If you’re wondering “when did she get locs?” the answer would be 6 months ago lol. Around December of 2016, I was totally fed up with my hair. I wish I would have blogged about the exact feelings I had because I don’t really remember what the tipping point was for me. I just know that it was one of my New Year’s resolutions to finally start my locs and to put an end to the frustration that had become my hair.
I always knew I eventually wanted to loc my hair. I even had it in my mind that I would do it for my 30th birthday. But as my natural hair grew longer bigger, I knew it wasn’t something I wanted to maintain for several more years. It had gotten to the point where I was wearing my hair in a puff every single day. Many times I didn’t even want to leave the house because I couldn’t be bothered trying to get it back into a puff. To add insult to injury, my hair was too big and thick to put a hat on without twisting or braiding it down (and I can’t really braid). Normally these are good problems to have, but when you’re tired, your hair is a matted mess and you can’t even put a hat on to hide a bad hair day, it’s pretty disheartening.
I was also really tired of the whole weave industry. I was done with buying “bundles” and the process of trying to find a consistently good quality product was impossible and expensive. Then there was the whole sew-in process, which was expensive and trying to find a stylist that was professional, timely and bearable was another thing I didn’t want to deal with. I feel like a lot of stylist feel like their time is more valuable than their clients to the point where it’s just disrespectful. After giving up on that, I tried just keeping my hair twisted and wearing wigs. But I live in Texas and I don’t see how other girls do it because it’s HOT under a wig. Plus, I was still dealing with the “weave industry” which I didn’t want any part of.
Then I started getting my hair blown out (blow dried straight and then flat ironed). I actually loved the ease of being able to snatch my bonnet off, run a quick pass of my comb through my hair and be out the door. Only down fall, was it only lasted 2 weeks max because my hair would revert immediately after washing and it usually didn’t last that long when you factor in the humidity. So basically it was $40-$60 for a three-day hairstyle.
Once December came around it was either shave all my hair off and wear my hair super short again or go ahead and start my loc journey. Somewhere between December and mid-January, I came across a guy who had just gotten permanent loc extensions on YouTube and decided to make the investment into my hair.
On March 14th 2017, I met with my loctician at 8am and sat in their chair for over 8 hours as my hair was extended and 123 perfect locs were created on my head. Probably about half-way through I started to freak out thinking maybe this wasn’t a good idea. “What if it’s too heavy?” “What if it rips my hair out?” “What if I don’t like them?” “What if I just wasted all this time and money?”
After the first week I had really fallen in love with my hair, even though it was itching like crazy because my scalp was exposed. For those first 4 weeks, my hair routine was as easy as taking off my head scarf and running my fingers through my locs before moving on with my life! It was the best thing ever! My scalp also got used to being exposed and the itching stopped. Gone were the days of not wanting to leave the house because my hair was a mess.
Now 6 months later, you may be wondering if I still think my loc extensions are so great and my answer is YES! No, they aren’t perfect. But my hair hasn’t caused me any dread (ironic) or frustration since March 14, 2017. To explains these last 6 months a little better, I figured I’d put everything into a pro’s and con’s list for you.
PRO’s of my Loc extensions
- Doing my hair is a breeze every morning
- My thinning temples (from wearing my hair in a puff 24/7) are growing back in full force.
- When it’s time to go on vacation I don’t have to worry about what to do with my hair.
- I can go swimming and not have to worry about shrinkage or a wet weave!
- Everyone thinks they are my own natural, home grown locs.
- It’s hard to be a product junkie with locs. Outside of my shampoos and conditioner, I have about 3 products that I use: a loc gel, a moisturizing oil spray and my rose water and vitamin E mixture.
- I feel more confident with longer hair that frames my face.
- My dandruff has cleared up a lot.
CON’s of my Loc Extensions
- For the first 6 weeks or so the tips of my extensions would slip off, I never could notice where they came from, but my dog would be chewing on it or I would see a piece on the floor. Luckily, this stopped after a couple months and I could never tell a difference in my locs.
- They are lint magnets! Especially the ends. I usually try to pick it out, but I’m going to try more preventative measures in the future… and probably put a dark rinse in my hair.
- It gets really hot at times. I wasn’t really used to wearing weaves so it’s been years since having to deal with a lot of hair on my neck and shoulders during summer.
- Some of my natural locs (the new growth that is being loc’d) are thinner than the loc extension, so I’ve had to combine a couple locs. Mostly in the row at the very back of my head and along my temples (since they were thin when my locs where installed)
- It takes all day for my hair to dry. Since I air dry at home, I have to start first thing in the morning so my hair has at least 12 hours to dry before bed. I could purchase a hooded dryer that would dry my hair in about an hour.. but I haven’t felt the need for it yet.
That’s pretty much it. As you can see nothing is perfect, but my locs are the best decision I could have made for my hair situation. A lot of unnecessary stress is gone and I feel better about myself. Which is more than enough, in my opinion.
“What’s your go to protective style when your hair is giving you problems?”