ACV Wash Part 2: Moisturizing Locs

Hello, my dear SoulFlowers!  Welcome to Part 2 of the ACV (apple cider vinegar) wash.  In this video, I’ll show you how I moisturize my dreadlocks.  Since the ACV wash will leave your hair feeling very dry, it’s important to moisturize your locs after deep cleaning them.

I used coconut oil and tea tree oil for my (damp) locs, but you can also use any essential oils such as peppermint, eucalyptus, or lavender.  You do not want to apply essential oils directly on your scalp, so make sure you have a carrier oil.  I used coconut oil for the carrier oil, but you can also use jojoba oil or almond oil.

 

 

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Essential oil such as peppermint, eucalyptus, or lavender.  I used tea tree oil.
  • A carrier oil such as jojoba or almond oil.  I used coconut oil (pressed, extra virgin oil).
  • A plastic cap to cover your locs.  I used a disposable shower cap.

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Combine the carrier oil with the essential oil.  You can combine them in the palm of your hand or in a small container – even a plate will do.
  2. Apply the oils directly to your scalp.
  3. With both hands, rub the carrier oil and essential oil together.  Then take both oily palms and rub through your dreadlocks.  You’ll want a lighter touch for your dreadlocks, while a heavier hand can be applied to your scalp.
  4. Cover your hair with a plastic cap.  This step is optional, but the cap will help to moisturize your hair, using the heat from your scalp to help moisturize.

And that’s all there is to it.  Remember, you don’t want to do the ACV wash more than twice a year since it’s very drying.  Since I prefer to deep clean my dreadlocks outside, Spring and Fall are the best times for me to do the ACV wash.  Of course, the choice is yours.

Peace, love, & darkness,

Dasia Denise

2 Years Of Freeform Locs!

Hello, SoulFlowers!  Guess what?  My dreadlocks turned 2 years old in May of this year.  Woot!  They’re still growing longer and getting thicker, which makes me very happy.  To celebrate this milestone in hair, I’ve created a video showing the progression of my dreadlocks.  This is also the first video that I tried morphing software.  It’s not great, but it’s not too bad for my first try.  I hope you all enjoy seeing the progression.  I’ve also included pictures in this post, after the video.

Peace, love & darkness,

Dasia Denise

 

 

 

2-YEAR LOC PROGRESSION

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Peace, love & darkness,

Dasia Denise

A New Chapter In My Hair-story: Freeform Dreads

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Hello, lovelies!  Last month was the start of my new hair journey.  After having sat on the thought of growing dreadlocks (which I’ll be calling “locs”) for about 3 years, I’m finally ready.  I’m all about having low maintenance hair, so I’ve decided to grow my locs using the “freeform” method.  But first, a little hairstory. 

My hair never behaved.  NEVER.  I attempted different hair styles throughout the years, and most looked “okay”.  Nothing great.  I used to have “straight-ish” hair.  I say “straight-ish” because even with a perm, my hair would not get “stick straight”.  The only time I had completely straight hair was when I went to the hair salon. After my second trip to the hair salon (my first was when I was 9 years old and it was a disaster), I had very straight hair.  Unfortunately, I also had a raw scalp.  I was, and still am “tender-headed“, which is somewhat of a sin in black-owned hair salons.  I went to the salon with hair that already had a red tint, so I ended up with orange hair instead of blonde.  It didn’t bother me, though.  Since I was in my “alternative, grunge” moment, the orange hair suited me just fine.

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My permed hair in its natural color, 1989. My dedication to the “creamy crack” started in high school.

 

This is me during my second year of college, circa 1992. This was the first and only time I had my hair professionally bleached, which was done the summer before leaving for college.
This is me during my second year of college, 1993. This was the first and only time I had my hair professionally bleached, which was done in the summer before leaving for college. You can see that my hair was bleached on top of permed hair.

 

After years of dyeing, frying and laying my hair to the side, my hair went on strike and said, “Fuck you!  I can’t do it anymore!”.  I deserved it too, because I put my hair through hell – bleaching, dyeing, AND straightening with a perm.  My hair had had enough.  It got to the point where it couldn’t even hold a curl.  Styling my severely damaged hair was out of the question.  That was the day in 1998, that I told my roommate to cut off ALL of my hair.  I said, “Fuck it”, went bald and loved every minute of it!  So low-maintennance, so free.  This is also when I realized how important hair was to some people, especially men.  Most of the women complimented me; the men absolutely HATED it.  But I knew that my hair would grow back and since I don’t need anyone’s approval concerning my hair, their cries went in one ear and out the other.

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Me in 1997. This picture is dark, but you can still see that my hair was FUBAR.**

**FUBAR: Fucked Up Beyond All Repair (or Recognition).

 

So, for 17 years I’ve worn my hair in its natural texture (I still dyed my hair, of course).  It was a fresh start for my hair, and even though I dyed it, it was still a lot healthier than before.  It also helped that I didn’t use heat on my hair.  For the past 2 years though, I did blow out my hair occasionally.  Since I could never blow-dry my hair completely straight, I just ended up with big hair.  And I LOVE big hair!  Not dirty hair.  Not unhealthy hair.  BIG hair.

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There is no shame in having big, “unruly” hair! – (Image source unknown)

 

I was never one to “do” my hair, meaning I couldn’t be bothered with styling my hair after I went natural.  Too much work and too much fuss for me.  It’s too bad, because there are some fabulous, natural hairstyles that black women wear.  But I’m just too lazy and too impatient.  I only bleached and dyed my hair on the weekends since it took a bit of work.

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Playing with my hair to see what it can do. I discovered that I can make “horns”, which is as far as a hairstyle I was willing to do.

 

So, here we are.  Last month on May 1, 2015 was the last day I picked up my comb.  And my pick.  And my conditioner.  With my loose, natural hair I didn’t use shampoo, but conditioner instead (known as the “no-poo” method).  Except for washing out the bleach in order to dye my hair, I used conditioner to wash my hair.  If you have naturally curly or kinky hair, I highly suggest the “no-poo” method.  Way less drying than shampoo.  But with locs, I now use shampoo – no conditioner.  I’m going with freeform locs, so right now all I’m doing is washing and separating my hair.

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Blow-dried hair, 2013

 

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Loose, wild hair, 2015

 

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8 inches of hair, ready to loc.

 

If you are thinking about growing dreadlocks or just want to learn more about them, there are 2 websites that I highly recommend: Dreadlocks Site and Raging Roots Studio.  Both of these sites are educational and have wonderful advice concerning growing natural dreads (natural meaning no wax or other added chemicals that are unnecessary).

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Each month, I will post a progress report on my locs.  One thing that I’m hoping to learn from growing locs is patience.  Growing dreadlocks can be a long process and some people say, a huge learning experience.  I also know that my hair is not going to look “pretty” at times, but that’s part of the process.  

Love & Shimmies,

Dasia Denise

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