FAQ’s About My Locs

Below are the answers to questions people frequently ask me about my locs.

How many locs do you have? I have 100 locs.20151212_170559

Did you start your own locs? No, I had a professional stylist start my locs.

How did you start your locs? My locs started as two strand twists.

How often do you wash your hair? Every 2-3 weeks.

How often do you retwist? I retwist every time I wash so every 2-3 weeks.

What method do you use to retwist? My locs are palm rolled.

How long was it before your hair began to loc? I think it was about a 1-1/2 before I started to notice budding.

Who maintains your locs? I currenly maintain my locs on my own.

How do you maintain your locs? I spray my scalp with apple cider vinegar an hour or two before I wash my hair. I wash my hair with Dr. Bronner Castile Soap. Do a final rinse in cold water. I retwist with 100% aloe vera gel. I moisturize 4-5 times a week.

How do you reduce frizz? When I wash I do a final rinse with cold water.

What do you retwist with? I just use 100% Aloe Vera Gel or I make a DIY Aloe Vera Loc Gel.

What do you use to wash your locs? I wash my hair with Castile Soap.

What types of oils do you use on your locs? Mainly Extra Virgin Olive Oil and coconut oil.

How do you moisturize your locs? I make my own Coconut Water Leave in Spray that can be used daily, using a mixture of aloe vera juice, coconut water, and essential oils. I like to Moisturize Scalp With Oils. I use a mixture of carrier oils (i.e olive oil, coconut oil) and essential oils (i.e lavender oil, tea tree oil).

Do you have any tutorials? Yes, check out our YouTube channel @naturalnessdotcom.

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If you have any other questions feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll add them to the list.

 

 

Weight Gain Update

20161127_100349 In September of last year after losing 18 pounds post surgery I set a weight gain goal of 160 pounds. I started my journey at 144 pounds, 34C-29-38.

I ran into a few challenges at first. Due to my restricted diet along with exercise I couldn’t intake enough calories to gain any weight. I was eating six times a day and exercising was kind of cancelled out any extra calories I was taking in. So, I decided to just focus on weight gain and limited my physical activity to just walking 30 mins a day.

It took about a year to reach my weight goal. At that point I joined a boxing gym and started taking kickboxing conditioning, boxing conditioning, and d.u.t. classes. I have been a member of the boxing gym for 3 months now. I weighed myself this morning at the gym and I’m a solid 165 pounds. My measurements are now 32D-28-40. 20161127_100328I started working out 5 times a week but I think that was too much too soon and I started having bad pain in both knees. I continued going to the gym but was limited to the amount of activities I could do. At that point I started doing only kickboxing conditioning 3 times a week. It took about a month for my knee to heal and to get back into the full exercise routine. Recently I started a second job and I’m now working 80 hours a week and can only work out Saturday and Sunday.

I’m very pleased with the results. Even though I’m over my goal weight, It’s all muscle. Adding more weight really isn’t a concern for me as long as it’s healthy weight. I’m a lot stronger than when I started. I love my gym and what I’m doing is fun and I know I will stick with it.

 

Sanaa Lathan Says “No Makeup. No Weaves” For Summer ’16

Great to see her embrace natural beauty and encourage other women to do the same.

Source: Sanaa Lathan Says “No Makeup. No Weaves” For Summer ’16

Flexi Rod Curls on Locs

20160625_105427Today is Loc Appreciation Day! It is also my hair day. This is the third curl style I have tried on my locs. First, I did Pipe Cleaner Curls, then I did Perm Rod Curls and now the Flexi Rods. A few things I like about flexi rods:20160624_175800

  • They are soft and easy to manipulate.
  • I can sleep in them.
  • They come in a variety of sizes.
  • They are easy to take out without unraveling my hair.
  • Loose curls.

This is a style a would definitely try again. Even though I left my flexi rods in over night and sat under the dryer the next morning the front still didn’t get completely dry. So, the next time around I need to make sure they are dry and I will have tighter curls and the flexi rods will probably slip out even more easily.

I hope you like this style and enjoy Loc Appreciation Day!
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It’s My 3 Year Lociversary!!

Today is my three year loc anniversary and my hair has come along way since day one. I love my locs to death and don’t regret my decision one bit. When I first got locs I didn’t realize how versatile they were. I learn new things every year. It’s awesome how much they have grown and changed over the years. Below is are pictures from each year:

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Year 2
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Perm Rods on Locs

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Last time I curled my locs I used pipe cleaners. I loved the results but with pipe cleaners you have to buy them every time I want to curl my hair and pipe cleaners create real tight curls if left in overnight. This time around I tried perm rods so I won’t have to keep buying them every time I want curls. Perm rods come in different sizes so you can choose how big or small you want your curls to be. I chose the long, 3/8″ perm rods for tight curls but not as tight as pipe cleaners.

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Coconut Oil Pulling Update

2016-02-14 11.51.18A couple of months ago I created a post about coconut oil pulling and thought I’d give you an update. I can’t do it! I did good for about 6 weeks then I just started forgetting and eventually lost interest. In the 6 weeks I didn’t notice any results. I know results may take some time but I’m not good at sticking with things for an extended period of time especially when it’s unpleasant when I don’t see the benefits. It wasn’t that it tasted bad but I can’t even drink water first thing in the morning so I had to push myself to do this. If it was more convenient I probably would have been more patient and stuck with it.

What would have made the experience better?
– I made bites for more convenience but since coconut oil melts I had to store them in the refrigerator because I couldn’t store it in the bathroom. The fridge made it too easy to forget about. If I were able to store them in the bathroom I would have remembered to use them.
– If it was liquid it would have been easier to use and store in the bathroom but if you buy coconut oil already in it’s liquid form it isn’t pure and my bathroom isn’t warm enough to melt solid coconut oil.

Would I recommend it?
I don’t want to discourage other people from trying it. I read results can take about 3 months so I although I didn’t see results I’m not going to knock anyone from trying. If you decide to try it, you just have to be patient unlike me. It didn’t do any harm. I may do some more research on the subject and find what works best for me. I have been trying too many new things lately which makes it harder to stick with things. So, maybe I’ll revisit this again in the future but right now I’m done.

Curly Tee Towel Review

20160416_105409 I purchased the Curly Tee Towel because of the design. I wash my hair in the shower so before I start to style it I like to lotion up and put some clothes on. With regular towels it’s a challenge to keep them in place which I do all these. The Curly Tee Towel not only stays in place, it also provides other benefits according to their website.20160416_165340

Benefits:

– Reduces breakage and retains length
– Frizz free hair
– Absorbs water
– 100% cotton jersey
– Vegan & earth friendly
see more Curly Tee Towel benefits on the site.

11535796_1019593218075379_3460645402011377908_nReview:
It comes in 2 sizes and the extra large is big enough for my locs. Before I purchased the Curly Tee Towel I was drying my hair with a microfiber towel which helps eliminate frizz itself so I didn’t notice a change in frizz but it was less than normal towels. 20160416_183701As far as water absorption, my microfiber towel was more absorbent but like normal towels the microfiber towel doesn’t stay in place when I get ready as the Curly Tee Towel does. However, since the Curly Tee Towel is less absorbent if you leave it hanging long the water kind of pooled at the bottom and started dripping down my back. I have locs so they are harder to dry anyway so people with other hair types probably do not experience this problem. Next time, I’ll tie it on top and see if I experience the same problem. So, it’s kind of give and take between a microfiber towel and the Curly Tee Towel but given the length of my hair and my need for something that stays in place, I think I’ll stick with the Curly Tee Towel unless someone comes out with a great microfiber design.

Dry Scalp Problems

Two weeks ago, I got my locs professionally styled for the first time in 2 years. My locs are about two years and 10 months right now and I still love them.

I would like to keep my hair up longer when it’s styled but unfortunately I suffer from dry scalp and after a few days to a week my scalp starts looking white. I wish I could keep styles longer but I need to find a way that works for me to keep my scalp moisturized. I spray my scalp daily with a Coconut Water Leave in Spray and I even Moisturize Scalp With Oils but it only helps for about another week. My stylist told me I should use Sea Breeze on my scalp between washes to helps with my dry scalp but with updos itching is a problem and I can’t get to the whole scalp. I hope to find a way to keep my scalp moisturized so my styles will last longer.

 

Gelatin for Blackheads. Does It Work?

20160326_095207 My nose is a problem area for me so I have been looking for solutions to get rid of blackheads in that area. In my research I ran across a lot of posts on gelatin for blackheads so I decided to try it out. It’s only two ingredients.

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp Gelatin

1 1/2 Tbsp Milk

 

I mixed the gelatin and milk together. I only had almond so I tried using it hoping I’d get the same results. I place the gelatin mixture in the microwave for 15 seconds. When it’s ready, I mixed it well and applied immediately to my face. It smells pretty bad but it’s unnoticeable after a few minutes. I let it sit on my face for 15 minutes (or until dry). My face became very stiff. Once dry I tried moving every muscle in my face to make it easier to peel off. 20160326_095457

Results:

After I peeled the gelatin mask off my face my face was very smooth. I noticed more fine hairs on the strips than blackheads but I did see some blackheads on the strips. So, does it work? Yes but I think it left some blackheads behind. I like how my face felt afterwards so I’d probably try it again. At least until I use up all the gelatin I already have.

Fermented Alkalizing Green Drink Mix

20160218_090158I like to use Alkalizing Green Drink Mix in my smoothies. Eating alkalized foods is the fastest and most effective way to balance pH. There are a lot of foods high in alkaline mainly fruit and green vegetables. If you have a hard time getting enough fruits and vegetables in each day this is a good alternative.

Benefit of Alkaline:

– Boosts energy
– Important for bone health
– Help boost pH balance
– Improve immune system
– Prevent kidney stones

 

Ingredients:20160218_090139

Organic Greens Blend
{organic fermented grass blend [barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) (aerial parts), oat (Avena sativa) (aerial parts), wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) (aerial parts), alfalfa (Medicago sativa) (aerial parts)], organic spirulina (Arthrospira platensis) (algae), organic chlorella (Chlorella vulgaris) (algae), organic dulse (Rhodymenia palmetta) (seaweed)} – 235 grams
Fiber Blend
[organic inulin (Helianthus tuberosus) (tuber), organic flax seed (Linum usitatissimum) (seed) – 129 grams
Organic Vegetable Blend
[organic kale (Brassica oleracea acephala) (whole plant), organic carrot (Daucus carota) (whole carrot), organic parsley (Carum petroselinum) (whole plant), organic broccoli (Brassica oleracea botrytis cymosa) (whole plant), organic spinach (spinacia oleracea (whole plant)] – 125 grams
Organic Fruit Blend
[organic apple (Malus domestica) (fruit), apple fiber (Malus domestica) (fiber), organic blueberry (Vaccinium myrtilloides) (fruit), organic black currant (Ribes nigrum) (fruit)] – 1.10 grams
Antioxidant & Alkalizing Spice Blend
[green tea extract (Camellia sinensis) (leaves), apple extract (Malus pumila mill) (whole apple), grape seed extract (Vitis vinifera) (seed), organic ginger (Zingiber officinale) (root), organic turmeric (Curcuma longa) (root), organic cinnamon extract (Cinnamomum zeylanicum) (bark)] – 520 mg
Digestive Blend
[Enzyme Blend (protease, amylase, bromelain, cellulase, lactase), Probiotic Blend (L. acidophilus, B. longum, L. casei, L. rhamnosus)] – 85 mg

Other ingredients: Natural elderberry flavour, organic stevia leaf extract (Stevia rebaudiana).

Suggested Use: As a dietary supplement, mix one scoop (7 grams) with water or juice per day. Scoop included. It is a bit too grainy for my taste so I can’t drink it in water or juice but I can’t taste it inside my smoothies.

I always suggest people do their own research before introducing anything new into their bodies.

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