Ok, well almost one year. But close enough. Wow, time really flew and I haven’t posted in a minute, but life had me real busy. In the last few months, I finished grad school, moved back to Boston and found a place with my girlfriend, looked for jobs, had a temp job back at MIT, found a new job to start my career and have been working for three months with some long hours, and adopted a cat. And I’m loving life.
But enough about why I haven’t posted and more about why I am posting. Truthfully things haven’t really changed all that much with my hair from day to day. But looking back at where I was, I realize how much things have changed overall.
So here are a few pictures I’ve taken over the past few months. Not really sure where my digital camera is and don’t have the same good angles in the new bathroom, so these are mostly taken with my phone.
First day of work.
First time latching.
Most recent picture.
An update on my hair care and maintenance process. My girlfriend does my hair now (we enjoy the quality time spent together and we enjoy the saved money for some evenings out). She’s getting pretty good at it and you can’t beat the convenience of having an in house personal hair stylist paid in dinner and kisses. There was a time when I went to a new loctician back in April, and that was good, (it was the referral from my first loc compliment). She was really nice, fit me into a busy schedule on short notice, was really fast, and liked to teach me about my hair and how to take care of it. And they weren’t afraid of washing my hair there, which was great. But it still was just too expensive, so I’m sticking with home care.
We’ve started to incorporate latching into the process. Personally, I like latching because it prevents my hair from coming unravelled after washing and also allows us to stop when it gets too late and have to go to bed. But the locs don’t really look much different afterwards, still fuzzy, just tighter at the roots.
She still palm rolls my hair every so often because, well it looks better. And you get to see the length. The only problem with palm rolling is that with my hair as long as it is, we need a million clips and we can’t stop halfway so we’re up into the early morning hours. So we switch back and forth between the two methods.
I wash my hair about once every week though sometimes every other. Currently using a V05 Vanillia Mint Clarifying Shampoo for washing. It seems to get my hair the cleanest so far and its super cheap, maybe $2.99 for a big bottle. Depending on what it looks like after, we may try and do some maintenance, or I might just leave it alone. Unfortunately, the front couple of locs are still not loc’d. Like, really just mostly tufts of hair…maybe one day. The back on the other hand was fully loc’d by month 7 or so. The sides and top are somewhere in the middle. Not fully loc’d but definitely coming along.
As far as products go, it’s really pretty simple. We use aloe vera gel in my hair during retwists and I have a tea tree and jojoba oil mix with a lot of water that I spray in my hair daily. That’s it. The key I found was that I get the actual essential oils, not the mixes I had been using previously. One small bottle of the EO costs about $15 for the tea tree, $6 for the jojoba, but I only use a few drops in a spray bottle that lasts me for a week. I think I’ve used about 10% of each of the bottles in the last 3 months, so all in all it’s pretty cheap.
I still have occasional dreams about something happening to my locs, either them falling out or just shaving them off completely. Pretty annoying, but I guess that means I care enough about them to include them in dreams.
I guess that’s it with the update. I’m not really sure when the next post will be, things seem to be pretty stable for now. Thanks for reading.