October 07, 2013

Braidlock update: 1 month

July 2013 ~ 1 month braidlock update!





These pictures were taken in July during my stay in Jamaica.  I mainly wore a braided up-do or curly locs, but my curly style lasted for one day only due to the humidity unless I rolled it again for the next day. 





I wore my very first Bantu-knot out because I washed my hair the night before and I wanted my roots to dry while I slept.  Surprisingly, this style lasted me several days and I was so glad because I was tired of rolling my hair.
Here is a close up of my healthy roots.


11 comments:

NAAN POCEN said...

Did you re-do your locs? Your hair seems shorter and locs smaller.....

Dewdrop said...

Thank you! No I didn't change a thing with my locs. They appear this way because I'm wearing a bantu-knot out in these pictures, so my hair appears shorter when it's curled up.

Felicia said...

Your braidlocs look as beautiful as your sisterlocks did!! How do you re-ti? Your roots look healthy too. That's one of the reasons I'm considerig starting a set of locs beacause the base of some of my locs are very weak. Do you still shampoo with the staple products you used to use or are you creating your own? Thanks for sharing. Love your braidlocs!

Dewdrop said...

Thank you Felicia! I re-tighten my locs using a nappyloc tool that I've kept for years, and I've been using coconut oil on my scalp after I wash my hair. I still use my Alaffia shampoo, but I would like to create my own shampoo eventually.

How would you like to start your new set of locs?

Lovin'Locs said...

Your braidlocks look so good! They look just like sisterlocs! I have a few questions. I started my braidlocks 2 months ago, and I have about 119. I wash about every 2 weeks with Head and Shoulders (I get really bad dandruff). I fingerlatch my locs once a month. My locs and scalp feel so dry though! How can I moisturize my hair and scalp? Also, have you ever finger latched your locs before? Is there a difference between finger latching and latching with a tool?

Dewdrop said...

@Lovin'Locs: Thank you! Congrats on starting your braidlocks journey too! You can use Aloe Vera Juice to moisturize your hair and scalp after you wash your locs or at any time. Mix a 1 to 1 ratio of AVJ with water, and spritz your locs and scalp with it.

Years ago I tried finger latching my locs, but I found it challenging to pull the end of my loc through my new growth, so I just used the tool. I don't think there is difference between finger latching and using a tool other than the ease and convenience of using the tool (especially with smaller locs). It's really a personal preference of what works best for you.

Mouli said...

Hello DewDrop!

I have a question for you: if you wanted to have cylindrical, neat, regular microlocks, do you think it is better to start with braids or twostranded twists? Or does it make no difference at all since the locks are going to swell?

Thanks a lot for sharing your knowledge :) ! As a beginner, I'm learning a lot from your and the other microlocs bloggers :) !

I wish you an happy New Year!

Dewdrop said...

Hello Mouli! Happy New Year to you! Based on my experience, I've found that two strand twists or comb coils can produce more cylindrical locs. Braidlocs tend to make the locks appear flat or chunky as they develop. Neatness is based on your choice and frequency of maintenance since our hair texture is naturally fuzzy and would like to remain in that state.

When locs swell then they will become fuzzy no matter what, and sometimes they may or may not result in a cylindrical loc. If you plan to interlock your new growth as your choice of maintenance, then you can achieve a cylindrical and neat look with microlocks. You're off to a great start by doing your research and asking questions. :-)

Mouli said...

Thanks for your quick reply :) !

Mouli said...

Hi DewDrop! I'M still doing my research ^^! I wish to have an advice regarding my grid size (all my locks are installed but I wonder about the size in the front). I would like to show you my Dropbox album about that. Is there an email address I can join you to show you? Thanks in advance :) !

Dewdrop said...

Hi Mouli,

My email is 1belovedjewel@gmail.com (it's in the contact section on the right side of my blog).