I know I said that I would share a bi-monthly update on my loc journey, but last month I devoted completely to getting my new skin care line launched. I took time off from blogging and social media to complete this dream project which I’m so proud of. You can read more about it here if you’re interested. Now for the loc update!
There have been FIVE major changes since I started my loc journey beginning with no more braidlocs!
1. Braids To Twists
I was feeling as if the braids I had originally decided to start my locs with were suffocating my strands. I noticed that the roots of my locs which were primarily freeformed over the past eight months were much thicker than the braids. I decided to unravel the braids up until the locked roots, and put in two strand twists instead.
I have between 2-6 inches of locked roots including some of the braidlocs, and what wasn’t locked was removed. The immediate result was thicker hair from root to tip. Inevitably my hair will change even more. Prior to the twists, I constantly wondered how long it would take for the braid pattern to disappear in my locs. Now I’m not as concerned, plus the rest of my hair has the freedom it needs to form locs.
2. New Shampoo
I’m currently looking for a new shampoo for my hair that is a clear liquid and of course residue-free. It is recommended to use clear shampoos and cleansers on locs to prevent build-up. Even though the African black soap that I was using did not contain shea butter which can cause build-up, I figured a clear shampoo or soap would be better. Most recently I have been using a diluted and unscented castile soap which has been working well.
3. No More ACV Rinses
I stopped following up each shampoo with an apple cider vinegar rinse. It became an unnecessary extra step, and I wanted to simplify my regimen. Done!
4. Castor Oil For Hair Growth
I’ve never been an advocate for oiling my scalp until I decided it might help my postpartum hair shedding along my edges. I’m so grateful they are growing back in, yet I figured my edges could use a boost. Castor oil is known for aiding hair growth which is why I chose this oil specifically. I oil my edges every night.
5. Intermittent Interlocking
Initially I only interlocked the perimeter of my hair for the first two months or so. I allowed the rest of my hair to freeform, and I just separated my locs after each rinse or wash session. The roots of my hair easily grows towards my locs versus away from them. Just separating my locs alone allows me to keep clean parts.
By the 8th month I decided to interlock all of my locs to give them more direction and flexibility with movement. I plan to continue interlocking my hair 2-4x a year from now on, but no more than that. I don’t like seeing all of my parts once I’ve completed interlocking my hair, but thankfully it grows out pretty quickly.
Keeping It Simple & Thoughts On Braidlocs
Outside of shampooing my hair and using castor oil on my edges, I still spritz my hair with water and essential oils as often as possible. Water aids the locing process and also is the best moisturizer for my hair. I also cover my hair with a silk scarf or bonnet at night.
In some cases I feel like I’m starting my loc journey completely over although I’m not. The roots of my hair are already locked, and I didn’t need to redo any parts. Now having had this experience I’m no longer crazy about starting locs with braids especially with my hair texture and length. Luckily I was able to easily remove the braids and try another method. Once again time will tell.
You can read more on my loc journey if you’d like.
(Image by Dawn Michelle)