Discussion in 'Hair Care Tips & Product Review Discussion' started by Platinum, Sep 5, 2014.
Think I’m going to start my locs today!
Have you just tried showering with out a cap for the last 2-4 minutes of your shower? The steam should help release the helmet and by the time you’re out the door just massage ur roots or use a pick to give it some lift.
Yes, I am 6 months loced on the 19th. I love my journey but I’m waiting for that day when I wake up looking loc-lovely. . I can dream...
You two-stranding or comb-coiling or something else? You doing them yourself or going to a loctician?
I’m going to start with two-strand twists and do it myself. I usually start and maintain my own locs.
I hope it doesn’t take me too long.. I’m hoping 2-3 hours. I want them small.
It would be awesome if I found my nappy loc tool.. it’s been years!
What the heck is a nappy loc tool?
I got started, but I need to rest my bones! I may do a little more tonight, or start back up tomorrow.
It’s a small tool used for interlocking. Someone created it years ago and it’s better than using a crochet hook in my opinion. I see some people have created variations of it since it first came on the scene. I may just stick to retwisting and palm rolling.
Yay!!! Come back in and join us! I think you should do it now. The time is going to pass anyway and by the time Winter gets here you'll be 6-7 months in. That's practically locked.
How long did it take each of your previous sets to lock? Can we see pics of your former journeys?
I finally scheduled my hair appointment w/ my loctician for next week. I am going to get the loc detox b/c it's been almost 2mths since I have washed my hair; and I know I have ALOT of build-up. Yesterday, I retwisted some locs in the front b/c it was looking VERY dull, dusty, and frizzy. I used rose water to moisten the locs and I used diluted clear eco styler gel to retwist. Even though I prefer not to use gel b/c I LOVE the results; when I use just rose water and oil to retwist, my retwist doesnt last long. I hoping that w/ me using the diluted gel-I wont have to retwist anymore until my appointment. I didnt retwist it too tight. Last week I added a cowry(sp) shell to one of my locs. I cant wait to get my hair washed. My loctician massages my scalp and it feels sooooo relaxing. I will try to never go this long w/o washing my hair-but life happened. If I felt more confident to wash my hair and retwist it myself-I def would not have waited this long to wash. I'm hoping by next yr I will feel more confident.
I almost forgot to add that I decided to color my hair. I think I'm going to do it for my b-day in a couple of months. I'll be 7.5mths loced. I'm going to do a reddish brown (I'll insert some pics) and I am going to get a style. Unfortunately I will have to return to my old loctician b/c my current loctician's salon doesnt dye hair. I wonder what my old loctician will say about my locs and where I've been going. I thinking I'll just say I've been self maintaining. I read online that you really should wait until your at least a yr loced to color your hair. Has anyone colored their locs w/o waiting a yr?
Below is a pic of the hair color that I want
HAPPY EARLY MOTHER'S DAY TO YOU ALL!!!
I’m incognegro now, but i’ll Dig in the crates and find a pic for ya! Lol
It takes 2-3 months for budding to take place. My hair is so coily, that the loc’ing process isn’t too long for me. My ends of the locs will get those shedded hair knots and I cut them off! Lol
Here is a back shot of my hair. It isn’t the best pic, but I haven’t had locs in almost 10-11 years.
I am using the tropical roots to start my locs with. I need a gel for now. The formula is decent and I only use a little bit for each section. I got some rose water (not 100%). I bought it from the BSS. I thought about using ecostyler, but since I do have color/and bleach, I didn’t want to use something with protein. And I have to watch for ingredients with tree nuts. The Tropical Roots loc gel is similar to Taliah Waajid’s Tight Hold loc gel. She has more ingredients, but the basic ingredients are the same.
Oh and to answer your question about color, I waited 4-5 months. I believe it depends on your hair texture. Mine is kinky/coily/curly. It takes a lot for my curl pattern to loosen. Even though someone maybe 4c they may have less of a tight curl pattern and the bleach (lightener) could loosen the pattern even more. Texture is something totally different. If the hair is coarse it may be more difficult to loosen. I have fine strands, medium density, tight curl pattern.
I am starting off with bleached, colored hair now. I would gradually lift hair color and but a semi perm (aka rinse) over it to give it some pop! Not bleach it 7-9 levels.
My hair is a wine color right now.
I added more to my post about color
Those look so good!!!! LMAO @"incognegro"
I decided I was going to self maintain after my install. I used the de foaming mousse until I decided to bite the bullet and buy that expensive arsed loc and style lotion by Damien Walter. I hate that I frickin love that stuff! I’ve only ever gone two weeks but the hold is amazing, my hair is soft and there’s no buildup...at least there doesn’t appear to be any buildup. I’m gonna have to find a replacement, maybe by next year.
you took it all the way back with that one! Do you remember when that little tool had the whole locks community in an uproar? Chile, I thought it would never end. I almost bought one back when I had SLs but I ultimately declined because I didn't think that the largest size would fit on my fat ends. Plus, wasn't her shipping ridiculously expensive at the time?
I hope you are able to find yours, especially for Nostalgia's sake. There are so many other tools and things you could use now to interlock that you may not even miss using your nappy locs tool.
I'm surprised you've never heard of it. I think these types of tools gained traction and caused latching (using a latch hook to interlock new growth) to die down. I don't know anyone who still does it that way in 2019.
I also think that if I knew those other types of tools could do the same thing I would have probably started locks way sooner in my journey. But back then YouTube was still in it's infancy and had not evolved into the place it is now, with all the different lifestyle channels, tutorials etc. So I had to rely on blogs, "guides", Fotki, and so on. And all of them only mentioned latching to maintain by interlocking.
Yes the shipping was a lot. I understand how shipping works though, but still. You don’t gain much profit, or operating revenue when you have a small shipping fee for an inexpensive item.
Anyway I hope I find it too. I have one special junk drawer that I clean out often, so we shall see! Lol
There was this one loctitian that created some hair products and they were wonderful for locs. The loc butter she made looked like pudding and it didn’t leave any residue. I probably couldn’t use it now because of allergies.
Happy Mother's Day, everyone! I'm mad late, but these are the pics after my retightening last Saturday and how I wore my hair all week, up until Friday when I decided I wanted a different style through the weekend and for Mother's Day.
I wonder if you're talking about the same person I'm thinking about. (The Video Loctician). She has Sisterlocks and she had a video on her YT years ago of a loc butter she made and sold and it looked the same way. She has Sisterlocks, though. I can't find that video on her channel now so she must have deleted it a long time ago.
Nope it wasn’t her, but I remember her. This lady was younger at the time, she had blonde or light brownish locs and her packaging was dark blue with silver or gold labeling. She had shampoo and the loc’ing product. She was very neat with her tutorials as well.
Happy Mother’s Day ladies. The is an impromptu pic of the back of my head. My teenagers are coming along...
I found her!! Nubian Kinks!!
What a manifestation that was!! Lol
Happy Mother’s Day and your hair looks beautiful!
I’m still working on my hair! Since I’m working with 1 inch of hair, it’s taking some time!! I need to be done before I go to bed tonight.
DS 1's hair:
DS 2's latest retightening (started last Wednesday and finished on Thursday.):
This is what his hair looked like before the retightening:
Your hair looks so good! They have thickened up nicely.
Girl the boys’s hair looks good and healthy! DS1’s hair grows out like mine. You have a lot of patience! I have boys and I cut their hair myself . They would not be able to sit still for that! I have my girl and I don’t like doing her hair either! Lol I used to have the patience for it, but not anymore! I’m glad she is learning how to do her own hair..
Thank you! I definitely struggled a lot with DS 2's retightening this time. He was way more fussy, upset and crying sitting through it this time. He even scratched me because he was grabbing my hand so tight to try to prevent me from getting to his hair.
DS 1 moves around a lot when it's time to spray his hair and rub it with the washcloth or just spray it and put oil on it on the days that I don't rub it. I usually just follow him around with the spray bottle and washcloth until I'm finished.
If I need to stop due to his sensory issues, I stop, though. His hair drinks up moisture so I make sure I spray it every day. Plus he sleeps on it and it gets kind of flat overnight sometimes.
I'm always so tempted to go ahead and interlock his roots but I know he will not sit still for that. I need to get him used to the maintenance routine for when his hair continues to grow out.