The quicker, cheaper way I’m maintaining my locs at home

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After four years of being loc’d, I’ve decided to make some changes and break some of my rules. Ever since I came back from Jamaica, my hair has been looking rough. Since I prefer neat and tidy, freshly twisted locs, this has been a major struggle for me.

I washed my hair  and psyched myself up to re-twist it. But my locs are small and my arms were getting tired, so I just gave up after the 5th one.  I decided to go back to interlocking. I did this quite a bit during my first and second years. You basically weave your loc through your new growth and form a knot (watch a tutorial here and here). I probably shouldn’t switch back and forth between this and palm rolling, so I won’t. This method doesn’t give me the super duper slick look that I love, but it looks waaaay better than it did before. This is also exciting because I can wash my hair as much as I want and don’t have to worry about losing my parts. Hello, hot yoga!

Here’s the last video Josh and I did before the wedding–he’s trying out Bevel’s shaving kit, perfect for men of color. So long, razor bumps!

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Loc Update: My Two Year Loc Anniversary!

This morning I showered, washed my locs, threw a little oil in my hair and threw it up in a pony. I had my hair in a braid out for the last 3+ weeks, so it was time for a hair cleanse. I’ve never had a ponytail this long, ever.  Locs have totally changed my life! My two year loc anniversary is in just a few short days, and I’ve never been happier! Wooo hooo! Check out my loc album with 2+ years of progress here!

Loc Rave: I love my Loctician! + Coupon

After I decided to boogie board in Virginia Beach last weekend, my hair needed some serious help. Who else would I call other than my loctician, Amira! I’ve been going to her from Day 1, and I’ve never let another person maintain my hair. She’s got 11 years experience, and all of her clients have been going to her for years as well.

In Baltimore, there are VERY few stylists that promote healthy hair, and this is why Amira is so successful. She uses all natural products, which is a major plus for me. Her technique is amazing, so my maintenance stays fresh for weeks and in all types of weather. I knew that she was great when she told me that well over 50% of her clientele come from PG County, DC, Philly, NYC and surrounding states. All I can do is rave over her, and I’m SO happy that she’s taking care of my hair!

Lucky for us, Amira is working full time as a loctician, so you don’t have to wait until Saturday (if you want.) Her services start at $55.  Many of her clients go to her once a month (or less frequently than that.) For more information on Amira, check out her website at http://www.mantralocs.com, or email her at Amira@mantralocs.com.  To receive $10 off of your first appointment, tell her I sent you!

Curling My Hair the Easy Way: Lock Loops!

After the 4 billionth time of seeing someone with gorgeous curly locs, I bought my pack. Nikkimo75 and Kia of Yummy411.  Everytime they mentioned them, I wanted to grab my credit card.  So, here’s how they worked. The website says you can use them on any hair type. There are several videos available on Youtube, just do a search and check them out!

Imagine a longer, flatter, thinner sponge roller.  Just wrap your hair around it as it were a rod or roller.  Then, stick the arrow/pointed side into the hole at the other end.  Voila! You have comfy, excellent to sleep in, happy rollers.


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Grow Healthy Hair (Relaxed, Natural and Locs) with Curls!

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If you watch my Youtube videos, you’ll notice that I’ve been wearing my hair in curly updo’s a lot lately. I’m absolutely loving the versatility of my locs, and the same versatility can be achieved with relaxed and natural hair. Every week, I’ve been rodding my hair with a different setting product to find the one that gives the best hold without producing dryness or any flakiness. In my 5 week experiment, the product that has worked best is Oyin Handmade Shine & Define. Honestly, I’m shocked. I’m not saying this is the best because I work there, I didn’t know the product was that good.  I’ve used it for years, and really didn’t know it was capable of the magic that I am witnessing!!! When people ask me to describe it, I always say it’s an all natural substitute for mousse, gel and other styling creams. And because it’s all natural, it works perfectly with relaxed and natural hair.

During this rod journey, I’ve tried Mousse, and now I’m searching for a bottle of lottabody to use. I used these when I was relaxed and they worked like a charm. The problem with these is that they are so jam packed with alcohol and other damaging chemicals that I was using a bunch of oils and moisturizers to keep my hair alive. (I used to dilute the lottabody in a spray bottle using 2 parts of the setting lotion and one part water.) I don’t want dry, crunchy hair, but I think I should try all options at least once, just to be fair. I was also a bit hesitant to pack a bunch of crap into my locs, for fear that I couldn’t wash it all out and it would “embed” into my locs.  I thoroughly wash (or at least thoroughly rinse) my hair before each rod set.  I guess we’ll see in the future.

As far as loose naturals, I didn’t ever find success doing my own rod sets. I’ve seen them done successfully, but I could never do my own. I found far more success doing twist outs and pin curls! When I did my own rodsets, they were always super frizzy! That annoyed me to no end. Feel free to share any tips, if you’ve got some!

So how do curls help your hair grow? Well, they don’t. But you not manipulating your hair will keep it from breaking, thus promoting length. While I was relaxed, I lived in curls.  I am positive that setting my hair helped tremendously. The technique really isn’t any different. I started out using the same rods that were in constant rotation during my relaxed days.  Remember, the smaller the rod, the smaller the curl. Since then, I’ve purchased two more sizes of rods, just to try something new. I’ll be showing them in a later post.

As you can see, I’ve got two pictures of me.  I used the white and gray rods in both pictures, which are pretty freakin’ small.  Each image shows a fresh set.  How cool is it that the results look very, very different?   Within the next few days, I will be doing a Youtube video tutorial on how I create a rod set, and how I achieve different updo’s and styles.

In the mean time, feel free to share what products you use for your rod/rollersets!  I’d like to keep experimenting to make sure I’ve thoroughly researched most options!  Oh, the versatility!