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First Hair Highlights

The first time I dyed my locs.
One of the first pictures taken of my newly-dyed locs.

I did it! I’ve had locs twice now, for a total of almost five years, and each time I’ve gone, “I should be bold and dye my hair!”

But it’s very permanent, especially since my natural hair color likely needs to be lightened for color to show much. Plus, lightening hair can be damaging. Last thing I want is to have my locs falling out. I’ve literally spent years growing these things; I’m not ashamed to say I’m a little attached to them, even if I don’t name them or count them.

But finally, with the aid of recommendations from friends and family on a beautician, I got my hair did.

It took quite a bit longer than expected—longer than the beautician booked, even—but the process was relative painless. (I’m a wash-and-separate kind of loc maintainer, and having someone else do the separating taught me that I have a gentle touch.) Some of the highlights are just blonde/lightened, and the others are a wine color. We opted not to go all the way to the roots of my hair for a couple of reasons:

  1. Much more time-intensive for two colors like this if color bleeding was to be avoided.
  2. I might not actually get this touched up again (the red will eventually fade to a lighter brown), so what do roots now matter versus roots in a month?

But… I like it! I still startle myself in the mirror, because it’s only been a couple of days, but I really like the look. I still don’t know if I’ll bother to maintain it or if I’ll just have really cool highlighted tips in a few years.

The back view of my newly dyed locs.
The back view of my newly dyed locs.

A Return to Hair Simplicity

Three-something years ago (okay, okay, three years ago on February 25, 2008), I started growing my hair out into locs. I plaited my 2 inches of ‘fro and let it go. This was a month after I left teaching and the night before I started my first post-teaching job, and it was a big life transition for me. I was mourning having “failed” at being a teacher and wanted something personal to accomplish as I reentered corporate software development.

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So, I was glancing through some photos on Facebook from the Hannah/Alex wedding this summer (where the back of my head was camera-happy, evidently), and I realized that my locs are kinda awesome. I’ve done a pretty good job of weaning myself off of being all hair-ful and stuff, but the photos surprised me a bit. There’s color variation I wasn’t expecting, and… personality.

They’re moderately “mature” now — I’ve had them for about a year and a half, and while I’m not sure if they’ll tighten up more, they’re definitely well-entrenched. I used to (and still do) ogle the locs of other folks when I’m out and about; now I wonder if people do the same to mine.