Braid out on starter/baby locs

I have had my two strand twist starter/baby locs in for almost 3 weeks (17 days). I really like the convenience of not having to try and style my loose natural hair. During the first week, I was afraid to touch my hair that much. I did not want to get them wet or anything. After the 5th day of wearing my baby locs, I started to moisturize my hair by shower steam and/or distilled water, seal in the moisture with jojoba oil, and pin the front of my hair up for a little style.

I have spent a lot of time watching loc vids and one of the styles that I really like the look of is braidouts on locs. Now of course many of the ladies I have come across have locs that are way longer than mine. However, I thought I would try a braidout on my locs anyway. The first thing I did was cleanse my scalp because I have been craving a shampoo/condition but I was advised by my loctician to not douse my hair with water in the case that I wash out some of my locs.

As an alternative I found the Organic Root Stimulator Herbal Cleanse Dry Shampoo at my local beauty supply store and cleased my scalp. I did not like this product but I will post my review in a later post. After I cleansed my scalp, I sprayed my hair with distilled water, sealed with jojoba oil and gathered between 3 and 5 locs to create chunky braids all over my hair.

I allowed my braids to dry overnight and this morning while getting ready for church I carefully unraveled the braids and here is the finished look:

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For the next few days, this will be my go to style. The next style I want to try is a twistout with my baby locs before I go back to the salon for my first shampoo and retwist. I did not do my entire style on video but for more details click here and check out my video on YouTube @luvndanaturalme. Until next time! 🙂

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Natural Hair Journey

I have been natural for 3 years and 7 months. I did my own big chop in December 2009.

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Over the past 3 years I have enjoyed my natural hair journey. I was all about doing different styles such as mini twists, 2 strand flat twists, cornrows. I also did  protective styles such as kinky twists, and crochet braids.

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In February of this year, I got to a point in my journey where I was tired. I had expectations of how my hair would look and how long it would be at that point. However, my hair was not where I thought it would be. I was at the point where I wanted to do another big chop or start locs. My husband and I compromised and I decided to cut 1-3 inches from my hair to satisfy my desire to cut my hair. In the months since I was in fully protective styles. After the last set of crochet braids  in May that are pictured above I was still feeling like I was “over” my natural hair. I took my crochet braids down and the thought of doing my regimen really annoyed me. I was not looking forward to the shampoo/condition/detangle/partially air dry/twist process. I decided that I was going to start locs.

After doing research, finding a reputable natural hair salon, and having a loc consult, I had to bear with my hair for just a little bit longer until I got my starter locs. On july 11, 2013 I started my loc journey and the thought of not having to do the regimen that I did when I had loose natural hair is such a relief. I was spending too much time on my hair and the time has come for me to focus on healing my mind, body and spirit as opposed to spending 2 or more hours on my hair.

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My locs are being started with two strand twists. I am so excited to be on this new phase of my natural hair journey. I know that the process will require patience. Since I am no longer interested in styling my own hair, I think that I will be quite patient. We shall see as I am sure this will be an up and down process.

Currently, I dont have the expectation that my locs will grow down my back. I just want to try this for a year to see how it goes by taking it one day at a time. I will be documenting my journey on YouTube and also here. So stay tuned while I go through my loc process and wish me luck!

Long time no see…

Long time no see right? It has been over 6 months since I last blogged. I have focused more on YouTube vlogging vs blogging recently. However, it is my intention to get on here and blog a bit more.

I have had a number of life changes occur in 2013. I lost my job at a private university in March, started a new job 3 weeks later in April (I wasn’t playing), got married, went on a honeymoon (both in April), I finally settled on my Master’s Degree program and my daughter moved out (May). So at this time my husband and I are adjusting to the changes. We have been living together since Oct of 2009 so mainly we are just adjusting to living together without my daughter being here.

Over the coming weeks I plan to pick a day to blog and post. Most of you can find me on Youtube @luvndanaturalme.  Thanks for reading.

By LuvnDaNaturalMe Posted in Life