Friday 30 December 2011

Well Overdue Update

Oh my sisters. I simply cannot believe that I have not blogged in over a year. I've had my nose firmly rooted in everyone else's blogs and forgotten my own.

Well what better time to do an update than on the last day of 2011.

I'm now two and a half years locked. My hair is healthy and strong. I've even dyed the stray gray hairs using the organic Henna that Ofo advised. I think I'm gonna go brown next.

I still continue to re-tighten my locs myself. I've been reading lots about the various re-ti regimens on the LHBE. I don't know whether it's just me, but I think being able to do one's own hair is a powerful skill and everyone should know how to do it. That way no-one holds you hostage.
It takes me ages to do - about a week in total. I divide my hair into quarters and aim to do one quarter each night. I set the time limit to complete this in a week, which means I can let myself off one evening if I don't feel like doing it. Tips for all you DIY-ers...take your time. There is no need to rush. My hair, my investment, my delight.

My hair is now shoulder length and I now feel the need to style it as opposed to freestyling. Anyhoo, enough text - I'll let the pictures do the talking.

One of my first attempts.

My Default Updo

This style is so easy to do and looks very elegant. 5 mins at the most! This is the style that I wear to work

Side (Flat twist) Back (basket weave and tucked in at nape)

Freshly Re-tightened Hair

I don't tend to wear my hair like this much - I find it quite unflattering. Where I do wear it loosely, I will have crinkles (see above picture taken in 2009). This style I find makes my hair look more voluminous.

Well my hair regime remains simple. I still use Aveda products and no longer need to braid and band (which I had to do for 2 years because my hair is fine and of a loose texture).
I absolutely love my hair and get loads of compliments.

Happy New Year. Happy 2012.