25 July 2014

Month 26

Recently I've noticed that my new growth is going through its unruly phase and has been quite resistant to locking up even to the extent that some areas in the front have begun to break off so I'm slowly reintroducing regulated retwist maintenance to tidy things up a bit. Having gone for so long without maintenance it's been quite the surprise to see how much my locs appear to have grown. I'm certainly heading towards a healthy 6 inches in length and my styling options have really expanded over the last couple of months. Alas I must be honest, I am still teetering in a love 'em or hate 'em mind set about my locs. As I've noted before, I really had envisioned so much more growth in the first two years of this journey and I'm still holding out for the miraculous "growth spurt" fellow dreadlock-ers rave about after their locs have matured. Though I must be grateful, I need only scroll through old blog posts to see that I've come a long, long way follow my big chop back in January 2012.

And let us not forget that strong healthy hair is the true goal here. Having opted out of a seven year commitment to chemically processed hair, that was never in the best condition I must admit, this journey has certainly taught me how to maintain and nurture my nature afro hair with relative simplicity and maximum affordability.

The weather here in the UK is hotting up but a steady routine of washing with moisturising shampoo and conditioning with raw coconut oil is helping to keep my hair strong and healthy. One thing I much improve for truly healthy hair and scalp is my water intake heading into the warmer months.

Got any tips for keeping your hair moisturised during the summer, share in a comment below. And don't forget to keep an eye out for extra photos added to the NaturaLocs tumblr page.


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  1. I just started loc'ing a little over a month ago. I hate to drink water but I've been using an app called Daily Water to drink more every day and it has been very helpful. My hair and nails are growing faster by a touch. As for moisture, I've been using Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Moisture Mist on my hair mid week and it has also been helpful.

  2. Hello NaturaLocs! I am a loctician and loc wearer myself in the USA. You are a breath of fresh air. So others with my resistant, ultra curly hair does exist! Lol! So I have reviewed your loc journey from the beginning up until this last post. I did not read every article, but based on your loc tag article, you only have half of your original loc count. I also looked at your loc start picture. So here's what I have discovered before stumbling across your blog, the smaller the diameter of your natural curl pattern, then the smaller your locs should be. Because you are prone to maximum shrinkage, smaller locs will give you greater control over shrinkage and you will see quicker growth. Of course, your locs have been telling you this the whole time, but you had been making them bigger rather than smaller. Lol! As hair pulls away from a big loc, then start forming smaller microlocs. Based on your curl pattern and curl behavior, you should have never started with traditional locs. Your journey actually confirms my theory. I will hopefully add an article to my blog about this to help others.