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 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
You know that I love hair recipes. So I was browsing courtney’s hair journey, when I came across a post about hair butter recipes. You know that i just had to post it. 🙂
Recipe for hair pomade (Sweetcocoa’s Hair Butter):4 oz of shea butter(unrefined)- melted in microwave…
to which I added the following – 1 tablespoon of amla oil
2 tablespoons of coconut oil
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 tablespoon of castor oil
1 tablespoon of almond oil 10 drops of rosemary oil
2 tablespoons of aloe vera oil
I put it in the refrigerator to harden. Then take it out and let it come to room temperature. It should be nice and creamy(or if you prefer leave it hardened…works both ways). This is very rich so a little goes a long way. I only apply it to my hair. Works best on damp hair.
When trial and error gets you the best answers. Here is a blogger who learned the hard/long way to really understand her hair. I’m still on my path on seeing what methods work for my life and my hair.
Love thy curls
I will never say this enough. Having natural hair is not easy. BUT, never in my life I was happier with my hair than I am today. So I decided to share a little of what I learned about my beloved hair by getting it wrong so many times.
Combing the hair is a big MUST
For a long time I would just run through the hair with my fingers and that was it. But then my hair got all tangled up and I would try to comb it after it was dry and it was a total disaster. Until I learned how it’s done: first, you run you fingers trough your hair while you are shampooing to start untangling it, always starting from the ends and walking your way up to the roots. Then I comb it after I apply the conditioner, always from ends to roots. When I…
I am very jealous of my daughter’s hair at times. It is I who looks after her and her hair but I really think that we both have different reactions to different products. What I do to my hair won’t work on hers. What I do to hers won’t always work on mine. I try to keep natural with what I use on her head so most of it is homemade or simple.
Her hair loves Aloe Vera and castor oil especially. When making flaxseed gel I mix the gel with Aloe Vera concentrate which I purchase from (Dischem, I also get my seeds from there.) The mix gives a great hold and holds in moisture for the twists (usually what I would use the gel for).
Most recently I’ve avoided using the two on my daughter’s hair just to see what effect it had on her. I have to say, just with elimination, you can really tell what each product really contributes to your hair type and regimen.
I’m not a person who really wants to know my exact hair type, I just know it is type 4. I know her hair is coily all the way through her head. The back gets dry the easiest because of her rubbing the back of her head, can’t manage to get her used to having her hair tied in a satin scarf or using a wrap on her pillow. She hates it and cries if I try to trick her in the middle of the night. She has a bamboo memory foam pillow which she has been using for a year now but I’m hating it because it has become prone to pulling and loosens itself on her hair, so she always has long bits of it in her hair and clothes.
I’m still experimenting with a few new methods and ways to get a happy wash day for my daughter without fights so that I can maintain her cutesy coily hair all week long.