I am very excited to have been able to find this group. I decided to go completely natural with my hair 8 years ago. I wanted locs, but for some reason my mom said no over and over again. I can't believe I listened to her. To this day, I can't believe that I actually listened to her! I sported a nice neat fro, twists and various braided styles (sometimes including extensions) all that time. My hair has been in the locking process for a month now, I am beyond happy. Previously when I would twist my hair, I would redo it every two weeks. I don't know why, it just seemed the thing to do. I remembered how each time that I'd undo my hair after a two week span, my hair had become knotted. Did I ever stop to think that this would be step to creating locs? No. I was still kinda young and I kept telling myself, after much negativity from those aorund me, locs are permanent, and I don't want to lose the versatility that I have with my natural hair. I considered it again back in August, then I picked up some loc creame (Jamaican Mango and Lime Locking product), and exactly 22 days ago I decided that I was finally ready for this journey. Now, granted I have the thick, curly black hair, my hair is still pretty thin/fragile...I don't really know what to consider it. It's thick, but it's still thin. I started out with the backcombing method, it simply was not working. No matter how large or small that i made the sections of hair out to be, the backcombing alone simply was not working. My hair looked like thin tangled spider webs. So, I continued backcombing, I ripped the hair apart and then I used a double strand twist and backcombed it again. I've looked up on the net, and luckily, I found out that double strand twists are indeed a good way to start locs. I am glad that I am finally allowing my hair to basically do what it wants, no...what it really wants. I washed my hair yesterday for the first time since I've started my babies with DreadHeadHq Anti-Residue Shampoo. (After this is out, I plan to use Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo, I won't have to order it.) I have no rubberbands in my hair and I'm feeling that this is actually locking up nicely because unlike those two week long twists, these did not unravel at all in the shower. I got out of the shower, squeezed the water out of my hair and let it air-dry, which took roughly three hours. I was going to do a bit of backcombing after my hair dryed, but I just decided to let my hair be, for once. Of course there are many ways to start locs, do any of you feel that this is a silly way to start? or did I go overboard with the different techniques?
I will certainly get some pictures up soon!
Anyway, I"m glad to be here, finally people to talk with about the growth of locs!