I have finally started something I have been wanting to start for years now. On April 28th, I started locs with 129 two-strand twist. I started them myself for two reasons; money and time. I hate going to salons and waiting my turn; sitting in a chair to have someone else mess with my hair. Also, the maintenance of locs can be pretty expensive and I am poor, so this is not ideal.
Why do I want to loc my hair?
I have been natural going on 8 years and in my opinion I have been through every stage. Product junkie, numerous big chops, henna and ayurvedic treatments, changing my hair color drastically; I’ve done it all and if not all, definitely enough.
Over the last few years I have been very low maintenance with my natural hair and I feel like it is time for a change. Usually when I am ready for a change I end up with a TWA (teeny weeny afro) and I don’t want that. I attempted to start locs a few years ago but my hair was too short and I just wasn’t ready. I am now!
Another reason I want to loc my hair is because I love them. I think they are so beautiful on black women. At least when they are well cared for. I have seen some that look a mess, but I’m sure there is a reason for that. This is a commitment that I am making to myself, so letting not caring for my locs is not in the cards. I know that it is exciting right now, but I also know it will be even more exciting once my hair locs. The next year or so is going to be a true test of patience.
A few pictures
I am taking many photos and plan to use my blog as a way of tracking my progress. I’ll come back in about 6 months to give an update.
This is where I am now!
They have started to get fuzzy and I am noticing that many of my twists are beginning to get puffy. This is a good sign, but I have a long way to go. It will be interesting going a month without washing my hair. I have my rose water and witch hazel ready for when I need it.
Stay tuned for another update on my loc journey within the next 6-7 months.
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