Its been awhile since I posted but I made it my duty to because today is my 4th year locked!!! There has been a number of changes since I posted last. I will address all those changes below
I HAD TO CUT IT
On September 9th 2016 I cut off all my loc extensions. I was going through a lot of stress at the time. I remember standing in front of the mirror one minute and having a sink full of locs the next. As my locs matured they became less swollen making the transition from my hair to the extension noticeable which wasnt appealing. Because the extensions were becoming very heavy and long I trimmed them a number of times. I eventually cut the loc extensions from 3-4 rows in the back of my head and 2-3 rows around my perimeter. In September I cut all of them off. I felt that my hair was enduring unnecessary tension in some areas and that my hair lacked dimension so the change was ultimately needed.
I LOSS ONE
On April 13th 2017 I had to cut one of my locs. My loc in the back left corner of my head became really thin. I repaired it once combining it with another loc and eventually wrapping it with loc extension hair but the longer it grew the weaker the base became. Instead of repairing the loc again I decided to remove it. I still have the loc in my possession so I may reattach it in the future. Besides that loc I have not experienced any additional loc thinning.
LIGHTEN IT UP
For years I wanted to dye my hair auburn. After my 31st birthday I decided to be brave and finally do it . I was yearning for a change so I took the plunge. I didn’t know what stylist I could go to in my city who specialized in coloring locs so I took the risk of dye it myself. I figured if anyone could potentially damage my hair I would prefer if it was me. I watched a number of Youtube videos and learned what needed to be done. I purchased Age Beautiful permanent liquid hair color from my local Sally’s Beauty in color Dark Intense Red. I heard that bleach could be very harsh on the hair so I purchased 30 volume developer to lighten my locs instead. I noticed that my roots ended up being brighter than the bottom of my locs. This may be because I dyed my hair jet black a number of times. Despite my inexperience I think the color turned out ok.
PRODUCTS BEING USED
To wash my hair I continue to use Design Essentials Oat Protein & Henna & Honey Creme shampoos. To combat any dryness due to my hair color Ive been using Crème of Nature’s Moisture Extreme conditioner. As an over all hair oil Ive continued to use the Wild Grow hair oil. For my edges and to promote overall hair growth Ive continued my use of black castor oil & peppermint oil. To retwist my locs I use Olive Oil gel, Taliah Waajid Tight Hold & Aloe Vera gel. I recently purchased a Flax Seed gel. Ive only used it once but I’m interested to see how it holds.
YEAR 3 IN A NUTSHELL
Year 3 of my loc journey was the year of change. I cut my loc extensions out & colored my locs. Though I’m enjoying the auburn color I don’t think I will lighten my hair again. I don’t want to cause any possible damage to it. In regards to styling I didn’t do much besides braid outs. I noticed that I prefer when my hair is wavy over straight. I haven’t been able to experiment much with styling since my loc journey began due to my extremely thin hair line.
I noticed that in year 3 I didn’t obsess about growth as I did in previous years. Though I never measured the length of my hair I knew that my hair was growing pretty rapidly even in year 2. I trimmed a number of inches off my loc extensions a couple of times because I felt that they were getting too long especially in the back of my head. Looking at the pictures I can see significant growth that I didn’t realize until this post even from the complete cutting of my loc extensions in September 2016 to my photo taken on June 18th 2017 (the first photo collage in the pink shirt).
In regards to products I didnt experiment much and decided to stick with my basics. Im happy to have found a regiment of products that have proven to work for me. The Design Essential shampoos provide a deep clean and moisture, the gels & aloe vera provide provide the levels of hold desired. The conditioner is run of the mill and the oils used stimulate growth.
WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR IN YEAR 4
In year 4 I want to finally get my hair line repaired. I want to possibly get hair replacement surgery or some type of tattooing (microblading). Having a damaged hair line has held me back from experimenting with styling which I would love to do.
In year 4 though I want to experiment with styling I want to retwist less. Because Ive dyed my hair Ive had to wash and condition it more to combat dryness which leads to more retwisting.
In an effort to reduce tension Ive started retwisting my hair without clips. Thought this is helping its not enough. After the summer I would like to attempt to retwist just once every few months instead of once every 2 weeks
In year 3 I became more healthy than Ive been in years. Ive eaten more fruits and vegetables, drink a significant amount of water, take supplements and exercise. I believe those small changes did contribute to my hair growth. I want to elevate those health habits not only for my hair but for my overall health in year 4.
Year 3 of my loc journey was full of changes. Im excited to see what year 4 of my journey brings
Ah! The first day of Fall! Put any number in my ask box and I’ll answer them!
1: What is your favourite ‘ber’ month Sept-Oct-Nov-Dec) 2: What is your favourite autumn leaf 3: What did you dress as for Halloween last year 4: What is your favourite fall food 5: Do you have any fall traditions 6: Do you have any Halloween traditions 7: What music do you like to listen to during fall 8: What is your favourite fall outfit 9: Favourite spooky movie 10: S’mores or pumpkin pie 11: Hot chocolate or warm apple cider 12: Do you like Pumpkin Spice Lattes 13: What is your favourite day of the year 14: What would your familiar be, if you had one 15: What is your favourite part about fall blogging 16: What is the story behind your URL 17: What is the best thing about your town during fall 18: What is your favourite fall food 19: Tea or coffee 20: Halloween or Christmas 21: Cats or bats 22: Do you enjoy carving jack-o-lanterns 23: What is your favourite fall colour 24: Why did you start your fall blog 25: Do you have a ‘main blog’. Link them! 26: Spooky or sweet 27: Trick or treat 28: Do you enjoy visiting graveyards 29: What is your favourite fall memory 30: What was your best fall ever 31: Gloves or mittens 32: Do you enjoy ice skating 33: If you could spend fall anywhere, where would you choose 34: What’s your dream Halloween outfit 35: Be honest… are you already stocking up for fall 36: Do you enjoy the other seasons 37: How do you plan to spend this Halloween 38: In ONE sentence… WHY do you love fall so much 39: What is your favourite fall makeup look 40: What is your favourite fall candle scent 41: Do you enjoy Christmas 42: What is your favourite store during fall 43: Do you enjoy cold weather 44: What is your least favourite thing about fall 45: What is your favourite Halloween candy 46: What is one thing you’d love to try during fall, but haven’t yet 47: What do your friends and family think of your fall obsession 48: Be honest… are you already planning your fall-themed wedding 49: Do you have fall/Halloween boards on Pinterest. Link them! 50: Do you enjoy rain?
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astronomy in reverse (it was me who was discovered) a kirk/spock fanmix
charting the course of jim and spock’s relationship - from rocky start to unlikely romance, culminating in a written-in-the-stars kind of love.
1. “king of anything” sara bareilles 2. “i am not a robot” marina and the diamonds 3. “hero” family of the year 4. “forces of attraction” johann johannsson 5. “everything has changed” taylor swift feat. ed sheeran 6. “from afar” vance joy 7. “i like you” ben rector 8. “sunrise” norah jones 9. “us against the world” coldplay 10. “venus” sleeping at last 11. “samson” regina spektor 12. “oh my stars” andrew belle 13. “bright” echosmith 14. “sweetest devotion” adele 15. “if there was no you” brandi carlile 16. “send me the moon” sara bareilles 17. “how long will i love you” ellie goulding 18. “sun” sleeping at last
(83/100) // 9.15-9.16.17 // 4 exams on the same day on Thursday. Very very stressed and nervous. Nonetheless, two happy things this past weekend: this cold brew & a new flightfac shirt. :) To see more of my life and notes, follow my instagram @@cortadonicole! I post coffee, studying, and lots of lettering.