to see when I'm due for a retightening. I do believe it's soon. I remember putting it on the calendar for March.
What do you do to your hair when you wash if you don’t retwist?
 

shortycocoa

Hair Weave Killer
What do you do to your hair when you wash if you don’t retwist?

If it's a drip dry day I just oil my scalp and then spray my locks with my rosewater mix. Then when my hair is almost dry or completely dry I separate my locks. Then before bed I put it in two ponytails, cover those with my lock headband, and then tie a scarf over that to go to bed.

If it's not a drip dry day, (e.g. too cold out and I need to go somewhere) I blot my hair with a pillowcase (two if I need it) and then I may oil my scalp if my hair happens to need it. I stopped oiling my scalp every night before bed and only do it now a couple days during the week immediately after a wash, since my sulfur oil mix has castor oil in it and that's really heavy, even when I feel like I'm only using a little bit. But that combined with the water keeps my hair super soft and moisturized all week.

If it's not a wash day I still allow my hair to get wet/damp in the shower. (Like today.) I was going to wash my hair but then I had to address a few things for both my kids and do paperwork so I ended up skipping the wash.

I might wash it tomorrow, but more than likely my wash days this week will be Wednesday (my mid-week wash day, which is usually just a water only wash unless I missed my primary wash day and then I use a cleanser) and Saturday (as opposed to Sunday) since I'm scheduled to retighten my locks this coming Sunday and Monday.

It usually takes me two days to do it and I don't retighten on wet or damp hair or put oil in my hair before retightening. I do that after I'm done and then I might do an extremely light mist of rosewater mix spray. Otherwise my hair doesn't get wet again until I get in the shower or the next wash day. I try to at least let my retightening be fresh for a week before I go crazy with the water. I used to go two weeks in between directly wetting my hair and scalp after a retightening, though.
 
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shortycocoa

Hair Weave Killer
I was supposed to retighten DS 2's locks on Monday (it's been 6 weeks since his last retightening) but after close evaluation of his locks, I have decided to wait a little longer. I may go ahead and put him on an 8 week retightening schedule, like me.

I'm doing mine this coming Sunday and Monday, so I don't want to have to do his and mine around the same time.

Last time I did mine one week and his the following week, so I might compromise and do that. That would put him at 7 weeks.

Also, I'm thinking about trying a two-strand twist type of style, and then doing a twistout this next retightening. I'm moreso interested in the twistout, but I realize the twists can also be another style while I'm waiting for my hair to set.

The last couple times I have styled my hair in a half up, half down style, I ended up twisting these two locks together on each side of my head near my ears. (I'm also thinking about combining those, but I'm not completely sure yet.)

But when I undid the twists at night I liked how pretty and crinkly it looked.

@Cattypus1 I tried editing my photos but they still won't upload. :(:(:(
 

Cattypus1

All loced up...
I was supposed to retighten DS 2's locks on Monday (it's been 6 weeks since his last retightening) but after close evaluation of his locks, I have decided to wait a little longer. I may go ahead and put him on an 8 week retightening schedule, like me.

I'm doing mine this coming Sunday and Monday, so I don't want to have to do his and mine around the same time.

Last time I did mine one week and his the following week, so I might compromise and do that. That would put him at 7 weeks.

Also, I'm thinking about trying a two-strand twist type of style, and then doing a twistout this next retightening. I'm moreso interested in the twistout, but I realize the twists can also be another style while I'm waiting for my hair to set.

The last couple times I have styled my hair in a half up, half down style, I ended up twisting these two locks together on each side of my head near my ears. (I'm also thinking about combining those, but I'm not completely sure yet.)

But when I undid the twists at night I liked how pretty and crinkly it looked.

@Cattypus1 I tried editing my photos but they still won't upload. :(:(:(
Boo...it always seems to work for me.
 

shortycocoa

Hair Weave Killer
I snipped them #RIP
I am not looking forward to the next round of PP shedding

Awwww.....and I meant to ask you if you wanted to just cut the thin parts off and reattach the stronger parts later. You could probably still do that if you kept them.

I agree, postpartum shedding and hair loss is so upsetting and stressful! It definitely wreaked havoc on my hair and my poor hairline every time.
 

cravoecanela

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Today is my 8 month loc anniversary ! They flew by - I can't believe it's been that long. I'll post a pic tomorrow after my hair appointment.

I have a question that has maybe been answered - has anyone successfully managed to do palm rolling AND interlocking ? I read somewhere that you're not supposed to do both, but my hair looses out easily after being rolled because I run. Any testimonies or links I can read/watch ?
 

FlawedBeauty

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Today is my 8 month loc anniversary ! They flew by - I can't believe it's been that long. I'll post a pic tomorrow after my hair appointment.

I have a question that has maybe been answered - has anyone successfully managed to do palm rolling AND interlocking ? I read somewhere that you're not supposed to do both, but my hair looses out easily after being rolled because I run. Any testimonies or links I can read/watch ?

 

shortycocoa

Hair Weave Killer
Today is my 8 month loc anniversary ! They flew by - I can't believe it's been that long. I'll post a pic tomorrow after my hair appointment.

I have a question that has maybe been answered - has anyone successfully managed to do palm rolling AND interlocking ? I read somewhere that you're not supposed to do both, but my hair looses out easily after being rolled because I run. Any testimonies or links I can read/watch ?

Congratulations on making it to the 8 month mark! Time is moving so fast, for sure! How do you feel about the progression of your locks at this point?

In regards to your questions, I definitely don't think you should do both. It seems counterproductive for anyone to do both at the same time. I also believe that it doesn't make sense, because if you (general you) interlocked, there's nothing left to palmroll in terms of new growth and vice versa. I would also think that would put too much stress on the hair, but I'm not sure.

Also, if you palmroll first and then attempt to interlock, you would probably be making more work for yourself in the long run.

It might be best to just interlock if you want a method that will allow your hair to stay neater longer with all the running you do.

ETA: do you use product when you palmroll or are you just using water only or no product? Those could also be contributing factors to reasons why your palmrolling is not lasting long. If you don't tie your hair down with a scarf or something while you run, that could also be a factor.


Maybe some others will chime in on this. I'm just thinking out loud now, but I *think* people who are "successful" at interlocking and palmrolling are probably not doing it all at one time, or if so, maybe they are interlocking for a couple rotations and then palmrolling the rest of the new growth.



I watched the video @FlawedBeauty posted, and I may have to watch it again to really pay attention, but it sounds like she (the woman in the video) is not talking about doing both during a maintenance session. I could be wrong, though.
 
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Platinum

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Time flies! My 5 year loc anniversary is in May. I'll probably shampoo and re-twist today. I would love to try this style because I'm attending an event next weekend. I'll be in the Dallas area but I don't know if I can get a walk-in for Friday or early Saturday morning.

 

prettywhitty

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I have so much shrinkage. My twists look like sorta kinda locs at the root and two strand twists on the bottom with curly ends. It’s also super frizzy. I spay with rose water and glycerin spray daily. Some nights I put a smidge of castor oil on the ends. A little goes a long way. I use jojoba oil on my roots a few days a week.
I like the simplicity of my routine these days. Now I have to figure out what do do with all the products under my bathroom sink.
 

BillsBackerz67

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I have so much shrinkage. My twists look like sorta kinda locs at the root and two strand twists on the bottom with curly ends. It’s also super frizzy. I spay with rose water and glycerin spray daily. Some nights I put a smidge of castor oil on the ends. A little goes a long way. I use jojoba oil on my roots a few days a week.
I like the simplicity of my routine these days. Now I have to figure out what do do with all the products under my bathroom sink.
If you want to cut down on the frizz I wouldn’t spray daily with glycerin water. The glycerin makes it worse. I used regular water and sealed with oil on occasion.
And I feel you on the products it feels great not having to rummage through products trying to figure out what to use on a given day. Most of my products were half used so I just tossed everything.
 

firecracker

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It looks like I'm going to have to wash and twist the roots by next week. I wanted to go longer but my hair is tripping 2 1/2 weeks in. I don't have any plans this weekend so nobody has to see my roots. :drunk::drunk:
 

Cattypus1

All loced up...
It looks like I'm going to have to wash and twist the roots by next week. I wanted to go longer but my hair is tripping 2 1/2 weeks in. I don't have any plans this weekend so nobody has to see my roots. :drunk::drunk:
I’m so with you. My hair is being so disrespectful and looking crazy. I’m going to have to wash and retwist TODAY!
 

firecracker

Well-Known Member
I’m so with you. My hair is being so disrespectful and looking crazy. I’m going to have to wash and retwist TODAY!
I just did these things on February 21st. I was trying to wait til March 21st if I could. I'm going out next weekend and I don't want to look crazy. Maybe I'll wear a hat. lol When was the last time you twisted yours?
 

Cattypus1

All loced up...
I just did these things on February 21st. I was trying to wait til March 21st if I could. I'm going out next weekend and I don't want to look crazy. Maybe I'll wear a hat. lol When was the last time you twisted yours?
Ugh, I normally document my wash days but I didn’t this time. The last time I took pics was the 23rd. I think it’s been about two weeks. My head was looking rough.
 

shortycocoa

Hair Weave Killer
I still haven't been able to do my retightening. So many things have gotten in the way. I am hoping I can at least start it shortly so I can be done sometime tomorrow.
 
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