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Growing LOCS: I know more now.




In the second month of growing my locs I have learned a few things about my hair and how I plan to maintain it.  If you have some pointers please feel free to post them.

1. Less is more when it comes to oil application for my hair.  I have decided to add my oil mixtures immediately after the shampooing and twisting process.  I discovered anything extra seems to weigh my hair down and make it feel “not so clean,” during the week. Especially after working out or something.

2. Hair clips are out the window in my styling process.  I never really liked using them or the time it took to place them in my hair during the twisting process.  Call me lazy.  While watching a video on Youtube I discovered twisting, grouping and banding a few all in one bunch for the drying process (see the video below).

3.  Flat-twist styling is the way to go for the minimal hair styling I do now.  I’ve done some twisting like braiding (close to the head) during month two.However, that technique left my new locs looking supper flat and stressed after removal.  The flat-twisting seems like less stress on hair that is still going through the locking phase (new locs).  Plus it is easier to roll from one style to the next without looking like I’ve been zapped by lighting.

4.  Aloe-Vera gel really is a friend to my hair.  I tried the Lock-N-Twist gel on my twist.  It serves it purpose but I find no matter how little I use I still experience some flaking and that itchy feeling as the days go by.

5. No color for me (for now).  I used henna a while back.  I wanted to go brighter.  The only way I can do that now is to cut my hair (the sections with the henna) or proceed and risk damage.

Naturally speaking

I was watching the Tyra Banks show the other day.  The topic was hair and how to style it.  The featured guest said that longer hair started with coils for locking tended to loc faster or something along those lines.

I started my first set of  locs on short hair.  Every time I washed (once a week) my hair would unravel into a soft Afro.  Then one day my tiny coils remained intact after my cleansing ritual.  I didn’t know anything about growing locs.  I was learning as they grew.  So it shocks me now to watch video’s with women and men celebrating the fact that they have made it two and three months without cleansing their scalp and hair  (not a good practice at all).

This time around when I coiled my hair and shampooed a week later the ends of my hair remained intact and only fluffed at the roots.  Leaving me to believe that a bit of length might be better than starting super short.  But then again, growing locs is different from one head to the next.

I’m quickly approaching my two month mark.  I will be posting a new video that highlights my progress.  Via the video below you can find my YouTube Page and subscribe now for future updates.

Today’s video is a day in my life after shampoo.  Click play.  Rate, Subscribe, comment and enjoy.