My locks are 19 months old today, yay me!!! It has been a great 19 months and I have loved this journey from the very beginning. I have always wanted traditional locks but had a fear of ending up with weird sparse dreadlocks on my head, because you see, I have very fine hair. When my lovely loctician Ngozi introduced me to microlocs I still had the strange fear that fine hair will never work on microlocs. Fast forward to 19 months later and I have never been more in love with my hair. Its weird seeing the transformation;
I get a lot of e-mail request and questions about microlocs articles that I have posted on the blog. So I guess people really love the locks as much as I do. While my answer to all questions microlocs have always been; let me give you my locktician’s number so you can contact her, I am learning so much now and I am ready to share a few things about my microlocs journey. It’s about time too I think, as Ngozi has always advised that; this is my journey, that it is personal and spiritual and I therefore need to own it. But when it comes to starting or re-tightening your locks, I still say if you are in Botswana please visit Ngozi, she is a hair whisperer.
We come back to the topic at hand DIY hair. It started in April; my locks were desperate for a retightening and my schedule and Ngozi’s just refused to reconcile. In desperation I called my old hairdresser and she helped me out with a weave that I took out after a week, I could not “deal” it was so itchy and uncomfortable and it just didn’t make sense to visit a coastal town with a weave especially when backpacking. When I took out the weave I had four months of growth staring back at me, I tried some YouTube channel that I can’t remember and everything was confusing. I settled for a lose 2 point pattern that took me the whole night to do. I watched a few YouTubers who prophesied that my hair would fall off as interlocking was not safe, they said if not done right it could cause excessive damage to hair. Imagine the trauma, my poor fine week hair was going to fall off. As fate would have it my and Ngozi’s schedules continued to disagree, then along came budget constraints as family responsibility increased and bam before I knew it I was on a DIY interlocking journey. It has been seven months and my hair hasn’t fallen off yet and I guess that seven months is a good enough observation period to say that instead of falling off my hair is actually thriving.
We will never thank God enough for Internet technology and the natural hair revolution that has resulted in many African hair blogs and of course my dear Ngozi’s advice and handholding throughout the whole process. The pattern that I use is not actually a pattern but a mistake I made when reading Kreyola’s blog, which has been really helpful in this journey. I find that learning the rotations with a clock is easier, I normally just go; three o’clock, six o’clock, 9 o’clock and then 12 o’clock with my hair threaded through a tapestry needle.
Interlocking is just a fancy way to say well using your own hair as thread to weave (interlock) it with your other hair. I change the patterns of which I weave/interlock the hair once every so often because I am not really sure what my locks love right now. However I love my current pattern because it leaves the hair a bit loose giving the impression of full hair and I just might stick to this one.
Doing my own hair has given me such freedom to explore, to research more and to appreciate myself and my hair a bit more. It is quite the spiritual experience (will write more on that). As with every change there is so much fear and uncertainty but I am glad to have started this DIY hair journey when I have someone close (Ngozi) to offer advice and help me fix the little mistakes (I have murdered a lock or two in the learning process) so it really does not feel like I am completely alone.