About six years ago I embarked on a very exciting dreadlock journey. It was fun, and it was an emotionaly fulfilling journey to get back to my roots and get in touch with the real me.
I loved and enjoyed every single minute of it. It enabled me to explore facets of creativity that I never even knew existed.
I am going to miss my beautiful long locs. It’s so hard to say goodbye.
It’s the end of an era.
I’m about to embark on another bold journey. This journey is going to be a switch from dreadlocks to afro.
I have never had an afro before. I went straight from my perm to locs so I’m just an afro baby child seeking nourishment and growth.
I discovered how to loosen my locs a few months ago without much breakage or damage and now I’m excited to see what my hair will look like once I’ve loosened it all.
Those of you with locs or planning on growing locs can use me as a sort of guinea pig I guess. You can watch all the stages of the loosening of my locs and you can rest assured that you can do so too if you so choose, and that getting locs doesn’t have to be a death sentence for your hair.
You can actually switch back to afro quite easily without chopping off your hair if you have to!
AND you can also switch back to locs if you get tired of the afro too.
More versatility, more options! Isn’t that exciting?
Well, my first tip is this:
Don’t comb your hair after loosening!!!!
That was the first mistake I made. I combed the hell out of my hair and I lost a lot of hair in the process.
This is what some strands of my hair on my forehead looked like after loosening (I wish someone had told me right);
Now, once I’ve loosened some more (the right way) I will show you what the difference looks like.
Knowledge is great. Knowledge is priceless. Ignorance is a killer.
It’s good to know our hair, how to deal with it, how to treat it, what works and what doesn’t.
Now you’re probably wondering, if you don’t comb your hair then what in the world are you going to do with it?
Well you can use the pick/ pointy end of the comb to pick it. You can comb it when it is washed, moisturized, conditioned, wet and soft. That makes for much less breakage.
But bear in mind – the different strokes for different folks theory. You have to test and discover what works best for you as you go along. Just as I’m doing.
Stay tuned for more progress on the loosening of locs, I haven’t even gone up to a quarter of the way yet because it’s such a long long process and I have to work during the day.
Will surely keep y’all informed though.
Out and peace!
I leave you with my hair growth pics over the years in various stages. Oh! It’s so sad, sweet memories of my precious locs. (sigh)