So with all my long-term protective styles, I did my goddess locs on my own again, without help, but still in the wrapping stages. I didn’t account for the very social weekends that was my Easter break, as I usually am a home body, but I’d done all my individual braids and rocked them in a bun for a couple days before starting to wrap, but then I had trouble with the hair extensions that I purchased, being to slippery, over the X-pression hair (which I used as the braids/base), and so I had to also be more creative with rocking my hair half done.
I’d been looking at a few turban / head scarf wraps that could work but I don’t own many scarf but I think I’ll actually get a few metres of fabric when I go into the fashion district (Pritchard Street). But my follow up post will be a collection of headscarf styles, and then hopefully this weekend the final look of my diy goddess locs.
Also I must mention that I’m adapting @beautycanbraid and @hairbymason s’ tutorials to do my own, which I will explain properly in my post to come.
Has anyone done their own goddess locs, or would anyone know of a tutorial better than the ladies mentioned above?
With all the need for something unique, as well as something that can pull off as natural as the hair that’s grown from your head there have been many variations popping up all over for how you can achieve a banging hairstyle, and/ or a hairstyle that no one can really tell is fake or not, until you take it off obviously.
I’ve been looking around for some protective looks and come by so many people who have achieved stunning looks. There are bob faux locs, goddess locs, marley locs, human hair locs (which some keep in as perm extensions) and so many more out there. I’ve already tried the yarn locs at some point but they are so heavy, and I’d do them so much different next time, as I’ve learned a lot with research.
Below are a few images to inspire you on what kind of faux locs you can give a shot. And the amount of tutorials out there are plentiful. Just do some research depending on your hair type and your desired look. Don’t just jump in like I’ve done at times. And especially with certain looks, there is a required amount of preparation before. But also remember there is a quick version, crochet style, so don’t fret. Many salons are also able to achieve this look but the price I can’t confirm as well, area and skill play a part in that.
So I’ve been so obsessed with a few looks lately which have been blowing up online. So here I’ve got a few images and tutorial links to share to accomplish on your own (I’m a straight up DIYer)
My number favourite style at the moment is the Faux Goddess Locs. The style is accomplished by using human hair for a light and natural looking faux loc, which is especially suitable for relaxed or straight hair, or people looking for a softer faux loc look. I think it’s great and over time several more have attempted to copy the look inspired by Megan Good and created by Dr Kari Williams – she has a pay for tutorial to learn for those who may want to do so for salon clients.
What I like about this look is the lightness and also that it provides an alternative for many of us who are looking for a different look when it comes to faux locs, I’ll follow up with a post on the many alternative looks of faux locs. They are considered bohemian locs, a la Lisa Bonet, as well.
The second style I’ve seen trending is the cubic twist braid/ 3d split twist, which is an already twisted extension suitable for crochet styles, which can be worn as braids or loosened up. There are many who have already reviewed and linked this themselves.
The third, which I would still need to practice a heck load of times off my head before trying it on, is the 4d braid (coined by Hair by Mason) but I’d rather call it the traditional box braid before box braids became three strand braids. I literally don’t remember when the term box braids became so loose. But if you can also search box braid or round braid, this is typically the look, which is similar to style two – cubic twists – but well, I don’t know, the cubic twists are more Senegalese twists twisted twice (say that three times faster, lol).
So I finally took the time to compile some pictures to show what kind of products I use and have at home for me, my sister and my daughter. We make most of our own from natural products, but there are some products that I have been trying out that help with specific looks and such. Also from the date that I took these photos I have acquired a few more products as well. I also have a stash of hair extensions that I’ve been trying to experiment with but haven’t had the confidence to actually rock. What I’ll do is make wigs out of most of them and then see from there. Don’t think I’ll wear them to work anytime soon, but if they are good enough, I’ll rock on my days out.
This is my list so far, won’t add prices yet, will kind of edit along the way to give you an idea of home much each are and how long it may take to use in my routine. Also note, not everything in these pictures is the full list of products in our house, some are not yet pictured, other are pictured but currently not in use for reasons.
Just click the image to view the caption for the name of the products if you can’t view from the image
I was browsing Clicks Beauty Fair Catalogue on Guzzle.co.za and came by the following hair tool. I was so curious when I saw it to know if anyone would every try to use such on their afro hair. The pro for straight hair is that all smooth and slips easily, for someone with afro hair I’d think that it would easily tangle up. But there is a chance that it wouldn’t at the same.
Wouldn’t life be so much easier if you could do your twists in a flash though. You’d have my entire head done up in thin twists without actually having the ache of having your hands up in your hair for so long. I’m just imagining what the Quann twins go through.
I work with a mix race and culture group. Of the people who work with me I have 6 other black women working with us. On the start of coming here I had braids in my hair. Before having those braids I had not braided my hair for about 2 years. Yes, some think it’s very odd, especially here in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Since then I’ve done a whole bunch of styles on my head with my own hair and also using kinky afro twist extensions. I have been reluctant to try other styles as of yet. Still need to research how to protect my hair from damage. I especially have damage from matting and that could be a simple 4 weeks wear of braids that cause me to have some locs developing in my hair. I especially hated trying out yarn braids because of that as well. They were so difficult to take out, my hair loced up so much and I really didn’t know why it was so tangled up, but I’m going to be trying to incorporate all the methods I’ve been using now towards making my hair less likely to loc.
Most recently I’ve started using ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) and LOC Method in order to assist with my hair manageability. I hate having my hair curl in on itself and tangle and these two methods, as well as finger detangling have helped me in many ways to avoid crazy matting in my hair such as September 2014 when I had taken off my braids using synthetic hair fibre.
I’m really trying to stick to healthy hair practices and sometimes you can eye the next person next to you and find that they have actually grown a lot of hair hiding it under their weaves and right after taking it out they relax. I know for a fact relaxers, if done incorrectly can damage, I’m not heading down that road. What irks me is to see them grow their hair and have very little difficulty with it after all that abuse to it. I swear some people don’t see the bad side of hiding your hair for months and then relaxing it straight afterwards. I couldn’t imagine myself doing such. The ladies in my office colour, weave, perm and relax their hair so often that I ask myself how come others don’t feel the pain of hair like I do.
As I’ve learned these ladies don’t exactly follow any of these hair practices like myself, never researching what is a good product to put in their hair, but instead just do as they please for fashion and come out with little or no visible damage.
This is one of my forms of hair envy. Why does the smallest thing affect my hair when others can get away with it? I hope it won’t be forever me dealing with difficulty. I’m working of finding the right products (raw and all) for my hair so that I can easily plait and detangle as well as keep it moist.
Does anyone else out there find they get hair envy?