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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
A list of my favorite go to oils for my locs:
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.
Did you know that you can detox your locs?
Incorporate Bentonite Clay to into your hair care regimen to remove toxins.
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.
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
How is your loc journey coming along? Are there any problem areas that you would like to discuss?
I would have never thought that someday I would be rocking locks. I was addicted to the creamy crack and loved to add extensions for length. I had to always make sure that my hair was “laid”. I felt confident with long flowy hair.
When I was transitioning I decided to start sharing my journey but I could not work up the nerve to actually publish my first video so I waited a little while; ok who am I fooling, a long while. I wasn’t ready to hear any negative feedback from my family or complete strangers for that matter. I was trying to get use to it myself.
Once my afro got a little bigger after the big chop, I began to publish videos on YouTube. I also created a FB page in which I contemplated closing everyday during the beginning of my blogger journey. I was like, who cares about my kinky 4c hair. Well….I kept it open!
I was shaking in my pants, literally. I did it! I accomplished the first step in 2013 and shared my kinks with the world. I became a natural hair video blogger, Naturalista4me.
I thought that was a hard step but little did I know that I would come to another step in my journey where I would be back in the emotions of fearing feedback on my hair posts. Not only did I decide to lock, I decided to free form. I call it semi free form because I separate my locks or what some may call “popping”. Once I began the journey I found a sense of peace. I began to learn more about myself. I shared my journey from beginning until now and will continue to do so to inspire other naturalista’s to embrace their kinks. I love my hair!
Beginning of lock journey Aug. 2015 with comb twists
My locks are sitting on an afro. Who would’ve ever thought that I would choose this lock style, being I always preferred my hair to be so neatly in place. I guess I can say that I transitioned again and eventually began to go with the flow of what makes me happy. When I would retwist in the beginning they would lie flat and I felt “held down” in a sense. I felt like I had to be in order because my hair was in order. It was neatly parted and I felt as though it was extremely thin, although it wasn’t. I didn’t like how I could just touch my scalp and feel such neat parting. It felt to organized.
I do not like to feel limited. I have the mindset that I can do all things that I put my mind to. My mind is always going, as I am a woman and that is what we do right? I use to live within my own limitations (due to past mindset) as well as others limitations for me. I always felt held down as gravity is in full effect but people can pull you down to if you allow them too.
My grandmother told me that she doesn’t understand what I am trying to do and this style just isn’t me. She asked me if I was ok (in the head). She wanted to know if I needed to talk to someone because I must have lost my mind. She said this isn’t who I am. I love my grandmother so much and I understand that everyone will not understand why you choose to wear your hair the way that you do. We really shouldn’t expect them too. Remove expectations of others and love yourself no matter what. She is right about one thing. I did lose my mind, my old mind. I have a new mindset.
Some days my hair seems as though it is poking straight out like I have stuck my hands into a socket and the funny thing about that is I feel within so full of energy. It is reflective of how I am actually feeling. If you just so happen to come across me and my hair is on the flatter side then you may want to give me a hug and tell me that everything will be alright. You may even need to counsel me a little bit. Ok. All jokes aside, my hair reflects how I feel. At first I chopped it up to my hair is going through a process and it sticking out is a major part of it but I really do see my energy reflected.
Inner-G : The Permanent State of mind where nothing is impossible…..where oneself relies on instinct to handle anything in life. To achieve the inner “G” one must remove all doubt, all fear, all worries from the mind, well as push themselves to their limits and go beyond it and believe that if they want something they go for it.
When they become longer and heavier I know they will lie down but they will be stronger and longer and I want that strength and growth to be reflected in my life. I am growing.
My locks reflect my Inner-G.
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