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Okay, Okay, It has been a while since I have posted, but please forgive me,  it gets really busy around here with the 7 kids!  I have been trying to get my business off the ground, and just running this household is a 24hr job!

Anyway, the focus of this post is my youngest son, Justice.  His hair is loced and has been for just about a year now too.  His locs were started from just about an inch of hair, and it has been interesting to see the transition of his hair.

Here is a pic of his hair in the beginning

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The biggest obstacle has been keeping his hair free of lint and debris, because as you can imagine, he is a VERY active boy!  I used to spend a lot of time trying to keep his locs neat and in order, but I realized pretty quickly that I just needed to let him go and to not worry too much about it.  I found that simple water, a bit of honey if needed, and a lot of ‘leavin it alone’, has done wonders in his growth process.  Now that they are formed, I am just latching once every 4-5 months, in fact, this is my MO for every one in the house that has mature locs, myself included.

I am amazed at his growth over the last year!  You guys tell me what you think!

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Happy new year everyone!  It has been a few weeks, but with this busy holiday season, the seven kids and a bout of the flu, I unfortunately was taken out of commission for a little while!  Nonetheless, I have some new pics and new subjects for you to check out.  This is my hubby Hassan, who made the decision to loc his hair early in the month of Dec.  I am absolutely amazed at how his hair has taken to the process of locing.  He has a looser curl pattern than mine, so I thought that it would be more difficult to form the helix, but his hair has taken beautifully. It does unravel, and I had to restart him once, ( he washed his hair AND used conditioner…..)  but I just restarted it using a latch technique versus the two strand twists that I originally applied. Once we got past this hurdle….all has well and his hair is responding by leaps and bounds!

Here are some pics, starting with the before shots:

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This was him before the process began…very “Corporate”.  Then he decided that he should be judged on his merit, not his hairstyle.  Fast forward to Dec 07:

This was his hair after the wash and condition fiaso….enough said.

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This was after it was latched the next round…

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A close up of how they are looking now….

And this is his hair as of today Jan 5th.  It is constricting on itself so it looks thinner…..

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More updates to come!!!

My Family

I  am very excited to have this blog.  Although I have been loced for two years (did not take enough pics though…) I am happy to announce that the influence has been positive on my children and my partner. They have decided to join the ‘natural movement’ and have all made the decision to loc their hair or wear natural styles.  This blog is going to be a record of our journeys and also of my new business as a loctitian -protective hairstylist. I want this place to be a celebration of our hair and because I did not take enough pictures in the beginning, I don’t want to make that mistake again with the others!   

A little about us….we are a big blended family of nine.  My husband Hassan and I have been together for the last 5 years and have our 7 kids all in tow.  We are truly one big happy family that has come together and has managed to grow strong together as well.   It has been an eventful journey, but one of evolution and great love.  My husband Hassan has helped root my spirit and has been a great protector, a fantastic advisor that has been instrumental in allowing me to bring myself closer to God- closer to my true self.  I love him dearly for this. 

We have a rambucious and tenacious group of kids- ranging from the age of 6 to 18. There are 4 boys and 3 girls, all of which have different hair stories and I am sure, very different reasons for being in various states of locdom or natural hair. I will be introducing them to you over the course of the blog. 

I have learned so much about hair and the locing process through doing my own hair and now my family’s, I have discovered that I have a true love for the cultivation of black hair.  For me it is a labour of love that I am embracing and want to be able to share this knowledge with others as well, so starting a little home business that is focusing on natural styles was a natural transition.   I have been braiding, twisting and cornrowing hair for my family and friends for the last 10 years so it has always been a big interest to me. 

I hope that you all enjoy my little corner of the world and come along for the ride as we chronicle our story. 

Now this is a picture of Hassan and the kids- and a friend of the family from our first year together.  It is not the best picture, I will definately be taking some more as we go along!   This picture was also taken before our lock journeys began, but I think it is good to start from the beginning.  More pics to come!