Pipe Cleaner Curls on Locs Revisited

20150926_173015I 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.20150926_121436

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.

Loc Journey | 8-1/2 Month Retwist & Style

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Transitioning Into My New: Two-Strand Starter Locs

I’ve been thinking about it for a long time now and I finally did it. I got two strand starter locs installed today :). I’m nervous and excited at the same time. I’m sure I could have done it myself but I decided to go to a professional hairstylist. There are many ways to start locs but since my hair is so long, two strand twists was the best option. I know a lot people are going to ask me, “but why?” because I know a lot of people loved my loose coils. Here are a few reasons why I did it…

– I’m pretty sure I’m developing carpal tunnel from an excessive amount of typing at work so it’s becoming harder and harder for me to do different styles with my hair.

– My hair is long, thick, and kinky and so my hands end up cramping really bad when I’m styling it myself.

– Puffs always give my a headache so I don’t want to have to them again but sometimes it’s hard to avoid when I’m short on time.

– I don’t like other people tugging at my loose coils.

– A relaxer is not an option for me.

– I love how I look in yarn braids and would wear them every single day if I had the time or patience and since everyone thinks they are dreads anyway, why not just dread it.

– Finally, (the only reason I need) it’s my hair and this is what I wanted to do so I did it :).

This is day one of a long journey. So, your support is appreciated.

Big thanks to my stylist, Paris, I know it was a whole lot of work and took a lot of patience.

Natural-ness in: California

I’ll always be a Cali girl in my heart, so I’m pleased to present a  former classmate and friend of mine that I’ve known since I was a tiny 3rd grader.  I am so pleased to present Myesha, representing the Golden State. By the way, she’s also the first of hopefully many to be featured, showing off a set of gorgeous locks (or insta-dreads, as she calls them). Please give her a warm welcome:

Name:
Myesha

 

State:
California

 

How long have you been natural?
2007

 

What’s the natural scene like in your area?
The natural scene is alive and kickin in the Bay Area. Many people I know rock their natural hair and it’s common to see sister locks or dreads. People have even started throwing natural hair parties. They discuss products, styles, the transition process, etc. Some will have all natural products available for purchase.

 

Seeing friends who made the transition helped me decide to stick with it.  It’s nice to be able to swap hair stories with girlfriends.

About my locks:
I am absolutely in love with my locks. Definitely the best hair decision at this point in my life. I didn’t want to go through the waiting process, so I got insta-dreads, as I call them.  Since I work in a corporate environment, I like to keep them styled in an updo or wavy.

 

I was always hesitant to get locks since they are permanent, but once a friend with dread locks told me about the different styles she wore and the freedom it gave her I was totally hooked. I have gotten more compliments with my dreads than all other hairstyles combined.

 

Would you like to “Rep Your State”?

If so, please fill out the form here:Natural-ness in the States. Don’t forget to send pictures! I will be glad to accept more than one entry from the same state. Let’s see what state will be represented the most!

States featured so far include Florida (4), California (2), Tennessee (2), Mississippi (4), North Carolina (1), Delaware (1), South Carolina (1) , Georgia (1), Texas (3), New Mexico (1), Missouri (1), Oklahoma (1), Ohio (1),  Louisiana (1), Minnesota (1) and Virginia (5).

Note: The number in parentheses next to each state represents the number of times that state has been featured.

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