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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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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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.

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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

20160404_101430Two 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.

20160413_065503I 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 like the picture to the right. 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.

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Bookstore & Chill T-shirt by Derrick Jaxn.

DIY Coconut Water Moisturizing Leave-In Spray | Natural Hair Rules!!!

Coconut water stimulates hair growth and adds shine. I like to use this recipe from Natural Hair Rules to moisturize on locs.

1/4 cup of Coconut Water

2 tsp Aloe Vera Juice

2 tsp jojoba oil

Coconut water is great for your hair and scalp.

Source: DIY Coconut Water Moisturizing Leave-In Spray | Natural Hair Rules!!!

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.

(Click on the hyperlink for more details to my answers)

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

 

 

Locs Detoxing Deep Cleanse

Today is hair day and I decided to try a deep cleanse on my locs. Ingredients that I used included 1/2 cup of baking soda, 1/4 cup of apple vinegar, 1 tablespoon of sea salt, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, and 4 drops of lavender essential oil. I filled my bathroom sink with water and added the ingredients. Then I let my soak for about 10 mins. I don’t use a lot of product besides aloe vera gel so I think most of what you see comes from sweating during my workouts and dry scalp.

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The ingredients used have many benefits to the hair.

Baking Soda is an alkaline product has antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. It clarifies the scalp removing extra product and impurities.

Apple Cider Vinegar destroys the fungus that causes dandruff and restores the pH balance of the scalp. It helps nourish the hair, giving it a shine and soft texture.

Sea Salt helps open the pores, improve circulation, stimulate cell growth and draw out toxins from the skin. Sea salt also helps accelerate the locking process because it dries out the hair and increases the friction between the hairs which leads to more knotting.

Lemon Juice has antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal, and astringent properties that help improve the appearance and condition of your hair. It helps balance the pH level of your scalp and reduces excess oil secretion which causes dandruff.

Lavender Essential Oil has anti-inflammatory, antifungal,antiseptic, and antibacterial properties. Lavender oil is regenerative and helps promote hair growth.

Here is a before and after picture of the water I soaked my locs in, pretty gross!

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This is the first time I have done a deep cleanse on my locs since I started my locs and it wasn’t too awful considering I’ve been locked for 2-1/2 years so I probably will not do it too often. I will maybe do a deep cleanse once or twice a year. Even though these products have many benefits they are also drying and I already suffer from a really dry scalp. Since I don’t use a lot of product in my hair I don’t think it’s necessary to do often.

Yara Shahidi’s Teen Vogue Natural Hairstyling Spread Is Everything – Clutch Magazine

I have loved her hair ever since she was a little girl on Imagine That with Eddie Murphy.

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Source: Yara Shahidi’s Teen Vogue Natural Hairstyling Spread Is Everything – Clutch Magazine

6 Ways to Refresh your Natural Hair & Scalp after a Workout | Natural Hair Rules!!!

Sometimes I hesitate to workout because I worry about my head sweating and it’s not good to wash your hair all the time. I never really knew what to do after a workout. I love essential oils, peppermint and tea tree are among my favorites. This is very useful information.

When it comes to working out, natural hair can have its benefits but a lot of women such as myself do a lot of sweating in the scalp when staying active. Sweat is pretty much water just and salt but over time this mixture can wreak havoc on your natural hair strands by drying out the hair, which can ultimately lead to breakage. For some women who are in the gym or working out 2-3 times a week or more, having to wash your natural strands after every workout may be impractical and inconvenient. So, what’s a curly girl to do? We got you covered with these 6 Tips to Refresh Your Hair and Scalp

Source: 6 Ways to Refresh your Natural Hair & Scalp after a Workout | Natural Hair Rules!!!

This Model Just Brought Natural Hair to the Victoria’s Secret Runway for the First Time

She looks so amazing! Black women continue to redefine traditional standards of beauty everyday by embracing their natural beauty and I love it.

“I told my agent I wanted to walk in the Victoria’s Secret show with my natural hair,” Borges told entertainment news reporter B. Scott, who posted on Instagram. “I was nervous, but I had to do it. When they said ‘yes’ I didn’t expect it, but I was so happy!”

Source: This Model Just Brought Natural Hair to the Victoria’s Secret Runway for the First Time

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