Changing my retightening schedule…again

Here we go again but practice makes perfect right?!. Anyway, I finished re-tightening my hair last Tuesday after starting on the previous Thursday my entire head. Really though that “session” was the fastest one yet. I only did 2 rows the first day (I start from the back), Sunday and nothing at all on Monday. So that means the real progress was on Friday, Saturday and Tuesday.

Well, remember I said that I was going to change and do the back, sides and up to the crown every 4 weeks and do the entire head on the 8 week mark? What the heck was I thinking!! It took longer to do the top than the back on this last re-ti. Granted it had been a bit longer than 8 weeks for the top but it was taking way too long to do each row since of course I had lots more new growth. So, I will go back to my 4 week schedule for the entire head.

However, I did implement the change and will stick with…for now( lol) doing the top portion utilizing the 2 point rotation. I did it this time and though there’s not much of it but I can feel the difference in the re-tightened portion that I just did compared to the portion done earlier with the 4 point rotation. It looks a bit fuller and is softer. I’m also gonna do 3 point on the remaining locs. The portion right above my ears in the back is the tightest and seemingly slowest growing portion so a lot of those were getting only 3 turns of the 4 point rotation anyway. That one last turn would really be too tight and make my scalp HURT. Been there done that with that section and let me tell you if I have not already done so it ain’t no joke. Like I said in my demonstration video there’s not point in having a sore head. If there is only a little bit of new growth left, leave it. This is where I have noticed where you tend to catch the hairs of the ajacent loc when you are really close to the scalp. That too is painful trying to release it and when trying to cut those few hairs, you run the risk of cutting the lock. Haven’t cut and entire loc yet thank goodness! So like I said it ain’t (yes I said ain’t..more than once) worth it.

Her’s a pic b4 & after retightening + 2 washes:

8 thoughts on “Changing my retightening schedule…again

  1. Your locs are coming along beautifully! I feel you on that latching to tight. I made that mistake too with a few of mine and I thought I was going to go crazy. I ended up taking down the locs and redoing them because I couldn’t back the loc out enough from the root to loosen it. Now I just tell myself no and wait until I have more new growth before I tighten. I like the new look of your page!

  2. With a few of my locs, I noticed how I could only get three turns. Since I’ve combined, I’m going to see how my hair responds to a 2pt rotation. Plus, I don’t like having to remember n,s,e,w while tightening my hair. Good point you made about trying to cut hairs from another loc. That’s how I cut my braid off. I combined it with another braid so it’s all good now.Your hair is looking good, btw

  3. Looking fabulous as usual girl! I find that the 2-3 point rotation works better for me and every 3-4 weeks of retightening is actually better for me as well. I guess you can say my hair is growing a bit faster in some places that others.

  4. I was considering using a 2pt for the top of my head also. Does it give a fuller look than the 3pt? I’m getting ready to do a Reti in the next week or so. Your locs are looking good!

  5. Thanks Anthia-Ofo! This past retightening is the first time I've used the 2 point and it looked like I had about 3/4in of new growth. I'll be starting another retightening next Saturday so maybe after doing 2 sessions using the 2 point there may be enough to see a visual difference. However, when I feel the part that has been done using the 2 point, it feels more softer & spongy. Sliding down to the 4 point part, the lock feels tight and firm like a brand new rope like shoestring. So, I'm hoping that it will be a bit fuller. Though the locs in the top are smaller than the ones in the back. I just took a picture of the top of my head and looked at the last shot of the top of my head which in January where I had retightened the top using the 4 point. I'll post those.

  6. With a few of my locs, I noticed how I could only get three turns. Since I've combined, I'm going to see how my hair responds to a 2pt rotation. Plus, I don't like having to remember n,s,e,w while tightening my hair. Good point you made about trying to cut hairs from another loc. That's how I cut my braid off. I combined it with another braid so it's all good now.Your hair is looking good, btw

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