Happy 1 Year Anniversary To My Locs!

FeaturedHappy 1 Year Anniversary To My Locs!

I cannot begin to express how grateful I am for my lil babies. I love all 76 of them (I think there’s 76) lol. I plan on counting them again, but anyways….My year was on July 11th. I remember it so clearly too! I’ve always wanted to loc my hair, but I wasn’t too sure on when, and of course you want to make sure you are ready. And I was that day. It was a sudden urge for me to do it and I just went for it!

Look at the progress (happy tears)

 

I must admit the length now is too much lol. I’ve always switched my hairstyles, but most of my favorite and convenient styles were worn short, so this is interesting yet I am happy to try something different. I don’t look forward to going back either, like I’ve said before I like my fro, but I love my locs. The convenience of it alone wins, because I can’t stand having to do my hair every day, especially as a personal trainer. Having a busy schedule works wonders when you’re not all up in your head all the time, and wash day is a breeze!

I still do not use a lot of product, and I wash once or twice a week, and not re-twisting each time either. To be honest, you don’t need to re twist on a schedule, just when you feel you really need it. On average, I probably re-twist every other month. I like the new growth, but when it’s time, you’ll now. You just have to listen to your hair. I still use the VO5 shampoo (clarifying shampoo) and conditioner. I like the VO5 conditioner because it is not thick, and more on the watery side. Now always keep in mind that a journey, is just that, and most importantly it is YOURS, so always do what works for you.

It’s nice to get advice, and ideas from others, but when you figure out something for you, it may or may not work for others. That’s okay, keep embracing your journey and continue to learn. This can go for anything! The focus though is on you, you’ll know what works, and you’ll know what you deserve. A journey for me, is actually about listening to yourself more, and not being moved by distractions or popularity. It’s about finding the pieces to a puzzle, putting them together, and making something beautiful from it….LIFE!

Have fun with it, and live your life happily!

Til next time,

M0j0

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DreadLock Update Month NINE!

Holy Chitpotle Guacamole y’all! It’s been 9 months (April 11th) since locking my hair, where is the time going?!?!?!?! I seriously almost forgot about this months update, but here I am. My babies are everything!!! I remember feeling a little anxious and nervous, a few months back, but as time went on, I don’t even think about it anymore. Me locking my hair, as I mentioned before, has opened my mind to other things. I don’t have time for my hair, because she doesn’t really require it, except washing and caring for her as usual, but not styling so much has helped me to work on other, more important things in my life right now. Maybe I can go a little deeper into that (using time wisely and such) but anyway…

I went swimming the first time with my locs about a week ago, at night, in a heated pool LOL. I honestly haven’t had that much fun in awhile. I didn’t worry about my locs one bit. They are at the point of no return. I was confident that my locs would be okay and they were.

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My hair dried, in which I washed and conditioned the next day, and viola nothing bad happened. I’ve heard a few stories here and there on not swimming in chlorine water, but in all honesty, it didn’t quite make sense to me, so I ignored those stories, and did it for myself. I’m not going to allow anyone, nor my hair, limit me from having a little splish splash fun LOL. I still used the VO5 to wash (yeah yeah its cheap, but so am I, and being cheap ain’t hurt me one bit). I also used a protein conditioner from Mango & Lime (stuff smells pretty good too). I then allowed my locs to air dry, after applying a little bit of extra virgin olive oil to seal in the moisture.

My locs felt sooooo good. I always allow the water to soak for a while when I’m in the shower, and I’ll squeeze out the extra water before getting out. None of these steps changed really for me, except I don’t use as many products as I did before when I had my fro out. Another thing I’ve began using, well 2 times so far, is the interlocking tool for the loose strands near the bottom. I had a few locs that had small strands of hair peaking through the ends, and it was okay, but I kept messing with it out of the habit of thinking and tugging the hair. I had to hide these strands before I pulled them out. We all know to not disturb the loc by cutting the strands as it is still a part of the loc and I didn’t want to mess that up no way! 

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By the way, I still don’t twist/ palmroll every month, like I did in the very beginning. I believe twisting every other month to every other 2 months is working wonders for me so far…..

So there you have it, another brief update. I still can’t believe it’s been 9 months, we are getting closer to the year. I’m still debating on dying my locs, I want different colors however, but instead I’m just going to add some decor to them and wait it out until I know for sure. So we will see….

Stay tuned for the next update and happy locing 😛

M0j0

Loc Update: Month 8! :) (:

Loc Update: Month 8! :) (:

3/11/2017 Marks the 8th month of locking my hair, and I haven’t retwisted (as of yet). I am still on the less is more journey. So far, it is working for me. I have no desire to retwist on a monthly schedule, but only as needed. To be honest, I’ve always enjoyed the more relaxed, worn out look. Not too many people are comfortable with that, but to me, it is the most beautiful. I just enjoy the look of comfort, just as I do glammed up look. My routine still, and will probably never change, as I mentioned before. This is somewhat of the same routine I had with my loose natural hair. I do as needed. SIMPLE! I don’t believe in doing anything really in a routine way. We are not robots and should not behave as so. But to do things when needed, for me, allows more freedom and growth along the way. This is the same feeling I have towards my hair. Both journey’s, for myself, prosper more when I am relaxed. This means to go with the flow of things. Every now and then, I will do palm rolling, so my locs get the shape I want. Sometimes, I’ll find some that look a little flat, so I’m obligated to palmroll as I don’t want the flat look. After a good deep wash however, I don’t see any flat locs, and I’ll just air dry, and without retwisting. You’ll be shocked of how comfortable it is not having to retwist each time you wash. It is not always necessary, but to each its own.

 

So, there you have it. Another brief update. I am honestly looking forward to the first year 07/11/2017. I think I’ll be a little more excited then, but for now I am pleased with the progress of my dreadlocks, and thinking of adding some shells or beads for my 1st year or something. Side note…was also thinking of dyeing some of them, here and there. Don’t know yet, but I want to do something special for them. They deserve a little something something yes? We will see, all I know is the sun is coming out, and the summer time is going to be hot!

Loc Update: Month 7! ^_^

Jumping for JOY!

I think this has been my favorite month thus far. But then again, I fall more and more in love each month with my lil babies. I thought the last month had a lot of changes, but after washing my locs and feeling them as I palm rolled, I was surprised, and pleased of course.

My journey has been very much like my life in general, and with all that being said, that’s what makes the journey fun! I didn’t know what to expect really, and just went for it, and sometimes that’s exactly what we have to do in life, just go for it and see where it takes you.

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I waited about 1.5 months prior to re-twisting. I still used the VO5 shampoo/ a little bit of conditioner, and a little of Shea Moisture’s hibiscus curling cream. I still only use extra virgin olive oil to moisturize, and only do so as needed. Anything with my dreadlocks are when needed, just like me…. simple :).

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As I said before, and will always say…Less is truly more. The less product and time you spend on your locs, or hair in general, the more it will flourish. We spend so much time on our physical sometimes, and forget about spending time on other things…That’s a whole other topic, but just know the less you do to your hair, the more you open up to other opportunities in your life. Any journey you endure will open new ventures, so trying something different can, and will do something to you.

Locking my hair definitely has done something to me, and I’ve heard it happen to others. There’s is nothing like it, and certainly a part of growing up. This is why it is important to do things accordingly, when you are ready…. You will begin to see things differently, and it simply starts with a change.

What will you learn, if you decide to grow?

M0j0

Deadlock Update! (Month 4 Locs)

11.11.2016 Marks my 4th month of being loc’d. I used the same products as mentioned before, and don’t have the desire to change that, well for now…

I’m definitely feeling more weight on them, and I feel them creeping down my neck more. It’s actually quite annoying, and was before as my loose hair was growing out. Makes me want to cut, but I won’t. I’m just letting my locs do their own thing. I started a new project with my job, so I definitely don’t have the time to mess with my hair much. I guess that’s a good thing considering I can’t leave them alone sometimes. Leaving them alone, to me, has allowed me to see more progress. It’s kind of scary actually. It’s only been four months!

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I am beyond amazed at their progress. My lil babies are plump, frizzy, and soft.

Don’t sleep on that VO5! it is super cheap and works better than most expensive shampoos/conditioners. I’m currently using the kiwi scent. I haven’t used a protein conditioner in awhile, but don’t need to at the moment. I always suggest listening to your hair, she will tell you what she needs.

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Whatever you decide to use, just make sure you wash her. It helps with the locking process, seriously. Also, don’t be afraid to trim those ends. Most of my locs have budded, or bulbed, at the end (yes I said bulbed) and when I have little straggly ends I will clip  them. It helps to bud those ends, in my opinion. Besides, those straggly ends can be annoying if you ask me.

Dreadlocks are like plants, flowers to be exact. You water them, which feeds them and nourishes them. You really don’t have to do much, which is one of the reasons why I love them so much. I use to spend hours on styling my hair, and now those styles are no longer factor for me. It is about simplicity and progress, which defines me and my goals.

Cheers to more and more!!!

M0j0

 

Am I The Only One Who Talks To Her Locs?….

Am I The Only One Who Talks To Her Locs?….

“I love you”,  “you are looking so beautiful”,  “y’all something else”….These are some of the many things I find myself saying to my locs…..

And I know it sounds funny, but so be it, I like my weirdness. I’m curious to know how many others do the same? I’ve watched so many dreadlock videos on YouTube, and read a ton of blogs, forums, etc. and it just amazes me how much we love our hair. And deep down I believe it is more than our hair.

What I’ve learned about talking to my locs is that it’s a motivation for me, even though I’m talking directly to them. Maybe because I’m still at a gentle stage with my locs, but the changes we’ve been though so far makes me love them more and more each day. This to me is a reflection of me, and the changes with my locs are changing me. I’ve always been pretty easy-going, but now I look forward to not being so easy going. I am inspired by my locs because they are low maintenance, yet they are evolving, and I want evolve with them.

My love and patience with my locs have allowed me to put that same attention to myself as a whole. So talking to my locs gives them, and myself, the courage to work harder for another day. I know this sounds deeper than the thought itself, but it’s true. How you talk to yourself is a reflection of yourself, so remember to be kind.

Allow yourself time to embrace all changes in your life. Allow yourself to love and cherish all things around you, but it begins with you. Your mind, what you say, what you do, how you dress, style your hair, etc. What I’m looking forward to in this journey is opening up more, and its funny how one little thing can make you do that. So don’t be afraid to talk to your locs, hell don’t be afraid to talk to yourself. Sometimes you don’t need answers, you need to release, and other times you may need to love yourself just a little more.

So tell me, do you talk to your locs aka lil babies?

*Featured image is from Google images “Loc art” (not sure who the artist was)

 

Monthly Loc Update (Month 3)

Monthly Loc Update (Month 3)

October 11, 2016 marks the 3rd month since having my locs. They are becoming extremely frizzy and knotty, damnear unmanageable this time around.

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Since I’ve stopped using coconut oil, I’ve noticed I can go longer without having to wash my hair. It seems I’m experiencing less product build-up, which is very nice. I’m still using olive oil to moisturize. My hair loves olive oil! I am also doing more scalp rubs between washes. This has helped me loosen up any dirt, or build-up, and it feels good, so why not. This time around, I used VO5 Kiwi Clarifying shampoo and conditioner. I’ve always loved using VO5 because it is very affordable and my hair loves it. I used the Mimosa Hair pomade to palm-roll. I’m really trying to cut back on using anything with coconut oil, although this stuff has beeswax in it.

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Every now and then, I’ll get little strands hanging from the end of the loc. At first, I was knotting it back to the loc, then I began cutting them, and now I’m knotting it back into the loc again. I guess it depends on how straggly it looks, but for the most part I try to knot them back into the loc. I counted my locs again and got 76 this time, and before I got to around 80. I’m just glad to have less than 100, because I ain’t got the time LOL.

 

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I’ve been itching for some color, and possibly thinking of getting a purplish/red-ish color, but I’m still going to wait, maybe another 6- 9 months. I just want my locs to mature completely before I began messing with it. You don’t want to do too much in the beginning stages…..

I’ve been seeing some lint too, so I’ve been wrapping up my hair more. Whenever I’m not doing anything, or just cleaning around the house, I will wrap her up. I definitely want to prevent as much lint as I can, although it is bound to happen, I still don’t wan’t linty locs.

So look and listen to your hair.  Sometimes we look for answers when our hair already knows what she wants. Don’t be afraid to re-visit a product, or cut something out, you just never know what your hair really needs until you…..

Try something different 😉

M0j0