Month one of my loc journey is complete! *does celebratory happy dance* And I must admit, that it has gone by so slow. Possessing patience as a virtue is an understatement when it comes to starting locs. But I am happy that I have made it to one month! Here are a few changes and observations that I've noticed in my hair.
My hair loves water.
This is a fact that I have known since being natural. I've been spritzing my hair with water before bed for two reasons: to retain moisture, and to encourage my curls to mat together. Water is the purest remedy for moisture, and it has definitely been a great help in my journey so far.
Coconut oil has been a confusing ingredient.
By my third week, I noticed heavy flaking in my hair. I came to the conclusion that it may be the coconut oil (which was one of two oils I've been using) solidifying on my scalp. It sounds crazy, but if you think about it, coconut oil can reside in two forms: solid or liquid, depending on the room temperature. However, through more research I found out that the flaking, or dandruff scabs are common for those with locs. It's definitely due to a lack of moisture, which is odd because I had been oiling my scalp with coconut oil. But it may be because I was not spraying my scalp with water before oiling my scalp, so in reality I was sealing in dryness and not moisture. Also, this can be due to a low amount of water intake. I plan to up my water intake this month, and lay off of the coconut oil and use other oils instead.
Olive oil is the goat.
I still need to seal in moisture, so I've been using olive oil. It has been soothing to my scalp and locs.
I've fallen in love with the versatility of my hair.
The fact that my hair can hold in twists, the fact that it can be styled in many different ways, the sheen, the curls, the size of my locs...everything! I'm in love with what my hair can do. When I first installed my locs I told myself that I would force myself to wear my locs for at least a month before popping a wig on my head. I've surpassed this date, and I'm not craving my wigs at all. I'm in love!
Less is more.
Less products. Less maintenance. Less styling. This minimalistic way of thinking can only allow my hair to thrive. For now, I plan to only wash and retighten my hair once per month.
Youtube is a great source.
I love researching hair maintenance through Youtube. Through this I've learned many tips and tricks such as, washing my hair using a wig cap, how to reduce build up, and how to eliminate a flaky scalp. While I do research loc maintenance quite heavily on the 'Tube, I still recognize my journey as MY journey. So whatever I feel that my hair needs, I will give it.
Below is a video of my Month 1 update. Check it out!