#HairGoals for 2017

Just like I have goals for my life in general, I’ve been contemplating some hair goals of my own as well.  I’ve had locs since 2013 (for details on that, just peruse my #ConfessionsOfALocdGoddess hashtag) and I’ve done pretty well as far as maintaining them myself with little to no time in a salon.  I plan on continuing that; and with that comes more research on the best ways to care for my locs on my own.  

I’ve come up with a few things I want to try that I haven’t done much of before, or things that I should have been doing, but will begin to make apart of my daily/weekly/monthly routine. Here’s what I’ve got so far:

  • Do a purge of all my old products and see what I will keep or toss
  • Do an ACV/baking soda soak every month
  • Vitamins to promote healthy hair growth
  • Learn more styles for locs
  • Create my own personal mixture of oil to keep in my hair (one that is catered specifically to my hair) 
  • Deep condition every 2 weeks 

Seems fairly simple, huh?  I know. Hopefully I can keep this up and by the end of 2017, who knows what this hair will look like 🙂 


A Little Loc Appreciation

It amazes me when people see my hair and say they love it. I’m like: 

“really? Today of all days when I need to moisturize, wash and retwist?”  

Edges look all kinds of disrespectful but people love it.  I guess I’m taking care of it pretty well!  Shoutout to all the beautifully loc’d men and women who get compliments on their hair even when they think their hair is a hot mess! Lol 

#ConfessionsOfALocdGoddess: My Tips for Healthy Growth

No one set of locs is the same, but I do feel as a natural hair community, there are several things that we can all learn from each other that keep one common goal in mind: strong, healthy hair.

On the 11th, I will be at month 29 for my locs. I’ve noticed in recent months, my hair has blossomed into its mature stage!  It’s gotten longer, stronger, and it’s just overalls giving me this “glow up” feeling everyone is raving about, lol.  I’ve also managed to do this without any regular maintenance in a salon (I did get my hair retwisted and styled once, but that’s it).

Because of this, I decided to pick out some of my top tips on how I’ve been able to maintain a healthy crown with little to no issues without going to the salon regularly:

  • Water, water, water!: I have upped my water intake in 2016 and I have seen wonderful benefits from it. I drink at minimum anywhere from 100-128 oz of water a day. From my hair growth, to my skin, to my overall well-being; it’s legit. It also keeps your hair moisturized.  Drink your water people, drink your water. It will make your life better.
  • Oils to moisturize: I used to put Shea butter on my locs to moisturize; however, I noticed it was also getting stuck in my locs in a bad way. I decided to no longer use shea butter and use a combination of oils instead. I found it to be lighter and better for my hair. The combo I use is JCBO (swear by this stuff), jojoba, olive and tea tree oils (in no particular order and I don’t measure so…..lol).  This combination reduced itchiness in my scalp tremendously, keeps my hair and scalp moisturized and adds shine, and also aides inhealthy hair growth.  I moisturize every couple of days so I don’t over do it.
  • Less manipulation, less breakage: I know a lot of people use styling as a protective measure for their hair; however, I have only styled my hair a few times. I also retwist once a month l, with the exception of maintaining my edges bi weekly (for work mainly). I have noticed that the less I manipulate and pull my hair tightly, the less I have seen thinning and breakage in my locs.  I will say this is one of my fears, so I try my best not to constantly mess with my roots and stress them out in any way.  So far, I’ve seen nothing but positive results!
  • No heat!: One way I try not to dry out my locs is to let my locs air dry on wash days, unless I absolutely need to use my overhead dryer.
  • Scalp massages: Have you ever just taken 10 minutes, spritzed your scalp, put some oil on your fingers and just rubbed your head?  Try it. Not only is it a good way to relieve stress, it stimulates hair growth and it feels pretty awesome!  I do mine in the shower, with hot water.  It’s even better if you can get someone else to do it (I’m in the recruiting stage now lol).

So, there you have it, my top 5 tips on how I have managed to keep my hair healthy and growing. I’m a very low-maintenance person in life, so the fact that I don’t have to do a lot to keep my hair healthy is a big deal for me!
If you haven’t already, try some of these things and see how they work for you!

Summer 16: Bucket List

Since summer is finally upon us (officially according to my calendar), I am creating a summer bucket list.  I am going to live life this summer, despite the previous summers where all I do is work and don’t enjoy life.  So, here goes.

  • Hit a water park, or 2.
  • Go to the beach, several times (I mean I live an hour from like 5 beaches…no excuses)
  • Let these locs flourish (as always).
  • See my lovely best friend at minimum once each month (because she is important and ya’ll will respect that).
  • Get this fitness in (because I need abs for the bathing suit I plan to buy).
  • Write more
  • Put the damn phone down (except when I’m listening to my favorite podcasts or music).
  • Read at least 3 books
  • Find a concert or festival to hit up.
  • Have kickbacks and go to a day party.
  • Get genuinely LIT. 🙂

I think this is good enough for now.  Please believe that it will expand.