Thursday, July 30, 2009

Braidloc log #7 Frizzies

The past month has been filled with major FRIZZIES! I would do my hair, either twist or most recently interlock. There was a cloud of frizzies, or as some one say a halo of frizzies, that extended from my front edges through to the kitchen of my hair. According to the many resources I've exhausted during my journey, the frizzies are a part of the process, and they are important. For whatever reason, I was becoming a little frustrated with them......Not to the point of cutting my hair off, but just dealing difficultly with this part of the process.

I then started thinking about what I do sometimes when I'm finished with a rinsing. I take just a small amount of Afroveda's Hemp Seed Loc, Twist, and Roll butter and smooth it throughout my hair. This great butter is made from shea butter, mango seed butter, carnauba wax, coconut oil, Palm Oil, almond oil, and a myriad of other naturally great oils. This was a bit much because I'd have to roll many of them after each rinsing. Just too much! I soon remembered that before I decided to lock, I bought a nice sized container of Ojon Restorative Treatment (ORT). I thought about the ingredients of it being similar in nature to those of the butter. It's primary ingredient is palm nut oil. With that I took a chance and put the ORT on my hair and allowed it to sit for a few minutes. Ok, long story short...............................................

My hair ended up still being somewhat frizzy, but there was a very clear difference. It just looked kind-of normal....not like my hair was unkempt. I suppose it would be more cost effective if I just used the butter since the ORT is so expensive. For right now, I'm enjoying my results.


Sunday, July 26, 2009

Braidloc log #6 8 week update

It has been just over 8 weeks since I installed braidlocs. My journey so far has been met with challenges and changes. I’m learning my hair in a brand new way. It’s as if I’m learning my hair in the way that it was meant to be! I think I’ve actually found products (or rather the lack there of) that most benefit my hair. One thing that I’ve found to be very helpful is simply rinsing my hair daily or every other day. It was when I started doing this that I began to notice the biggest change in my hair. It’s as if the rinsing is helping my hair mat and coil within itself. Some of my ends have become very firm and some have knots. Only a few of my ends still have strict curly ends. The rest have a distinct coil or it as least ‘looks’ this way. Also, my hair is VERY frizzy. Though I think it’s very frizzy, lots of others, including many relaxed ladies, have complimented me on my hair. Basically, I’m just looking forward to this journey as it unfolds.

Additionally, I’ve recently begun to interlock my new growth with the nappylocs tool. This takes longer than twisting, so I just interlock over the course of two days. Roughly 3 hours for each session. I’m sure I could do this all in one day, but my arms get rather tired. As I stated earlier, rinsing has made my hair do virtually miraculous things. This would not be as simple as it is if it weren’t for interlocking my new growth. I love this journey!

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Natural Journey through 11 months

Here a just a few pics (probably seen them before) of my natural journey through 11 months. Next month will be 1 year of being natural. I'm so excited!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Braidloc log #5 I Love My Hair!

When I first installed braidlocs, I didn’t think I was gonna like them. As I mentioned in a previous post, I tried to comb out the ones in the back and was determined to unravel the rest! But now……but now……I love my hair! It’s really frizzy, but I’ve learned to really like that. Even some of my ends have little knots or have started to harden or rather firm up. I only have a few noticeable braid patterns remaining. I am so excited about this journey.