Sunday, May 25, 2008

Tryin da collage!! FUNKY UPDO!!

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Roll, twist and tie!!

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Another style I came up with by rolling, tucking and tying! I took some locs from slightly past the middle of the top of my head brought them foward and rolled slightly back to get the 'rooster' top. I then took the locks in the front and covered the rolled locs, securing them by taking locs from either side and doing a half plait and secured by taking another section of locs from either side and tying! Quick and easy!! Check out the funky updo I did while in Vegas...
My honey likes my locs curled, I just don't know how many times I am going to be able to do that this summer!! My hair is longer this summer than it was last summer and having the curls means that for the most part my locs will be loose...its HOT as chicken grease here in AZ!!! I guess I'll have to come up with curly updos that don't look like I'm going to a wedding everyday!! Any suggestion?!

This is an updo I came up with while in Vegas. I am finding that is it easy to just either do a flat twist or plait and tie locs to secure my hair and come up with some funky styles!


I've been to Las Veags several times, however this trip was the first time I drove it! My cousin came out to visit as part of her month long birthday celebration and she'd never been to LV. So we packed up the car and set out with the help of Map Quest (and my honey's verification of instructions!!)

Friday, February 15, 2008

Finally found a hat to fit my head n' locs!!

Just a coupla pics of a hat I was able to find today that actually fits my head with my locs!!! I pick them up at Lids, my mom told me about a couple of hats she found there that fit her and her locs when she was in Florida. My dad is out visiting and he wore one and I fell in love!!!
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Saturday, February 09, 2008

Today the weather is beautiful here in AZ (78 degrees), and it's February! That is one the GOOD things about living in the southwest this time of year!! Going to movies with my S.O., I really want to wash and curl, but that will have to wait until this evening, so I decided on this quick and EZ style!

Here is where I combine three thin locs together over a year or two ago...I will show pics of this one once I decide which one to sacrifice, but then I will combine the two left and let them grow! I do plan on cutting them all to one length after a year or more, once I get more overall length! The point to which I cut them is where they have locked onto one secure loc. I'm patient enough...unless someone is all in my head, you really can't tell the difference and that difference doesn't really bother me at all!


The same loc as above after cutting one head off...

Here's another...


This is loc after cutting one loc end, you may be able to see the difference in the thickness between where they have grown together and the end, where I cut one end. Can't really tell the difference once this one loc is intermingled with the rest.
This is an upclose of 2 locs that I combined over a year ago. I am not sure if you can see the thread holding them together.



Thursday, February 07, 2008

Hello All!! I have been very busy over the last six months. I have completed my BSN (bachelors of science degree in nursing)!!! I plan on taking update picutres this weekend...I tried to take a couple for you tonight, but realized that I did not remove the batteries from my camera the last time I used it, therefore I am out of juice!!!

As some of you know I combined my locz (originally started with Sisterlocks) a couple of years ago and there are some who want to now what type of thread I used to do this. I used simple sewing thread (black). I doubled it for strength. I am now finding lose threads in my locks and I simply cut off the ends(of thread) and keep going! I have trim off the shorter of the two of three locs combined-which some ended up being two/three headed dragons. This worked out fine as well. I have had no issues with the combining of my locs, nor the cutting of the shorter loc.

I am STILL in love with my hair!! I have colored it several times since starting my journey and after literally PULLING myself away from Blaqkofi's blog I know want to highlight it as a birthday/graduation gift for myself. I am going to start researching a for a professional colorist here in Phoenix, AZ for someone who has experience with coloring locs.

Believe it or not there are black folk in the desert!!

I have been curling my locs with black sponge rollers, I found that using a setting lotion (which is usually the small bottles of leave-in conditioner and setting lotion that my daughters don't use when we do touch-ups with thier relaxers--1 teenager and 20 year-old, who say "you look good in locs mommy, but they aren't for me") after I rinse or wash, holds the curls for weeks!! I usually pull the rollers out in a downward motion which gives my curls a 'shirley temple' -type curl that I just let fall over time. I will re-curl the stubborn ones at night, other than that I sleep in a bonnet...not sure how long I will be able to fit that thing on my head though!!

I also do braid-outs, which last forever when I use the Gentle Treatment leave-in conditioner and setting lotion...BTW I don't experience any dryness or flaking with the GT setting lotion. For daily use, well actually every other or every three days I use JML No-itch spray or African Pride's Braid Sheen Spray(regular). I'll use JML Cactus Leave-in Moisturizer or African Pride's Gro Fast Moisturizer once or twice a week...both smell great and leaves my locs soft, full, and bouncy. Once a week I spray "at" my scalp with the Olive Oil spray sheen and wash every 2-3 weeks with Pantene's shampoo and condition once a month with Pantene's conditioner (Relaxed and Natural). Now that I see it in print it kind of sounds like alot, but when I'm getting ready for work in the mornings it doesn't take long at all! Blaqkofi, that portable hair drying bonnet is the BOMB!!! Use can use it and actually hear TV!! I love fits over my big head, rollers and all!! I initially bought the Carel with the bonnet, but the connection between the hose and bonnet started coming apart after about 6 months, so I went back and got the one you show on your blog...actually love them both...actually fell asleep with the Carel once..but the locs were nice and curly!!!


Thursday, July 05, 2007

This pic kinda gives you a little better look at my locz...I gotta take some close-ups of texture.
I combined some of my locz a little over a year ago, now they are double and triple headed dragons, so I have started to trim some locz under the long ones to see how they will hold up to a cut. I'll have to get some pics up to show you far they have been doing well!

Here's a pic of my best friend(and daughter) and inspiration for locking!! MY MOM!! She has sisterlocks and has had them now for approxomately seven years. Hers are so soft and long!! She is the one who keeps me encouraged when I THINK I want to get rid of mine because of a bad hair day!! Love ya mama!!

Another pic from my 'back home visit', you can see a little better how much my locs have grown over the last year! No this is not my SO, this is my favorite cousin!

This pic was taken this spring in Sedona Arizona, my SO and I took a weekend trip, words cannot explain the beauty in Sedona with all of its red rocks! Not a good pic to view the progress of my locks...sorry!

It's been a while!

I thought I'd share a photo me and my girls took when we visited my oldest daughter this summer.

Saturday, March 04, 2006

I have to do better!

It has taken a while for me to get this update!! I have been taking pictures though! I will continue to do so, so even if I don't update as often as I should or would like, I'll come back atcha with some new pics!! Posted by Picasa

42 and still looking good!

Please don't take this as being conceited, I'm just learning to love me!! I no longer wait for others to tell me that they love me, I tell me every day!! I turned 42 on the 4th of February. My family suprised me by visiting me here in Phoenix, AZ, from Gary, Indiana. My daughters planned the whole thing!! It was the best birthday in years!!
Hey, for those who watch TLC, have you ever wondered why they rarely have African Americans on '10 Years Younger'? Like my aunt always says....Black don't crack!! Posted by Picasa

Lovin' my Locz!!

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The lock are coming along well!!

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Top view

I have to admit, I love this pic!! It shows how thick my babies look after a couple of after a wash...Lovin' it!! Posted by Picasa

Close up of side

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Here are more views of the loose curl from my soft spikes. I will wait for longer length and do the shirley temple curls Posted by Picasa
This is the top view of curls via soft spikes. I prefer loose curls, that give body over tight curls. With the curls being loose, they only lasted one day, which was fine with me...I like free-stylin'! Posted by Picasa

It's a wrap!

You know how you try something new when you're not going anywhere, then when you are planning to go somewhere, you try that new somethin' again and it doesn't work??!! That's what happened here, I'm glad I thought enough to take a picture!! Posted by Picasa


Just a quick update with these pics. It has been about 3 or 4 months now since I decided to double twist my sisterlocks. They are coming along pretty well. I'm still having fuzzies and what not, but it is all good. There are some areas on my head that are taking longer than others to lock, i.e. the twists come untwisted!! But there are areas that are staying put just fine. I'm still enjoying the process and taking pics! Posted by Picasa

Saturday, January 07, 2006

My Granddaughter

I had to post a picture of my grandaughter and all of her natural glory!! According to my daughter, she loves to run around with her hair loose!! Posted by Picasa