|fully loc'd and freshly retwisted|
Well I didn't waste any time. I went to a professional who retwisted my locs and salvaged what she could from my unravelling fro.
Stylers Afro Hair Salon: I went in for a quick chat to find out what had gone wrong with my hair and where I could go from here. I hate to be the demanding, fussy customer but with a journey like this and so many inappropriate salon experiences behind me I had to be clear.
Upon initial inspection, Charlie, the manager, felt I'd have to start over from scratch (Smiling away, I cried a little inside). Her method of choice for starter locs was an unusual combination of back-combed two strand twists that were interlocked at the roots. She was confident that this was the best way to ensure the locs wouldn't unravel, which of course was exactly my problem.
She could see my parts were still visible in areas and I reassured her that it looked worst than it was because my hair is thick. I explained that I would prefer to continue with the comb coil method with the intention of not washing my hair for a month. She went on to say that because my parts were so big comb coiling would be difficult but having done them myself I persisted (I was aware she thought I was too stubborn at this point). We came to the conclusion that I would be booked in for the next day and that I should do some research beforehand to consider her method. Of course I understood what benefits her method would have for my locs and how comb coiling is an up hill struggle but I trust the process.
For the sum of £60 I got a overhaul retwist using the comb method and an aloe vera gel that I had bought after being offered a choice of only Organics loc gel or some type of wax at the salon.
Now for the pros and cons starting with the cons:
- I don't think it should have taken three hours to twist 65-68 locs. With no prior washing and only 15 minutes under the drier I did wonder why it took so long.
- Once she reached the front of my head she seemed to lose track of where she laid the clips which meant my locs were sticking up very oddly when they dried.
- She twisted several locs too tightly, not at the roots but down the length. Many of them are actually curly now.
- The manager tried to charge me £65 because she felt my hair was "long". I had to speak up once she gave me her price card that stated £60. She didn't discount any further for having parts already set out and bringing my own product.
On the plus side:
- They were very patient and accommodating even though I asked for quite a bit.
- She let me have what I asked for without complaint.
- She gave good advice and seemed to know what she was talking about which was also backed up by her stylist's skills.
- The drier wasn't too hot or on for too long so I don't foresee any heat damage.
- The salon was clean and quiet.
- There was no pressure to come back, as in she didn't roll her eyes when I mentioned wanting to look after them myself, instead she gave good advice.
- She took before and after photos which suggests she is proud of the service quality she provides.
- Three hours may have been a good thing because each loc was thoroughly and consistently twisted without lumps or bumps.
- It didn't hurt at all and nothing was sore or tender when I left.
DREADLOCKS ARE A LIFESTYLE
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