Monday, July 19, 2010

My best friend is on CurlyNikki.com

Yay!!  My best friend Kenya was recently featured on CurlyNikki.com as a current transitioner.  Check her out: http://www.curlynikki.com/2010/07/current-transitioner-kenya.html.

I'm so proud of her!


I featured her here a month ago.  Check her out on both sites and show her some love.


Til next time, thanks for reading.  Be blessed.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Where we've been: Mrs. Honey Dip and Mop Head

Biggest regret about my locs: I wish I took more pictures of my loc journey but I didn't. :(   I did find a few pictures of me and my son and I wanna share these with you.

Mop Head in late 2003. He was 5 years old.
This set was started when he was 2 years old.

Mop Head in 2003 again.  His hair was cut (his choice) in January 2004
because haters said he looked like a girl.

This was either late 2004 or early 2005.  Mop Head was in between sets. 
My locs were at least a year old (probably closer to 2 years old).

This was Spring 2007. He was 9 years old.  It was about 4-5 months
before he started his second set of locs.

This was a year later in Spring 2008.  He was 10 years old. 
This set was probably 8-9 months old.

This is where we are today. 
Mop Head is 12 and his second set of locs is almost 3 years old.
My locs are 7 years old.

I just wanted to share part of our journeys with you.  I really wish I could find a picture of my big chop and my baby locs but I seemed to have misplaced them.

Til next time, thanks for reading.  Be blessed.

Shake dem locs, boy!!

My son, Mop Head, also loves to take pictures among his other passions of skateboarding and video games.  His father gave him a camera for his birthday last year and it's been hard for him to put it down since.  He's actually a pretty good photographer.  He's taken some of the 'back of the head' shots in my posts and he took the ones in my Loc'd  Love post.  Being the silly boy that he is, he took some pictures of himself "shaking dem locs!"  I knew I had to post them after Loc Rocker was talking about shaking her locs in the car.  Check him out:







Just silly!!!  I love that boy. 

*He took all of these photos himself and they have been posted with his permission.  ;)*

Til next time, thanks for reading.  Be blessed.

Friday, July 2, 2010

FEATURE: Introducing Mop Head

I would like to introduce to you, my son, known to his classmates as Mop Head.  (I personally don't like the name but hey).


He's a 12 year old 7th grader who loves to skateboard and play video games.  He also plays soccer and baseball.  And the ladies love him and his hair. ;)

 He likes to wear his hair in his face like the white boys are doing these days.
Yes, that is his natural hair color.  Don't you just love it?!

He has become a freeformer lately.  I haven't twisted his hair since January.  I have mixed feelings about it.  I personally don't like it because I prefer a more manicured look but I really don't like doing his hair either.  And he doesn't like me messing with it.  It takes FOREVER to do his hair because he won't sit still and he's a little tender headed.  It only takes me an hour to twist my husband's hair but it takes at least 2 hours to do my son's.  But I'm not tripping about it because it doesn't look bad.  He washes his hair himself at least once a week with whatever shampoo is available.  He doesn't have any hair or scalp issues, which is a blessing, so I don't have to do anything special to his hair.  So we agreed to let it do whatever as long as he keeps it clean.  I may just twist it once or twice a year.

I washed it this morning with some Suave shampoo that I got on clearance for 79 cents.  Rosemary mint.  It smells SO good.
His hair is super duper thick and he finally let me separate the locs so they won't grow together into one big mess.  I love the texture of his hair which makes it very easy to lock. The color is natural.  He was born with a head full of these brown kinky curls!


It does look like a mop head, doesn't it?!

I did an ACV rinse with oil after I washed.  No conditioner.  I didn't want to put any conditioner in his hair (and I usually don't) because I think it will be hard to wash out.  Now his hair is nice and shiny.  It usually looks dry.  I'm going to make him a water/glycerin/oil spritz to keep it moisturized.

  When I separated the locs, I had to use scissors cuz his hair is meshing together like this:
It took me 30-45 minutes to do his whole head.  (and that's actually a water droplet in his hair and not lint)

This is actually his second set of locs and they will be 3 years old in August.  The first set was started when he was just 2 years old.  He wanted them cut when he was 6 years old because he hated that people said he looked like a girl.  I was glad he cut them because he didn't want me to maintain them and it looked a hot mess.  I had to try to do his hair when he was asleep.  Not fun.  So he wore it almost bald or short for a couple years before he decided on another set.  People still think he looks like a girl but he doesn't let it bother him anymore.   I told him to let the haters hate.

So that's my son.  Isn't he handsome?!

Til next time, thanks for reading.  Be blessed.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

My Mega-Tek Experiment begins

I'm so excited.  My Mega-Tek arrived.  Already!!  I placed the order Monday and the cheapest shipping had it here today (Thursday) via USPS.  Unbelievable.  Anyway, I'm excited to try it and hopefully grow in my busted hairline.  I applied it immediately to this area:
I could put at least 2 locs there!! I really hope this stuff works.  We will see.

So let me give you some preliminary info about Mega-Tek.  Yes, it is a grooming product for animals but it has been used safely on humans.  I found it here.  I bought the 2 oz size but it's also available in a 16 oz size.  I wanted to try it out first.

This product was suggested to me by a lovely follower Foxy not-so Brown. She's not a loc rocker but she has a beautiful head of natural hair.  She also has two wonderful blogs, Target Queen and Rachel Stewart.  Be sure to check her out.  I love her! ;)
The full directions say: Apply to areas  suffering from dry skin conditions or areas with hair loss and to cracked paw pads.  Apply to wet hair for a complete hair conditioner - then rinse out.   Ingredients include deionized water, castor oil, and keratin (among other things).  It also has a fragrance and it smells  really good.  It's very light,
and easy to rub in.

I think I'm going to use this at least every other night when I massage my scalp.  Especially since it's so light.  I'm glad it smells good.  You can't tell it's a product for animals.  I'm also doing other things in my life to help with hair growth.  I'm drinking more water and exercising more.  I'm already taking a multivitamin.  I know this stuff is not a cure all and that I have to do my part to help.  Beautiful inside = beautiful outside.

So I took the pipe cleaners out this evening and I'm rocking my Freedom Curls a little early.  I wanted to leave the pipe cleaners in until tomorrow but they were bothering me.  So now I'm ready for the weekend.
I've found a lot of loose hair between my locs.  It's so soft and fuzzy.  It makes me wanna cut my hair.  Don't worry, I'm not gonna cut it. Yet. ;)  I haven't met my goal yet with this set (breast length) so I'm hanging on until then.  Enough rambling. 
Research Mega-tek. Try it. Tell me about it.

Until next time, thanks for reading.  Be blessed.