Hey guys!! I know I’ve been away for a while but I’m back. 🙂
I just wanted to share with you guys something I ran across actually a few months ago. What is that? Grapeseed oil. I found it at my local Wal-Mart grocery store and decided to try it as I remembered reading rave reviews on it for natural hair back when I was a loose natural. Don’t worry as this oil is NOT going to replace my beloved coconut oil. There is another reason I wanted to try it as I’ve been looking for an oil that stays in a liquid state to blend with my herbal coconut oil mix. I figure that would help in keeping it “soft” in the winter. What do I mean by “soft”? Because of the saturated fat in coconut oil, it becomes a solid at temps below 77 degrees F.
English: Coconut oil in solid state (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Since I’ve started using my coconut oil infused with herbs, you can see what herbs I use here, the herbs seem to help the oil stay soft. I just wanted to see if I could improve on the “soft” with an oil I can find locally and reasonably priced. This mix is the only thing I’m gonna use the grapeseed oil for. And as y’all already know and if you don’t, my hair does not like olive oil. I may be infusing this grapeseed oil with some of or all of the herbs that I use in the coconut oil at a later date but for now, I’ve put some in with my already infused coconut oil.
Well this is an update as I had already started this post shortly after trying this new oil. After several months of using this grapeseed oil mixed in with my herbal coconut oil, I’m not crazy about it. To me, the consistency is a little to close to olive oil for my liking. Basically that means just a little bit too heavy and the smell is almost like olive oil.
Now I’ve looked around on the internet and everything I’ve read says this oil is odorless so maybe it’s the brand that I got or the bottle ended up in the olive oil conveyor belt and got mis-labeled.
It was only $5 for a 24 ounce bottle so that may have something to do with it but again from what I’ve read, grapeseed oil is inexpensive compared to extra virgin olive and coconut oil. That being said, I’m not sure I’ll be trying another brand on my dime. So, I’ll be using the remainder in a mix for skin use only, or and sticking with my herbal coconut oil.
What is your favorite oil for your hair? Vote in the poll and tell me why in the comments.
Here’s a video I did for my YouTube channel showing how I latch/interlock my new growth using my homemade NappyLock tool. It’s a metal yarn needle that I have modified to make it easier to use on my braidlocks.
I hope this demonstration is helpful to you and empowers you to maintain your locs on your own.
Here is a video from my YouTube channel on how I’m able to see the back of my head while latching, styling (yeah right) or whatever reason I may need to be able to clearly and easily see the back of my head. lol
Here’s another vlog I did on You Tube answering a few questions I got on how I maintain my locs and the like. Mind you I did this over a couple of weeks ago with the intention of uploading it here once it uploaded to You Tube. Well a combination of forgetfulness…blame it on old age and that I’ve been feeling really blah as of late and well you get the picture. I was just over at Dymanique’s blog to catch up where she blogged about hair loss, then the bell went off…”girl you forgot to post that vlog over here”. lol
If you’ve looked at any of my videos on You Tube you’ll realize that I’m a DIYer and I mentioned this too in my introduction post of my blog as well. So my tool of choice will be none other than using what I already have. I mention it in the video but I thought that I’d show pics of it here and tell how it’s made since I did not go into that in the video. Also for the benefit of those who may not be able to view video from You Tube for whatever reason. Shoot, blogs are where I first got my information on locking and at that time I was still using dial-up so viewing video was out of the question.
I got the idea from Miel001 and MsButterfli on YouTube. In that she tells how she made her tool and she demonstrates the 4 point method to tighten her locs. From those videos, I made my tool which starts from a paper clip.
Step 1. Stretch it out as best you can, then fold it over to form a loop making it as large or small as you like.
Step 2. Twist the ends of the loop together. You may need to use some regular or needle nose pliers if you got ’em, to make a handle.
Step 3. Lastly, wrap some tape and I used duct tape, around the twisted portion of the tool. It’ll make the tool more comfortable to grip.
Miel001 calls it a “blind needle” because the hole is so big that a blind person could probably use it to sew with. I thought this was a great idea and would be much easier to use than the latch hook and there are no moving parts to get caught in the hair. Love that and it’s cheap ’cause I already got that stuff lying around the house…did I mention how I love that it’s cheap!!
I hope that this is of use to you and let me know if you’ve made you own tool for latching your locs!
Here’s a video that I did on my YouTube channel demonstrating how I interlock/latch my roots as maintenance for my braidlocks. It’s minus the 2 month update. In it I show how I do the 4 point rotation using a homemade tool made from a paperclip and duct tape.