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

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  1. firecracker

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    I'm looking online at their products now. For right now since I cannot use conditioner I want to use a good moisturizing shampoo. I'm going to try to wash using my old shampoo. It never dried my hair out so I should be ok. Should I wash my hair with a stocking cap since this is going to be my first wash?
     
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    Hi ladies, three times the charm for me. I am one month in today! It went by fast. my hair is about 1.5-2.0 inches. Microlocks with bricklayer grid. I'm loving all the pictures and progress of everyone.
     
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    Congrats on your first month. I have another week and a half to make it to my 1st month. Have you had to retwist yet? Tell us what you are doing or plan on doing?
     
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    I'm interlocking with a Sisterlocks consultant. She is maintaining it for now. I washed once and we had to reestablish a lot, my front came undone. I will let her wash on retightenings for now. I am noticing some budding in some locks. No products, no damping or spritzing my hair until they settle in. When they do, i plan to use essential oils and water to spirtz them.
     
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    Oooh can we see??? And congratulations!
     
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    It's not really necessary unless you feel like you will be really rough washing your hair.

    I have seen some YouTubers and people on FB who have differing opinions on it, but the common opinion seems to be one of regret. They cite using too much shampoo, due to the stocking cap not causing the shampoo to lather very well, so they think they have to add more. They also say all of it is hard to wash out with the stocking cap still on, which caused them to have to take the cap off, which defeats the purpose of using one to begin with.

    I mentioned these tips in another post before, but you may not have seen it yet if you're still making your way through the thread, but just use low water pressure. Also, don't scrub your hair really hard and rub your locks all over your head when you're washing.

    Concentrate on going in one direction (a downward motion) and try to use only the pads of your finger tips or your knuckles to get your scalp clean while washing.

    You might also want to dilute whatever cleanser you use with water so your hair doesn't dry out.
     
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    Ya'll I started my retightening Tuesday evening and I'm STILL not done. Granted, I only retightened about 10-15 locks that evening, but still. :lachen: I only have one medium section in the front left to do. I thought I would have finished yesterday or last night even, but that tiredness came over me sooner than expected and I went to bed. I *should* be able to finish today.

    I had to reinstall a few that came out completely and repair a few. I also had to separate and clean up a lot of loose hairs that were surrounding a lot of the locks. It's hard to do the ones in areas where I have low or no visibility because I have to go by feel to tell me where the hair should go, and sometimes I get it wrong and have to undo it and find the correct fit (read: lock) it's supposed to be with.

    This time I did wrap a lot of my frizzy hairs around the body and tips of the locks they were present on, but some of them didn't comply so I just left it. :lachen:

    Plus, I know it's not going to stay like that once I wash it so I didn't want to spend too much time on that.

    I had some new hairs pop up out of nowhere behind my left ear, so I just started a new lock right there. So now I have two matching locks behind each of my ears that were started with new hairs that just popped up out of nowhere. I smile every time I touch the one behind my right ear. That one is a lot further along, of course, since it happened several months ago. :2inlove:

    I still haven't decided if I'm going to combine those locks I mentioned earlier, but I'm leaning towards just leaving them alone. I still don't know. I'll reassess once I'm done with the whole retightening. I think I'm also going to recount my locks to see where I am now.


    Times like this I feel like I have too many, but I know it's just the frustration of not being able to finish faster talking. I'mma chill....:lachen:

    But real talk.... I don't too much know about this style I was planning. I's tired, boss. :lachen:

    I totally understand the people who just maintain their new growth and don't do ANYTHING else with their hair. I suspect as my hair gets longer I'm going to end up in that same boat with them. :lachen:
     
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    I used a mesh cap the first time just because I didn’t think my coils would hold. I washed at the end of week 3. Because it wasn’t a stocking cap the water and shampoo got through just fine. I just didn’t like the feeling of no real access to my hair. I haven’t done it since.
     
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    That is also a common complaint I have seen people who use a stocking cap make in regards to washing their hair.
     
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    Hello ladies!

    I made it to a year. Feb 2018-Feb 2019. Not even closed to being fully locked but I’m really happy with my locs. I never thought I would wear locs but sisterlocks changed my entire outlook on natural hair. I’ve been relaxer free since 2014 and finally took the plunge in 2018. Should have done it sooner but better late than never.

    Here’s my year long journey. Pics will not be up long but I did want to share.
     

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    Congratulations again! I also wanted to add that your hair is beautiful!!!!
     
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    A mesh cap would definitely give more access to the scalp. Thanks. I think mine will unravel so I have to be careful.
     
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    Your sis locs are beautiful.
     
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    upload_2019-3-8_19-40-2.jpeg This is what my 3-week old coils looked like after I removed the cap...it was still wet.
     
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    13 locks left!!!! I'm in the home stretch!
    I REFUSE to still be retightening locks tomorrow. :lachen:
     
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    I’m testing some new curl and lock setting lotion. Nice hold, no flakes and a little goes a long way but it’s expensive as heyell because I can’t get it on the ground. Anybody else using a setting lotion for retwisting?
     
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    Frizz frizz frizz:drunk: I forget who suggested it, but instead of retwisting, I have been wrapping the frizz hair around the loc. It seems to help a little with the frizz.

    Today is the 1st time I feel like I have locs :). I'm really enjoying the thickness. But I know I need to have my hair washed & retwisted. My front seems to be thickening up, so I dont think I will need to interlock. I think me stretching my retwist has helped.
     

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    It was me. Your hair is looking good!
     
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    Hmmmm....it sounds like it's formulated specifically for locks. Is it? I think you might be on your own with that, I'm not sure. Just be careful and see how your hair responds to it at your next wash.

    I have heard horror stories of setting lotion making people's hair fall out, but I don't know if it was solely caused on the product or if other factors were involved.

    They also all had relaxed hair and not natural and certainly not locks. The only way I could see this being problematic is if it doesn't wash out of your locks completely and causes build up or other issues later on.
     
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    @shortycocoa Not making people’s hair fall out...OMG! I bought the product sold by Damien Walter (I think that’s his name). So far I like it. I’ll have to keep my eye out for adverse reactions.
     
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    I always used to roller set my relaxed hair and natural hair with Lottabody setting lotion and my hair nor friend and family hair ever fell out. I think other factors were involved in that hair falling out situation. I wouldn't try regular setting lotion on locs though.
     
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    What a great suggestion! It has saved me from retwisting my hair. I'm going on 6wks since my re twist.
     
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    If you don't mind me asking, how much was it and how many ounces?
     
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    Right! And I concur; I wouldn't use setting lotion on locks, either.

    Oh ok....that might be fine, if that's the case. It may be formulated specifically for locks. What are the ingredients? I'm just curious.
     
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    I washed DS 1's hair for the first time on Sunday. He has a lot of lint in his hair that I need to get out. Other than that, his hair looks good and seems to be processing nicely. I didn't oil his scalp afterwards or do anything else to it; I just let it air dry.

    I thought his hair would have been filthy, but it wasn't. His hair seems to have been dirtier when it was just loose and I would wait several weeks between conditioner washes.

    I used Dove Tip To Toe wash when I washed his and his brother's hair this time. It worked very well and I only used 2 pumps for each of them.

    I still haven't retightened DS 2's hair. I had planned to go ahead and do it today since yesterday he had an off day, but I had other things come up today that I needed to address. Plus I feel like I need a break since I just finished mine last week. :lachen:

    I'm going to plan to do it tomorrow morning after his OT session, though.
     
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    I think it was $22 and $8 to ship...yeah, I know it was crazy expensive but ok. 12 oz. @shortycocoa As far as ingredients, can’t help you...call me crazy.
     
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    I was able to get a last minute hair appt with my loctician! :D I cant wait to get my hair washed. I might opt for a detox too.
     
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    I used a stocking cap to wash my hair today. My daughter said my hair was definitely going to unravel if I didn't. LOL I twisted the new growth and it was like 1 1/2 inches that needed to be twisted. About 4 unraveled. I used my old shampoo and I sprayed on Alikay Natural's leave in conditioner all over before I twisted the new growth. WIN_20190313_16_09_07_Pro (2)_LI.jpg Here is my 3 wk new growth stretched out.
     
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    WIN_20190313_19_52_21_Pro.jpg this is after I twisted the roots. My part is on the right side where I have my silver streak. I always said when I got gray I was going to loc because I love Toni Morrison's loc's.
     
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    Wait....so there's no ingredients label on the bottle????


    Yay!!!! Are you still using gel on your hairline? Did you get a detox last time to get rid of the buildup or was it just a regular wash?

    I always think these detoxes are interesting.

    Did you have any problems getting all the shampoo to wash out? And yay for new growth! I always get excited to see and assess my new growth and DS 2's new growth before/during a retightening.


    You did a good job!!!! Your hair looks great. If you did this by yourself, you knocked it out of the park! I always thought Toni Morrison's locks were beautiful also.
     
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