Tuesday, July 29, 2008

DIY = OMG! What have I gotten myself into?

Okay, I took the retightening class on yesterday with my consultant, who is certified to teach retightening, yeah for me. But, um, this was truly an eye-opener for sure. I was giving my consultant looks that clearly said, "Are you serious?" My head gonna look a fool, because my brain ain't getting it. It doesn't matter how many degrees you have, seriously, retightening ain't easy. Oh it was okay when I was doing it with sample (which consisted of cardboard with yarn and string attached to duplicate a lock), but when I moved to my own head, shoot! (not the word I want to use).

Seriously, that hook tool was the devil, kinda like De.lta. I was contorting my body in different directions trying to mover the tool for my 3 part of my rotation and I couldn't get it for jack. Finally, I was able to do a rotation or two, but ya'll that was the most discouraging thing. Of course, she taught the class the way it is supposed to be done and when we moved to the clip tool, I had another look on my face, "Why didn't you just show me this first?" She said although the clip tool is the easiest to use, it has its pros and cons just like the hook tool. She said there is more opportunity to "marry" locks with this tool. She is absolutely right, I did it, but I was able to undo it, thank goodness. My issues is that I am a perfectionist and I want to do things right at the beginning and it is frustrating that I couldn't master this quickly. So I gotta practice and practice. I really found the clip tool much easier to use, but when you get closer to the scalp the hook tool works better. And a couple things I found helpful was I need to clamp locks down and clip locks away from the lock I am working on. Also, no distractions, because you will mess of the uniformity of the locking pattern and I am easily distracted when I am doing a million things at once.

So I have some old kinky twist hair and I am practicing on it for a while and in a couple of weeks I am going to schedule some time each day I have some free time to do a few locks at a time. Any other suggestions? I don't have a problem with the clip tool just mastering the technique. So any suggestions will be so helpful.

My hair has really grown and as soon as my lazy butt can sit down and upload the pics from my camera to my computer, you will see my progress.



At 3:57 PM, Blogger Meikmeika said...

Patience...I've been trying to DIY for quite some time now and frustration usually comes after a couple hours. I am getting better though..

In time you will be able to watch a couple movies, eat some popcorn, type some emails and DIY all at once.

Just keep at it and you'll be fine.

At 3:22 PM, Blogger Cashana said...

I hope you are right, because my perfectionist mentality is making this harder than it needs to be. Thanks for the cheerleading! I need it!


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