So it has been a little  over a month since my daughter had her braidlocs installed and almost 4 since I had my sister locks installed. She had her first re-ti yesterday and I had my 3rd or 4th.  Her hair is doing great.  Although not much seems to be happening with my hair, it is getting a bit bulkier, although not much longer!  I have also been fighting with 2, 3, and 4 headed dragons in the front half.  Lots of snipping at my re-ti’s!ImageImage

Still regularly curling my hair with softlocs; gives a nice curl until the next wash.  little tray curlies along my hairline don’t make me so happy!


2 in the family

9 and 1/2 hours later, my daughter’s hair is finally done. Our consultant estimated for 6 hours, so it was a long haul for me, although my daughter weathered it extremely well, happily watching movies and with nary a complaint. To speed things along, I did quite a bit of the braiding, about a quarter of her head, so I was pretty tired by the end of it!  Her babies are micro, smaller than mine, although I had requested the same size. I think that this is because her hair is thinner than mine. In any case she is quite happy. I am a little bit worries about maintenance, as after a night with rollers in I had to carefully separate the ends because they were already matting together!  I am sure that she will have mature Locs long before IImageImageImage


Saying good bye to my curls

imageSo much of my life has been experienced with curls on my head. My self portrait is imagined with curly hair. And in one week I will be spending an obscene amount of money to take them away. I know that my hair will be natural and I certainly hope it will look good, but I wonder how long it will take before I feel like me again. The last time that I had straight hair for more than a week was about 30 years ago. I have had braids occasionally, but the last time was about 10 years back.  When I close my eyes and picture myself, there are lots (and lots) of curls.

I will have to remember how much I dislike spending 45 minutes doing my hair. How I hate having wet hair for most of the day because of all of the product in it. How fearful I am that, if I don’t stay natural, that one bad perm could leave me partially bald.

And so, in one week’s time, I will embark on a new hair journey.  A loc’d journey. One that I hope that I will enjoy. I pray that I will have no regrets, and that my husband and family and friends will accept a new version of me.

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