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September 28, 2019

Fresh (ish) Hair Don't Care

Just a photo update.  Went in for my retwist on the 20th and my hair was cute.  I had to switch head scarves cause the old one was funky lol and needed to be washed but the new one restricts my hair movement so my hair is STILL cute.

August 22, 2019

No Snappy Title

Life has been a bit hectic around these parts since my last post.  I was enjoying life and playing tennis and then suddenly I was playing crash your car with a large green pickup.  I'm okay, the other driver was okay, my car went to the cute care graveyard in the sky mostly because it was old.  My twelve year old car's appraised value was just about the same cost as repairs so no more twelve year old car.  Into a two year old SUV now that I have not taken photos of but will eventually and while I like it, I miss the whole no car note situation.  I guess it's a good thing that it's coming around the same time as my promotion and negotiation for my job but woosah.  Bye bye no car note life. 

July 25, 2019

One year loc'd and loaded

I contemplated doing a big lead of things but let me be honest and say I'm still working my butt off so it didn't get done.  I'm finally planning a vacation to see the family and try to get everything else taken care of in the mean time in between time.  Today was my retwist appointment and it happened to be exactly 365 days after they were installed.  Not intentional, I swear.  It was just when I knew I could get to town and not be pressed for time.  This last year has been amazing in ways I cannot fully express but before I try here are some photos from today.

June 28, 2019

June Retwist

I just did the year of change update and there's not a lot to update you guys on right now.  So I'm just going to make this a photo update. Next month is one full year of being locked.  My retwist appointment I think is one day off from when I started the process.   Photos below are before tennis and then after tennis.

June 23, 2019

Year of Change Update

I'm not sure if I did a formal post when this started for me last year but around this time last year I settled in to some decisions about my life.  Mom was on the mend even though we still had some worries about her continued health.   I was in the middle haul of admitting graduate students.  I was slacking on working out cause I had no free time and was trying to get my dossier finished in between visits to mom.  And I was just feeling stuck.  My hair was enjoying it's puff state but I was not.  So I made the first decision in the year of change.  I talked to a bunch of folks and settled on traditional locs instead of Sisterlocks.  Technically it was the second decision but first one that happened.  I also decided to get my eyes done and by eyes done I sought out Lasik.  Between mom's illness and life that didn't actually get followed up on until three or four months after the locs were installed.  I'm back on the weight loss kick and am enjoying working out again.  My one year locversary will be hitting in a few months so I figured I should do a check in point for myself.  I have questions about how they will look over the next year but we'll see.  Right now they keep growing, I can still see without my glasses and my clothes are getting looser.  All is well.

June 2, 2019

Fresh hair and baby hugs

So May is a unique month in my hair journey.  Unlike almost every other month my 4 week gap still left me in the same month for my retwist.  Not a huge deal.  It's lining me back up for my July appointment to be around the exact same time as it was last year when this whole adventure started.  Each visit my hair looks a little bit different and I'm actually shocked at where I was when this started versus where I am right now.  Honestly, I thought I had a great poof going this time last year.  I was tired though because of all the things that were going on with mom so I could be mistaken.  Regardless, that poof didn't look like a whole lot of hair when the locs were put in and I'm sure I was looking a little bit bald to most folks. 

But as you can see it's grown out quite a bit since the poof.  I'm not sure how much hair I'd retain if I tried to comb these out but I'm guessing I'd be looking more like Mufasa than Simba right now.  That is not in the cards though.   Right now I'm just noticing new things weekly.  More of my ends are sealed especially if you're not in my crown.  There's some loose ends there still but the hair itself is loc'ing up nicely.  Each retwist is making my hair a little too long for one thing and not long enough for another.  I'm okay with that too.  Just means I have to adjust things from my sleeping to the outfits I wear because I am not trying to have lint all over the place in my locs.  I meant to ask about swimming and protecting my locs but I didn't get around to it mostly because of the second part of my post title.  My loctitian had her daughter with her and she was entirely too funny and too cute not to entertain.  So we high fived and I taught her all about zerberts and we had amazingly stilted kid conversation.  What can I say?  I like kids and they usually like me.  Anyway, here are retwist photos.  Y'all have a good one.

May 12, 2019

May Update A Little Late

This is always a hectic time of year from yours truly.  Grades are due, commencement and honors ceremonies, and we have maybe a week of downtime before it's off to the races for summer two courses and my annual countdown to crappy things.  Every year is different with the crappy things so we'll see how that goes.  Anyway, I say all that to say that with the normal crappy things and my present to myself then it was more hectic than normal and thus I am late updating you on my loc appointment. 

Things went well and actually the retwist time keeps shrinking which I love.  The dryer time not so much but it's what you can do lol.  I was tired because the night before I went to a concert.  I haven't been to a concert in a long time.  Probably my last one was Prince or Essence Music Festival and both of those were a gap ago.  I bought the ticket months ago as an end of the semester, end of the promotion wait, girl needs to have some fun gift.  It came with some unanticipated swag.  First shot is a bag, second is a pillow and the third is a VIP lanyard.  Totally wasn't expecting it and I used two of the three at the concert.

The next set of photos are from the show.  I had a blast.  She's well worth the ticket price.  I haven't said that in a while so yeah believe me.  These are just different parts of the show including me smiling ridiculously big in my seat before the show started while rocking my Prince inspired Rain Drops shirt.  You can't see my struggle loc but it disappeared while I was at the stylist so it's okay.

These last set of photos are just the ones of my last retwist.  My hair and I are happy and life is good.  I'm tired but trying to get adequate rest and avoiding people when I need to.    What is going on with you guys?

April 28, 2019

New tickers and timing

I added the ticker for my locs today.  When people ask me about things I sometimes remember but the tickers make it easier to do a direct tracking of things.  I am officially just over 9 months in this journey even though this will be my tenth follow up.  I've gone literally every for weeks to let someone tend to my hair which means this month I'll go twice.  First of the month and end of the month.  That 11th follow up will put me at 10 months in with appointments in June and July bringing me into a full year loc'd.  The process has been eye opening in a lot of ways. 

I have been dreading the ugly phase but I'm not sure that my hair has ever really been ugly to me.  It was thinner and less like a hair style in the beginning but everything since then has gotten better.  There's frizz if it's been a few weeks since my last retwist but I'm okay with that too.  And over the last few months my hair has hit a nice growth spurt so the very small locs that were started in July look nothing like the ones that are up for a good wash and style.  I of course am not beyond social comparison so I keep looking for videos of locs around my size and same time on this journey.  The only thing I wonder about from time to time is the super neat parting that would make my hair look more like braids.  Neither my original loctitian of the one that replaced her on maternity leave were overly concerned by that as they both talked about working with your hair and the shape of your head as much as possible.  And I stopped worrying about it because the only women with gray hair that I have seen with super neat parting mostly seem to have hair snatched back into styles or thinning areas with really long locs.  I'm not really shooting for either of those things so I've gotten over the parting.  The locs I like the most, bias totally being in play here if I am thinking about it, look like mine or like I think mine will look eventually.  Especially those with gray hair, thick and full and clear pattern for the locs but not super neat.

I have been somewhat jealous of the dyed locs but I remember why I stopped dyeing my air years ago and really don't want to damage my locs before they really get a chance to turn into whatever they want to be.  The colors are cute though so I will definitely be stalking those that do them from time to time.  I just won't be joining in cause yeah I'm not ready for things not to go well and then I'd be salty at myself indefinitely cause it was my fault lol.

I have finally rebooted my gym routine and it's been easier to keep my hair chill now that it's longer.  I keep a headband on the roots to catch the immediate sweat and then a larger sock to keep the rest of the hair secure while I move through my routine that can sometimes involve putting my head on equipment.  I really wasn't thinking about it in terms of protecting my hair but it does that too.  It reduces the amount of gross I have to share with others and eliminates friction of my hair against leather or yoga mats. 

Hmm I think that's it.  I'll be rocking day before retwist hair at the P!nk concert and then get my hair done as a wrap up to the month of wellness.  How's life treating you.  Oh and here's a photo of me and my promoted/tenured colleagues that shows my hair last week.