Saturday, March 6, 2010

Q&A: Session 2

Q: Have you found any staple products?
A: Sure have! I am not a product junkie in the least. I believe in sticking with what works. Olive oil, castile soap, baking soda and apple cider vinegar are all products that my hair loves. Even if I try something new (which is a rarity), I always go back to those.

Q: How did you deal with friends/family members hating your locs?
A: Honestly, I never cared. I could give two flying flips about what anyone thinks about my hair. I don't even know why people take it so personally. It's YOUR hair. You can do whatever you want with it. The best you can do is educate people about what's going on with your hair. It's up to them if they want to emancipate themselves from the mental slavery that says only straight and long hair is attractive and professional. Besides, I've always been the "different/unconventional" one in my family so my loc'ing was like "B being B".

Q: How do you get rid of the dandruff?
A: The dandruff is still hanging around. I really don't know what else to do besides visit my dermatologist. A reader suggested that I try Head and Shoulders and despite the fact that I hate the way sulfates make my hair feel, I think I'm going to give it a try anyway. Dandruff, for me, is a chronic issue. I've had for many years and I've tried everything. I don't like it but it ain't goin' anywhere so I'm just learning how to deal with it and keep it down to a minimum. 

Q: How often do you wash your locs?
A: When I was latching my hair, I washed it once a week. Now that I'm back to palm rolling I wash it every 2-3 weeks. I don't want to HAVE to wash it every 2-3 weeks, but the itches leave me no other choice.

Q: I latch my locs and love it. Why did you stop?
A: I was terrible at grasping on to the latching concept. I could never do it correctly and ended up with a ton of Y-shaped locs. The locs also appeared to be a lot thinner/skinnier and had more of a box-y shape to them. I just didn't like the look. I prefer rounder/barrel locs and I think they look better with my hair texture. Latching also took longer. Sometimes I do miss it because I was able to wash so often. But I don't regret my decision of going back to palm rolling. You gotta do what works for you!

Q: My locs are at the same month of yours but I mine still look super fuzzy. What am I doing wrong?
A: Hey now...what did I tell you? Learn to love the fuzz. It ain't goin' nowhere no time soon. Everyone's locs and hair textures are different. Sometimes I see people whose locs are younger than mine and look more "mature". It is what it is. You aren't doing anything wrong. Say it with me: "THE FUZZ WON'T BUDGE".

Q: I want to start loc'ing my hair. Do you think it's okay if I start them off myself?
A: If you can afford it, I say go to a professional. It's an investment but it is definitely worth it. Loc'ing your hair is a journey and it helps if you have a professional talk you through it. They can provide you with a ton of information and alleviate any nerves you may be having. I think it's important to have a support system. Plus, they REALLY know what they're doing. And let's be honest...if you've never had loc'd hair before, you don't. Save your pennies and get them started off by a professional.

Q: Do you condition your locs?
A: Nope. Since I've struggled with build-up before, I stay faaar away from conditioner since that can only bring about more build-up. At 14 months of loc'ing I can honestly say that I don't "need" conditioner. My scalp stays moisturized thanks to olive oil and the locs stay moisturized by daily spritzes of water or Oyin Handmade's Greg Juice. I'm still going to make a homemade leave-in and deep conditioner though. Stay tuned!

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NESSessary said...

Nice answers! I def. agree with going to a professional to get your locs started, I think it is easier to get it done by a professional first and then maintain it on your own so you can have a relationship with your hair (though there's nothing wrong with going back to a loctitian to get them maintained, but i don't see myself going back anytime soon). I know some people who have started off their locs on their own and it looks amazing, but I couldn't have done it. Do you oil your hair/scalp at all? Are you interested in trying essential oils? EO's is the only thing I want to add to my regime, just to try something new, but like you said i'm always gonna go back and stick with the basics (aloe vera, glycerin, dr. bronner's, and olive oil).

YBW said...

good Q&A session B. Though I'm the opposite I started mine on my own and now I'm going to the loctician for maintenance.

drrph said...

Thanks for answering these great questions! I just started locs abt 1 month ago and I always use your site to answer all my ???.

Unknown said...

A girlfriend of mine used loc extensions to get her through the short phase, and her hair is fabulous. Has anyone else tried this? I'm considering switching to locs, but short hair on my big head is not going to work.

Bsquared86 said...

awesomeness! you inspire me, so much, sis!

i, also, suggest a loctician to start locs, if you are unfamiliar or uncomfortable with starting your own coils, twists, braids, etc. but, as a self starter & DIYer, i must say that it's not as hard as it seems once you get some practice in. and it's cheap! lol. palm rolling/finger twisting is really quite easy.

Blaquegoddess said...

I still get lazy at this stage in the game and will sometimes go nad treat myself to someone else tackling my napps!:)And this is coming from a natural hair care professional.I have those times when I don't want to do a thing just cover it and go about my life, but for the most part my naural journey has been enlightening.And it is good to always know how to take care of your tresses yourself. I teach my clients about the products to use and those to stay away from. It's about empowering yourself and embracing your crown!
Peace&much luv