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    I thought we should have a place to chat too!

    I'm almost at 5 months locked now. This journey has been pretty easy for me, with the hard part being finding products that agree with my hair (the same problem I had as a loose head )

    Right now I retwist about every 3 weeks, I only wash when I retwist because of excessive root hugging, and I'm using a combo on oilve oil, honey and aloe vera gel to retwist. I need to tweak the amounts of AVG, but it's not too bad. I had to give it the Mango and Lime because of my notorious heavy handedness I tried washing with a few different natural things --dr bronners, black soap etc...it was all just ok. the best thing i've found surprisingly is head n shoulders, and i use the shampoo and conditioner. i tried it cause my ex who have GLORIOUS butt length locs used this and i always loved that clean scent.

    My locs don't come apart at all, and the ones in the back and underneath actually have lost the twist pattern and are pretty solid. on top and front they still look like twists.

    I think that's about it...now how bout you??

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    hey, on May 20, made 6 mths i'm into this loc journey :Cool_049: , and i must say that it has been pretty good, except with dealing with the frizzies. Okay, i wash my hair with my mixture of tea tree oil shampoo and Dr. Bronners peppermint soap every 2 weeks, i don't condition my hair and for retwisting ( I do the maintenance myself) i use pk nattyloc cream mixed with aloe vera jelly, coconut, olive, and a tip of peppermint oil and with this i don't have to spray my hair anymore with water and eo for atleast 2 wks. My whole head is loced except for 2 stubborn twists at the top sides of my forehead :Angry_boese008: , sorry i have no pictures to show. Everytime i look in the mirror i am absolutely surprised at the length of my hair and what a great job i'm doing with the maintenance and know in my heart that this was/is truly a journey worth taking

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    Well I made my 6 months on 5/28 and I am loving it! I have been seeing a loctician every other month & for the month in between I do a quick finger latching. My loctician has been using just honey & water to palm roll my hair. I decided to add a little color to it in my 4th month which turned out pretty well. It added a purpleish tint to my hair. I spritz my hair with water/olive oil about every other day to keep it moisturized. After about 2-3 weeks after maintenance I can't wait to get back to the full, frizzy look so I usually will rinse my hair really well & do something like a shake n' go for locs and I love the look because my ends will curl up like shirly temples.
    As you can see by how much I have to say that I am truly into this journey.

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    I'm nine months in......are my babies teenagers

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    lol..i think so. do you worry less about unravelling? are you 'getting the hang' of locing? are they looking like locs? buds? i'd say yes...

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    I guess they are teens then. I'm getting the hang of things.

    *I still wash my hair once a week.

    *I've noticed that the front of my hair and sides (different texture) have started to bud. Verses the back, where I noticed a few buds from month 2 on. Heck there are some back there that look and feel like they are loc'd. Verses the front and sides where you can still see my braid pattern. That's right folks some of my babies still have a braid pattern.

    *The top of my head is mainly where the curly q ends are. I don't think those ends will seal by my one year mark.

    *As far as fuzz goes I stopped worrying about that around my 3 month mark. One, I don't palmroll or twist I latch the new growth and thats it. Two, I spritz my hair at least once a day and I'm not afraid of a good long rinse.

    *I oil my hair and scalp with my mix (jojoba, evoo, rosemary, tea tree) after my weekly washes. Spritz daily, rinse when I feel like it in between washes. I don't 'style' I usually have it half up and half down for work so I can fit my hat on. Tie my head up at night. Other than that I'm cool.

    ETA: I use Nizoral Shampoo when I wash. They still get all huggy but not as much as before.

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    well.. I'm almost at my one year mark. but, I'm still getting buds. Some of them are not locking. I wash them every two weeks, Rinse, separate my roots... and thats about it. Oh, and I now use Island Oil by Jamaican Mango and Lime.

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    I'm at nine months too. I don't remember the exact date but I put the braids in over last labor day weekend. The front looks somewhat lockish the back is still braidy. I only have about five mature locks. I don't seem to get some of the phenomena like budding and hugging. Mine just fuzz over and then knit from the inside. I'm not sure when I'll have a full head of mature locks, but then I just read this: http://www.naturallyyoumagazine.com/natura...uty/andrea.html - so two years wouldn't surprise me. No sealed ends yet - this is fine. I like the coilys and wavies at the ends and have no intention of cutting them off. I've been latching every 4-6 weeks but decided to cut back to every few months. I wash once/week with any clear, non-petrochemical detergent based shampoo (no brand loyalty whatever's on sale). Sometimes I use a little oil - any combo of of the following or sometimes straight - olive, grapeseed, coconut. I wear silk scarves at night. In the a.m. I just finger comb and go. That's it. They're very well behaved and sometimes I think maybe too neat and conservative. I think funkier and chunkier would be nice and maybe they'll evolve that way eventually. I realize some people put a lot of time and money into maintaining neat dreadlocks whereas mine just seem to want to be this way for now so I can't complain.

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    I think it has been about 8 months. Random locks are there in the front and back mostly, but in the middle close to the top of my head, are not quite locked yet.

    I'm not trying to make the ends lock thu. I want the ends to look loose, is that crazy?

    a loctician told me to stop washing my hair or they will never loc so I started using a dry shampoo, however, I went swimming over the weekend and had to wash out the chlorine.

    The problem I am having with not washing is that my hair is feeling like a little too much right now. I feel like my scalp needs to breathe, feels like it constantly needs to be washed or a dry shampoo but my hair, even the locked parts are soooo frizzy and even the dry shampoo makes it frizzier.

    I have wavy hair (like my avatar) so I have all these loose strands poking out of the locked parts.

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    Santoinette, my hair is a lot like yours. Like you I am in my 8th month. I was washing frequently due to flaking but I have that problem beat with the Apple Cider vinegar treatments. I don't care if my hair takes 20yrs to loc..I would rather have a clean head than a flaky dirty head. As for the frizzing..am learnign to live with it. Now..what to do about the Loose strands poking out? Hopefully someone can give us some advice here. Dk

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    there is a topic about fuzzies somewhere in here

    most people say leave it, others say you can wrap the loose strands around the loc

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    I think it has been about 8 months. Random locks are there in the front and back mostly, but in the middle close to the top of my head, are not quite locked yet.

    I'm not trying to make the ends lock thu. I want the ends to look loose, is that crazy?

    Not crazy. I like the look of loose ends. I'm sure that most of mine will seal up eventually but I won't mind the ones that don't.

    a loctician told me to stop washing my hair or they will never loc so I started using a dry shampoo, however, I went swimming over the weekend and had to wash out the chlorine.

    i agree with dking821. all hair locks eventually. i don't think water slows down the process but if it does i'd still rather wait it out for as long as it takes and wash my hair on the regular than avoid water to try and make it go faster.

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    most people say leave it, others say you can wrap...

    I have been wrapping the loosies. Have to admit I have been tempted to take the scissors to some of them

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    i dont think that i am a the teenager stage yet after 11months. i still have probably 25% that are not loced. I only started locing after 5 months because i stopped putting any kind of oil in my hair. I also have very fine, wavy curly hair. i have a very minial routine 1 wash very infrequently every 2 weeks i feel that my loctician that i see every 4 weeks gets my hair very clean and since i don't use any products it stays clean longer. i use a rosewater sprtiz every other day and basically let the shower steam plump my locs in the morning. i have some frizzies but they have gotten better i think my loctician latches them in wrapping them around would not work with my curly hair.

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    Hmmm....I suppose I'm in the teenage stage according to the comments here. I'm about to enter my 9th month (started locing 9/4/05) I no longer have a problem with unravelling...and I wash about every other week. I switched to latching at about 7 months and I am enjoying the freedom it gives me. I'm planning on holding off my next latching as long as possible to achieve that smooth in the front locs in the back look :-)

    Lameena....perhaps I should reconsider the amount of oil I put in my hair. I oil it daily to combat the dry look. Do you have any problems with ashy looking locs?

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    I made my 1 year mark on 5/30/06!! :P I am truly enjoying the experience. The frizziness does not bother me anymore. I'm just happy to be nappy...and locked

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    I am 10 months into my journey and I am loving every day of it. I have my routine down: wash every 2 weeks, rinse every other day, use a clarifying shampoo once a month, spritz my locs and my scalp with water and olive oil every day. I used to palm roll but I recently did my first latching and I am loving the results. I don't latch really tight, don't like my scalp to show. I don't really do much by way of oils since my hair really likes the olive oil in the morning, it holds on to it.

    I don't really style my locs. I have a permanent side part in my hair from a style I always used to wear when I was a permie and my locs just fall on either side of it so it looks like I've latched them in that direction.

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    I will be 6 months on 6/17/06. I added color two days ago & it turned out good. I am getting the hang of maintaining my locs myself. I went to a loctician once, but I want to learn to do it myself. I have been using Mango and Lime and a combo of tea tree oil and water, I usually alternate days. I use Jamacan lime tingling shampoo when I wash. Things have been going good so far. My have looks loced pretty much. There were some on the top that still looked like twists but not anymore. I even curled it-they came out really really tight. I have to work on that one. Any suggestions?

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    Hmm.. I am under three months so I had considered mine babies, but they are exhibiting a lot of the tendencies y'all are talking about- buds, they don't unravel, etc.

    Today I braided them to do a crinkled style for tomorrow (the first time I've been so ambitious) and while there are a couple that are still soft, most of them are solid- I wonder whether they're adolescent yet?

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    I'm a teen too, I suppose. I'll be hitting my 8th month at the end of June. I have no unraveling and each loc feels solid. I still have mad frizzies and I wrap the loose hair around when it's driving me too crazy.

    Ususally, I rinse every few days and wash every week or so. I am inlove with Mango and Lime products and use them with a combo of ORS Temple balm for my edges.

    Only a few of my ends are sealed. I think that has to do with when I haad my tips bleached back in month 4. The loctician used conditoner and curly ends developed. I really like them tho...
    They are growing and I was FINALLY able to put them in an updo for a wedding last week...

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    I will be at month nine at the end of June so I guess that makes me an official teenager. There's no more unraveling but I some days it looks as if I am wearing a frizzy fro!

    I don't really do much to my hair. I wash it once a week with Suave Coconut and something shampoo! I also use a rosemary spritz from time to time. I was using it daily but it actually makes my hair frizzier than when I just leave it alone.

    I don't do any styles except for maybe adding a pin or two for some uumph from time to time. I am looking into getting some wraps for those real frizzy days.

    I am in love with my hair and I can't wait til it gets to my shoulders (probably won't style it at that length either).

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    I am 9 months into my journey as of 6/1/06.

    I have been enjoying this journey tremendously. I really love the stage I am in now. All of my ends are sealed and the looks of my locks are constantly changing. I have very little shrinkage. Plus they keep growing like crazy!

    I wish I had updates to share, but someone broke my camera and I haven't been able to take pictures for a while now. Makes me so sad....

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    Allsmiles checking in here at 9months

    http://albums.photo.epson.com/j/AlbumList?u=4196055

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    Hi,
    I'm 10 months going strong or maybe 9? The first time I washed them most came out.. I panic'd & started using a wig cap to keep them in place.. They are coming along nicely. I am not sure if they are loc'd all the way some are still squishy and not dense/solid all the way through the loc Who knows it might be my hair texture.. ^_^

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    I reached my one year mark on June 7th

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    cool.. my one year mark was June 6th!

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    I'm 9 1/2 month's into my journey. I started with 2 strand twists and I latch every 6-8 weeks.
    I still have the frizzies but it doesn't bother me at all. I chose to latch because I like the freedom
    of being able to wash my hair whenever I feel the need. I used to rinse every day but I stopped
    a few months ago. Sometimes I don't even spritz.

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    I washed my hair and was oiling and latching the roots when I realised that I have maybe 5 sealed ends but a couple 'locs' that are not locked at all

    isn't that weird? I keep latching the roots anyway, but I know it can still pull out completely

    when I first found the sealed ends thu, I was amazed that my hair did that after I ignored my hair for awhile

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    My teenagers are 5 months old and budding nicely. I am less experimental than i was to start of with and just use my oil spritz to stop itching and dryness. It is growing really fast, and i am learning to be patient with the fuzzies

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    I just hit the 10 month mark on June 8th... :P

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