Transition in the mind…

Most of you know I’m on the Loc Journey. This is just about the most difficult hair decision I’ve ever had to make. This, I feel is more permanent than a relaxer. I have committed to one hairstyle, and that’s the first time I’ve ever done that in my entire life. When my hair was natural and FREE, I could have any style that I could imagine, and weave was not an option that the heat took off the table. Now I feel like the rebellious version of a “Side-part Under” (The Game, TV show fans will catch that reference). I am aware that this takes patience and in time I will be able to rock the funky styles and welcome some beautiful indecision onto my head. This however feels like what I’d imagine jail feels like, which is not too hard to imagine since I’ve been in Navy boot camp.

There has to be someone out there that knows what I’m going through and has some advice. And if there is not a versatile loc solution, I may be forced to create one. What’s a Diva to do?

This is also the longest time that I’ve put nothing but Shea in my hair, which hopefully proves beneficial in the long run, but I’d be a liar if I said I didn’t miss the sweet smells of manufactured green products. I’ve been avoiding using products that my Loctician doesn’t provide in an effort to not end up with locs that look dirty and stink. As I get things ready for the set I’m building (small-scale, don’t get too excited) I feel the jealousy welling up in the fact that I can’t PLAY anymore. Trust me ladies, if you’re starting your natural journey and not sure of how to feel, I’d insert lucky, because free hair is so much more fun!

Sorry to rant today, but I felt the need to let you know where I am on my own path. Hopefully you got a little laugh and some motivation. If you’re wondering about other Ooh News, we are working on getting things in place to do demos! It’ll take a while to get all the supplies, but in the meanwhile we will be conducting product reviews. Thanks for keeping up with us, and as always, ask questions when it stops making sense. Enjoy!

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Butter Baby!!

Let’s start by saying that it takes quite a bit to get a product review out of any of the team here at OohMyHair.com but this product has proven to be the jam! This has stood up to the texture test and provided moisture across the board in a consistent manner from silky wispy curls, to tight coils and kinks. Of course the amount of product needed varies across types but the end result is not greasy.

Here’s the fun fact: This product has been the choice for dry twist sets. It’s a water based product so there’s just enough moisture added to put the hair in a state that it is able to hold a set without soaking your hair. This had been the trick to the overnight set for a few of us.

As nice as it is we do not recommend it for the loc journey because the cleansing schedule is different on that path. Some experienced build-up after a long period of time (three weeks). So, if you’re a frequent cleanser, this product is great.

It’s available at most stores, but it is not on our list for green products because of the preservatives present. Of all the “bad stuff” this is pretty good. Share your experience with the product below. Do you agree? If not, tell us why.

http://elastaqp.com/haircare/item/18-olive-oil-mango-butter-moisturizer

Loc Life Thus Far

So I started this blog as a way to give back for the past decade of having natural hair. I’m starting on this journey with locs (sometimes referred to as dreadlocks). I usually am able to manipulate my curl pattern to submit to my will but this new phase in life is proving the exact opposite. I don’t believe there has been a time that I’ve been forced to “deal with” my hair quite as much as now.

Maintenance: Very low, there’s not much to do. My biggest decision in the morning is headband vs no headband. I cover my hair so much more now than ever before.

The Good: My hair is actually being left alone and allowed to grow. I cleanse my hair much more gently than before and I’ve reduced the amount of chemically enhanced shampoo I introduce to my scalp. Conditioner has become my friend. The health of my hair currently has not been matched in any other state. It never feels dry and my ends have a new life as the curly ornaments at the bottom of my locs.

The Bad: I have been a style heavy Fro rocker for years. I honestly miss being able to do a funky pin-up and I’ve acquired a case of  Fro-envy every time I see fun Big hair. I’ve had to take my own advice dished out in “They’re All Going to Laugh At You” and throw on some earrings and go. Trust me I fully understood the difficulty when I wrote that piece.

The Ugly: There are some days that my hair decides that it wants to puff up/ unravel / do “The Watusi” and there’s nothing that I can do. The game doesn’t change because I’m in the loc process, hair will do what it wants sometimes and now that I don’t have heat styling tools and wet setting at my disposal I’m forced to be content with whatever happens up there.

I’ve attached some photos to show my process. Usually this is the part that you ask questions when things stop making sense, but I’d love some support and advice since I’m the newbie in this realm.