Apr 13, 2015

Ashiya's Hair Diary: The Final Cut

This weekend I had the final hair cut that brings my first loc journey to an end. Thirteen years, waist length locs and countless life lessons later, I decided to venture out for more.  Although I'll probably loc my hair again at some point, I am curious to see how my hair develops without manipulation.  I'm going with 4B as my hair type and I plan to give it what it responds to from there.

THE FINAL CUT: The first outing.
My first option didn't work out and I thought a barber would be much less emotional for me.  I knew I would have to cut a bit more of my hair to even it out and I really didn't want to.  I just wanted to chop my locs and let it go from there.  But there was a large area on the left side of my head that would not let my TWA be great.


THE FINAL CUT: First look after the cut.
I decided to visit Tristan at Melissa's recommendation for the final cut.  I'm quite sure he's dealt with my challenge many times. It really looked like someone got too close with clippers.  He was able to shape it up nicely and add some texture with a sponge.  He also gave me some ideas of what he thought my afro would look like as it grew out. I forget how many ladies slide through the barber for a shape up or line up!

THE FINAL CUT: The rough cut.  Releasing the locs.
My product regimen will pretty much stay the same for now.  I do plan on exploring more in time, but I figured it would be smart to have a baseline.

Shampoo + Conditioner -  I've been using the Shea Moisture line for some time and while my locs liked the African Black Soap + Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Combo, it prefers Coconut + Hibiscus Curl & Shine Shampoo.  I've decided to stick with coconut oil for now as my moisturizer and will probably add the Hibiscus Curl & Shine Conditioner to the mix before the BOGO sale is over at Walgreens.

Samson's Secret - I will continue taking my daily dose of Samson's Secret and have added the liquid supplement as a spot treatment directly to the areas that were thin.

Curl Enhancer + Leave-In Conditioner - I'm going to give the Hibiscus Curl & Shine Curling Gel Souflee as a curl enhancer and the Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream.

This promises to be an interesting journey.  Stay tuned!

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