For the past 9 years, I’ve been a loose natural. Believe it or not, I just learned about the term “loose natural” recently during my research on locs. I became a “loose natural” in 2010 on a whim. I’ve mentioned this before but I took down my sew in while in college and didn’t have anything to do to my hair. I needed a relaxer or to get my hair done again but, I wasn’t planning on going home soon. So…. I chopped it off! And that’s that lol.
So here I am 9 years in and 2 big chops later. Let’s take a look at some of the styles I used to wear.
You can’t go wrong with a wash and go! Lies people tell you lol. There are horrible things that can come from a jacked up wash and go in my experience. From flakes all the way to it just being UGLY AND A FAIL. I’m only speaking on my experiences though.
Shall we move on?
A messy fro-hawk. Now this is a style that can’t be messed up. Simply add pins and go. You can slick those edges if you want or choose not to like I did. I don’t like slick edges when the rest of my hair isn’t “slicked” with product. You feel me? Ok… next!
Those who know me, know that I love a protective style. You should see my boards on Pinterest (and follow my page while you’re at it)! It’s full of bomb protective styles and more! Here’s a wig that I made. If you want to see how I made it click here!
And to my final and most favorite hairstyle. The two strand flat twist!! Can you believe that my edges were baldish from postpartum hair loss, now look at them! Guess what I have a post on that too! It’s below.
If you want to read more about my natural hair check out some of the posts below.
So after 9 years of being natural, I’m actually ready for a change. I am not doing a big chop for the third time so what can I do? What’s one change that will allow me to keep some my length (I’m aware that my hair WILL shrink), save some time, and still allow me to be versatile with styling?
I have always wanted locs, but I used to be petrified when it came to committing to the style. Now, I’m ready to embrace the journey and there is so much to know. You need to consider the size/type of locs (there’s more than one: traditional, sisterlocs, freeform, etc.). You have to figure out how you want to start them too. You can do comb coils, braid locs, sisterlocs, two strand twist, etc.).
“I’m actually ready for a change”
At first I was overwhelmed, I can’t even lie to you. I felt like I was reading and hearing information in a foreign language. I knew I wanted smaller locs (microlocs) even though locs are beautiful no matter the size. I also knew that sisterlocs were out of my budget (I’m on a debt free journey and dipping in my savings for my hair sounds like a good reason since I’ll be saving money years to come, but not right now). Plus I’m a little impatient.
I knew I would have to do my hair myself, if not, I would have to go get my hair done and possibly find a babysitter or take a day off, etc. By making that decision I could cross off comb coils plus and I didn’t want to start like that anyway. It looked like a lot of things could go wrong as far as sweating and the coils coming loose or messing them up in the beginning stages. I can’t say for sure because I don’t know what I don’t know, but I didn’t want to start like that. To each his own.
Two strand twist were the best way for me to do it myself. I knew I was NOT going to sit down and braid my hair. Hell no. I don’t even like braiding like that. I love my hair in two strand twist though so I planned on doing it. I watched some YouTube videos and did some other research and got to it.
It took me a few days since I started on a Tuesday evening and I have other responsibilities (full time job and mommy). Andddd I started off wanting everything PERFECTTTTTT. I’m so proud of myself for letting that go. I’m such an anal person, this item has to go there and I have to fix that, and so on. So once I got over that bump things went smooth. I finished the night before I was supposed to go on vacation. And let me tell you, I was feeling myself on vacation ok!
I’m loving the freedom and I’m so happy that I DON’T HAVE TO DETANGLE!!!
Although detangling didn’t take tooo long, it was a pain. I’m super excited though. For everything. The journey, the mindset that I am working on, everything that this season will bring me.
One thing I haven’t decided is if I want to interlock or palm roll. There are pros and cons to both so I’m on the fence. I suppose I have a few weeks to decide. Here’s why I’m on the fence:
– will take me more time, probably days, but they are loc’d afterwards which is great.
– I will want a tool for interlocking which isn’t a huge deal. I can use my hands or one of the many crochet hooks I have though.
– is quicker to do
– I will need to pay attention to the direction that I go in for my re-twist. All my two strand twists aren’t twisted in the same direction.
– takes longer to loc than interlocking
Ultimately, I think they both will be pretty neat it’s just a factor of time.
If you have locs or you do locs, what method is your favorite and what are some challenges you have faced? What do you love the most about your locs and your journey? How long have you been loc’d up?! Let me know in the comments below.
P.S. Even though I am locing my hair I am still natural, just not a loose natural. I plan on keeping my hair and scalp clean which is a must. I also plan on clarifying my scalp and using oil in the LOC method. I don’t plan on using heavy creams though. I don’t want (and I’m afraid of) product buildup on my hair.
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Until the next post,