The Freedom of My Locs-cont’d

While shampooing my locs one day, a continuation of the “Freedom of My Locs” post came to mind.

  1. Using the natural soaps, I can also use my mix as a body wash or break off a piece of the chunk and use it as is. This is great because I don’t have to have soap and shampoo which has freed up a lot of cabinet space. In a small bathroom, that makes a huge difference. It also cuts down on the number of chemicals absorbed through my skin. Don’t know if this is related but I have not had as many colds as I’ve had in the past. As emotionally trying this past year has been I have not had one cold. This is very unusual for me because when my emotions are taken through the fire, that’s when I get sick. I was doing the same with Dr. Bronner’s though I’m still using it as a body wash until I use it up. Then I’ll decide whether to go with the black soap for head to toe cleaning. It’s looking like I will be doing that.
  2. Since the African Black Soap leaves my locs clean and soft, I don’t use a rinse out type conditioner. Again that’s one less bottle of product to go in my bathroom cabinet.
  3. My shealoe mix that I’ve tinkered with, serves as my leave-in conditioner and moisturizer for my locs. It also serves as an all over body moisturizer including my face. That’s a minimum of 3 bottles/jars of product eliminated as I used to have all that stuff in the cabinet.

Less stuff to have to buy. Ahh, the freedom of my locs! Have I mentioned that I’m lovin my locs?!

African Black Soap

Hey everyone! Here’s a product review of sorts. I have been using Raw African Black Soap since October ’09 and I love, love, love it. I wanted to give it a good long test run before I wrote about it. It gets my locs very clean but not stripped even with 2 times a week usage. Needless to say I’m no longer using Dr Bronner’s castille soap as shampoo. I will use the remainder of the Dr. Bronner’s that I have as a body wash and DH has started using it as well. Once that’s gone I just may use the black soap for all over hygiene.

Why did I change? I was noticing a greasy film on my locs right after washing while wet and there was buildup on two of the nape locs. This seemed odd to me because at that time I was not using anything else on my locs. No oils, butters, gels styling products. Just a few drops of essential oils and I mean just a few in a pint spritz bottle and I was using ACV on my scalp and washing weekly. Plus, I was diluting the soap with long rinses after shampooing. Also they were kinda rough and scratchy once they dried. So I was on a quest to find something else that was natural and budget friendly.

So, I purchased the bulk raw soap from after being given a bottle of their black soap herbal shampoo by BearneseBrown on YouTube as a contest winning. It arrived in 4 big chunks that look like meat loaf ย and are in sealed in zip lock bags. Thanks to LaLoced, who so graciously did a tutorial on her YouTube channel showing how to make a liquid version from the raw bulk soap. It’s been almost 4 months since getting my order and making my first batch of shampoo. The chunk pictured above is the 1st one I’m working on. I’m on the second batch of shampoo, ending up with about 32 oz this time. I made it 1 month to the day ago and I’ve got 24 oz of shampoo left. I know this because the bottles I’ve got to put it in are 24 oz, so that means I had to use 2 bottles to house the batch. It looks as though this is going to be more economical than the Dr. Bronner’s.

The result has been soft locs. When I put my homemade shealoe butter mixture that I have tinkered around with…OMG, super soft locs. Even the “kitchen” and hairline areas, y’all know from the creamy crack days, where the beautician laid that stuff on first ‘cuz it was supposed to be the nappiest, roughest hardest hair on your head. Well I’m finding out that those same areas are loosely curled and wavy. As a result, the shorter hairs in those areas don’t want to stay in the loc especially since I need to wash my hair 2 times a week. There are some pics below. But that’s alright with me. One part of the loc mission has been accomplished as I was determined to have soft locs using the goodness from Mother Nature. Now I’m patiently awaitin‘ for the length to show. Y’all, I am so lovin‘ my locs!!

Happy Valentines Day!

1-7, Loc Heaven- The locs @17 months

17 months y’all, and singing that old school O’Jays song “Stairway to Heaven”.

“…climbing the stairway to heaven
…climbing the stairway to heaven
and we’re going step by step
step by step…”

Lovin’ it!!

Edited to add: Serendipity maybe, but it’s funny when I first viewed the post, Link Within showed my post on how to make a hair tie done on my Dad’s birthday. This song was one of his favorite songs as he played it all the time and sung the words.

I’m also loving doing comparison photos!!! The picture on the left was taken January 08 of a stretched twistout on loose napptural hair, the one on the right taken today. Climbing on up or should I say down? lol

The Freedom of My Locs

Ahhh, the freedom of my locs. This thought occurred to me the other day while reading another blog on natural hair. The young lady had to take a trip out of town and there was a situation with her luggage. It basically boiled down to her products that she had with her to style her hair did not make it with her so she was wondering what she was going to do or if the town she arrived at would have the products available for purchase.

Well, a few weeks ago, my mother had to go in for a liver biopsy. The doctor said that she would need some one to drive her home so I went with her and ended up spending the night unplanned. The results came back negative so nothing to worry about. The next morning we had to go and take care of some business unrelated to the biopsy. Where am I going with this?

  1. I did not have to worry about my hair at all.
  2. I did not have to worry as I did with the Jheri juice curl that Mom may not have had any of those conditioning caps for me to put on my head so that I would not mess up her pillowcase.
  3. I did not have to worry as I did when my hair was permed that I did not have my products with me like gels, pomades, combs, brushes and rollers so that I could “fix” my hair to be presentable. My “style” at that time consisted of a ponytail since my hair was not long enough to be presentable just hanging down freestyle as I wear it now with my locs. When it was much shorter I had to have my do-rag so that it would lay down.
  4. How could I forget about all the crap needed to maintain that Jheri curl. Y’all know you could not go one day without putting that stuff in your head otherwise it would feel like straw.

Now that’s what I call freedom from the hair drama.

1-6 In the Mix- 16 months into the loc journey

Happy New Year 2010 and I hope that everyone is doing well. Also sending positive thoughts that 2010 is going to be a phenomenal year.

I’m a little late with this update since it’s really 16.5 months but that’s OK. It’s really starting to become fun when I look back at the pics that were taken around 1 year ago. I’ve been looking forward to doing these comparison shots as patience does pay off.

Another comparison pic

I decided to do another comparison pic to see if I could see any difference from the one year mark till now. It looks like the front locs in the current pic are much more defined than they were at 1 year. They’ve also condensed more, so the right side and top is a bit shorter. However the ones on the front left side which started locking very early on in the process are showing more length. It’s hard to see the changes like this when you are looking at your own head everyday. What y’all think?

1-5 It’s All The Way Live- The Locs @ 15months

Just a quick entry showing the locs at 15 months yesterday. The pic on the bottom is from last year at this time when the locs were 3 months old. This is when they had shrunk like crazy from it’s starting length. When I look at this I can really see the growth.

Now for all my old school crew; lets jam!

14- Here we go!

The months are going by faster and faster! Or is it because it’s time to retighten again, though it seems like I just done it a few days ago. lol

The extra rinsing/washing I’ve been doing has helped those final 3 locs pictured above lose the braid pattern in the middle of the loc.

Excuse the look on my face y’all. Just got back from my walk but hey the locs are lookin’ good if I do say so myself!! lol

Herbal Scalp Cleanse

Hi everyone! I thought share with you as I have done on my You Tube channel about an herbal cleanse I’m experimenting with for my scalp. After all this is somewhat of a hair blog right?

With this locking journey, I am discovering what my true hair texture is, what it really likes and so on. After my last retightening it dawned on me that I have an oily not dry scalp and dry porous hair. If you’ve been with me for awhile on this blog, you’ll remember me saying once the warm weather rolled around I was going to start rinsing my hair daily or at least every other day until it’s time to retighten. During those 4-6 days, I’ll spritz the locs.

Well, I noticed that on day 5 sometimes day 4 of the retightening session, my scalp would start acting up as it’s done for as long as I can remember. By the time I get to the top of my head (I work from back to front) my trouble spots would be itchy, a bit sore and of course when I scratched, would flake. What really made me take notice was this last time when I scratched and the flakes fell they were oily! How can that be when I had stopped oiling my scalp 3 months prior?

All these years I was thinking I had a dry scalp?! I was only making matters worse by adding more oil, washing my hair infrequently and when I did wash, it was with sulfate shampoos or too oily shampoos. Since I first put the braidlocks in, I started washing weekly but prior to that I was washing any where from every 2 weeks, stretching to 4 weeks as my hair grew longer and was more time consuming to maintain.

Thanks to MzCJA, I was inspired to do some research on herbs and came up with an herbal cleanse for my scalp. Check out her blog for her posts on her herbal infusions. I’ve been playing around with it for about a month now adding some herbs, taking some out but I’m so far satisfied with the batch I made yesterday. I’ve been using it for the most part on my scalp and as part of the base for the shampoo for the locs themselves for the past month. I’ve been massaging it on my scalp every other day and rinsing it out.

Here are the ingredients if you would like to try it:

2 cups Aloe Vera Juice
2 tsp Lavender flowers
1/2 tsp Fenugreek Seed powder
A few drops of cedarwood essential oil
1/2 tsp of the following dried herbs:
Comfrey root
Comfrey leaf
Burdock root
Horsetail (Shavegrass)
Hibiscus flowers
Marshmallow root
Irish Moss
White Willow Bark
Marigold (Calendula)

(Skip the rest of the reading if you’d rather see/hear the video at the end of this post.)

Slightly boil the aloe vera juice. While you are doing that put all of your herbs in a jar. Pour the hot aloe over the herbs, put your top on the jar and let them steep. I usually do mine for at least 2 hours and I like to use a jar with a lid on it since it seems to hold the heat in longer than in a coffee cup.

All of these herbs have either astringent or emollient properties and some have both. Others have follicle stimulating properties. The result has been that my scalp feels cleansed but not stripped. I’ve been spraying the remainder on the locs since I’m now working out and they feel clean without being stripped as well. I’m still doing a weekly shampoo and I’ll do a another post at a later date after I’ve had time to observe how my locs react to this African Black Soap I just got as a giveaway.

OK, I just had a senior moment…I just realized I published the post WITHOUT the video. duh! So if you are reading this and want to see the video give me a moment alright! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Some of y’all know what I mean! LOL

Disclaimer: All of the products mentioned in this post have been purchased by me. I have no affiliation with the producer/manufacturer or distributor of the product nor am I being paid to review the product. The opinions set forth in this post are solely my personal opinion.