Just Checking In

Hi All!

We’ve been so busy around here it sort of slipped under the radar but we are going to take a little time to talk about it in today’s post.  For some of you this is old news but for the newbies we just wanted to briefly touch on a few things.

 

quick_start_guide
First I just wanted to highlight the Nappy Locs Quick Start Guide. It’s free to download for those that purchase the tool. It’s a one page guide that demonstrates the 2 pt pattern for tightening up those roots. It has the basic information you need to properly use the tool, so make sure you download the Nappylocs Quick Start Guide to tighten your dreadlocks, Braidlocz TM, Sisterlocks TM,  microlocs, interlocs etc. (Please note there are many patterns to tighten those roots, use the one that works best for you.)

 

The second item we wanted to highlight is painful retightnings-ouch! A long time ago before  we created the Nappylocs Tool TM, I dreaded having my locs retightened. My edges were on fire and I could feel my loctician try and force her tool to try and complete that rotation. Furthermore, sometimes my scalp itched afterwards. Bad News, your scalp should never itch or be sore after a retightening regardless of the tool you are using.  If you are forcing a tool that is wider than the area to be tightened up you may weaken or distort the strands of hair and possibly place undue pressure on the hair follicles themselves.
kareem loop closeup

 

The Nappylocs Tool TM  is thin and comes in multiple sizes to accommodate the multiple part and loc sizes. The correct sized tool is always smaller than your part size but large enough to hold the loc. You can even squeeze the pinch for a tighter hold  and  on occasion we do customize them for larger hands, work specific designs, etc. However for most people- including myself- the standard tool works fine.

 

The third and final item we’d like to briefly address is the importance of keeping those locs moisturized. We prefer to tighten slightly damp hair either after shampooing or spritzing with the DEW when hair is dry. The DEW has extra softening ingredients along with essential oils that help to keep the hair fresh, moisturize as well as seal. Water alone can’t compete. DEW is  also great for a quick cold set and blow dry for anyone with natural hair.

 

So tighten up, but do it painlessly.

Mo’ Hair Gro’ Hair

From our founder:
This morning my mind wandered a bit…

I was sitting in the back of a small car as we, with our faces plastered against the windows, drove through town. I probably looked like a small town country girl on her first visit to the big city. Normally I lead a very quiet life typical of many SAHM’s of that time. Anyway, our cab had come to a stop  and a group of locals lead by a very pregnant, skin glistening with oil, young woman followed the very noisy and joyous celebration of family and friends of the impending new birth.  Our driver in a very thick french accent talked a little about this local custom. That was Abijan, Côte d’Ivoire.
West Africa

West Africa

Then I drifted back to memories like many of you, sitting on the floor and feeling the cool touch of the hair grease and the warmth of my mom’s fingers as she lined my parts. It felt sooo good; right before styling the inevitable scalp massage would follow. First along the temples, the kitchen and eventually the crown. Moms would always end these rituals with a blessing “mo’ hair, gro’ hair and indeed it did.
Interlocked hair before moisturizing

Hair before moisturizing

So this morning while looking in the mirror and reaching for my herbal growth that particular time, it reminded me, some of us (and I’ve been guilty too) don’t take the time out to oil and massage that scalp once locked. Before locked I brushed and combed which essentially stimulated my scalp daily. Not only does it feel good, it helps blood flow to those hair follicles and as well as spreads oils along the shaft.
Moisturized Dreadlocks

Moisturized Nappylocs

My Re-tightening Routine

Wash with Baby Locs

Wash with Baby Locs

 

A lot has been said about loc maintenance and interlocking. Too much even. When retightening your new growth, some people use dread wax or cocoa butter. Others say you should never put anything on your locs or else you’ll never, ever, ever be able to wash it out. Well after 15 years of loving my locs, I can tell you what works for me. I always start with a good clarifying shampoo like Baby Locs, that way my hair is wet, and my locs are soft.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Little Oil

A Little Oil

After drying them with a towel, I put just a little liquid oil on the ends to seal in the moisture while it’s still wet.My favorite is Sunshine Oil, its light, smells great, and it’s all natural.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add Sunshine Oil

Add Sunshine Oil

I try to remember to start re-tightening in the back. With two toddlers and another still in diapers it’s guaranteed that I’ll have to stop and make a sandwich or run an errand. If I go too long without doing the back those locs can get weak from wearing my hair down most of the time.

When I get back to retightening the front and sides a day or two will have passed. The first thing I do then is spray my locs with the Dew Moisture Spray, and now we have even more options (favorite fragrance is the Crisp). I always want to retighten my hair while it’s damp. If it’s dry I end up snapping hairs, my loops don’t get stacked evenly, and I’ll end up needing to take an Advil when I’m done. Speaking of being tender headed, I try not to retighten all the way down to the scalp. I know some people like to be able to see their scalp after a fresh retightening session, but I find that if it’s too tight, after a while the stress will cause the hairs to shed, and I’ll end up being able to see all the tiny white hair follicles. It makes your locs look dirty and the only solution I’ve found for that is hair color.

 

 

Pipe Cleaner

Pipe Cleaner

Since my hair will be damp when I’m finished, I try and do some quick pipe cleaner curls to change it up a bit. It’s funny I get just as many complements on the “style” with the pipe cleaners in as I do after I take them down.

 

 

 

 

How do you re-tighten your locs? Are there other tips or techniques that have worked for you over the years? Let us know in the comments!

Pipe Cleaner Curls

Pipe Cleaner Curls