3 September 2013

Month 17

Hello all,

As some of my locs made one year and five months today I'll continue with the photos and updates I was planning to share with you.

Aside from my unloc'd roots, shrinkage didn't seem as prominent as it had been which was allowing my locs to appear longer and making styling a little easier. I'd been comfortably wearing my hair in the following style for days at a time - click here.

Five months ago I wrote that I was going to avoid trimming my locs to be able to see as much growth as possible and I'm glad to say that since my ends had sealed I was been able to do just that. The one thing I did feel the need to do was groom my locs via pruning (trimming stray hairs along the outer shafts) in order to control frizz. I found that palm-rubbing wasn't effective enough due to how frequently I was washing my hair.

(photo take in mid August).

when will the ends stop curling up like this?

(photos taken a day before combing out my locs).

retwisting with coconut oil

The overall condition of my hair is quite good at the moment. As the weather in August has been modest compared with July's hot spell, here in the UK, my hair has been able to retain its softness between washes. I've just been infrequently spritzing my hair with water and applying my raw coconut oil.

Remember that time I was so frustrated with my "unravelling fro" that I sort advise from a loc'd guy I saw on the bus? Well recently it was my turn to give advise, on a bus no less. A lady with slim, probably shoulder length locs (that were up in a ponytail at the time) asked for advice on minimising damage when colouring her hair. I was ogling her locs at first so I was slightly taken aback when she chimed in with her question. I directed her to the products I'd used to lighten my hair with considerably less risk/damage than when I'd experimented with bleach. She seemed keen to give it a go and got off the bus shortly after, but not before asking whether I was free-forming and then complimenting me on how bright and thick my locs were. That sort of made my day.

 (photos taken a week before I started combing my locs out - click here).

I'll leave it there and get back to everyone once I've decided what I want to do with my locs and two strand twists.


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  1. Hi there, I found your blog some weeks ago and have read most (if not all) of your posts. They are very helpful and your progression was divine. I am having problems sleeping with my baby locs... Do you have any tips on sleeping? I started my locs by two strand twists and back combing. They are just past my ears (not stretched). I have pictures on my blog if you need so see what my hair looks like. Oh, I also only have 35 because I adore thick locs. Thank you very much. And good look on your new twists. Your locs looked great to me, but I'm sure the extra will make them look even greater. Take care!

    1. Just message me with your blog address and I'd be glad to follow your journey Quinisha :)

  2. When I first read this post I was like: NOOOOOOOO. But then I read the one after and saw that you only re-did them. hahaha oops, not that i have a say or anything, but you can say I'm living through your experiences right now. ;) :D

    Love the bottom pictures... the field of wild flowers... such a beautiful and colorful backdrop for you and your red locs.

    I can't wait to see what you decide to do. Hope you are well! TTYS

    1. When I first wrote this post I was like: NOOOOOOO. It was so, so very tedious to comb them out but what's done is done. Love those flowers as well. They're new, planted right in the city centre of my hometown. We'd just gone out for a birthday meal and as I was dressed up and always have my camera ready I thought why not teehee.

      I'll update in a couple of weeks. Sent a msg to your tumblr!

  3. Oh, thanks for the help! The link to my blog is www.quinslocs.blogspot.com and I have Instagram with more pictures @BeautifulQuin.

    I can't wait for your next update!
    Take care!

    1. I'll have an update ready for October :)

      Thanks for the info. I'll be sure to keep up with your journey Quin!