Braidlocs Update – Months 17-18 (Staple Loc Products)

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:

  1. Determined my favourite/staple products
  2. Experimented with colour
  3. 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.

Creme Of Nature With Argan Oil Sulfate-Free Moisture And Shine Shampoo

Creme Of Nature With Argan Oil Sulfate-Free Moisture And Shine Shampoo

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)

Morfose Milk Therapy Milky Two Phase Conditioner

Morfose Milk Therapy Milky Two Phase Conditioner

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.

Amla Legend Rejuvenating Ritual Oil

Amla Legend Rejuvenating Ritual Oil

 

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.

Textures and Tones Permanent Hair Dye in the Colour Cocoa Brown - 3N

Textures and Tones Permanent Hair Dye in the Colour Cocoa Brown – 3N

So, my hair colour turned out like this…

Locs highlighted with Textures and Tones in the Colour Cocoa Brown - 3N

Locs highlighted with Textures and Tones in the Colour Cocoa Brown – 3N

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.