Thursday, October 21, 2010

Comb Out Update 1

I just wanted to update you with how the comb out of my locs is going.  I'm moving in slow motion, y'all.  I really thought I would have more done by now but things have come up that have taken my attention away from my hair.  I've gotten the back combed out from ear to ear.



The loose hair feels so good!!  It's so soft and puffy.  I'm using aloe vera gel to aid in the comb out (really it's a pick out instead of a comb out).  When it's combed out, I trim the ends and use some of my hair gel to two strand twist it so it doesn't become a tangled mess.  I'm excited to see what it will all look like when I'm done.  I wanted to be done by the end of the month but at the rate I'm going, it doesn't look like that is gonna happen.  My original plan was to be done by Thanksgiving so it looks like that's what I'm on track to do.  The most I've combed out in a day is about 6 locs.  Some days I only do 1 and some days I don't do any.  It is what it is.  The back isn't the only area that's been combed out.  I've picked out the temple area on both sidees so it's hidden when my hair is down.  My only concern is how to wear my hair when I get over half  of the locs combed out.  I'm thinking of a thick headband and leaving the locks in the middle  for last so I can pull into a ponytail.  I don't know.  I'll figured something out.

Anyway, don't forget you have until Oct 31st to enter to win my homemade hair gel, Honey Dipped Napps.  Head over to leave a comment on Oct 16th's post for your chance to win.

Til next time, thanks for reading.  Be blessed.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

HAIR GEL GIVEAWAY!!

In celebration of my new hair, I want you to try my homemade gel.  I named it Honey Dipped Napps.  My best friend loves it on her transitioning hair.  She uses it for her twist outs.  Her coworkers use it on their loose natural hair.  I've used it to retwist my locs and I'm using it now to twist my hair that's been combed out.  As you can tell by the name, the gel contains honey. I won't tell you my secret but all the ingredients are natural. 



So here's how you can win some:  leave a comment telling me why you read my blog (what you like about it) and what you might like to see featured here.  The giveaway will end October 31st.  The winner will be announced November 1st and will receive 4 oz of Honey Dipped Napps (the small one).

Good Luck!!

*You must be a follower to win. Best friends and family are not eligible.*


Til next time, thanks for reading.  Be blessed.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Promoting your blog

How do you promote your blog?  I really want to promote my blog because my current followers have been such an inspiration and motivation to me, I want to share it with everyone.  What's the easiest way to promote this thing I got going?  I meet people all the time that talk about my hair and I want to share with them what you've already discovered: me!

So how do you promote your site or your favorite hair site?

On another note: I will post an update on how the loc comb out is going (with pictures).


Til next time, thanks for reading.  Be blessed.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Update

In the last post, I mentioned that by year's end I was going to cut my hair to about 7 inches and comb out whatever loc'd part that was left.  Well. . . I've changed my mind.  I'm going to comb out the entire loc.  I'm NOT cutting anything.  I've been natural for over 7 years and I want to keep the length that I have.  I know what you're thinking. Isn't that gonna take FOREVER?!  Probably. But I don't care. I'm determined to do something new and this is it. As a matter of fact, I've already started combing out some of the locs in the back.  And I'm so excited with the results so far.

This is one loc combed out. Look at those curls!!


Look at how much length I've retained.


 The shorter loc is actually 2-3 small combed out locs that have been two strand twisted.


 That's about 3 small locs combed out, twisted, then released. 
I LOVE IT!!


Two strand twist.  The rest of my hair is in spiral (pipe cleaner) curls.


Half of the bottom row in 2 two strand twists. 

Close up of the twists.

So I've decided to comb out the locs one at a time just whenever I get a chance.  It takes about 30-40 minutes a loc if I work at it constantly.  I either wet the loc or put plain aloe vera gel on it when I pick it out.  Once it's picked out, I put it with another combed out section and two strand twist it. Since this hair is shorter than my loc'd hair, it hides under it.  As I get more sections combed out, I'm going to roll the hair with pipe cleaners so it blends in with the rest that's still loc'd.  I plan to wear my hair in curls til it's all combed out.  I think that's the best way to 'transition'; wash and roll.
This is what I use to pick out the locs:
The file part of a large nail clipper. 
I like it because the hook makes it easy to grab the matted hair and pull it out.

So wish me luck with this.  I'm not concerned with the time it's going to take.  I should be done by Thanksgiving because I only take down 2-3 locs a day.  I'm in no rush really.  And I have no pattern planned in which I will work. In the meantime, I've been on youtube looking at loose naturals getting ideas on what to do when I'm done. I'm so EXCITED!!  *(Remember 6 months ago when I said I wasn't going to comb out my locs? Check it out here.  I'm not changing my mind this time.)*

On a slightly different note, my favorite student has locs.  Unfortunately, yesterday was her last day in my class (I work at an alternative school and she's returning to her regular school next week). She let me take a few pictures of her hair.  I'll call her JT.
Look how thick and luscious her locs are!!

That's how thick I want my locs to be when I start my new set.  Hopefully my new set will be this long when I start them.  JT has been growing her locs for almost 2 years.  She is one of the few loc'd females I know.  Almost every dread head around here is male.  We loc'd ladies have to stick together.  Anyway, I just wanted to share this young loc'd lovely with you.

Til next time, thanks for reading.  Be blessed.