Last week, I had my first re-tightening.
I braided, banded, washed with the Aveda Brilliance shampoo, shook it out and went on about my business. I estimate that I had about 1/4 inch of new growth but I’m not a good estimator of such things. Hell, I thought I only had about 4 to 5 inches of natural hair when I locked and I had 8. A few locks along the front had slipped out and one near my ear slid. I had a couple of places where the hair was matting. I need to be sure to separate my locks when I wash. Other than that, my consultant said my hair looked good.
Here are some pre-retightening photos. This was at about 5 weeks. What is funny to me is that my hair looks longer in these photos than it does on the daily. I didn’t even know I could get a ponytail. I haven’t wanted to pull it to try. I leave my locks alone for the most part. Just get up, shake them out and go.
Six hours later, we were done. By the end, I was having flashbacks to my install. I thought it would never be over. I still haven’t counted my locks but as you can see there are a lot of them. I have a big head. My consultant says the time should get shorter the longer it gets. She also had to reinstall a few.
I didn’t take photos right afterward because all I could think about was getting home. However, yesterday I tried my first style – a pipe cleaner set. I spritzed my hair with distilled water and rolled them in fairly large sections with black pipe cleaners. I didn’t want tight curls so I added more locks per pipe cleaner.
I really like it and will probably wear my hair like this from here on in until I get some length. I took several photos but it just didn’t translate. Having a bad photo day I suppose.
I see after my retightening that some of the spaces in my crown are back. However, it’s still not as bad as it could be.
The only major issue I’m having at this point is the dryness. It was dry before but now after the retightening, my scalp sometimes feels like I have bugs crawling in it. I’m scared to itch too much because I don’t want to stir up my dry scalp and have a snow fall going on again. I’m still spritzing daily with the distilled water and essential oil mix but that doesn’t seem to be helping. I’m concerned about it because some of the dandruff is getting embedded into my locks. Not a good look.
My consultant suggests I start spritzing twice a day and will look into whether it’s too early for me to do an ACV rinse at 6 weeks. I also may use another shampoo besides the Aveda, which is clarifying, to give me a bit of moisture. Or I may try a diluted dandruff shampoo. I hear Nizoral is highly recommended. I expected this so I’m just going to ride it out. I admit though that this is when I miss my fro and being able to moisturize and deep condition.
Other than that, still loving my locks a little more each day. They are definitely teaching me to be patient because I want them to lock up and grow yesterday of course.
If any lock veterans would like to share some advice, I’m all ears. I would also love to hear from some other newbies. Are you dealing with dry scalp? What products are you using to combat it? Share your blog. I’d love to follow your journey.