Almost a Month Wearing Locs – My New Retwist Hairstyle

I am so loving my new locs. They are almost looking like real dreads. Each time I wash my hair and retwist it, they look more like locs and less frizzy. Now that my hair is starting to lock, I am trying to do new hairstyles that will help to change up my looks. Yes! I am feeling much more confident in styling my hair. I just did my second wash yesterday and retwisted my locs. My hairstyle may not be perfect, but it’s a start. You can see the finished style below in the images. Follow along with me on my exciting loc journey. I hope you are enjoying the transition as I am.

Remember not to be scared to wash your locs, as this will help them lock faster. I can see some of mine are ‘budding,’ as they call it. It’s like each strand of loc takes on their own unique form during the locking process. Most people recommend not to retwist your hair too often, but I guess if you are doing the twist really tight, that’s when you can damage your hair. I try not to twist the roots too tight.

I notice that they eventually start locking even when I twist them loosely. If you think about people who do freeform dreadlocks, they don’t do much to their hair except for washing it, and their hair still lock fast on it’s own. It’s amazing! I don’t have perfect parts, not that it matters because only the front of my hair shows the part, and that is only usually when I freshly retwist my hair. Also, remember that the roots of your hair will always be loose because your hair will constantly have new growth.

Second Wash & Retwist – Locs Are Almost a Month Old

Getting Locs – Am I Really Ready for This Big Hair Change

I wrote a blog post about going back to my natural hair last year. Right now I’ve decided to get locs or dreads. I think I am ready for the big change. On December 28th 2013, I palm rolled my hair, but unlike the last time I did it, I decided to just leave them and let them lock. Last week after reading anything I could find on the internet about washing baby locs, I finally washed my hair. At first I was scared that my locs would unravel, but they didn’t. They were looking frizzy after the wash, but I eventually got rid of that after I re-twisted my hair.

I used the Jamaican Mango and Lime Resistant Formula Locking Gel to do my re-twist. It smelled good and didn’t leave any flakes in my hair. I read somewhere that washing your new dreads are actually beneficial, contrary to what some people may think. I am getting ready for another wash soon now that I know that my hair won’t unravel. I like to smell the fresh sent of the shampoo after washing. Someone recommended Sauve shampoo, so I tried the Suave Shea Butter and Almond. Even five days after washing my hair with it, I still smell the heavenly smell.

At first when you get new dreads, you will have to go through different phases such as frizziness, but after your hair is locked, it should get way better. I am going to stick it out and not get discouraged. When locs are matured I think they look so beautiful. It’s time to embrace my beautiful hair and wear it with pride. Make sure to check back for more updates on my locs journey. Also, see the photo below of my second week of wearing my hair in locs. I cut off a lot of my hair before I started, but I know it will grow back in time.

First Locs Wash & Retwist

Palm Rolling – Keeping Your Locs Looking Fresh and Neat

If you are wearing your natural hair in locs or twists, you definitely want to make sure that they are looking fresh and neat at all times. My hair is natural and I recently did the twist, but they were getting a little fuzzy, so I used the palm rolling technique to get them looking nice again. This is an easy technique that anyone can use as long as you have the right hair products. Let me explain the simple steps that I used to palm roll my natural hair.

I started my palm rolling by separating the loose section of my hair from the part that I was going to be working on. Grab your jar of locking get. As I said in my blog post “The Easy Way to Twist Your Natural Hair into Beautiful Locs” I use the Organic Root Stimulator Lock and Twist Gel, and would highly recommend it.

Organic Root Stimulator Lock and Twist Gel

Organic Root Stimulator Lock and Twist Gel

 

  • Apply some of the locking get to a strand of loc (hair).
  • Use your fingers to gather all the stray hair at the root.
  • Hold the hair, from the root, in the palm of your hands (your palms should look like when you are about to say your prayers).
  • Palm roll the hair, using a twisting motion, in the direction that the hair was originally twisted in, all the way to the ends.

Palm Rolling Natural Hair

  • Use a Duck Bill to hold down each section of the palm rolled hair.
  • Follow the same pattern to palm roll all your hair.
  • Go under the hairdryer to dry your hair thoroughly.

 

Natural Hair After Palm Roll Technique