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Naturalista Jamellia

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My name is Jamellia McFarlane but friends call me Millie. I was born in Queens New York but raise in Florida. I’m 27 and a social worker. I have been natural since Nov 2011- so 6yrs.

I returned natural because I had shaved the side of my hair and wanted to start over. I was doing weaves, but my hair was so uneven and had damaged ends, I needed a fresh start.

 

 

If someone is thinking about returning natural I would say to them that we should have never left but everybody has their own journey. When I was growing up, I was a box braids baby because I had thick hair, was tender headed, and my mom didn’t know what to do with my hair because I would always cry when it was time for it to be done. Side note, my mom has dreads currently. But anyways, eventually I begged her to perm it. Yea perms made my hair kind of manageable but also lifeless because it damages the curl pattern. Plus, if I knew how to take care of my natural hair, stopped looking at other cultures hair, and wishing/trying to reach their hair goals, my hair would be so different. Shoot I should have just locked up anyways because I was wearing braids all the time but that wasn’t my mindset, so then I became dependent on weaves until my big chop in 2011.

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I feel as black women we are creative, and weaves are as a craft to us, but we shouldn’t be so wrapped up or dependent on it that if we don’t have it, we don’t feel beautiful. Our hair DOES GROW, it just needs some patience, less expectations, as well as sun, water, and oil. We have the definition of beautiful hair.

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P.s if I would have locked my hair when I was younger, it would have been down my back by now. Probably would had higher self-esteem because my hair was a low point of me. But I’m happy where I am now, and this hair journey I’ve been on. I wouldn’t change it for anything. In 2 yrs., my hair has grown tremendously with locks. I’ve found a way to finally care it by patience, self-acceptance, and love.

 

 

I’m always down for new oils but my go to’s are Coconut oil, Jamaican black castor oil, tea tree, and water lol.

My favorite hairstyle is half up and half down.

 

Connect with me on:

Facebook: Jamellia Millie Mcfarlane

Ig: jahsmindgarden
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Are You Thinking About Semi Free Form Loc’n?

What is semi free forming? Semi free forming is a way of locking. It is not an organized way of locking and many shy away from the process because of the beginning stages. Although the beginning stages could test the thickness of your skin (due to negative comments), the loc journey is very rewarding within itself. It will test your patience, it can increase your confidence, it can become a spiritual journey.

August 2nd will make two years on my semi free from lock journey. I would have never guessed that I would ever be locked but here I am today rocking this semi free form locs.

Check out this video of me sharing tips in hopes of encouraging you to follow through your unique journey embracing every step of the way.

1st Time Retwisting My Locs by @Naturalcurls4life

I am 10 weeks into my loc journey and this is my first time retwisting my hair myself. I am making progress and look forward to my progress as time goes on.

I also share the hair products I use to wash and retwist my hair.
Shampoos: Crème of Nature Scalp Relief Shampoo and Ultra Moisturizing Shampoo
Conditioner: Crème of Nature Moisture Extreme
DIY Loc spray (by YouTuber/Loctician Damian Walter)
Taliah Waajid Tight Hold

Please SUBSCRIBE and follow me on FB and IG @NaturalCurls4Life and Tumbler @NaturalCurlzins

 

 

A 360 Of My Semi Free-form Locs Video

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Grow Long Healthy Locs

According to natural hair stylist Yalonda Fields ( a stylist located in Vidalia, GA)- maintenanced locs equal healthy long locs.

To grow long healthy locs, it is important to care for your locs.

There are many different loc options as I am on a semi-freeform loc journey. Maintenance for you can mean many different things based on the type of locs you have chosen to have. For some, maintenance is cleansing, deep conditioning and re-twisting and for others it is cleansing and letting the hair take its’ course without re-twisting.

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Image courtesy of Yalonda Fields of Face 2 Face Global Hair Studio located in Vidalia, GA

There are some tips that can help you to achieve maximum growth. The tips shared are tips that I have personally used on myself and have also gotten confirmation that it works for others on their loc journey.

BE PATIENT

I get it, we all want our hair to grow overnight. Ok, maybe that was a little extreme but if you allow your hair to grow without length checking so often (especially if it bothers you) and just focus on healthy hair care then before you know it you will have longer locs.

I take a look over my journey from time to time and can’t believe how far I have come. Take pictures to document your journey and revisit those pictures from time to time. You will see in your pics how much your hair has grown.

Being frustrated can cause stress and stress doesn’t help the hair to grow. It can actually cause hair loss. Take some deep breaths and embrace the journey every step of the way.

DO NOT RE-TWIST TO OFTEN

For those who love to have really neat looking locs, you have to be careful that you do not re-twist to often. Every once in a while give your roots a break. Over time, too much tension can cause your locs to began to break/pop off.

HOW TO STOP TRACTION ALOPECIA- HAIR LOSS DUE TO TOO MUCH TENSION

Most of the time the hairline if affected by over-twisting and I am sure that is the last thing you would want to have to deal with. They begin to thin out and pop off. No one wants that.

Some loc hair style options can also cause hair loss due to tension. Be mindful of the tightness (tension.)

FIND A GREAT LOCTITIAN

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If you are free forming or semi free forming, you may not visit a loctician as there is little maintenance.

Visiting a loctician is a great thing. Your stylist can give your hair the proper care that it needs and provide tips on how to keep it healthy in the in between times until you return to the salon.

MOISTURIZE YOUR LOCS

Moisturizing your locs will aid in healthy growing locs but be very mindful of the products that you are using to prevent product build up.

Heavy waxes and creams are hard to get out of locs, so opting for light natural oils and gels is best.

HOW TO MAKE NATURAL HAIR GEL OUT OF FLAX SEEDS

A list of my favorite go to oils for my locs:

  • Olive Oil
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Jamaican Black Castor Oil
  • Almond Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Grapeseed Oil

I do not apply these oils in combination to my locs all at one time. I will mix a few of them together or just use one at the time. You will have to see what works best for you.

Olive Oil, Coconut Oil and Jamaican Black Castor are penetrating and sealing oils. They penetrate the hair shaft and cuticle.

Grapeseed Oil, Jojoba Oil and Almond Oil are also sealing oils.

CLEANSE YOUR LOCS

I don’t know who created the myth that dirty hair grows faster. If your scalp is anything like mine, keeping dirty hair for too long will have you paranoid that your hair is stinky and your locs seem to be screaming for help as well as your scalp.

A clean scalp and clean hair is a okay. Not to mention how good you will feel after that good ole scalp massage. I wouldn’t pass that up for the world! I do wash my own hair but I still thoroughly enjoy taking the time with my hair and massaging my scalp.

In the beginning of my journey, I was told that I should wait until my hair locked before I washed them. Um…..nah. That wasn’t going to fly. I washed my hair three weeks into my journey.

I purchased a hair net and washed my hair through the hair net until my coils were able to stay in place during my wash.

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HOW TO PREVENT YOUR STARTER LOCS FROM UNRAVELING ON WASH DAY

Did you know that you can detox your locs? 

Incorporate Bentonite Clay to into your hair care regimen to remove toxins.

Recipe:

Combine bentonite clay and water until you get a consistency that can be applied to your hair. Apply to wet/damp hair. Let sit for approximately 20 minutes (do not let dry). Rinse out.

My advice to you is to CLEANSE YOUR HAIR PLEASE!

EMBRACE YOUR JOURNEY

Do not compare your journey to anyone else’s. You are unique, as is your hair and you should embrace the journey every step of the way. Some will compliment you and some will think you have lost your mind taking this journey but it isn’t about anyone else but you.

When I started my journey, my hair was poking out everywhere. My own loving mother and grandmother told me I must have lost my mind or something. I think they wanted to send me off to get help. After all, I was relaxed before and now I had little coils doing what they wanted to do and I let them be.

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I did’t feel as if I had gone through an “ugly stage”. My mother and grandmother now say they love my hair. They didn’t understand where I was going with “those things” as they called them. At the end of the day, understand that you are on this journey for your own personal reason.

PROTECT YOUR HAIR AT NIGHT

Cotton pillow cases and sheets are very common but they do not help your hair at all. They actually pull moisture from the hair as you are resting.

You can purchase a satin cap or a satin pillow case if a cap is out of the question. I personally do not like caps so I sleep on a satin pillow case. Give it a try and thank me later!

 

 

Do you need a loctitian? Book Your Appointment With Yalonda Fields at Face 2 Face Global Hair Studio

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How is your loc journey coming along? Are there any problem areas that you would like to discuss?

Naturalista Jacqueline

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My name is Jacqueline and I’m 35 years old. I big chopped and went natural in 2009 and I locked my hair in 2011.

I returned natural because I was tired of damaging my hair with perms and my Saturdays being spent all day in the salon.

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Some advice that I would tell someone who wants to return natural is to go for it! I think it’s a beautiful thing. You have to be stand firm on what you want to do because people will try to discourage you from doing it.

I’m a big fan of Shea Moisture products. I also like Dr. Bronner Peppermint Castile soap and Juices and Berries leave in conditioner.

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I love my locs curly. I usually use pipe cleaners or curl rods.

I believe less is more! I wash my locs once a month and I retwist every other month. I’m not a product junkie, I found a regimen that I and I stuck with it. I’m loving this natural hair movement, don’t be afraid to join us🙂.

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