I wanted to write down a little more about my installation day. I got there at 5:30 am and we got started around 5:45. We finished at 9:56 pm. The first 12 hours went by surprisingly fast, but after that it kind of went downhill for me. My backside was so sore!
My loctitian divided my hair in 4, but the back quarters, which she did first, were much bigger than the front ones. This was nice because although the back took a long time, the front quarters went much faster and so it felt less painfully long. We decided on medium at the front and medium-large at the back, because I have a lot of hair, and one of my aims was to reduce the bulk. I was also hoping to not have too many locs, so that re-ti’s are quicker. Unfortunately, because of my big head and dense hair, I have ended up with around 700 locs. I don’t have an exact count, and I never will. I will never get back the lost time I would spend counting my hair so I AM NOT GOING TO. I have a job and 3 children to raise and I spend enough time obsessing about my hair without bloody counting it.
So what did I do for 17 hours??? Watched 3 movies, including ‘Midnight’s Children’ which was fantastic. I knitted a cute headscarf which I will try to post a pic of for you knitters out there. I worked on a sweater I am knitting for one of my daughters. I texted my friends. I posted updates here!
I am quite happy with the job my loctitian did, but it really didn’t look so hot at the end. The loose ends were all frizzy and the locs were quite straight. My loctitian gave me some ideas (including ‘china bumps’ but I was afraid, since it felt pretty tight, that I wasn’t going to be able to sleep on them) and rollers. I asked her about a curling iron, but she said to limit its use because it will delay loc’ing. So in the end I spent 10 min putting in sponge rollers before I went to bed, and presto! I woke up with fabulous hair.
My husband isn’t sold on it and no one at work even noticed (that, or they think it looks like s* and so avoided saying anything, but I really think the former), but my friends, some cousins and my sister-in-law have been quite supportive which has been nice. Now if I can only stop this itching!!!