July 03, 2010

Bunched Ends

Two of my locks had bunched ends which made it difficult for me to pull them through my new growth during my re-ti's.  So, I picked them out with a push pin and some conditioner up to a certain point and stopped.  After playing around with my cute coils for a little bit I braided them up and left them alone to lock up again.  My hair texture consists of micro-spirals and a few zig-zagged ones mainly near the center of my head.  My hair is pretty resilient despite all that i've put it through, but I knew that I would loose half the amount seen here to do all the grooming i've done and snipping of entire strands.  This is why i've stopped grooming all together.

10 comments:

PhePhi said...

i just did this too. but instead of braiding i used my nappyloc tool to do an interloc pattern from the bottom up. i've tried braiding the loose ends & found that it didn't lock as fast as when using the interloc pattern. gr8 job!

dewdrop said...

Thanks! Yes, usually i'll use my NL tool to interlock my ends, but this time I didn't feel like doing it, so I just braided it up and called it a day, lol!

The knotty Truth said...

interesting. when i did this at yr 1 those things are phatter than my lock, still are. In hindsite, a tight braid lattice would have kept it smaller than my 2 strand twist experiement. heads up-put them on watch care! i have updates of this on my fotki for spr 2010.

Ive learned that it occurs from bunching during the first year. hair wasnt banded tightly-i barely banded, oh well, c'est la vie.

chele

Naturally Sophia said...

I have a million ends that look just like this. I braided tons of them.

dewdrop said...

@TKT: Great analysis. I've actually braided and twisted my ends before and they came out just fine. My twists were actually more bunched than my plaits, but they blend in with the rest of my locs.

@NS: I like my braided ends too just because they give my locs a little character.

Happiest Nappy said...

Good idea Kalia with braiding the very ends. No need to unravel the entire lock.

The knotty Truth said...

thnks 4 sharing...u know im compiling data right now, lol...and it probably was my technique. i loved my curlies so much, i left alot loose-which also contributed to phat ends, now 3 yrs after that, i dunno.

ur lattice looks tight, so it will be interesting to watch! thanks for posting

dewdrop said...

@TKT: Don't worry, it will loosen up after a few washes because they never stay tight. Sometimes I end up having to re-braid them, especially if the braid is thicker.

iRocLocs said...

Dewdrop,
Wonderful post first of all. I have those ends on the majority of my locs and did a post about it a few days ago. How are you sure that it is bunching and not budding? I dont want to unravel the ends and re-braid if its a chance they are buds. My babies are just 11 months old so maybe it is budding, but they prevent my from latching so I just semi freeform and twist occasionally.

dewdrop said...

@iRocLocs: Your name is so cute! If it's still there after a few years, then I think it's bunching. Budding occurs during the first few months of locking. You still have baby/teenage locs, so I think you're budding, but if it's still preventing you from latching around your two year mark then it would be a good idea to fix it.