Tuesday, 29 April 2014

7 Locitude Inspired Hair Styles!

Hey people,

It's been just over a month since I started this blog and so far it's been fun :). Was going through my Instagram page and saw that I have been quite creative with my hair this past couple of months so here's a post sharing....

Most of my loc hairstyles are twofers, so there's much you can do with the same concept. Just have fun with it.

Things to note though... My head is big and round, if you have similar features then you have come to the right place and here are some rules to particularly guide the big round loc heads.

1. Have a hump on your head, always makes your face look longer and less round, always works.
2. Put some bang into it, yep pushing some of your hair to front helps frame the face.
3. Avoid anything that looks too much like a full fringe, makes your cheeks look even rounder and head bigger.
4. Side parts work much better than middle parts.
5. All back buns and dos work well too.
6. Be adventurously creative
7. Love your locs.

Enough talk, let's get into it.
This hair style is inspired by a secondary school (Command, Ipaja) hair do, we had to put our hair into plaits, some the the front, the middle portion doing a small Mohawk and back plaited down. So here I put the front ina pinned up 2 strand twist, packed the sides up and let the back fall. If you google Evelyn King you'll feel the inspiration. :).

The bang rule was applied here.
One hundred percent youtube inspired, first saw it on chescalocs channel, was a fun 2 week hair do.
My first attempt failed 'cos the rubber bands used by the hairdresser was fake, woke up in a sea of bands, went back to get them threaded. Was scared I would loose some locs when the thread was taken out. I didn't. However I still find stray thread in my hair every now and then it's almost been 6 weeks.

Note that I had flat twists on both sides to avoid the no fringe look alike rule.
Remember what I said about twofers :),  description The Evelyn King description takes care of the front bit.
The back was done into a big donut. You need some length for this style. Learnt to do this when I still used to wear braids however, but i'm sure there's a youtube video for how to get this look.

The hump rule ;)

The trendiest loc style yet. Read my pipe cleaner post to know how I got this look.

The be adventurous rule :)
You'll need to see the pipe cleaner results rule for this one.
The all back rule.
Watched enough youtube videos to figure out that this is mostly called protective plaits, I think this is because the style likely to keep new re-twists in place and protected from unraveling. This best part is the style that comes afterwards.
Anyway, I took three strands each and plaited them together into a bun

The all back rule


Simply what happens when you take out your braids.... This unsmiling Chikita is born.
Another twofer; + the side part rule was followed.

So seven hairstyles in a about 8weeks literally after I recovered from a "I want to cut my hair" moment. Who says locs can't be stylish? I say you can be anything you want to be, right now I'm thinking Loc Diva.

Hope you enjoyed this and maybe will be starting a loc adventure of your own. Next post will be on this great multipurpose head band I found, my new favourite hair accessory.

Yours truly,
The Loc Diva. :).

Note: All styles besides the Loc petals / loops were DIY.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Brown - ing locs?


Sometime around the time my hair clocked one and my locs started to mature they started to turn BROWN, at the tips especially :(, Not a good look. My hair isn't naturally black but dark brown enough to be considered black. So why did dark brown start to become light brown? This was puzzling as I was sure it wasn't dirt, I washed my hair regularly enough. It also didn't appear to be product. I also hadn't dyed my hair. So where did the BROWN come from?

After scouring the internet, the only logical conclusion I have come to as the source of Browning locs is the Sun. Yep! That's what I think it is amongst many other reasons.

Other reasons.
- Using products that contain peroxide.
- Using treated water to wash your locs.
- Using hot appliances on your locs- (I used to always go under a drier, so this may be a factor).
- Not eating a balanced diet.
- And of course intentionally dyeing your locs, hey :)

Ok, now that we have reasons for why locs turn brown, let's see what the "solutions" are.

First my solution was to dye some strands to an even lighter brown, you know, give my locs some attitude ;). So the strands that bleached by themselves look like they were done intentionally.

Spot my dyed locs.

Other possible solutions:

- Stop/aviod products that contain peroxide or other bleaching agents
- Stop/avoid using chemical-ised water to was your locs, if you have the ability to control this.
- Dry your hair naturally as best you can. Do not expose to long hours of heating
- Eat a balanced diet.
- Accept your new somewhat "naturally bleached" hair colour if you don't want to dye it.

Big question is what do we do about the Sun problem, you can try the option of wearing a protective scarf or hat if you have to be under the sun for long hours, however I will advice to always let your hair breathe.

- Be careful to know that you are Dyeing your hair the right way (Idea for an upcoming post). This is very important else your locs will fall, yes they will fall.

So that's it for now, your Loc Head,


Sunday, 13 April 2014

Pipe Cleaner Curls. Results.

Hello there,

In my last post I had worn pipe cleaners in my locs after doing a DIY loc maintenance and re-twist. Here's an update on how I rocked the style in three variations before I plunged into the beach and lost them.

Variation 1 -Locs with pipe cleaners still in.
Note, the little black loops at the tips of my hair are the pipe cleaners.
Not too obvious, wore them in for a whole week. Tons of compliments :)
1 week after - Nice, chunky, bouncy and curly.
Took this picture almost immediately after taking out the pipe cleaners.
Variation 2 - Curls literally fell into the same place/direction they had been rolled.
Was a big bouncy hair day, made me a bit cautious, didn't want the curls to fall out of place.
Tons of compliments and "can I touch your hair?" "is it real?" "what kind of extension is this?".

My Medusa moment - after separating the strands.
The big cautious hair wasn't working for me, had to do something else with the curls, FAST.

 Variation 3 -  Packed it all up into a big beautiful bun up do.
My personal best moments with the hairstyle was here,
wasn't cautious of where the wind was blowing,
or how to place my head on the pillow at night. I loved it.

... and that's a moment. :)

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

DIY Loc Maintenance and Pipe Cleaners Curls

Yep, I survived my first all by myself loc maintenance. "Loc Maintenance" is just a fancy way of saying I shampooed, conditioned and re-twisted my locs. I have done the first two in the past by my self but not the later; re-twisting my whole big head of locs was an impossible concept till I met these youtubers, Jasmine Rose, Chescalocs, Qochemist, Bronze Goddess and the likes.

So, last weekend I attempted to not just re-twist my locs but also put pipe-cleaners in and here's how that went.

My scalp / hair before the Wash.

Obvious new growth to be groomed.
Step 1: Wash

Washed with Jamaican Mango & Lime Tingle Shampoo with can be found at Casabella, The Palms, Lekki Lagos. Soaked my hair in already diluted shampoo to help it lather and hopefully got some build up out, repeated this process 2 more times and rinsed all the shampoo off  my locs under a warm shower.

I just recently heard of some Nigerian made natural hair products, The Kinky Apothecary and African Naturalistas. They may be worth a try when I finish my current supply.
Hair Products used.
1. Jamaican Mango & Lime Tingle Shampoo -  Can be found at Casabella
2. Jamaican Mango & Lime Protein Conditioner - Can be found at Casabella
3. Ori - Shea Butter - Had one of the stylist at the hairdressers bought me a huge portion about a yr ago.
Step 2: Condition

Squeezed the excess water out of my locs, part my hair into about 4 sections and applied the Jamaican Mango and Lime Protein Conditioner to both my scalp and body of my locs. Let it sit in there for about 3 mins rinsed out with warm water.

Freshly washed and conditioned locs, you can notice my new growth has unraveled some more
and the strands are thicker than before the wash.
Step 3 & 4: Re- twisting roots and rolling with Pipe cleaners

I took individual strands of my locs,  with just a little bit (finger rub) of shea butter and twisted them clockwise (if you are right handed this should be the direction that you'll be inclined to twist by default) from the roots and finally ending the twist with a palm roll down the body of the strands.

For the final look I was trying to achieve, I then took two strands of locs and rolled them up with pipe cleaners.

Pipe cleaners bent into two in preparation for the rolls.
Took a break, thought I was half way through
but still had a couple of hours to go.
Finally finished my whole head #phew. Time to give the hair some direction.
...And Voila - The Locitude look of the week :)
A few tips.

- Left the pipe cleaners in. I intend to wear them in for a week, take them out and rock the curls by themselves. (Will update this post when I do.) - see Pipe Cleaner results

- Remember, if you take the pipe cleaners out before your hair is completely dry you loose the curls.

- Have an intended look when you start rolling then put the pipe cleaners in the direction you want your curls in a finished look that's way it is easier to style.

- This hair do is great for keeping the some length off your back, this Lagos sun these days, no be joke.

To be honest it wasn't that difficult, I had watched a handful of youtube videos that helped a lot even though it was me and my mirror for the most part.

Video's I found Useful.

1. Jasmie Rose's washing regimen 
2. Chescalocs re-twist & pipe cleaner loc tutorial

Note: Pipe cleaners are not readily available in Lagos, had to get them on Amazon through a cousin that had to ship to a colleague who happened to be in the UK. If you know any where pipe cleaners can be found in Nigeria please share. (I now have them for sale at N1,500 for a pack of 100 - Call 0818 900 1122 or email info@thelocitude.com.)

Hope you enjoyed this post, that's if you got to this point :). Let me know what you think, so far I've gotten more likes than dislikes at the office. :D. So people I'm just going to rock this Locitude look with an attitude.

Next post: When your loc tips start to go brown...

More notes.
- This article is based on my experience with my locs.
- Thanks to Akan for pushing me to do more with my hair when I had another "I have to cut my hair" moment a few weeks back.
- Thanks to Akan for helping to partition those strands at the back of my head that I couldn't see.