If anyone knows me, they should know that I change my hair quite often. Here’s a quick recap of the history of my hair:
Natural – 2010
Shaved sides – 2012
Bleach/Pink Dye – 2013
Texturizer – 2014
Natural (again) – 2014
Locs – 2017
Currently – Week 3!
I had faux locs installed back in 2014 and I fell in love with them! I was convinced that locs was a “look” for me ever since then but I was afraid to go through with the process.
What convinced me to go through it now?
I change my hair very often as stated before. This was the longest I’ve been without making a change and well…. it was time for a change!
My natural hair was beautiful but I became tired of it. I never straightened or colored it since 2014. I kept it growing and healthy for three years straight. I’d wear a wash-and-go for about three days and then eventually put it up in a puff. Everyday I had to refresh with water or reapply product to my hair to get it to look right. It became tangled easily and it also became hard to manage with going to the gym frequently.
Bottom line – it became difficult, frustrating, and time-consuming.
The appeal to locs was that they seemed very easy to take care of. The only real maintenance with locs is keeping up with new growth and making sure that my locs are clean. That’s far less stress on my hair than detangling, washing, and piling on products every week.
How did I start my locs?
I went to an African hair braiding salon. I paid $85 to get starter locs. The hair stylist started my hair off with two-strand twists. I heard lots of stories about how two-strand twists take longer to loc together. So I winded up taking apart all of my two-strand twists and then palm rolling them back together about two weeks later (which you can see in the current photos). I know it’s bad luck to count your braids/locs but I have 81 in total for those that are wondering.
How am I maintaining them now?
I have only washed my hair once in the 3-week period. Just about every weekend, I try to use dry shampoo and oils on my roots. I retwist just my front locs every weekend to keep them fresh. I do use clips after twisting and I do have a dryer that I can sit under.
I am not regretting this process at all! I love the ease of my hair. I know it looks a little rough now but that is natural in the beginning phase. I wonder why I didn’t start this before.