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HoneyRaven
05-01-2004, 12:38 AM
Hi folks. . .I've lurked around here for a while, but this is my first thread.

I stopped perming in May 1999, and wore braids for 3 years until I went completely natural in May 2002. . .I wore my hair in two-strand twists for several months, it was simple enough to do and easy to maintain on my own, but for some reason, my hair wasn't growing @ all, and even worse, I was beginning to bald on top of my head. I tried every shampoo, conditioner, and hair vitamin there was.

Unfortunately it wasn't working, so early last year, I tried the kinky twists w/extensions. . .I was going to even at some point start locking my hair when it my hair grows to a decent length. I stopped wearing them and switched back to the braids but its not working for me anymore. . .Plus my hairline is being destroyed by them.

I've been contemplating for years getting locs. . .But was afraid of the committment it might entail (or having to cut off my hair if I didn't like them). But I am seriously thinking of taking this path. . .

My plan is to go wear two strand twists w/human hair extensions for the summer, and start locking when I switch jobs (As my current boss had issues with my twists and I had to fight with her for two months over my hair. The drama would probably double that if I started locking). . .by the end of the summer.

I have questions though:

-I am afraid of offending certain cultures and religions by getting a style that was sacred to them. . .Has that been a problem with anyone here?

-I thought of starting off with the w/the two strand twist extensions, but I read in some older threads that was not a good idea, and I gathered that, being that a lot of lint and other gross stuff starts to collect between the root and the extension.

I also read about another form of loc extensions (http://www.khamitkinks.com/Home.html) from this salon, but that seems so pricey. . .Has anyone tried this method and is it any good?

And would it be a good idea to go to a salon to get the locs started up and maintained?

Any and all info is greatly appreciated, thanx!

sonshinescoils
05-01-2004, 12:29 PM
Have you considered locing with your own hair and *not* any kind of extension? It could make your decision much easier and cheaper...

but i notice you don't have that listed as an option.

edi2463
05-01-2004, 01:30 PM
-I am afraid of offending certain cultures and religions by getting a style that was sacred to them. . .Has that been a problem with anyone here?

I dont understand this...My locs are sacred to me, how could the offend anyone else?

HoneyRaven
05-01-2004, 07:28 PM
Originally posted by edi2463@May 1 2004, 08:30 AM

-I am afraid of offending certain cultures and religions by getting a style that was sacred to them. . .Has that been a problem with anyone here?

I dont understand this...My locs are sacred to me, how could the offend anyone else?
I have heard some rastafarians say that they get offended when black americans wear locs because they believe that we see it as just some fashion fad.

HoneyRaven
05-01-2004, 07:33 PM
Originally posted by sonshinescoils@May 1 2004, 07:29 AM
Have you considered locing with your own hair and *not* any kind of extension? It could make your decision much easier and cheaper...

but i notice you don't have that listed as an option.
I didn't really think of it as an option, cause my natural hair is pretty short (about chin length when twisted), and was pretty thin on top. Unless I have some kind of volume, I don't look all that great with short hair.

Then again, I haven't really played around with it as of late and it did grow alot, so perhaps I can work something out

msrenate
05-01-2004, 08:05 PM
what are lock extensions?

niknik
05-01-2004, 08:29 PM
You had braids for 3 years? They might have been too tight and stunted the growth of your hair. One of my good friends had some braids that were too tight and she started balding at the top and her hair doesn't grow too well. I really think that you should give the braids and kinky twists a rest and let your own hair breathe. You don't wear an afro or puffs? I also think at this point twists would put too much stress on your hair because it seems that your hair is really delicate right now. Wait a little while and then consider locs because as I stated before, your hair needs a break from the stress.

Also, I started my locs with two-strand twists, and I have't had a problem with gross stuff and lint, however, it has only been three months. I think it depends on how much stuff you put in it. I don't do too much to my hair but wash and oil it and that works for me. I also wrap it at night with a silk scarf to protect it from lint.

annnais
05-01-2004, 10:54 PM
I think you know intuitively when you are ready for locs. Just listen to how you are feeling. Just wanted to add that you might want to see a dermotolgists about the thinning (maybe you can find an African American one in a listing??) I am not sure why your hair is thinning, it could be attributed to the braids and twists.

I know that my friend started her locs with extensions and it made a very flat looking loc instead of the cylindrical locs that you get when you palm roll your own hair... so you might want to consider that.

Locing your hair is a major decision so take your time.

I have been locked for 3+ years now and love every minute of it but it took me a couple years to decide.

Hope this helps.

Virtuous1
05-01-2004, 11:52 PM
Originally posted by annnais@May 1 2004, 05:54 PM
I think you know intuitively when you are ready for locs.

Locing your hair is a major decision so take your time.

ITA with the above.

sweetnes
05-01-2004, 11:58 PM
I would suggest that you get to know your hair better before starting off with locs. I was natural for about a year before I started. By spending time with my hair while it was loose, I grew an appreciation for what it liked and didn't like. So by the time I started locing, my hair and I had a good relationship and I knew what would work for me.

If you feel you are ready for locs now, I suggest you loc with your own hair. It sounds to me that your hair doesn't like extensions. I think locing with your own hair would be less stressful on the hair itself.

HTH,
sweetnes

HoneyRaven
05-02-2004, 12:19 AM
Originally posted by niknik@May 1 2004, 03:29 PM
You had braids for 3 years? They might have been too tight and stunted the growth of your hair. One of my good friends had some braids that were too tight and she started balding at the top and her hair doesn't grow too well. I really think that you should give the braids and kinky twists a rest and let your own hair breathe. You don't wear an afro or puffs? I also think at this point twists would put too much stress on your hair because it seems that your hair is really delicate right now. Wait a little while and then consider locs because as I stated before, your hair needs a break from the stress.


You could be right. I think at the time, I did wear my braids for too long a period of a time when I was @ school and did not allow it to rest. It did a lot of damage to my edges originally, but I had a lot of hair on top. When I started going natural, that was when my hair started to thin.

Now that I recollect, I believe that the balding had a lot to do with being stressed out and having a rather poor diet. . .

My hair at the time when I started the natural was too short for puffs, and I couldnt wear an afro @ work, so I wore the twists cause they were easy to pull back.


Also, I started my locs with two-strand twists, and I have't had a problem with gross stuff and lint, however, it has only been three months. I think it depends on how much stuff you put in it. I don't do too much to my hair but wash and oil it and that works for me. I also wrap it at night with a silk scarf to protect it from lint.

Oh ok. . .I see. Did you start it off with your own hair or with extensions, though?

I had heard that locs started from two strand twist extensions can collect lint and stuff at the base of the extension. . .

realbeauty
05-02-2004, 12:19 AM
I agree with the previous Sister. You should try wearing your hair natural first. Then go to locs. It does take a while to get used to seeing yourself natural. You will love the freedom and your hair will love you for it.

HoneyRaven
05-02-2004, 12:33 AM
Originally posted by annnais@May 1 2004, 05:54 PM
I think you know intuitively when you are ready for locs. Just listen to how you are feeling. Just wanted to add that you might want to see a dermotolgists about the thinning (maybe you can find an African American one in a listing??) I am not sure why your hair is thinning, it could be attributed to the braids and twists.

I know that my friend started her locs with extensions and it made a very flat looking loc instead of the cylindrical locs that you get when you palm roll your own hair... so you might want to consider that.

Locing your hair is a major decision so take your time.

I have been locked for 3+ years now and love every minute of it but it took me a couple years to decide.

Hope this helps.
A dermatologist might be the answer. In addition to the growth problem I also have a serious scalp irritation and dandruff. I tried various shampoos, and the only one that seemed to work on my scalp was Suave Dandruff shampoo. But I can't find it anywhere now.

Could the dandruff and the hair loss be related?

HoneyRaven
05-02-2004, 12:53 AM
Originally posted by sweetnes@May 1 2004, 06:58 PM
I would suggest that you get to know your hair better before starting off with locs. I was natural for about a year before I started. By spending time with my hair while it was loose, I grew an appreciation for what it liked and didn't like. So by the time I started locing, my hair and I had a good relationship and I knew what would work for me.

If you feel you are ready for locs now, I suggest you loc with your own hair. It sounds to me that your hair doesn't like extensions. I think locing with your own hair would be less stressful on the hair itself.

HTH,
sweetnes
Hmm. . .I've heard another person say the same thing. . .So I may just give up the extensions once and for all if it will help my hair grow healthy.

I really appreciate everyone taking the time to read and reply to my thread. . .I will update y'all on my progress

Thanks again!

QueenLocks
05-02-2004, 02:32 AM
Originally posted by HoneyRaven+May 1 2004, 03:28 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (HoneyRaven @ May 1 2004, 03:28 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-edi2463@May 1 2004, 08:30 AM

-I am afraid of offending certain cultures and religions by getting a style that was sacred to them. . .Has that been a problem with anyone here?

I dont understand this...My locs are sacred to me, how could the offend anyone else?
I have heard some rastafarians say that they get offended when black americans wear locs because they believe that we see it as just some fashion fad. [/b][/quote]
To some it is Fashion/Fad, to others it is Black Pride, 8) overall, it is OUR HAIR!!! I may not like caucasians wearing locs, in fact I think they look ridiculous! :nohuh BUT it&#39;s their hair.....

I let someone start mine, but the last three years I&#39;ve maintained my own! :pop

vicchnu
05-02-2004, 06:44 PM
I&#39;m feeling the same thing about wanting to get locs. I have visited the site you posted and really like the silky dreds. But like another poster said i have just started my natural journey, last perm was mid january and i&#39;ve have no intentions of going back. So i will like to get to know my hair a little longer.

good luck

niknik
05-03-2004, 01:34 PM
Originally posted by HoneyRaven@May 1 2004, 07:19 PM

Oh ok. . .I see. Did you start it off with your own hair or with extensions, though?

I had heard that locs started from two strand twist extensions can collect lint and stuff at the base of the extension. . .
Sorry it took so long for me to reply. I didn&#39;t start with extensions; however, I do have my hair yarn wrapped now. I thought that I was going to have problems with lint but so far so good. I haven&#39;t had a problem with build-up either, but like I said, I guess it depends on what you use.