Two years later…

Wow, well, I suppose it’s been a while. #sorrynotsorry… I’ve been a little busy ūüôā

Over the past two years, I’ve gone from this:

comingsoon

(August 2014)

to this:

newborn

(October/November 2014)

to this:

kapow

(August 2016)

I wish I could say my hair looked like this every day:

sisterlocks

(Friend’s Wedding, May¬†2016)

But who am I kidding, it’s definitely more like this:

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(September 2016)

I’m still sisterlocked and loving it. And, from the photos I see that my hair has grown quite a bit.

But, boy am I in a style rut. I only have one little one but I am tired (I blame my job, not child.) For the¬†second half of this year, I’ve refocused myself on:

  • growing back my edges! (Extended breastfeeding and my lack of consistently taking vitamins have done a number of my post-partum shedding…)
  • getting rid of build up (I was horrified to see how much build up accumulated in the last few rows of my hair. Clearly, I wasn’t using enough time to rinse, rinse, rinse. Thankfully my case of build up isn’t the worst I’ve seen (from pics online) and I am getting it under control.
  • going back to being IN LOVE with sisterlocks. Learning quick styles so I can style my hair more often; get my hair done in between retightenings by a hair stylist. Like this style here… Yes, I was totally feeling the look!

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    (August 2016, 5.5 years sisterlocked)

 

 

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re-tightening day recap: baking soda wash, ACV rinse, black tea rinse

Last re-ti, I washed my hair with baking soda, followed by an ACV rinse (I believe before the baking soda I may have used shampoo too… I don’t remember). I do remember my hair feeling and looking great after that reti, so I decided to try it again as a pre-retightening routine.

Here’s what I did yesterday morning:

  • Shampoo: 1 TBSP baking soda added to 1 Cup of Water and a lil bit of Shampoo (in this instance DreadHead Shampoo)
  • Rinse: 2 TBSP ACV with 2 Cups of Warm Water… let sit for a few minutes… and then apply 1.5 cups of Black Tea, diluted with 1/2 Cup Water… let sit for a few more minutes.
  • Final Rinse: Cold Water
  • Moisturize: I let my hair air-dry for a few hours and then spritzed lightly with some Greg’s juice.

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Nothing magical happened right away. But after the reti my hair felt pleasantly light and soft. My hair is usually light and fluffy after a reti but the softness was a nice bonus. However,  to avoid dry scalp from the baking soda, I may need to rub some light oil directly on it after my hair dries.

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Black Tea Rinse
The Black Tea rinse definitely cut the ACV smell. There was no trace of the ACV smell left over at all! So far, my hair doesn’t seem any dark or “healthier” as a result of the black tea rinse. I know it takes time so I’ll continue to use it each wash for a few weeks and see what happens. EDITED TO ADD (9/24): Actually the black tea has enriched the color of my hair. It took a few days for me to notice. I did another black tea rinse the wash after this one.¬†

The night before, I boiled 4 tea bags in 5-6 cups of water. Then read blogs about how tea makes your hair hard, and ended up using less than half of the brew, diluted with water. I’ll continue to play around with the brew until I get it just right for my hair.

ACV Rinse
I believe the ACV rinse may be the culprit of my “browning” hair. Before yesterday, it has been 6 weeks since my last ACV rinse. Before then, I don’t remember how regularly I’ve done the rinse… maybe every 2-3 weeks? Likely less than that… the point is, I’ve done a few of them this year.

The acidic properties of ACV, in light of the benefits it provides, can lighten and make your hair drier over time. I read a blog recently that said it could be contributing to the frizz… Going forward, will limit ACV and Baking Soda Washes to no more than every 6-8 weeks.

Retightening
Remember how last time took about 10 hours? Today Mrs. CGS (Sisterlock Consultant #2) only took 5 hours. I was just getting comfortable thinking I was in for a long haul. Seems like she has “learned” my hair and 6 weeks is a good enough time for me to come in for a re-ti for her. Unfortunately, every 6 weeks will stretch my budget since she costs more, so I’m pushing my next re-ti to 7 weeks.

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Status Pic – December 2012

I started taking my hair vitamins and multivitamin today. As promised, here are some status pics.

Then — January 2011…
wow, my hair was short!

Sisterlocks Installation – Day 1

Now — December 2011

Dec.8.2011-side

Dec.8.2011-front

It’s hard to gauge the “real” length of my hair considering how springy it is. But, these will do. As much as I say my hair hasn’t grown much this past year, these pics tell a different story!

** Updated **

Today I had my last retightening appointment for the year. The night before every hair appointment, I wash my hair (being sure to scrub my scalp for patches of build-up). I still braid and band in sections before washing since my hair isn’t fully locked. After washing, I let my hair dry a little bit, still in the braids/bands. I then take down the braids, and re-braid my hair in smaller sections to “stretch” my hair out a bit.

Here are a few pics post re-tightening, with my stretched out hair. I look oh so tired, but ah well.

Post Re-Ti-Dec 10, 2011

Post Re-Ti- Dec 10, 2011

Post Re-Ti (back)- Dec 10, 2011

Proper Status Photos.

For the next couple of weeks, I’m going to give washing and going a try. As in double band before washing, but refrain from curling, twisting, braiding my hair as much as I have the past few months. Though, I will need to braid/twist it often before working out 2-3 times a week… hmm. Anyhoo, let’s see if that will help the locking process along.

These photos were taken last night after washing my hair. I didn’t twist the locks to stretch them out so the shrinkage is major.

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