It’s been 1 year and 6 months since I’ve had my braidlocs (locs started with natural plaits/ natural box braids). I’m headed to that 2 year mark, experimenting with colour and settling into my regimen. In the last two months I have:
- Determined my favourite/staple products
- Experimented with colour
- Embraced my imperfect, crowding parts
1. My Staple Products
Now, these are not the only products that I use on my braidlocs, but I could survive with only these for a very, very long time. I do not currently use a gel or any holding agent when interlocking my roots to maintain them. I also don’t find need for a deep conditioner since I use my main oil for most hot oil treatments. That has left me with a shampoo, protein leave-in and oil.
THE SHAMPOO – Creme Of Nature With Argan Oil Sulfate-Free Moisture And Shine Shampoo
This shampoo cleanses gently and thoroughly without stripping my hair of its natural oils.
THE LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER – Morfose Milk Therapy Milky Two Phase Conditioner
This conditioner adds protein to my colour treated hair – whether wet or dry. The water-based product leaves my hair silky and moisturised and is paraben free. (Review coming soon)
THE OIL – Amla Legend Rejuvenating Ritual Oil
This oil is easily my favourite new oil. The results of use are long lasting, moisturising and the bottle features the most perfect applicator I own. See the full review HERE.
2. Experimenting With Colour
So, you may remember that I previously bleached my hair (CLICK HERE for the previous blog post on that experience). Well, after the temporary colours I added over time had substantially faded, I decided to go in with a permanent colour. My hairdresser suggested that I use a colour from Textures and Tones. I wanted a more subdued colour that would add some subtle but obvious highlights to my hair.
So, my hair colour turned out like this…
3. My Parting
My parts look pretty good in the pictures and in the video update (see end of this post), but there was a time when this was not good enough. As one hairdresser once rudely but accurately said, I wanted a ruler-style grid in my head. She wasn’t far off… but I’d say more like a graph paper gird. Heheh.
Now that I am more comfortable with my locs being a bit more organic, although I still want neat parts, I am less concerned with perfection. This is true for me in life as well. Let’s call it a personal evolution but wait to see how long it lasts.
The video below shows more close-ups of my hair and a general talk about the last two months of my having locs.