Tender is the Scalp

I intended to write this post at least 2 months ago, but it didn't happen.  I didn't really know how to talk about my tender scalp, but after my trip to the loctician on Friday the topic was fresh on my mind. 
I'm extremely tender-headed.  My scalp has no appreciation for up-dos or tight ponytails.  Heck there are some days where even a roller set isn't an option.  I knew that I was tender headed long before I loc'd my hair, I just had no idea what that would mean for me as I journeyed into the land of locs.  Now I know. 
  1. Retightenings are painful to the point of tears at times, and no it's not a matter of who does them, they just hurt, my scalp prefers to be left alone.  That means I only retighten ever 3-6 months. 
  2. Styling dry locs hurts.  I have to spritz my locs with water before I even consider trying to pull them in any direction other than the direction they choose to grow (down).  I also cannot pull too tightly or there will be hell to pay in the form of pain.
  3. No hair pulling... Period.  It's not funny or cute.  It just hurts, and I have been known to hit those who cause me physical pain.
  4. Hairpins, bobby pins, and tight headbands are all implements of torture.  This one is pretty self explanatory.
  5. I'm better off just leaving my locs to their own devices.  
I also learned, on Friday, that I am definitely not the only tender headed loc'er out there.  There was a young man getting his locs done.  My loctician gave him an awesome style.  We spoke later and he too had taken his style down, because like me, he enjoyed it but couldn't tolerate the pain.  I do have to wonder why we go through such changes when we already know that we are tender-headed. 


What's this Surprise?

If you hang out on Nappturality in the loc forum, you may already know.  If not, well I had my hair colored professionally for the first time.  I went to my loctician yesterday.  She colored, retightened, and styled my hair.  I admittedly couldn't keep the style because my scalp just wasn't having it.  It is incredibly partial to not being pulled up or back which at this length means that I'm sort of limited in terms of what I can pull off without making my scalp sore or getting a headache.

I chose to go with a red shade, and wanted to obtain it without bleaching. This is the photo I took in as inspiration. It was taken from the web so if it belongs to you, please let me know.

I think she did a great job of getting me similar results that weren't too bright and actually worked with my complexion. 

As for the process well she mixed up the dye concoction, and let it sit for a bit.  In the meantime I was taken to the sink and my hair was rinsed with warm water until the locs were completely saturated with water.  She squeezed out most of it, leaving the locs damp but not soaking wet.  Then came the color.  She put it on and massaged it completely through my locs.  It didn't feel as if she was trying to push the dye all the way through, but I'm not positive. After my locs were completely drenched in the dye solution, she placed a conditioner cap (thin clear shower cap like device) over my locs, and placed me under the dryer. After about 30-35 minutes I came out and my hair was rinsed and shampooed until there was no longer color in the water. 
I do know this much, it was better to have someone else washing and rinsing out dye than it was to do it myself.  It was well worth it in my opinion. 

The last two photos are after a slept on roller set done for a night out. My hair is completely dry unlike the photos taken at my loctician's place.



The locs and I have a surprise... Stay tuned *insert dramatic music*