Tuesday, June 2, 2009

OMG!!! WHERE IS MY NAPPY LOCK TOOL?



OMG!! Where is my Nappy Lock Tool? On Memorial day, I was lounging on my chaise tightening my locs. BF was in the garage securing the steps leading into the house. Before he starts any project, he has to get my seal of approval or else he will be sent home with his tail between his legs! LOL! He calls me for the seal of approval ,which is blissfully granted! I attempt to continue my re-ti. I can not find my tool! I look under the chaise, under the cushion, on the fireplace mantle. I run up stairs to the bedroom. I look on the dresser, on the night stand, and on the vanity in my bathroom. No tool!

I always misplace my tool and then find it in a few days. I usually have my plastic yarn needles as a back up! I looked in the vanity drawer and no more yarn needles! At this point, I`am crazy! The next day after work, I go to walmart to purchase some plastic yarn needles. They had none! By now, I `am desperate! so, I go down the road to Michael`s. I hate shopping at Michael`s. They are too darn expensive! I only go to michaels when they have a fierce sale on beads.

I go into michael`s to find the yarn needles. They have two in the pack for $ 1.49. That`s crazy! I usually get four needles at walmart for the same price! Well like I said before, I `am desperate!

I go home and begin to make my loc tool. I like these needles!The eye is very pliable. Usually, when I buy Walmart needles, I break at least one before I get one made. I did a re-ti! Now I`am very happy! I made a video for you who lost your Nappy Loc tool. Don`t get me wrong, I love my NL tool, and I will purchase another one! For now, this works very well for me. Any way, it is an inexpensive alternate and it`s readily available!



22 comments:

PhePhi said...

girl, u r the bomb! that is so creative. after making your own tool y would u buy another nappyloc tool? just wondering. i'm definitely going to try this if/when i lose my tool...LOL!

Naturigurl said...

wonderful wonderful information. I made my own using wire and tape but kept getting snags this is even better. Will be using this method seeing that Ill probably never buy a loc tool online thank you

Spiral_Loc said...

Just stopping by to say, Hi There!

Nothing much going on, just another day at work... I put a few new pics in my album, and the link is on my new post.

Take Care~

NubianLockedPrincess said...

My sisters, thank you for your support! You know I` am all about self education and enlightenment!

Blessings to you!

ADT_loc'd said...

Its funny when I saw this video I'd just made one of those the night before. I paid for a Nappy Locs tool but never received a replacement once I'd returned the first one so I had to make my own. I also filed down the end to make it go through better. Do you know how to close up gaps and take the loc down more to the ends????

NubianLockedPrincess said...

ADT_Loc`d, to fix the hole, just take your tool and go across the hole.

If you are not fully loc`d, you can take the tip of your tool or a metal yarn needle to push the pattern down towards the tip. Then, you can tighten the loose hair that you will get at the scalp when push the pattern down to rid of bunching or knots.

ADT_loc'd said...

Wow thanks for that info. No I'm not locked yet, just got my locks installed two months ago actually but I'm not happy with my consultant's work and I'm trying to do what I can to save my locs instead of taking them down and paying to have to start over. I don't have any consultants in my area to go back over my hair.

I do appreciate your blogs, videos and advice.. I've been a stalker for a while and finally decided to post :)

dewdrop said...

You're brilliant. I tried to use this kiddie needle and do the same thing years ago when I had braidlocks but I didn't think about heating the eye in order to expand it. Thanks for the tutorial because if I ever lose my NL tool then I know I can just make a plastic one.

Nubian1 said...

Its great isnt it to be able to buy plastic yarn needle and go to work adjusting it the way you want.

I did a similar post on making your own locking tool back in march labelled 'Tools'.

They do say great minds think alike!

Blessings

NubianLockedPrincess said...

@Adt_loc`d: Have a blessed Journey! When you decide to DYI, Dew Drop and I will get you through it!

@ Dewdrop: Girl, stop playing! You know you are my idol and my mentor!

@ Nubian1: Girl you blog is great, along with those fierce colored locs! Those plastic needles are very economical!

You women keep doing what you are doing! Lets continue to guide Newbies on the road to healthy and natural hair!

TitansFan said...

I never knew there was so much involved with dreadlocks. You should patent your method. I know that all of my important things are always in my Bathroom Vanity drawer.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for the info!!! You're a blessing!!!

NubianLockedPrincess said...

@ Anonymous. Thank you very much for visiting! I `am very happy you liked the info! Plenty of blessings to you too!

Anonymous said...

Wow, I mean wow! God Bless, I thank God for the inspiration he has placed in you to go forth and give this to us, you didn't have to do but you did! Stay blessed ; )

igetfashion said...

great info...I have SL and my locktician maintains my hair and my husbans hair and it can be $$$...but thanks to you i'm about to save some $$$$...thanks for the info....

sheryl said...

I hate that little white tool,so I thought I would try your little invention and lo and behold!!! Ten minutes or less, later and I was in business. GURL it works! I am breezing through my SL retightening. Thank you so much for your very innovative approach to the dreaded SL latch tool
Teechalady

*Lost & Forgotton* said...

You are awesome!! I lost my tool in the couch. I just made mine! I got the 4 pack from walmart. I used a letter opener for the hole. I almost melted mine, but it's fine, just black now. lol. Thank you so much! I won't be buying anymore $15 tools anymore!

The Nailz Lady said...

that is absolutely awesome! I was just trying to figure out where I was going to get me a nappy loc tool from,thank you,thank you ,thank you.
You are truly a blessing,I have wanted interlocked locs for some time now but could not afford them.I found your tutorial and now am in process of learning how to do them myself so
I can hopefully do my own hair.You are truly a blessing because this procedure of interlocking is such a secret in the hair industry and I still do not understand why,there is enough hair and monies to go around,so in my mind why the big secret????Anyway thank God for sistahs like yourself who don't mind sharing the knowledge!
I have a question about the process when doing the pattern of interlocking I would like to ask you is it ok to ask questions?
Thank you again.
love,light and peace

p.s.Congratulations,on your recent wedding!!!!

Strength said...

Let me just tell you that I am soooo happy that I found this link and that you made this. I am a mother of five boys and I am on a budget. So replacing a tool is out of the question. However; I crochet and have sooo many of those blue plastic needles. I keep them all in my sewing bin (which is where I should have placed my tool) but needless to say after making my tool I need not purchase another one. THanks so much.

Anonymous said...

Wow!! Thank you so so so very much.
I was about to buy another nappyloc tool. No need to now. God bless you!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for being so kind in being open and honest. And being so willing to share this much needed info. You are a blessing to all of us. :-)

Anonymous said...

How can I view your video? Please can you provide the video again or a link to the video? Thank you so much.