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

shortycocoa

Hair Weave Killer
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.
I gave all my products to a loose natural. I low-key felt some type of way, because I had quite a stash. There were some products in there that I never got to try. :lachen: :lachen: :lachen:
 

shortycocoa

Hair Weave Killer
Hello does anyone with locs use Alikay Naturals Lemongrass Leave in conditioner or Loc Butter?
I would stay away from butters and wax. I have read that butters may be ok as long as they have been emulsified or whipped, but I don't have any first hand experience with that.

A leave-in conditioner might not be the way to go until you are further into your journey, and maybe only a liquid leave-in and not a creamy type of leave-in.
 

shortycocoa

Hair Weave Killer
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.
I always thought it depends on the type of climate? Unless some people have the disrespectful type of hair that just frizzes no matter what?
 

shortycocoa

Hair Weave Killer
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:
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.
Is there any style you ladies can do to disguise the frizz? That just seems really close together for retwisting. Keep an eye on your roots and watch out for thinning.
 

firecracker

Well-Known Member
I would stay away from butters and wax. I have read that butters may be ok as long as they have been emulsified or whipped, but I don't have any first hand experience with that.

A leave-in conditioner might not be the way to go until you are further into your journey, and maybe only a liquid leave-in and not a creamy type of leave-in.
Ok thanks I guess I'm going to use gel like my daughter does for now. I also ordered their Loc Oil. I hope I can use that for moisture and shine. I'll save the Loc Butter for later. I would prefer natural products like mostly used in my natural hair. Forgot to add I got their Black Soap Shampoo. My daughter told me not to condition right now because they have detangling agents in them.

I'm pinning the sides up and letting the front hangout for now. Next weekend I'm going to an event and I cannot let this hair be seen. lol
 
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BillsBackerz67

Well-Known Member
I would stay away from butters and wax. I have read that butters may be ok as long as they have been emulsified or whipped, but I don't have any first hand experience with that.

A leave-in conditioner might not be the way to go until you are further into your journey, and maybe only a liquid leave-in and not a creamy type of leave-in.
I know this sounds gross but I made it to 5 weeks without washing (life got in the way lol) and my locs didn’t smell and didn’t have a lot of dirt accumulated when I finally found time to wash my hair. using only oil keeps the buildup at bay for my hair. I think if I used heavier products this wouldn’t be the case.
 

Cattypus1

All loced up...
Is there any style you ladies can do to disguise the frizz? That just seems really close together for retwisting. Keep an eye on your roots and watch out for thinning.
I washed and conditioned but I didn’t retwist. I stretched it a bit and pinned it down and sat under the dryer. It wasn’t all bad but I did a half up do and let it do what it do. My hair grows in layers so I get a mullet no matter what :drunk:. I think that damned loctician was a little aggressive with that trim before she did started my comb curls so I still can’t do a complete updo without some kind of pins or clips or something. :mad: It a process...I know, I know
 

firecracker

Well-Known Member
I know this sounds gross but I made it to 5 weeks without washing (life got in the way lol) and my locs didn’t smell and didn’t have a lot of dirt accumulated when I finally found time to wash my hair. using only oil keeps the buildup at bay for my hair. I think if I used heavier products this wouldn’t be the case.
I know I could go 5 weeks without washing my hair without a problem and my hair won't smell. Now with locs and some other factors that may change so I'll be washing biweekly when I finally loc. Your locs are beautiful.
 

cravoecanela

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Here are my locs at 8 months. I'm so happy with my progress. I would say I'm about 80 percent locked on most locs. I have maybe 5 or so that are only halfway locked and one twist that completely unraveled last month, so that one has a ways to go.

I ended up interlocking a few because i'm going away for vacation and I wanted them to keep longer. I've actually been interlocking a couple here and there because they kept coming out of the twists. I can't tell which ones have been interlocked and which ones have not been. I won't do it on a regular basis I don't think.
 

BillsBackerz67

Well-Known Member
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Here are my locs at 8 months. I'm so happy with my progress. I would say I'm about 80 percent locked on most locs. I have maybe 5 or so that are only halfway locked and one twist that completely unraveled last month, so that one has a ways to go.

I ended up interlocking a few because i'm going away for vacation and I wanted them to keep longer. I've actually been interlocking a couple here and there because they kept coming out of the twists. I can't tell which ones have been interlocked and which ones have not been. I won't do it on a regular basis I don't think.
I don’t have access to your album to view.
 

BillsBackerz67

Well-Known Member
I know I could go 5 weeks without washing my hair without a problem and my hair won't smell. Now with locs and some other factors that may change so I'll be washing biweekly when I finally loc. Your locs are beautiful.
Yep! with loose hair I could too but my locs are like sponge and just soak up everything so I try to keep it light with what I use just in case:lachen:. And thank you!:2inlove:
 

shortycocoa

Hair Weave Killer
I washed and conditioned but I didn’t retwist. I stretched it a bit and pinned it down and sat under the dryer. It wasn’t all bad but I did a half up do and let it do what it do. My hair grows in layers so I get a mullet no matter what :drunk:. I think that damned loctician was a little aggressive with that trim before she did started my comb curls so I still can’t do a complete updo without some kind of pins or clips or something. :mad: It a process...I know, I know
I feel your pain! My loose natural hair was the same way, all the time! I didn't really have or notice the layers much with my SLs, though. With this set I do see that my distinct shape is still present, but I *think* the layers seem to be slowly fading.

I have always loved layers; I think it makes the hair more interesting. But sometimes they can get on your nerves if you want to do certain styles and maybe some layers aren't long enough yet.

You seem to be handling it pretty well, though. Hairpins have saved me on more than one occasion.
 

shortycocoa

Hair Weave Killer
@shortycocoa Forgot to answer your question. You are right. My locs have condensed and are not as lumpy:toocool:
LOL it's all good... I thought so!

I have it no matter what but there’s level to frizz too. Level 1-10:lachen: to keep it under a 5 I avoid things like glycerin.
Lol girl I know!!! I think @almond eyes was on point with one of her earlier posts when she said her hair was the fruzzy type. (Frizzy and fuzzy) I meant to respond to that but must have missed quoting it at the time and then I never got back to it.

I remember my hair being the same way as a loose natural, especially if I was wearing a puff, or even when I had SLs. At one retightening my consultant was teasing me and said it looked like I didn't even have locks. I was extra sensitive about my hair at the time because of all the issues I was having with my SLs and then she said that and I felt some type of way. :lachen:

I also see it now with this set, but I have accepted it and I think I have come to like it. There was this woman whose Fotki I used to visit years ago, around my first or second year natural. I wish I could remember her name, but she had locks and her hair was the same way. She used to brush her locks and it would look like loose hair on top and then you would see this beautiful lock ponytail.

At the time I was like "that is SO cool! I want my locks to do that whenever I decide to start some." I just had never seen anything like that with locks before. But then when it was happening to me with my SLs I was like "WTF is going on??? These SLs should look neat!!!" :lachen:

Now with this set I have embraced it and I'm unbothered....like "oh, ok hair. That's what you want to do??? That's what's hot in these streets???? Let me just make it fly and let you be great." :lachen: :lachen: :lachen:
 

Guinan

Re-Branding
3mths loced! Time is flying. I have been hating my hair so I was wearing a wig. Today is the 1st time in a week that I'm wearing my hair out and of course it below freezing. I retwisted the front of my hair last week after going 4 wks with no re twist. Over all its going on 5 wks since my last wash and official re twist. My hair doesn't seem too bad because I retwisted the front.

Added pics. Frizz is an understatement. My hair is also dry. I'm going to try to go to the salon in a couple of weeks which will put me at 7wks since my last wash & retwist
 

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Platinum

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Hello does anyone with locs use Alikay Naturals Lemongrass Leave in conditioner or Loc Butter?
Hey @firecracker I haven't seen the ingredients yet but I usually discourage the use of loc butters because many have ingredients that cause build up. Anything containing large amounts of Shea butter is notorious for that. I usually make my own locking gels now with Aloe Vera (from the leaf). I rarely use a commercial product for retwisting.

Taliah Waajid locking gel was my #1 for a long time but then I started noticing flakes. I wonder if they changed their ingredients or maybe I just got a bad tub of it. I haven't used it in few a years, I really loved it.
 

almond eyes

Well-Known Member
LOL it's all good... I thought so!



Lol girl I know!!! I think @almond eyes was on point with one of her earlier posts when she said her hair was the fruzzy type. (Frizzy and fuzzy) I meant to respond to that but must have missed quoting it at the time and then I never got back to it.

I remember my hair being the same way as a loose natural, especially if I was wearing a puff, or even when I had SLs. At one retightening my consultant was teasing me and said it looked like I didn't even have locks. I was extra sensitive about my hair at the time because of all the issues I was having with my SLs and then she said that and I felt some type of way. :lachen:

I also see it now with this set, but I have accepted it and I think I have come to like it. There was this woman whose Fotki I used to visit years ago, around my first or second year natural. I wish I could remember her name, but she had locks and her hair was the same way. She used to brush her locks and it would look like loose hair on top and then you would see this beautiful lock ponytail.

At the time I was like "that is SO cool! I want my locks to do that whenever I decide to start some." I just had never seen anything like that with locks before. But then when it was happening to me with my SLs I was like "WTF is going on??? These SLs should look neat!!!" :lachen:

Now with this set I have embraced it and I'm unbothered....like "oh, ok hair. That's what you want to do??? That's what's hot in these streets???? Let me just make it fly and let you be great." :lachen: :lachen: :lachen:
Thank you for this post. Fruzzy (flyaways, frizzy, fuzzy) is a hair type I swear. I also have had the same issues.

I have recently heard a horror story of a woman who wanted to get rid of the fruzz on her SLs, and her locitican used a lighter on her hair. Of course she had burns and damage. This is what can happen when we can't accept our hair type. Not to blame the woman at all the loctician was crazy.

I love my fruzz makes my hair looks like it is a loose natural when it is time for a retie.

Best,
Almond Eyes
 

shortycocoa

Hair Weave Killer
Thank you for this post. Fruzzy (flyaways, frizzy, fuzzy) is a hair type I swear. I also have had the same issues.

I have recently heard a horror story of a woman who wanted to get rid of the fruzz on her SLs, and her locitican used a lighter on her hair. Of course she had burns and damage. This is what can happen when we can't accept our hair type. Not to blame the woman at all the loctician was crazy.

I love my fruzz makes my hair looks like it is a loose natural when it is time for a retie.

Best,
Almond Eyes
If this is the story I think it is, I saw that post. I don't know why she allowed the loctician to do that. Hair is highly flammable.
 

almond eyes

Well-Known Member
If this is the story I think it is, I saw that post. I don't know why she allowed the loctician to do that. Hair is highly flammable.
I still can't understand that either. I guess it's like when women who braided their hair with extensions and let the hair braider use a lighter to get rid of their fruzz. When I used to braid my hair and they offered me that option, I opted out because I knew people who had been through a lighter on their extensions horror stories and that taught me or else I might have done that too out of complete ignorance.

Note to all: You can't burn or melt away fruzz.

Best,
Almond Eyes
 

firecracker

Well-Known Member
Hey @firecracker I haven't seen the ingredients yet but I usually discourage the use of loc butters because many have ingredients that cause build up. Anything containing large amounts of Shea butter is notorious for that. I usually make my own locking gels now with Aloe Vera (from the leaf). I rarely use a commercial product for retwisting.

Taliah Waajid locking gel was my #1 for a long time but then I started noticing flakes. I wonder if they changed their ingredients or maybe I just got a bad tub of it. I haven't used it in few a years, I really loved it.
I was never a fan of shea butter on my hair. My daughter uses IC hair polisher styling gel with sparkle lites or ECO stylng olive gel to retwist. I guess I'll follow her lead for now. She says she doesn't gets flakes and just has to add shine occasionally.
 

shortycocoa

Hair Weave Killer
I was never a fan of shea butter on my hair. My daughter uses IC hair polisher styling gel with sparkle lites or ECO stylng olive gel to retwist. I guess I'll follow her lead for now. She says she doesn't gets flakes and just has to add shine occasionally.
Those are good gels. Don't try to reinvent the wheel. Taking care of locks should be simple and breezy.
 

Cattypus1

All loced up...
Well good to hear because I got loads of those type gels under my cabinet too. I just want to find a good shampoo, decent conditioner and play with some color. I'm too lazy to reinvent the wheel. lol
I have been using the Design Essentials line of products. I love the Oat Protien and Henna shampoo and the Rosemary Mint conditioner. My hair and scalp feel clean and my hair is soft afterward. I use the Honey shampoo too but I don’t love it as much as the Henna.
 
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