CAUGHT UP IN THE LOC...ALL ABOUT HAIR
I'm sure we all love to give our locs special treatment! It's fun to spend time baby-ing our locs with different oils, and all the right conditioners. But going blonde requires even more TLC! This is because you have already stripped the hair of its top layers and caused it to become weaker and more porous. Because of this, manufacturers have created many different products for those who choose to wear color. In this article, I will share what I am currently using and loving, and what I used before I went blonde.
Prior to coloring my hair blonde, I used many different shampoos and conditioners, and didn't really have many that I disliked at all. I used Shea Moisture, TheraNeem Shampoo, Crème of Nature, Alba Botanicals, Fair Trade Organic Black Soap (both liquid and bar soap), a sampling of different organic shampoos/conditioners, and different oils to apply, such as Olive Oil, Castor Oil, and Coconut Oil. I loved to mix a few different kinds together at once. Many times due to the consistency of the traditional shampoos, I tended to water down my shampoos to decrease the level of build up on my locs. I do have to say my staple is black soap in bar format.
Lightening my locs required me to add to this repertoire, so I picked up Redken All Soft Shampoo, and their corresponding Blonde Idol mask conditioners, as well as Matrix Biolage Shampoo. I'm also using what I was asked to buy to prep my locs for the initial color treatment as well, which was Joico Moisture Recovery, and Redken Anti-Snap Leave-in Conditioner. So far I am very pleased with the products and how it is maintaining my hair. To keep my locs moisturized and fresh, I'll use my Natural Hair Mist every morning and evening. My current favorites are Pursuit, Delight and Euphoria. I also keep a bottle in my gym bag and purse to stay fresh and moisturized in this Texas heat.
Photos above were taken directly after the initial color, prior to product application and twisting. Photos below were from a braid out, two weeks later. Bottom two photos were after products were applied, palm-rolling roots, etc.
Till the next post,
I decided to venture back into the land of blondom after being brown, red and natural black for many years and was finally ready for a change. I had previously been blonde when wearing an afro during my time as a naturally curly gal. I had always done my hair myself, and only went to the salon for two-strand twist styles on occasion. I had had a few bad experiences with colorists turning my hair orange, and then going from blond back to natural black (my hair turned out green and other shades, mind you, when it was not fashionable to do so) years later as a loc-wearer.
So what convinced me to going back to a professional? Well, I was looking for more products to lift my color two more levels up, and an Ulta stylist shared that if I planned to go to a lighter shade that it was imperative I look for a salon that uses Olaplex, which prevents further color damage to my hair. She proceeded to tell me of all the horror stories her clients had had coming to her after they had somehow fried their hair, and although I had the confidence that I could once again color my hair blonde, I somehow took this as a warning that I should heed this time. Plus, I had heard so many great things about this "Olaplex", that I was curious to try it for myself and see if was all that it cracked up to be. I searched on Instagram #olaplex, #dallas, to find a salon that might suit me. I stumbled upon Pepperbox Design www.pepperboxdesign.net in Plano, Texas with colorist, Sara Reed. She stated that she had worked on locs before, and even wore locs herself years ago!
Well, for sure, they were right! Olaplex does hold up to its high standard. It prevents the bonds that would break in your hair during the coloring process, not to break. (See photo explaining this below). However, before going to the salon, I must first tell you of the products I was asked to get prior to coming in for the service.
I was asked to get a protein leave-in conditioner, and a moisturizing conditioner, and see if I could do a couple of treatments before going in. I was able to do one or two applications, actually using both products as a leave-in, even though the moisturizer you were to wash out. I figured, what the heck, why not this time, it will wash out in a few days anyways. I bought Redken Extreme Anti-Snap Protein Leave-in and Joico Moisture Recovery. Both left my hair soft and prepared for the service. From start to finish I was pleased with how my hair turned out. I was to return for a follow-up session to remove more of those pesky, lingering red tones and actually lay some color.
Going blonde is a process, and is not easily achieved overnight. If you choose to make this decision, be sure to arm yourself with all of the latest information as to how to make this a smooth, healthy transition. Stay tuned to learn of all the products I sampled, and which products I loved even before going blonde.