I know I haven’t been giving regular updates on my locs journey, but here I am. It’s better to be late than never. I have been through the frizzy hair period and the frustrations, but I am glad that I didn’t give up. My locs are growing so beautifully right now. I am amazed at how thick they have gotten over the past months. If you look at my previous post: Almost a Month Wearing Locs – My New Retwist Hairstyle, you can see the difference in the texture of my hair as well as the length.
As your locs mature and starts to lock, you will notice some shrinkage in your hair, but as time goes by, the length will start to show. My ends are looking so much better these days and my hair is looking more like locs. One thing I’ve also experienced during my locs journey is that not everyone will approve of your transition, but that is another story for another post. All I can say is that I am loving my hair right now and I would encourage you to not give up. It will get better.
Here are a few of my photos that I have taken recently. I am still dealing with the fuzz, but at least I can try new styles without worrying that my hair is going to unravel.
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
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.