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Natural/Freeforming Journey - Tribal-Mama

tribal-mama
@tribal-mama
4 months ago
15 posts

A week ago, I stopped brushing my hair. Lots of background about how I came to this decision, but what matters most is that this is a journey of discovery, patience and letting go. Looking forward to seeing where it takes me.....

Day 2/1 day in

Post-wash, first wash since stopping brushing the day before.


Day 4


Day 7


Day 8


Day 9


Day 13


Day 18


Day 21

I'll do some individual loc pics soon, as of last night, I had 33 forming!


Day 23

Awesome friend did my separating for the day, and palm-rolled (I know it doesn't do anything to help, but was happy for her to do it) and counted as she went along. Final count of 43 baby locs!!! Need to get more beads but have several in now. She did me a little wrap also <3


One Month

Wow, made it to a month! I absolutely loved the aesthetic results of my friend's palm-rolling, and the fact it kept everything separated well and made the next couple of days' separating really easy. However, it made my head ache until I washed my hair, so semi-freeforming is not for me unfortunately.

It's an overwhelming process at times - usually when it comes to separating the mid- and lower-back sections of hair. It just wants to all mesh together as one at the roots, and - doing this naturally - I want to avoid damaging my hair, so the separating process is all-consuming. I'd love to know if there is any way of taming my hair, or if it's just an inevitable part of the process? Wondering how long it will take until it calms down. But, yay, one month down - many more to go!

  


9 days off 2 months......

All-consuming separating is still getting to me. Here's a pic after a mammoth session after minimal separation for a few days. Pleasantly surprised to see that the back is starting to actually look like locs, instead of being hidden with loose hair. Up to about 80 babies now.


3 months

Bit disappointed that I've had to resort to ripping my hair to separate as I just don't have the amount of time needed every day to do it gently. I feel like it's hindered the progress, as all the broken hairs are making it look so messy. Just have to wait and see I suppose. I've had a huge amount of shrinkage from the hair that's loc'd up. You can kind of see with all the gaps. The longer hair is the stuff that hasn't loc'd up yet.



updated by @tribal-mama: 08/23/16 05:47:34AM
☮ soaring eagle ॐ
@soaring-eagle
4 months ago
27,178 posts

already some great progress!




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tribal-mama
@tribal-mama
4 months ago
15 posts

Day 4/3 days in

First section started on day 1, and at day 4, I have a few sections on the go already!

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updated by @tribal-mama: 05/22/16 04:46:21PM
tribal-mama
@tribal-mama
4 months ago
15 posts

Day 7/6 days in

Lots of pics, 6 individual sections forming, though they all keep getting attracted together and trying to merge tightly.

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☮ soaring eagle ॐ
@soaring-eagle
4 months ago
27,178 posts

keep updating often i think they will dread real fast




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tribal-mama
@tribal-mama
4 months ago
15 posts

Day 8/7 days in

Washed my hair a day early today, because I was excited to see what may happen.....step forwards or backwards for the clumping process? Not embracing the patience side of things Laugh That taught me though, as I ended up with one huge tangled mess to deal with at the back! Plus side, I eaked the current (and new) sections into smaller ones if needed, so I now have 10 sections starting to loc up (including one near the front!). I'm really surprised at how quickly it's all starting tbh. I know it's a long old way to go, but really exciting seeing progress like this. Pics (bit blurry) of a few of them so this doesn't get picture-heavy......

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updated by @tribal-mama: 05/22/16 05:17:10PM
tribal-mama
@tribal-mama
4 months ago
15 posts

Thank you :) Yes, I will try to - I joined partly to do this - track my progress so I can look back on it, and because I've found it hard to find many timelines around the web. Thanks for the site, lots of very useful information, and I look forward to checking out the forum in depth!

☮ soaring eagle ॐ
@soaring-eagle
4 months ago
27,178 posts

we could use a lot more actively updated timelines

unfortunately we lost a lot of images in the site upgrade

ps a tip you cab click the embed media button next to the smily button to add images direct into a post then update that post as often as you want instead of doing attachments




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Abuse counselor at:
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tribal-mama
@tribal-mama
4 months ago
15 posts

Updated. Really not loving the separating process. It's matting up tight across the roots, and it's incredibly difficult to gently separate without damaging my hair.

acidburn
@acidburn
4 months ago
62 posts

Try seperating from the root up. Use a finger and pull up.

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