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:
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.
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 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.
I made another attempt at pipe cleaner curls on my locs. This time I let the pipe cleaners stay in my hair overnight and took them down in the morning. This solved both of the problems I had last time.
Problem #1 from my 1st attempt was that my hair didn’t completely dry even after sitting under the dryer therefore all my locs did not completely curl. This time that were completely dry and I ended up with tight coils.
Problem #2 from my 1st attempt was when I tried taking the pipe cleaners out my hair and the pipe cleaner acted like velcro together and I had to unravel the hair to get them out. This time I was able to pull the pipe cleaner out from the end with the loop and my coils stayed tight.
The one problem I did have this time was I woke up with a headache because it wasn’t the most comfortable way to spend the entire night.
Now, that I have done the style successfully I would definitely do it again. Even though I liked the look of the looser curls my first time around, these will last a lot longer so I’m happy.
This was my first attempt at pipe cleaner curls on my locs. It didn’t come out quite right but I still like the results. I had two problems:
I sat under the dryer for 2 hours and my hair still wasn’t totally dry when I took out the pipe cleaners so some of the locs didn’t really curl but I like messy hair.
I have really fuzzy hair so the fuzz of my locs and the fuzz of the pipe cleaners acted as velcro so I had to peel some of my locs from the pipe cleaners.
I did notice that the drier areas of my hair didn’t stick much so if I had to do it all over again I’d probably do it at night so I could sleep with the pipe cleaners in my hair, giving them time to totally dry and for the curls to set . Or, I might just use flexi rods so I won’t have to worry about them sticking to locs like pipe cleaners.
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Step by Step:
1. Prep pipe cleaners by bending one end to make a loop.
2. Wash hair.
3. Retwist locs one by one. Place the end of the individual loc on the pipe cleaner above the loop and start rolling pipe cleaner up the loc until you get to the scalp. Bend the free end of the pipe cleaner over the loc to secure it.
4. Repeat until entire head is done. Let locs dry completely before removing pipe cleaner.
For the visual learners, check out my video I posted on YouTube:
I’ve been loc’d up for 2 years with no regrets. I don’t miss my loose natural hair at all. i wish I would have been brave enough to loc my hair sooner. I receive a lot of compliments on my hair. Most people can’t tell that my hair is actually loc’d, I think it’s due to my texture. My hair is kind of fuzzy and I don’t think it’ll ever change but it makes them unique so I don’t mind it much.
To the left are pictures from day 1 and to the right are pictures from year 2.
Two year milestone: The front of my hair is finally long enough to put into a ponytail.
This weekend I tried my hand at doing Loc Petals. I am a year and a half into my loc journey. For the past 6 months I’ve been doing my locs myself and this is the first time I tried to do a style besides two strand twists. Below are the results.
I’ve been heavily medicated all last week so I’m late posting this. May 24th marked 1 year of me being loc’d. I love it to death. I do not regret doing it at all.
May 25, 2013
May 24, 2014
The first picture was taken on day 1 of my journey and the second was taken a year later. It’s hard to see any growth because I had my head tilted back on the first picture but you can certainly see the difference in texture.
I decided to have it styled in a mohawk this time around.
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