Monday, April 7, 2008

Fuzzy by Nature

While my locks are still neat and you can still see scalp, my locks are hella fuzzy and I am trying to figure out why and after racking my brain I think I know what the issue or issues is. I think I was off on the measurement of one of my extra ingrediants to my ORS mixture on this last batch I whipped up or I didnt put enough product on my hair for the retwist. Hmmmmm. As I sit here at my desk looking at my hair in this compact mirror I can't help but be a little annoyed. It hasn't even been a full week since my retwist so this is totally unacceptable to me, especially since I have been tying my hair up every night and even when I am just hanging around the house. So this means tonight before I go to bed, I will be re-palmrolling these locks in the top to get rid of the fuzz. I wonder if I am entering a new phase of my locks as far as maturity. My 3 year loc'aversary will be on June 16, 2008 so it's plausible that's why my locs are fuzzier than usual. I'll be paying very close attention to my locs over the next few weeks to see if I notice anything different with them.

Also last night, while watching a Lord of the Rings marathon, I sat up with my nail file, tweezers, small tooth comb and motions leave in condioner and picked some lint out of some locs! It was wonderful. Its nice to be able to pull out random locs and find NO LINT in them, and I didn't lose anywhere near as much hair as I thought I would by picking the ends apart. What I got was alot of was stray hairs and the hairs that were 'lint up' if that makes sense. I would pick up as far as I saw lint, but I never had to pick up more than than an inch and for the ones that I picked closest to the inch I two strand twisted once I got the lint out. This may bother some loc wearers that I am picking my ends apart, but I prefer the look of the curly q end anyway, and I can't see myself using a majic marker (even if I could find one that matches my hair color) b/c that is just covering up the problem, and not getting rid of it. And I'm not saying anything is wrong with people who do use the majic marker, it's just not for me. I'd rather pick that color over. Anyhow, I'll get some pictures of my ends and the lint picking process that I go thru up so you can see what it is that I'm talking about. Thanks for stopping by and Stay Knappy!!

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What started this journey...

My journey started on June 16, 2005 on what will always be known as the worst hair day of my knatural borne life and the day I made the best decision of my life. My 3 year old afro was not acting right and wasn't showing any signs of acting right soon. I brushed, plaited, twisted, oiled, washed, wrapped up and puffed, but all to no avail, when my BSF said the words I'll never forget. "Why don't we just lock up? I mean, you've been talking about it, and if you do it then I'll do it with you." Priceless words. Well, once we decided that we immediately went online, did our research and figured out how we were going to start them and with what product. I started my 4-5in. locks with two strand twist, using ORS lock and twist gel. You can view my journey at and see photos from before I started locking up until a few months ago. My regime has stayed pretty consistant over the years and that requires me to do a retwist every 3 to 4 weeks. I'll do a touch up on the front locks if I want to go an extra week without doing a full retwist. I'm currently palmrolling but I am research the nappy locs too to see how latching feels for me. I'd like to latch the back and continue to palm roll the front because I love the coiled retwist look that you don't get from the latch method. I'm coming upon my 3 year lockaversary and I want to do something special to my locks. A straw or roller set using pipe cleaners will probably be the next style that I attempt. I have everything I need I just have to actually sit down and do it.