Monday, December 13, 2010

Long Overdue Lock Update!

I'm finally back! I'll be honest with you folks, the reason why I haven't kept up with this blog much in the past month or two is because I really got kind of bored talking about my hair/locs. I'm now at that point where my locs aren't really something that I care to think about or talk about much...they're just locs, lol. Plus, with school, work, the holidays, etc., I really haven't really had much time to sit down and talk about my locs (though naturally, I'm always keeping up with everyone else's loc blogs, youtube videos, etc.). Today I realized that my locs are now close to being 23 months locked...almost 2 years.

I don't see much of a change going on with my locs. I guess they are getting longer, I dunno. I definitely see more maturity, but not so much that I notice a huge change. I still wash my locs once a week, using Dr. Bronner's soap, but lately i've been taking a break from Dr. Bronner's and instead using the Suave shampoos, because they are lighter and not as harsh. I still spritz my locs a couple of times a day, and sometimes oil my scalp, at least once a week. That's about it. I'm loving this stage of my locking journey. I'm just so relaxed with my hair, and I accept my locs for what they are now and what they were then. No longer have the hand in loc disease, the only time I touch my locs or my scalp is when I'm washing or rinsing it. It's all good :).

I'll try and do more updates and more posts. Anybody have any ideas of what you'd like for me to discuss? Or any questions for me? I'd love to hear y'alls input.

Saturday, October 16, 2010


So in the spirit of fall and Halloween loc rockers, tell me your worst loc scare nightmares! Like the dreams you have of your locks being drenched in perm, or just falling off...don't be shy, we've all had those kind of dreams before! When you wake up and touch your hair, thinking "Thank God these locks are still here!" LOL.

This was one I had last night:

I was washing my hair, and then suddenly my locks started melting off, and before I knew it, I was BALD! It was scary y'all lol, and I woke up and was like "ahh that was scary!" lol.

I know it sounds very silly, but also very funny. Who would have thought that loc scare nightmares can be so frightening and bizarre? Do you guys have any loc scare nightmares to tell? Keep them coming all the way up 'till Halloween, re-tell those nightmares that you've had the night before, or have had in the past, or if it is a reoccurring one. I'm looking forward to reading them!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Where Did Some Bloggers/Youtubers Go?

Does anybody else ever feel worried when a blogger or youtuber hasn't updated in months, esp. since they update at least once every 2-3 weeks? I'm starting to get worried about some of them (i won't mention names unless somebody does in the comment page), I sort of have this unsettling feeling about it, that something is wrong. Does anybody else feel this way or has felt this way?

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Pig Tail and Baby Loc!

Today after I rinsed my hair I put my hair into some pig tails...for some reason I can't ever take a good picture of how it looks, it's really cute but in a photo it just doesn't look right, I can only take a decent picture of how it looks on the side (where it looks just like a normal pony lol). I think I've realized though why I'm not a styling person..I HATE the feeling of my hair being pulled back, tied up, etc. I can only put my hair in a pony for like 10 mins until I'm just like "I want it off now" lol. I'm just funny that way...maybe, just maybe, when my hair is longer I can tolerate it...I can see myself loving the curls, but really nothing much else. We'll see, eventually i want to at least TRY some styles, even if I won't wear it for no more than half an hour or less lol.

The photo with the baby loc...I can't believe that the little guy was formed solely from a bunch of loose hair that I found way back last November, now it is getting longer and looks like a full fledged mature lock now lol.

I guess that's really all I have to say about my hair at the moment. Trying to make more of a habit of taking photos ;)

Monday, September 27, 2010

20 Months Locked

I suddenly remembered that a couple of days ago i was officially 20 months locked. Jeez, time flies lol. Nothing much to report, but I am seeing changes in its texture and density, like it is looking more mature, but still has a long way to go until it really looks mature. Looking back, I'm glad that I combined my locs and freeformed. I no longer obsess over my locs or dedicate so much time to them, I practically just let them do what they do, and "feed" them when they need the moisture and oil. Plus, I'm just loving the fullness. Here are some pics I took today to showcase what my locs look like now at 20 months, I really do see a difference in how they look now compared to how they looked way back in April before I decided to combine and freeform. I'm loving this locking journey so far and can't wait to see how my locs will look in the future!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Some Maturity Going On?

Earlier today after rinsing my hair I decided to take random pics of my hair (we all have that mood sometimes, even if we don't actually save the pics lol). I dunno if it's just me but I'm starting to notice my locs looking more mature. The two-strand twist pattern is slowly but surely starting to disappear! Not that I think my locks are totally 100% mature but I am starting to see the beginning of my locs maturing, does anybody else see it? Sorry that these pics are horrible and don't really showcase my hair as well as I'd like, but my camera phone was all I had with me at the time.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Rose Water Review

This weekend I finally purchased myself a bottle of rose water from Whole Foods. It came out to be about $3, not bad. I initially bought it in the first place for a candy recipe (Turkish Delights) but then remembered that I wanted to use it for my hair.

I poured some of the rose water in my spritz bottle, put a couple of drops of my oil blend, and a bit of glycerin. Shook it up, then spritz the mixture all over my hair. First off, I LOVED the smell of the rose. It was just lovely and refreshing. At first I really didn't feel or see much of a difference, it felt like I was basically using regular water. The next day was when I really noticed my hair feeling very soft, I think the softest that it has ever been. Not only did the rose water make my hair feel super soft, but it also kept it moisturized all throughout the night and the day. I was amazed. And hours later, my hair STILL smelled like roses. I loved it.

However, I'm not too sure if I would incorporate rose water in my regime on a frequent basis. For one, rose water is just not all that convenient. The bottle of rose water was pretty small, it is hardly enough to even use for the entire week. The rose water wasn't that expensive, but it would add up if I started using it frequently. I'm not really willing to go all out of my way to go to Whole Foods all the time (it's a pretty steep drive...) and I'm not interested in ordering it online. So basically, this was probably the first and last time that I will use rose water, unless I really feel the urge to. I really love it, but not enough to purchase it again and again. The most important thing for me was just trying something new and seeing what rose water was all about. Now that I've tried it, I've gotten it out of my system lol. I highly recommend everyone to try rose water at least once. It smells lovely, feels refreshing, and makes hair super soft.

Monday, August 30, 2010

A Cartoon Drawing of Me

A friend of mine drew this picture from when I was Harley for Halloween, and she was Poison Ivy and my other friend was The Joker. I just wanted to share it with y'all because 1) I think she is a wonderful artist and is very talented in general, 2) I think it is adorable and 3) I love how she drew my hair! I fell in love with it at first sight.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Am I The Only One Who LOVES My Fuzz?

This is just an observation, but sometimes I feel like I'm the only one who actually likes my fuzzies. I know a lot of lock rockers hate having a fuzzy head of locks, but for some reason I've never really been bothered by the fuzz, I love how it feels and it is super soft. Am I the only one who loves my fuzz? Hehehe.

I realized that I haven't taken photos of myself lately, so here are the two pics of my hair that I took today. Sorry if it seems like I've been skimping on them, but truthfully most of the time I get tired of taking pictures of myself and sometimes spend months at a time never taking photos of me and/or my hair lol (but I will try and do better!!). I guess the main reason is that I feel like my hair isn't really going through a whole lot of changes, so taking pics of it all the time seems unnecessary. I'm noticing some change in my locs though. They just seem...I dunno, denser? (look at all that new growth I have in the front...daaammnn!)

Monday, August 23, 2010

Essential Oil Spotlight: Sweet Orange!

I think I mentioned awhile ago that I bought a bunch of essential oils not too long ago, and I must say that I'm loving all of them. At the moment, I'm totally in love with the Sweet Orange Essential Oil. I love it because it smells so citrusy, fruity, and just so sweet and fragrant. It has often been described as a "fun" oil, which is also a nice way of describing this yummy oil. You almost want to drink it (DON'T...) lol. What I also like about it is that the oil itself is really, really dark orange. Mixed with other essential oils, all I smell is orange. Believe it or not, even with my Dr. Bronner's shampoo I can still smell the orange over the scent of Dr. Bronner's (to those who have tried Dr. Bronner's or use that as a staple in their hair regime, Dr. Bronner's is strong stuff, so it's pretty amazing that this eo can even overpower that). I love using this oil for my hot olive oil treatment, the smell still stays in my hair even after rinsing out the oil from my locs. Amazing!

So for that, that's the reason why I'm giving Sweet Orange Essential Oil its own spotlight lol. It is also said that it relieves nervous tension and is mentally uplifting, I attest to that, perks me right up!

Who else uses sweet orange essential oil in their loc care regime? Love it? Hate it? Or take it or leave it?

Sunday, August 22, 2010

To Wash Often Or To Not Wash Often: The Endless Debate

Lately I have been noticing how some lock rockers debate on how often we should really be washing our locks. Some say that we should only wash our hair every 4-6 weeks because we have African American hair, therefore, we shouldn't wash our hair too much because we would strip all our natural oils. Others say wash only before a retwist. Then there are those who say that they wash their hair once a week or every other day because they work out and sweat a lot. What does everyone have in common? That we all have different lifestyles and preferences in regards to how often we like to wash our hair. For some reason though, I've been noticing a lot of lock rockers on discussion boards basically debating about how the people who wash only 4-6 weeks have "nasty" hair, the people who wash only before a retwist are "holding out from washing for the sake of keeping a style," and the ones who wash their hair every day, every other day, or every week are washing "too much" and SHOULD be washing less. This is just getting out of hand. And the most baffling thing of all to me, honestly, is why this should be a debate in the first place. It's about as silly as debating how often people should take a bath or a shower.

This is my opinion: I feel that one should wash their locks whenever they feel the need to. If it is sweaty from a workout, wash it. If it is itchy, wash it. If your hair simply wants to get washed, for goodness sake's, WASH IT. Why is it really a big deal? Why does it have to be a debate? I just don't get it.

The only explanation I can think of is that most of us are conditioned to feel that water of any kind on our hair is just BAD. A lot of people who wear locks may still have that "I can't wet my hair too much" attitude because it is just simply what they are used to. I could be wrong, but I know some lock wearers who still have this thing over not getting their hair wet. Not that it is a bad thing, but why does it have to be so difficult? I know there are a lot of websites that recommend how often we should wash our natural hair, but it's called a RECOMMENDATION for a reason, it's not fact and it doesn't have to pertain to everyone, it is your choice to follow it or not.

Has anybody else ever experienced people debating about how often people should wash their locks? The main thing that irks me about it is not so much that it's a debate in the first place, but how some people seem to think there is a right or wrong answer, and that there's a "right" way and a "wrong" way of doing it. I wash my hair frequently because I love washing my hair, and my hair seems to react very well to it. I keep my hair nicely oiled and moisturized, so my hair doesn't feel "stripped" or "too dry." Others may wash it less often because they choose to, and that's okay too. I'm just sick and tired of some people making such a big fuss over it. I think there are a lot of factors in deciding how often to wash your hair, such as personal preference, lifestyle, work schedule, and so on. Not all of us follow that same preference, lifestyle, and work schedule, hence which is why not all of us follows the same wash day schedule as everyone else.

Sorry if it feels like I'm ranting, but this is a debate that I'm starting to get really tired of. It just seems kind of useless to me. Clean hair is happy hair. It's as simple as that.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Bye Bye Summer!

Am I the only one who thinks this summer has gone by way too fast? It seems like just yesterday it was getting started haha.

For a lot of us, summer is really where our hair really begins to flourish. Some people's hair grows faster in the summer (mine included) and a lot of us wet/rinse/wash our hair more often in the summer than we do on any other season of the year.

What does the end of summer mean for you and your hair?

What I'm going to miss about summer, besides going on vacation and having so much free time on my hands, is being able to wash my locs every 2-3 days and rinsing it daily. More than likely I won't be doing that during the fall or winter, just because it is far too cold and windy. It is just really uncomfortable to walk around with a wet head and having wind, cold, and snow making it feel just bleck and uncomfortable. Also, with my busy grad school schedule I just won't have the time to jump into a shower and wash/rinse on a daily/every other day basis.

I'm also going to miss having my locs hangin' loose and free. During the fall and winter, I practically cover my head in a tam every day, esp. out in public, to protect it from the wind, cold, and snow.

In general, I'm just going to miss the summer lol (who isn't?).

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Rose Water

Y'all know that I am not really a product junkie, but lately I've been curious about trying out Rose Water. I have always heard so many great things about it. Some of the many benefits of rose water includes:

- It's scent, said to be pleasantly fragrant.
- Can be used as an antiseptic because it has antibacterial properties.
- Can be used on hair, skin, used on clothing, etc.
- Can even be used to cook with!

You could make your own rose water, but I'm not sure if i would personally go through the tedious process of making it when I can just buy a small bottle for $4 at Whole Foods. I would love to try it, at least once!

So has anybody used Rose Water before? What were the results?

Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Loc Divide: Freeforming versus Manicured

This is probably one of the most tired topics that you've probably seen a couple of times on natural hair/loc blogs, sites, youtube posts, etc., but I just wanted to throw in my two cents on it.

Frankly, I'm sick of tired of the superiority that some manicured loc rockers have and the "my method is better" attitude of some freeformers. Today I mentioned to a loc'ed friend of mine that I'm freeforming now, and I was just shocked at how he made it sound as if I don't take care of my locks and just let them grow like bongo dreads. And the funny thing is, he said that my locks looked nice before I even told him that I freeform. He intially thought that I still retwisted, but just when i say I freeform he's like "oh..." and starts giving me attitude. What's up with that? So are my locks less beautiful now because I don't retwist them? He said that freeforming is a "wrong way" to take care of dreads. From there I just couldn't take him seriously, honestly.

Then there are the freeformers who say that people who manicure locks have the same attitude as people who wear perm or relaxer, that they are "ashamed of their new growth/nappy roots." Is that really fair? We all still have natural hair on our head, so why does it matter? Sometimes it still even annoys me when there are loc discussion for ONLY freeformers, but that's the same for manicured, sisterlocks, braidlocs, etc. Not that the categories alone bother me, because I think it's just more convenient and overall okay to talk to other lock rockers who have the same kind of locs as you; what bothers me is just how I see a hint of superiority and attitude in the discussion boards.

Now, I know that we all have our lock preferences and I think it is sometimes normal to speak out about how much you prefer one method over another. I have nothing against that, to each their own. What I don't like is how people look down upon others all because they are following a locking method that isn't for them. I don't like how people judge and make assumptions, or give attitude. I think the beauty of locs is that there is more than one way of maintaining them, and in my eyes, both manicured locks and freeformed locs are beautiful to me. What I DON'T like is a dirty, stinky, icky head of locs. As long as all of us take good care of our locks and keep it clean and healthy, what does it matter how others maintain them?

So what do y'all think about this topic, do you think enough is enough?

Monday, July 26, 2010

Frontal Braid-Out

Lastnight I combined some locs in the front because I was somewhat worried that two of them were getting kind of weak at the root, but then changed my mind because I realized that they weren't really that bad and that I liked how these locs in the front are a bit slimmer in comparison to my thicker locs in the back. I came to the conclusion that as long as they aren't literally hanging by a thread, there is really no reason for me to combine them. So I unmarried them, realizing that I somewhat got a braidout going on.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Loc Rockers and Our Pets

Not too many people know this, but I LOVE animals. Well, actually, everybody who knows me knows that I'm obsessed with animals lol, but most of all, I just have a passion for pets. I have a darling girl kitty called Sugar Baby, but I call her Shug or Baby Girl for short. Sometimes I call her Porker and Porky because she is one pudgy girl. She is 8 years old. We have such a special bond with each other, I've never had this kind of bond with any other cat ever. When she goes one day, a huge part of me will go with her (I always get teary-eyed just thinking about it). I know that sounds so morbid, but I can't help it, she's just so important to me. Anyways, I just thought of sharing a bit of Shug with you guys, isn't she adorable? As you can tell from the pics, she's such a cuddle bear and still acts like a kitten even though she's a senior cat now lol. Does anybody else have any pets? Please share any photos if you have any!


Thursday, July 22, 2010

Then and Now

Here are some early photos of my baby locs. I found these on my computer (I almost forgot that some pics were taken of me with my little locs lol) and thought I might as well show them to y'all so you can have a clearer picture of what my locs were then and what they are now. These pics aren't really in the right order lol (I wish I could organize them and make them look a bit more "professional" but it seems like the formatting won't really allow it lol). The bottom left is when they were first installed. The upper left and the bottom right is how they looked a couple of months after, and then the last one is I guess when I noticed that they started looking like locs. I wish I can give exact time and month they were taken but back in the day I honestly didn't really care about keeping a loc journal or anything like that, until now lol. The pics that are posted in my prior 18-month loc update post is what they look like now. What a transformation, eh?

Loc Update: The Year and a Half Mark!

Damn guys, today my hair is at the 18-month mark, exactly a year and a half. Honestly, I don't have anything major to update on my hair. Nothing much has really changed, other than that it is getting thicker and the combined locs are finally fully married (as you can probably tell from the pictures). I will just give y'all a rundown of what I'm doing to my hair right now:

1) Giving it TONS OF MOISTURE. I basically rinse my hair every day or every other day, mostly because it is so hot out. I wash my hair every 2-3 days, esp. after I get back from swimming or chilling at the beach, or just from jogging or driving in the heat. As usual I use Dr. Bronner's, and occasionally Suave. Every morning and night I spritz my hair with my mix of water, vegetable glycerin, oil, and essential oils. I've recently bought a bunch of essential oils, and they are absolutely wonderful. I mix a blend of lavender, lemongrass, sweet orange, and tea trea oil in my applicator filled with olive and coconut oil, or a blend of peppermint, rosemary, eucalyptus, and tea tree oil. Trying to mix it up once in awhile with the blends, but not so much where the smell is too overpowering. At most I try and mix no more than 4 types of essential oils at a time. And last but not least, I drink lots of water, not just for my hair but for the rest of my body too.

2) I LEAVE MY HAIR ALONE. I think I'm over the hand in loc disease. I just don't have much of an interest in really messing with my hair, and that includes styling. The only time I really mess with it is when I'm massaging it, otherwise, yeah, at the moment I'm pretty boring with my hair lol. I just don't have that itch yet to go crazy with styling it, one day I will though. I think leaving my hair alone has allowed my locs to just do its own thing, plus it is nice to finally be in that state of mind where my hair is just my hair, and I don't feel the need to worry about what's going on with it because I'm letting it do what it do.

3) I oil my locs after every wash. Not much, just a little, mostly at my scalp. I remember when I used to really over do it with the oil to the point where it would just leave a mess on my pillows and other people's clothes lol (so embrassing), but now I'm pretty lax with the oil.

4) I seperate my locs once in awhile if they are hugging, but lately I hadn't had to do that all that much. The base of my locs are becoming denser and firmer, which is a good thing because I guess that means that the hugging will not happen as much, or that my locs are maturing. Either way, it's nice to not have to seperate as much.

5) I use my loose hair to wrap it around an adjoining loc. I've tried to loc some of the loose hair but I just don't like how skinny they look, it makes me worry that they are just going to break off.

6) I always cover my hair, I wear a headwrap during the day and a satin cap at night. I just don't like having hair all over my face lol. When I'm outside though I let my hair out, just so they can have some fresh air haha.

7) I do take some vitamins/multivitamins such as Centrium, B-complex, and biotin. Most important though I focus on just eating healthy, which I have always done all my life. Not sure how much the vitamins and my eating habits are contributing to my hair, but no harm can be done in taking some supplements.

8) Last but not least, I'm really learning to embrace my locs at this stage of the journey. I love the 2-3 inch of afro hair floating underneath my locks. I love how soft my locs feel when there is water on it. I don't think my locs have gotten longer, but I really don't care. I can't wait until they are more mature, but at the same time, I really like the way they are now. They still look like two-strand twists, but I'm okay with that, and I'm embracing it. I'm fully satisfied with their size and have no regrets for combining so many of my locs. Last time I counted, I think I have 72 locs, and that's perfect for me. Now that I've sorted out the size issue and have finally decided to leave my hair alone and let them do their thing, I've gained a better appreciation for my locs and how they are developing. Looking at old pictures of my locs when they were babies, I'm just amazed how they looked then and how they look now, it's amazing.

So that's that y'all. 18-months locked and still loving it!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Out With the Old, In With The New

Once in awhile, I look back to the days when I first got the BC and how I was still trying to learn and explore what products work best for my hair. Some I have kept since Day 1, while other products I have just stopped using all together.

Here's my list of products that I used to incorporate in my hair regime but don't use anymore and probably will never use again:

* Shea Butter

I wasn't too sure about this stuff, but at around, hm, I suppose 8 months after I got the big chop, I decided to give it a shot. I ordered my shea butter from, and I also once bought a jar of it from my loctitian. Here was the exact jar that I ordered from:

For some reason, I loved the smell. It was very nutty and had a yellowish white color to it. The texture though was so grainy. When I used to put it through my TWA, it felt as if i had put sand through my hair. And the smell for some reason sort of bothered me once it was in my hair lol. Even when I had protective styles I still didn't like what shea butter was doing to my hair. It made it feel a little too oily and just grimey. On my skin, though, it was nice, it left it soft and smooth. Once I ran out of shea butter though, I just gave up on it and moved on. One, I just didn't feel like ordering another jar or going all out of my way buying it someplace else, and second, with all the debate and controversy over what is "real" shea butter and what isn't, I was just overwhelmed and felt like there was too much drama surrounding just one product. I finished that one jar and never really went back to it again. Good riddens lol.

* Black Earth Protective Mist Bodifier

This was another product I bought from around my early days of wearing natural hair for the first time. I'm not sure why I decided to buy this. This was just before I decided to make my own spritz/mistifier. I remember ordering this before I went to Ocean City with a friend for holiday. The great thing about this product was that it smelled just wonderful, like a pina colada. It claimed that it was meant to moisturize hair, but instead it made my hair feel very sticky and didn't leave my hair feeling moisturized at all. It was such a bummer. After using this product I then decided to make my own moisturizer.


Yes y'all, way back I used to use plain, flavorless, colorless, all natural yogurt to condition my hair. I also mixed the yogurt with honey and olive oil. Actually, my hair had never been as soft and luxurious as when I used this stuff. It's a little strange, yes, but it left my hair SO soft and shiny. I stopped using yogurt once I got my locs installed. I don't really miss using yogurt though, because after awhile it did get kind of messy and I'd much rather eat the yogurt then put it on my head haha. I doubt I would use this yogurt conditioner on my locs one day, but who knows.

*Burt's Bees Conditioner

Again, another product I used in my early days of wearing my loose natural hair. I forgot which scent of conditioner it was, but I really didn't like it. I didn't actually use it to condition my hair, I used it as a leave-in conditioner in a spritz bottle filled with water, oil, and glycerin. It left my hair feeling very hard and brittle. I know some people swear by using this leave-in conditioner mixture, but for me it left it feeling nasty and gross. When I did use the conditioner normally, it still had that grimy stripped feeling. Burt's Bees is just not for me.


I used this in my loc gel when I used to retwist my locs, and my loctitian actually used straight up honey and olive oil for my first ever loc retwist. I have no gripes or regrets from using honey, but after awhile I just got tired of using it.

Here's a list of the keepers:

* Extra Virgin Olive Oil

What's not to love about this stuff? Since day 1 I have used olive oil, and it has never failed to impress. Leaves my hair soft, moisturized, shiny, and conditioned. Plus, I can practically buy it anywhere.

*Coconut Oil

My second favorite oil next to olive oil. Love the smell! The only downside to coconut oil is that it really isn't a year-round oil, it's great for the warmer months but during winter it just remains a solid in your hair, which makes it appear as if you have build up. Otherwise, love this stuff.

*Vegetable Glycerin

This was also another product I used since day 1. It leaves my hair soft, and a bottle can last forever. The bottle that I just finished using had lasted for 2 years. I only use this stuff during summer though, but it is definitely a go to product for me.

* Apple Cider Vinegar

I don't remember when I started using ACV, but ever since I've used it as a major staple for after I shampoo and condition my hair. I don't mind the smell as much as some people; after using it so many times I just get used to it. It leaves my hair soft and detoxes my locs.

*Dr. Bronner's

Love, love, love! I have tried practically all of their scents except for eucalyptus and orange. If I ever have kids I will use the baby formula scent on them lol. Plus it also does a nice job at helping me clean my laundry, dishes, counter tops, etc. Especially nice and convenient during my college years!

* Suave Shampoos

I only use suave shampoos when I run out of Dr. Bronner's or when I'm out of town. I'm not a fan of all their ingredients, but as a basic and cheap shampoo to use on occasions, it does the trick.

*Essential oils

I just started jumping on the essential oil band wagon. I must say, essential oils are just wonderful. I just ordered an assortment of essential oils, I will post a review for each one explaining the smell, its benefits, and so on.


Naturally, I had to add this! Water is basically what keeps my hair and my locs going.

Finally, here are a list of products that I for some reason stopped using, but don't mind going back to them again.

* Grapeseed oil

I used to use this as part of my daily spritz mixture, but for some reason just stopped using it. It's not expensive, you can get a large bottle for $4, and just like olive oil, you can find it in most grocery stores. It is probably one of the lightest oils there is, plus the light green color of the oil is just gorgeous and really pretty. It works better for the skin though, because it easily absorbs and doesn't make your skin feel greasy, plus there is hardly any smell to it. For my hair, it was also wonderful. Eventually I want to bring grape seed oil back in my regime.

* My Herb-Infused Water Spritz

Before there was essential oils, I used just dry herbs to ensure that my hair was getting the all natural good stuff. I either grew the herbs (rosemary, thyme, basil, etc.) or bought them from the grocery store. I used to put these herbs in a jar and pour hot boiling water over them, let the herbs seep like a tea, and then spritz the infused herbal water mixture into my hair every morning and night. It smelled great and I think it did encourage much hair growth when I used to have really really short hair. Plus I got so many compliments on the smell. I think I stopped using fresh herbs mostly because I became too lazy to make the herbal spritz, and since I've started using essential oils, I just don't feel the need to buy fresh herbs anymore. Yet, I really do miss this spritz. I need to get my butt back in gear to making this stuff. The work in making it was worth it.

* Aloe Vera Gel

I used to use this as a twisting agent for my locs, but since I decided to freeform I hadn't felt the need to use it. However, aloe vera gel in general is just such a great product that I will probably use it again by rubbing it through my locs once they are more mature. For now, I just use it very occasionally on my skin.

So here's basically all the things I have ever used on my hair. Other products I do want to try and in the future are:

- More essential oils!
- Castor oil (i have heard such great things about it in regards to making the hair thicker and softer)
- A cheap shampoo from a Wholefoods or Trader Joes (i'm just curious to try their store brand shampoos)
- Conditioner (I want to wait until my locs are mature enough to use conditioner, right now, they just aren't ready. For now, a hot olive oil treatment works best for condtioning).
- A brush (I can't wait!)

So ladies, what is your list of products that you have thrown away, still keep, and want to bring back again. Don't forget to also mention products that you are curious to try out one day. Please post your response on my blog or post it as an entire blog post on yours. I can't wait to read your lists!

Much love,

Saturday, July 17, 2010

I'm On the Road to Queendom!

Guess what guys, I'm a Loc'd Beauty of the Week on the fabulous site On The Road to Queendom. I'm honored to be featured because this is one of my most favorite loc blogs ever and I love Queen Tosh, wonderful lady! Thank you to all those who are supporting my loc journey so far, i really appreciate it!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Product Review: Suave Rosemary Mint Shampoo

As you all know, I don't normally like to buy hair products because I'm very much a DIY-make-my-own-hair-products kind of girl, but once in awhile, I will purchase Suave shampoos because 1) they are SO cheap, and 2) they do a pretty decent job at keeping my locs clean without leaving build up. Sure, some of the ingredients if not most of the ingredients in Suave shampoos have the unpronounceable, not-so-good stuff that shouldn't really be put in our hair, but since my hair care routine is generally all-natural, I can afford to use a product that may not be as natural as the rest of the stuff I use on my hair. I decided to purchase the Rosemary Mint Shampoo because of Miss Honey Dip mentioning it while featuring her adorable son on her blog (thanks Miss Honey!).

As I usually do when purchasing a hair product, I look at the list of ingredients. The ingredients weren't so bad. It didn't really have as much of all that bad stuff (alcohol, sulphates, and so on) that the other Suave shampoos carry. It does have some assortments of oils in it to give it that minty, rosemary aroma, and it even had a hint of aloe-something in the ingredients too. I really liked the smell of this shampoo. It smelled more like mint than it did rosemary, but it did smell very nice and pleasant (that's another plus about the Suave shampoos, they do smell very lovely without being too overpowering). When I began to wash my hair with it, I loved how it lathered up very quickly. I didn't dilute the shampoo like I do with Dr. Bronner's, just because Suave shampoos aren't as strong and powerful as Dr. Bronner's. Even during the rinsing process, the smell of the mint and rosemary was nourishing and relaxing. It didn't leave my hair feeling too dry, no drier than Dr. Bronner's. Naturally I did an ACV rinse afterwards just to be sure there wasn't any buildup, and after that I slapped some of my oil blend all over my hair to seal in the moisture and to get rid of that dry-feeling from my locks. Overall, the shampoo left my hair feeling clean and soft. I really liked it. Just because I'm sort of a stickler on using just my homemade hair products, or all natural hair products in general, I don't plan on relying too much on Suave shampoos, but I definitely would use this particular shampoo once in awhile when I want a bit of a change from using my handy dandy Dr. Bronner's soap, or when I run out of it and need a back up. I'd recommend everyone to purchase a bottle of the Suave Rosemary Mint Shampoo, it's only $2.50 if not less than that when it is on sale.

Monday, June 21, 2010

1 Year 5 Months!

Wow...I'm almost at the year and a half mark! Here are pics of my hair at the moment. Can anybody notice how some of the locs are looking more mature than others? Progress! That's the only change I'm seeing at the moment. I think the locs are getting thicker, but I'm not sure, is it? Naturally, still freeforming. I will make a more elaborate post on my freeform locing journey on my 18-month mark.

*Note: In case anybody is wondering, those beads are staying in strictly by the thickness of the loc. No rubberbands! They stay on tight, even during a wash! And I've noticed that they've actually helped my locs seal and marry together 100% easier and better than the rubberbands, I kind of wish I used them sooner. Oh well, you live and learn*

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Beads in Me Locs!

A friend of mine gave me buckets of beads just to give away, and tonight while looking through them I thought, hey, I could put some of these in my locs! So I did! For one, I wanted to take out some of the rubberbands and replace them with beads instead. For the most part, the rubberbands are working so well with my locs, but for a couple of locs the bands are more of a hassel and just aren't helping with the process. Just like the bands, I will keep the beads on them for awhile until I feel like these particular locs don't need them anymore. So far, I really like the look they give to my locs, gives them more personality, plus I can always switch the color up once in awhile and also use them when my locs get more mature. Plus I can wash with the beads in my locs too. Nice and simple, but cute.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Loc Jewelry

These pics are of the loc jewelry that my friend has made, taken back in November while I was living in England. He can make them in any shape, size, or color and customize it anyway you like. These pics aren't representive of ALL the loc jewelry he has made for me it's just an example of some. How much do you think is a reasonable price to sell them for? Any comments would be really appreciated!