These pictures were taken last Wednesday, post dye job. I decided to do a roller set while my locs were damp from washing out the dye. I also put some of my loc jewels in ( you can see them in the pics). I'm thrilled that yesterday my locs turned 10 months old (10 months on 10/10/10 cool right). I really can't believe that I'm only 2 months away from making a year. Even more than that I can't believe that my hair is pretty much loc'd at this point. I have a few loose curly ends, and still have plenty of frizz, but I haven't worried about any of them unraveling since way back in month 3. I'm looking forward to moving into the future and seeing how my locs develop.
The Dry Loc Treatment I showed in this post turned out meh at best. I already know the culprit... The SHEA BUTTER. Yes I knew going in that my hair is typically not a fan, but I was desperate and figured that maybe the locs had changed that. After I rinsed the treatment out, reality set in for me, my locs felt kind of hard. I had to wash with Suave Daily Clarifying shampoo, but afterward my locs felt fine. Nice, soft, and not hard or crunchy... I think this could have gone better had I left that shea butter in the cabinet. If your hair likes shea butter though, I think this would work for you just fine. If you're unsure about your hair and shea butter, try a spot test (just apply to one loc and see how it feels the next day) For me, shea butter's purpose is massaging sore joints, treating scars, and preventing ash.
Lately, I've been loving my locs, but at the same time finding them a bit blah. In an effort to reduce the blahs I have considered attaching cowrie shells directly to the locs, but realized that they would have to be removed when I have my locs retightened. Instead I came up with the idea of making some loc jewelry. I dabble in jewelry making so I had some supplies on hand (multi use wire tool and beads, and a coarse emery board), but I had to go out and grab a spool of 20 gauge gold toned wire.
|Simple Gold Coil|
|Fancy purple beaded coil|
|Cowry coil again|
|After the reti|
|Before the reti|
Tonight, I whipped out my shears and trimmed off most of these. I did leave a few that I thought would manage to integrate into the locs, but most of them were just crazy looking. I know that "grooming" locs is a somewhat controversial subject, and I'm okay with it to this degree. I do not foresee myself trimming off the random fuzzies along my locs as some do when they groom though.
For now I'm content with my locs as is, but I'm considering having them colored again maybe something more coppery. I really can't believe that in nine days my locs will be ten months old.