I almost forgot to post this. I got an email from a reader who said something along the lines of, "Don't think we forgot that you're supposed to be doing monthly hair updates." Hahaha! The promise was every other month hair updates, remember? But here we go!
What can I say about my locs at 16 months? For the past two months, I've been combining them. Look how much thicker they are!
I've had a total love/hate relationship with this experience. I know that it's necessary but I don't like it. I'm not 100% happy with how my locs look right now. Water seems to help them loc together quicker so I've been washing at least every week or every other week. At first the married locs did well on their one. But I noticed that many of them unraveled and produced those wretched 2-headed dragon locs. No me gusta. So I've used rubber bands to keep the ends together.
I HATE this look. It looks so...un-loc-ish and just...weird. After a wash and a week or so, the rubber bands come out.
Can I be honest? Part of me wants to take these locs down and just start over. I am that unhappy with them right now. But I know it's just a phase. In the end, I will happier with stronger and thicker locs and I have to keep reminding myself that this is a journey. And it ain't supposed to be all gumdrops and sprinkles the entire way.
Although I've been going through my own personal loc'd trials and tribulations, I have a greater appreciation for natural hair and locs, in general. The World Natural Hair Show in Atlanta put me on cloud nine, ten and eleven.
I'm also doing a lot of styles. Like...a lot. Straight locs are a thing of the past. Curling the babies take too long so I've been trying to do style them myself.
Still can't get a hold of that basket weave thing. And I've been hooked up with styles from the professionals.
I've been using the Heads and Shoulders 2-in-1 and the locs seem to love it. My dandruff is still out of control but my scalp doesn't itch as much.
And check this out...I haven't had a problem with build-up since visiting my loctician in February. This is a HUGE plus for me.
Re-twisting via palm rolling with Organics Root Stimulator is still the way to go for me. Another plus about combining the locs is that you can't see where I've latched. Which is a good thing!
So yeah...this update is different from my others in that I'm not THAT happy with where my locs are right now. Most of my updates are full of love and adoration for my hair but this whole combining thing has me in a rut. My hair is fuzzier than ever but I don't even care about that anymore. Let's hope the locs can magically combine themselves before I chop them off. I'm kidding...kinda.
Oh...just how many have I combined? I went from 190-somethin' locs to 109. Wow-sers!! And now I'm thinking they are TOO thick. I know...I just can't be satisfied, uh? HA! At this point..I don't know what to do other than just deal with what I got and hope that I learn to love them again. Not that I hate them but....um, yeah...you know. Once these babies combine, I'm going to visit my loctician and get a bad summer color.
Oh....yeeeeah! There is ALWAYS something to look forward to.