Oct 15, 2012

Ashiya's Hair Diary: What Has Been Joined Together

If you're thinking of starting locs, the smartest thing you can do is take a picture of what you want your locs to look like when they are shoulder length with you.  This will give a good stylist the blueprint for forming your locs.  I was not so saavy at the time I started mine, so I did my best to describe them.  When I said "small in size", my stylist at the time took me literally.  Since then I've lost more locs than I care to remember simply because they were so thin.

Recently, a friend suggested that I combine some of my locs to make them stronger.  I really didn't consider it until I was introduced to singer-songwriter Valerie June. Valerie's locs are beautiful and their strength cannot be denied.  When I found out she combined some of her locs, I was all in! I started with two locs and over a three week period I had combined many of the locs in the front half of my head.  It was such an amazing difference!

While my locs won't be as full as Valerie's, I finally found  a good place for me.  Combining my locs changed the overall look of my hair AND it may have been what I needed to find real relief from chronic dry hair!  I can't believe I waited so long to give it a try.

Its going to take a bit of work to ensure the new locs form properly.  I've taken a cue from Chelsea Jackson of Chelsea Loves Yoga and look at the maintenance as a form of meditation

Maintenance became much easier after I watched this video from loc star, Chescalocs.  In this video, she shows how to smooth out frizzy locs and I love the trick for taming loose hair!  My "new locs" will be completely formed before we know it! 

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