Friday, 19 February 2016

Length Check 2016

Did my Locs grow? Hmmmmm....

It's been a whole year since my last length check and my regime I think has changed a little. I have been sticking more to the "Less is More" principle and I'm generally happier about the state of my locs. They are cleaner and feel much lighter even though they are longer. I'll save my current regime for another post entirely.



Picture on the left is from Feb. 2015 and the one on the right is me currently Feb. 2016. My longest loc is shy of the 13" mark, however now that I think of it my length check tee may not be the most accurate way of telling if my hair grew or not as those folds around my sides may be changing the results. Ha Ha!!!

My personal verdict is that my hair grew about 1 -2 inches at the very least, I notice the growth more around the sides, the taper on the left side of the pictures obviously changed a little. Phew!!! For the entire year I actually felt like my hair didn't grow at all, so I am revealed. :)

I'm sure you can note that mt locs are a lot darker than last year, Yes I dyed them using local Henna from Abuja, Nigeria. That of course is story for another day. Just thought to drop a quick note on this before Feburary ends.

Do you think my locs grew?

Your Loc Head,

Ade.


Thursday, 18 February 2016

Hair How To: Chunky Loc Twists

Howdy People,

Here's a quick and easy Loc do that I thought to share while trying out vloging again. I think this video is less shy than the last one I did. I honestly have been too lazy to try video editing, so yes, I did this in one take and I'm proud :D

I forgot to mention in the video that Kemi Lewis of KL'sNatural inspired this hair style. She came by the Locitude Studio in fabulous Chunky Twists made from Marley hair using the Crotchet method. I decided to try it out with my own hair and I totally loved the results.


Rocked the Chunky Loc Twists for about a whole week. Finding the perfect angle for the perfect selfie isn't always easy so I fooled around with my camera for a bit and I the pictures below are probably my best of about 15 X_X.

Chunky Loc Twists

Chunky Loc Twists and the Eye.

Chunky Loc Twists.


I'm tempted to write some more, but I guess that will just be repeating what I said in the video. This is it fellas, tell me if you like my Chunky Twists, don't tell me if you don't and if you try it don't forget to tag me.

Till later,

Your Loc Head,

Ade.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Interlocking VS Palm Rolling on Traditional Locs

Hey people,

Glad to be writing again, I am learning to remember that blogging is part of the business :). Well it's the month of love and I wish you all lovely things but while we are that and not arguing over the current state of the economy  or the dollar to Naira exchange rate ; or if Baba Go slow is not indeed somewhat fast, I would like to discuss a very important Loc Head issue - Interlocking Vs Palm rolling.

First lets define this two loc methods so no one is confused.

Interlocking is the process of getting the hair to loc by passing the tip of a loc strand through the root using a latch hook, a tool or by hand.




Palm rolling is the process of locking the hair by rolling them between the palms in the same direction.



Let me also define what Traditional Locs are: Locs that are neither Free form, Sister locs, thick locs or micro locs are often referred to as traditional locs irrespective of their size.

Now that that is clear, both methods are quite popular for maintaining traditional locs especially here in Nigeria. Like with all things some people prefer one method to the other; from my personal experience with my hair and offering loc maintenance services for about a year here is the Locitude list of Pros and Cons of both methods.

Interlocking
Pros
1. Lasts much longer than Palm rolling
2. Supports air drying
3. Often requires no products 

Cons
1. Often painful
2. Can drastically thin out loc strands especially if done without common sense,
3. Seen cases where this method split a loc strand in two places from the root
4. I see this as forcing the natural locking process
5. Rougher finish when compared to Palm rolling



Palm rolling
Pros
1. Not Painful if done correctly
2. Assists the hair to loc naturally
3. Smoother and slicker finish 
4. Usually requires a loc gel or butter

Cons
1. Doesn't last as long as Interlocking
2. Often requires the drier when you visit a salon
3. Over twisting can cause breakage.

So here's my verdict, I personally prefer Palm rolling to Interlocking. I Interlocked my hair for the first time in 2012 (started my locs in 2009) and by the end of that year I was unhappy because my locs had significantly thinned out. Some of my locs still break from the weak points of the interlock till date. 

The Palm roll method is usually my go to method for loc maintenance, It may be a slower process, but it usually tuns out healthier. However I have a handful of clients who insist on interlocking so I do it with common sense, applying the four point rule to ensure the loc doesn't split. I also make sure not too interlock too close to the scalp so it's not too painful. I must also mention that I had a client who the Palm roll simply didn't work for her hair type. She had a 3 year old massive afro, which we succeeded in palm rolling but every time we washed out her hair it unraveled within seconds into a massive afro. After a few months of trying with very little success, we decided to interlock and my client and I are very happy with the results.

Lastly, certain hair types (scanty) just wont work well with the interlock, so it's best to just stay away and let time loc your hair. :)

Hope the above has helped someone out there with choosing the right method. Beautiful Locs can be achieved with both methods, common sense is the most important method you need.

Alright people, I'm starting a diet tomorrow, not sure if it will have any impact on my hair but it better have a positive impact on my weight. Shopping tonight, I must!

I remain,
Your Loc Head
Ade.