Before my installation I did what I thought was a decent trim of my unhealthy ends. But through the budding stage you'll really find out how well of a job you really did. It's a natural part of the locking process in the budding phase to have some buds fall off as your hair figures itself out. However, the unhealthier or more straggly/uneven your ends are when you start the more likely a bud will grow on those weak ends and eventually snap off and form a more permanent bud where the ends are less straggly. Though I'm no consultant and I don't know how many is too many, I've had more than my preference of locs go through that aforementioned process. For future sisterlockers who may be reading this. My advice to you is to let go of your desire to keep all the length you can. Give you hair a nice EVEN trim before your install. If your ends are not healthy and even you're gonna lose that length in the budding process, which logically makes no sense considering you pay per inch in your installation. So save your money and long budding stage
What can I say here. I wash it and let it be. I will confess I abandoned the braiding and banding method way before my 6 months was up. With the no conditioner no moisturizer ban I had way too much breakage from the rubber bands and braiding than I was comfortable with. Now I'm not saying this is for everyone. I have a really tight and dry curl pattern which made slippage non problematic for me.
I've been religiously getting my hair retightened every 4 weeks. I'm actually kind of sad cause my consultant will be out on maternity leave (congratulations to her!) and I have to find a replacement for the next several months. This has made me play with the idea of taking the retightening class myself, maybe that's next step in the journey.
|New Year's Eve|
To keep excess water out of my hair after a wash I will flat twist my hair and let it dry that essentially my styling. I've calmed down on the updos, doing them only on occasion in which I'm dressing up for something. I once put them on rollers once. But mainly I just let it be as to not interrupt the locking process as much as possible.
Well that's all I have for an update.
|3 months (top), 5 months (bttm), 7 months (rt)|