Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Twisting up 2.5 months of new growth

**Lots of pics**

Yeah! I haven't touched my roots for a LONG time (since February ha!) and, well, I don't care :-) see, I want my locs to have healthy strong root beds and for my hair type, latching it once a month was TOO much stress on my hair! So, I let it be, until yesterday. I knew I did NOT want to latch, even though it is WAY convenient for me when I'm working out etc.

Over the weekend I went to this little beauty supply shop to check out some products. I must have been there forever reading all of the labels to make sure nothing gross or full of chemicals was going in my hair :-) I left with the Taliah Waajid Black Earth Lock & Twist gel. I picked this gel since it was water based, non flaky, had no alcohol and smelled pretty decent too!

Anyways, as I was going through my hair after my clarifying adventure, I noticed a few of my locs had married themselves lol which is ok, because they were pretty thin to begin with - Apparently they have been that way for a while because I wasn't able to pull them apart, so I just let them be.

I decided I definitely was not twisting up my whole head, but I would at least do the front half of my head and let the back be (plus, I like how full it look in the back so, yeah I'm leaving that alone) it didn't take long at all to twist up my roots, maybe like 35-40 minutes in total.  So, below are the pics and results! *click to make bigger*

That's it for now! Ciao!


...blah! Do I hate this! haha! Dear apple cider vinegar, can you please not smell so PUTRID?! - signed, me!

So, the other day I was looking at my locs and thought about the last time I used some *nasty* ACV lol! it was a while ago! BUT it was definitely needed as my locs were looking rather D U L L! ugh, I don't like it when my hair doesn't look full of life and is dull/drab in color!

Over the weekend, I went to buy my supplies - ACV from Trader Joes, I also picked up their Tea Tree tingle shampoo - couldn't resist, it was only like $2! So anyways, I dreaded using the ACV as I just detest and LOATHE the smell - it's nasty! ok! Oh and I got a small bottle of Dawn to keep in my bathroom lol for clarifying purposes!

So I begin! I poured the ACV in an empty spray bottle (I recycled from some curly hair product I used to use) and went to spraying! I think this technique will be my favorite rather than dumping the mess all over my head as I did in the past.  I like this method better as it allows the ACV to sit, soak and absorb into my locs. **Side bar** I was sneezing like crazy spraying that stuff all over my hair lol! The smell isn't AS bad when it's sprayed, but still! **end** I didin't spray too much that it was dripping all over me, but my locs were good and saturated with ACV.  I let it sit on my head a little over 30 minutes while I did some stuff.  I took a look in the mirror to check out my locs and I could already see that the dullness had subsided, GOOD!

So off I go to wash/rinse this stuff out! My hair felt S O dry! This stuff is incredibly drying to my hair :-( oh well. After a good long, HOT rinse, I got out to check on my locs again to make sure whatever may have been or could have been in my hair was gone! Oh and to see how sparkly, squeeky clean my locs were! My hair looked good, but I believe I am paranoid and thought I saw something so back I went to put a *little* bit of dawn on my hair, for good measure! This was even MORE drying to my poor hair! ugh! So after another good, long, hot rinse I ofcourse wanted to put something moisturizing on my hair to make it feel better lol! I felt bad for my hair! it felt so brittle and rough *sad*

I washed with that Tea Tree Tingle shampoo - oooh! I love it! it's all tingly and smells DIVINE! I like all the certified organic stuff in it too! So I am finally done with my hair, so I wrap it up to get all the excess water out, then let my hair air dry. Thankfully it doesn't take too long for my hair to dry since it is still pretty short.

Oh yeah, I do use my pantene clarifying shampoo once a week, but CLEARLY it wasn't doing the trick, so it looks like I'm going to have to use that *nasty* ACV every other week, or at least every 3 weeks or something! I don't like my hair looking dull! While I realize it isn't going to shine the way it used to, there is still no excuse for dull hair :-) even if I have to endure the assault to my nostrils ahem, ACV!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Month six - W O W!!!

**6 month pics**

OK!!! What! 6 months! CRAZY!!! and Amazing :-)

Six month hair stuff:
- ok, as always.....I LOOOOOOOOVE my hair! just thought I'd let you know!
- my hair is still getting thick *check that 3rd picture*
- see that last pic? yeah well I haven't done anything to my roots...and don't plan on it! ha! I'm letting my hair just.be. and it is wonderful!
- I'm still using all natural hair stuff *that coconut oil is my absolute favorite*, except when I use a clarifying shampoo :(
- Lush BIG is still one of my favorites, but I recently started back using my mop c hydrating shampoo. I used this stuff when I rocked my curls because it is 1. organic 2. hydrating 3. sulfate-free 4. preserves color (which was important to me since I had platinum blonde hair!)  5. it has mango, black currant & orange - the cirtus-y scent is perfect after my morning workouts!
- ***BIG UPDATE*** ok, so recently I've noticed my hair is getting stiffer and harder *yippee* my hair is starting to condense! WOOP!!! it's so cool just to see the transformations my hair goes through, seemingly over night!
- the condensation isn't up the whole loc, just yet, but it is hard  in some places and not as flexible as the rest of the loc!!! I was super excited to notice this cool change in my hair! Also the tips of my locs are definitely sealing and getting hard

So that's it! Just some quick updates!

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