Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Using conditioner too soon...oh dear! I found a very thin loc.



'mine-sweeping' my locs, also the pics show that my locs have become thicker. My sis was amazed to see how much thicker my hair was, compared to last year when they were installed, and is now considering locking her hair.
My locs were desert dry some weeks back and in a bid to restore moisture I used diluted conditioner. I think this condish was of the detangling sort. My tresses were softer, but the price I paid was unraveling/fraying/slipping and sliding locs. I thought I was smart. Afterall, when I had my traditional locs I was using condish b4 the 1yr mark, and I had gone well past 1yr. I forgot that these are not tradtional locs, they are SLS y'know similar to microlocs? = fewer strands per loc which in turn=easier to undo when not completely locked. And my hair is fine and soft even with all my African blood. My joy at having soft tresses was short-lived when I discovered the damage. 1 loc even gave up the ghost. Fortunately, the majority survived the condish-heck they were even smiling now that their thirst was quenched. I managed to restore the affected ones. (Aah,God is in heaven and all was right with my world again.) As is my custom, I do a 'minesweep' b4 a retightening, just to check that all is well. I noticed I had more than the usual amount of new growth(or so I thought) and this dear loc hanging on for dear life! What to do? Now this particular loc is at the nape of the neck where I've had the most trouble. I mean that area suffered the most when I used to LYE(thank God I repented). So the hair is thinner there. Now I see the condish did a lot more than I gave it credit for.
I might add, my new concoction for keeping my locs happy and moisturised is Aloe vera juice,peppermint eo. lavender eo, orange water, jojoba oil and water in a spritz. I mist at least 1x day. At night I hold my locs up in 2 loose ponytails and cover with my very own satin bonnet. All this results in softness plumpness and gives a lot more body to my locs.

8 comments:

Nubian1 said...

Ofo what are you going to do?

Thandi said...

Stop showing off about having hair long enough to tie up LOL.Orange water-please elaborate.

anthia-ofo said...

Nubian, I don't know yet. There's a little hair around it, if that doesn't work, I'll have to combine.
LOL Thandi 'ALLOW' as they say in Ghana. I've got to show off.(I had like 40% hair loss)...but God is so good to me. I'm still waiting patiently to do a decent ponytail.
Orange water is similar to rosewater/lavender water etc. It's The liquid left when they make essential oils.

msfullroller said...

Oh my, I hope that it rectifies itself soon. I remember Daezhoo(sp?) writing about conditioning when her locks were I think 18 months or whatever and having a problem. Her hair she said was soft. My hair is soft too so I wonder if I'll ever be able to use conditioner. I spritz twice daily and that seems to help with the thirsty locs.

anthia-ofo said...

Thanks msfullroller. I think I can save the loc. Prayed about it.What's she like? hehe (yeah I pray about EVERYTHING) The thing is I used condish on my bradelocs at 9mths, but they were a lot thicker. These sls are finer, more delicate and since my hair is so soft...I'm on different territory. I shan't be using condish for a very loooong time.

cheleski said...

very interesting..i swear by the av juice and Eo's 2....with a lil jojoba...i've condished maybe 2/3 times but i dont stick with it. i prefer to spritz and go...chamomille tea also works wonders!!!

anthia-ofo said...

Ooh Chele, long time no see- glad to see your locs looking so healthy. Yes AV juice is really something. I haven't tried chamomille yet, but I will.

Docs Locs said...

Nice, thick tresses!

DL