Saturday, May 29, 2010

I have been a bad blogger

A long time has gone by since i have written here and many life changes. The biggest change was my mother's passing this winter. Another huge shift was my graduation a year ago and moving on to a real job. Through it all I have loved my locks. They are about two and a quarter years old and each day they are a pleasure.

My mother was my anchor in a complex world and i am still trying to figure out how to live in the world without her. She thought my locs were wonderful and i feel blessed to be connected to her when i look at them. The stress of her passing has also made me much grayer and i am pleased to report that hair dye does not seem to damage my hair.

Graduate School, kids and a field placement were all the balls i could get in the air. Having a life of no more bad hair days was such a blessing every day. My field placement was in a very formal hospital environment but my lock were never an issue. I looked tidy and professional every day.

My daily care is still very limited. I use few products. I wash weekly with cheap clarifying shampoo that i water down before I use it. I takes about 24 hours for my very thick hair to dry. After it is dry, i lightly spray it with water, sometimes with a little setting lotion in the water. I then put it up on Soft Spike rollers (R), lots of soft spike rollers. I think that i use about three dozen or more of them. If i use less it takes too long for my locs to dry. I then have curls that are a little too curly for me the first day but will stay for about 5 days with just the bounce i like.

I retighen myself with a nappy locks tool (I used small for a long time but medieum works just fine with less and hassle). It takes me about two movies to do my whole head and I have done my maintenance myself since my locks were put in. I think if i had a loctician do them they might be smoother but all in all they are wonderful.

I don't do a lot of things, I don't:
oil my scalp
add anything to my spray
band and braid
put on a scarf at night
buy products for locs

I do get stopped in stores and on the streets to have women ask me about my hair. I explain and send them to websites but I can't send them to to someone here in Pittsburgh to do their hair because as far as I know there is no one who can do it.


locstory said...

My heartfelt condolences.

Stay Blessed,

Kimani's Knapps said...

You are awesome. To endure so much and still come out on top is amazing. I am sorry for your loss.

Your hair is still Beautiful and your progress is astonishing. Much success with your new job. Ill be at my HS Reunion 6/11-6/13, Ill be yelling Hey Tracy while Im at Kennywood stuffing my face with cheese fries.

Peace and Many Blessings,


anthia-ofo said...

Glad to see you back. We started our locs around the same time and I've sometimes wondered how yours were doing. They look great, and I hope you will update regularly so we the curious can follow your progress.
You're one strong woman, to have eovercome so much

V @ Locks-N-Motion said...

Sorry to hear about your loss...

Your locks are beautiful.

msfullroller said...

(((Tracy))) Always glad to see ya back and to see your beautiful locs!

Congrats on your new job! You've been an inspiration for those that have come behind you!

Unknown said...

Sorry to hear about your Mom. I lost my Mom 3 years ago and I miss her dearly.

Your locks are beautiful. I wish I wasn't so afraid to tighten my own locks :)