what it's all about

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Charlotte, NC, United States
I am on a journey -like you, I'm sure. A personal journey, a spiritual journey. A journey about passions, growth, and living. I don't have a good memory, but I value my experiences. It's very strange when you realize that you are being shaped constantly, but ultimately only remember some of the reasons why you are the person you're becoming. I find that when things resonate within me, writing about them helps me to better develop my opinions about them, and to remember them. Sometimes, it's the simple act of looking back and reminding myself where I've been that is all I need to move forward with confidence. That's why I write. Thank you for joining me.

Friday, November 12, 2010

my hair

In correspondence with another writer, I realized that I have not talked about what my hair was like before I started the locing process. So I’d like to do that, and if I can dig up some old pictures, I can show you the texture.

As I have mentioned before, my hair is relaxed. The ends more so than the roots. But naturally, I have super think, curly hair. Every new hair dresser I’ve gone to gets to this spot at the back of my head where the hair per square inch quadruples, and is like, Whoa, what’s this?? Lol. It’s a mess.

My husband also mentioned to me that none of my other posts specifically stated that I am, in fact, black. I assumed that was a given, but in case you were wondering, I am (at least a good bit) black. My mom is Chinese, and my dad makes up all of the rest of me. He’s black, mixed with some Spanish and Native American. And when I was a child, my poor mother had no idea what she was in for! I can remember her arms getting tired when she tried to comb through my hair. And then as I got older, I needed trips to the salon for relaxers, braids, and whatever else I wanted to try. The life of a nappy head.

I have a dry scalp, and a spot at the nape of my neck that always gives me trouble. I once had a bad chemical burn there, and it's been easily agitated ever since.

I'm used to having conditioner in my hair all the time, so this washing every three weeks thing is going to be interesting... I did combine some water, olive oil, and tea tree oil in a spray bottle. I've been shaking it up and spraying my head every day. I hear that locs love water, so I'm gonna make sure to give 'em some! I have also been massaging my head every day too. And I'm developing a case of Hand-in-Head. I can't stop sticking my hands in this beautiful mess of hair.

After about the first 5 days since my last salon visit, my itchiness (and flakiness) skyrocketed. The water/oil concoction I made seems to help. And my twists are still looking pretty fresh. I took some pictures of my beautiful snowfall- aka dandruff, so you can see what I'm talking about. I'll also show you what my roots are looking like two weeks later. I go in for a "grooming" next week, and am very much looking forward to it. I can feel lots of twists getting knotted up, and am looking forward to hearing about my progress from April. And, I'm not gonna lie. Even though the itchiness has subsided somewhat, I'm so excited to get shampooed!

Having someone wash your hair is one of the best feelings in the world, and I'll bet it's even better when you haven't been able to do it yourself for three weeks. Ha!

I know some of you are wondering why I chose to go the salon route. And to be perfectly honest, it's because I'm lazy. I don't have a clue how to do this stuff myself, so at least until my hair starts to lock all over, I will pay to have it maintained. Try not to judge me. :)

1 comment:

  1. I am so looking forward to reading your progress and looking at the pics. A friend of mine had gorgeous long locs. I LOVED them. She cut them off a while ago and went really short. Her hair is now grown back enough that she can start again and is thinking of doing so. I have always been amazed at the entire process and now I get to see it in action. Cool. Thanks for sharing