My loc journey so far...

Thursday, September 3, 2009
It's only been 6 weeks since I've been involved with my locs and already we've fought, cried, and made up. Last week was the worst fight ever! My scalps decide to give me some itch which in turn turned to dandruff that I thought I knocked down with Top Brass cream medication when I had my Afro. So I applied the cream without thinking about build up, and caused a major strain in my relationship. It was a disaster! White specs everywhere! It was embarrassing. So since I'm still in the early stages, I was afraid of washing my hair (I was told to wait 3 months) so I used dry shampoo by Organics. That didn't do a damn thing, it just made my hair smell fantastic. So I tried brushing the specs off and that didn't do anything either. I even ended up unraveling one of the locs at the crown of my head because it was purely white with creamy dandruff mixture and I knew it was crying for an oxygen mask.

The thought of taking apart my locs permeated in my mind and soul; but honestly, they weren't in agreement with that idea. You can do this. Si se puede!

I decided to write a blog about the issues I was having with my locs to my circle of sisters at, and thank goodness I asked for help. I was told to dab witch hazel or sea breeze on my scalp for the dandruff, I did; it worked in between shampooing.

Then I was told that it's okay to wash your hair and that I didn't have to wait 3 months. It makes sense, how can your hair grow healthy when your scalp isn't being cared for properly. So I decided to dilute Tea Tree shampoo with water, and put it in a spray bottle in order for the shampoo to be well distributed throughout my hair.

Next, I was told to saturate my hair with apple cider vinegar to get rid of the build up and it works magic folks! APPLE CIDER VINEGAR IS THE TRUTH. I put a 1/2cup of apple cider in a spray bottle and diluted it with 4 cups of water. During the process, I even noticed that the cider made the hair firm and shiny. The smell is unbearable so after soaking the hair, I shampooed the hair again with tea tree shampoo.

Since I was also told to moisturize my hair with water, I wanted to use something extra, so I purchased Cantu Shea Butter Cream and put 4 teaspoon of the cream in a spray bottle, and diluted it with water and shook the bottle to give it skim milk effect. So after shampooing my hair, I sprayed a small amount of the moisturizer and my hair softened up and gave a shake shake hair effect.

So I re-twisted the locs with the product I live by Twist n' Locs: Natural Honey and Aloe Vera Locking Formula (If you don't know about this product, you better hop on it). Results: Magnificent, superb, fabulous, extraordinary, fresh, and crisp! No more build ups and my relationship is back on track. I'm even more ecstatic about this situation because I did this all by myself. A long time ago, when I didn't have the confidence in myself to do things myself such as my hair, I probably would've waited until someone cleared out their schedule for me, or even take them out and say I'M DONE. Instead, I asked bloggers on ymib to shed some knowledge, was given plethora of information, and fixed the problem. I know some might be saying, "Well it's just hair", but I'm learning a lot from this locing experience. You gotta have patience, respect, compassion, perseverance, dedication, and always remember that it's okay to seek help. You're not going to know everything all at once. So every bit of information is helpful. All you have to do is figure out what works best for you.

That's the beginning of my 6 weeks hair relationship. For those who are in the early stages as myself, I found this informative website about a few truth about locs .

Check it out, peace and blessings!

P.S. Stay tune for pictures