My oh MY how time flies!
I totally forgot that on November 11, 2011 (same as my wedding anniversary) marked one year being locked this second time around. Seems like it was just yesterday that I posted 6 month updates (at least I “think” it was 6 mo)
But anyway, it’s been a very interesting ride this go-round.
Less “stressful” and what I mean by that is, when I first initially locked my hair back in 2001, I was so anxious about the process because it was all new to me. What should I expect? How long would it take to lock up? I was just anxiousness about my hair, period.
However, this time around; my experience was very carefree. I didn’t “sweat” how soon it would lock up or anything else for that matter, I just ENJOYED my hair.
My hair resembled loose natural hair for a while and I didn’t care about it whether or not it looked like locs.
I even (*GASP*) flat-ironed it. Yep, I saw my daughter flat-ironing her hair one day and thought to myself, “Hmmm…I wonder if…” and then before I decided to actually DO it, I did a search on trusty YouTube for “flat-ironing” locs and BINGO! I watched about 3 videos on the subject, most of which were Sisterlock wearers.
I tried it and it was “okay”, but wasn’t all that.
Then on Thanksgiving Day (2011), I decided to do it once more and it turned out nicely. I actually CURLED my locs with the flat-iron.
But I probably will NOT be doing it again. I’ll just stick to “out” styles and roller sets. One common issue the ladies I viewed on YouTube indicated was if you do it TOO much, you can run the risk of making your locs permanently flat. Thankfully when I flat-ironed the first time around and washed it, it bounced right back to original shape and curliness!
But the photos you are about to see is actually my hair after having been roller/pin-curl set while still under the same flat-ironing I did on Thanksgiving.
Well, that’s about all I have to report about my one year loc anniversary for the second time around!
I didn’t take a lot of pics, only a couple…but I hope you enjoy them anyway.
(click on the pics to enlarge them)
As you can see, the length is pretty much the same (I cut my hair since having locked it) but notice how little they look like braids now.
Not only that, but notice that my Bradelocz, after a year, are slightly larger/thicker than the initial braids? So don’t judge how big or small your locs will be based on the braids being skinny…they do change over time!
Blessings & Warmest Regards,