Sunday, January 31, 2010
So back at this training class she kind of whimpered "are you locking your hair?" I responded, "yes". She said "when are you going to start locking it". Ugh...really!!! I'm like its already locking she was like "ohh......I was waiting for it to be twisted up like you know coils." She goes on to say "I thought they were braids, they are so tiny". You know the same comments we've heard a million time by this point.
What amazes me is that even in the black community people only know of one type of locks, and that's traditional. Although the blog community of SL's seem to be big but in the grand scheme of things SL's are basically unknown. The ironic thing is we have seen Sisterlocks on famous people year after year and have mistaken them for braids. Overall, sisterlocks need more exposure.
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Gigglz: How long were you natural before getting sisterlocks?
~ I began growing out my relaxed hair in May of 2009 and decided on July 21st, 2009 that I could no longer deal with the two textures. I did the Big Chop on July 19th 2009.
Gigglz: How many consultations did you have before deciding on one, and did price play a part in your decision (honestly)?
~ I had gotten a bit frustrated with the whole process....I contacted at least 10 consultants from the website and I have YET to hear from 8 of them. I was getting a bit pissed, like, are these really business people who don't answer back? One consultant was really helpful and very friendly,spending a lot of time talking to me, but she wasn't accepting new clients. I then saw an ad for a trainee who was offering introductory specials and I contacted her. She was very prompt and professional, extremely accommodating and knowledgeable. Another consultant ended up contacting me before my scheduled install and I had an informal consultation with her, but decided that she wasn't the one for me. She boasted about her clients hair, but her own Sisterlocks were very unkempt and unruly. Price didn't play a factor, I set aside a certain amount from all the information I read before.
Gigglz: What made you choose your consultant?
~ My consultant had a love for Sisterlocks. Having them herself, I knew she understood the process, and as a recent trainee, I also knew that she would be very meticulous and accurate with the grid, which is the most important thing. She answered all of my questions and I got a good vibe from her. Its not just about compentency when you choose a consultant...you'll spend a great deal of time with this person for your install....12+ hours are really long when its someone you can't talk to or vibe with!
Gigglz: How many hours did it take?
25.5 hours over 5 days. (December 4th - 9th, 2009) (Size: Small, small/medium. About 500+ locks)
Gigglz: What was your initial reaction to them?
~ I loved them. They were better than I thought...I imagined little twigs on my head since I started with about 3 inches of natural hair. It doesn't look as short as I thought and it is nicely curling on the ends.
Gigglz: Do you see any disadvantages to sisterlocks?
~ The washing process is really time consuming (for a stress free hairstyle). I understand the logic behind it, but omg!
The only disadvantage I see now is the initial stage and the corporate world. Before your hair actually locks, there's the fuzziness and such and corporate America can sometimes be a bit uneasy.
Gigglz: What products do you use and how often do you use them?
~I'm a newbie. I use water to bring life back into my hair every three days or so and I've been using ACV in my scalp with a q-tip for dandruff. I've washed with the Sisterlock shampoo and Suave Clarifying shampoo.
Gigglz: What hair accessories do you wear?
~None...my hair doesn't have the length yet. I haven't even bought any curlers. I put the occasional bobby pin in the front to section it off.
Gigglz: What do you wear to protect your hair at night?
~ Satin bonnet and a satin pillowcase (some nights I'm so tired I forget to put the bonnet on).
Gigglz: How do you feel about your SL's today?
~ Today, I like them. Running late for work this morning, I was in love with the fact that I just had to fluff and go! I'll like them even more when I get a retightning!
Picture 1 Afro - before
Picture 2 Red Sweatshirt - Day one
Picture 3 Purple top - Today
Follow her journey here.
Friday, January 29, 2010
Its good to reflect on where you have been to understand how far you have come :-).
Not a Gigglz original-lol!
Monday, January 25, 2010
- Locks still not locked yet, budding yes, but not locked
- Since I stopped B&B around month 7 I have experienced some bunching. To combat the bunching I have been pulling it loose, that led to a lose of a lock (BIG OOPSIE)!!!
- I have woken up days telling myself like I'm tired of looking like this and want to cut it off! To combat this I pull my hair into two ponytails and put on a headband, its working so far.
- I do have to use a clarifying shampoo about once a month. The lint from sweaters and any material is ANNOYING.
- Overall I lost 3 locks, all my own doing. 1 was from trying to pull the bunching out and I popped it. The other 2 were from retightenings. 1, I popped too much hair and it was hanging on for dear life, the other other I joined and tried to cut the budding of another one out and cut the joining (OOPSIE).
- I don't have to retighten my whole head within 5 days. I now retighten over the course of a week or two.
- I can't go longer than 4 weeks otherwise my hairline looks very untidy and my locks seem to shrink up.
- Although I don't suffer with dry scalp, I need to give my locks some moisture in this cold weather.
- I don't feel the need to seperate my locks after a wash because after a wash I style either braid out of rolling so I'm manipulating my hair.
- Sleeping with a satin cap and satin pillowcase is best. In case your cap comes off you still have the pillow.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
See my pros/cons of the SL tool to the NL tool here. Now that I have the latch hook here is my review:
I can't even do a review, seriously it is so cumbersome and doesn't exactly make retightening small locks easy. Mind you I only tried one on my hairline and it was just really hard to manuever in comparision to the SL tool. My clip wasn't flipping up and although it made my lock tighten closer to the root than the SL tool I actually see that as a con, because I could overtighten and weaken the root. I will be leaving this tool in the drawer, hoping it will be easier to use down the line when my locks are longer. I doubt it but I'm going to remain optimistic.
Disclaimer: This is my opinion on the latch hook and I know many DIY'er swear by this. I don't knock there opinion but for me this is a no go.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Friday, January 8, 2010
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
What has been going on is I've purchased a new product, Jane Carter Twist & Lock. I purchased it at Whole Foods for who knows how much probably about $20 bucks. I justify this since I don't spend money on my hair at all, it all balances out! In any event, I have tried it on wet hair, right after a fresh wash I put some on my scalp and also on my locks and used the lock loops. The results you saw, the poodle look (smile), not bad huh!! Now again this week I tried it after my curls starting to fall out. What I like about it so far is that it is lightweight gives a bit of a shine without having my locks feeling weighed down and greasy to the touch. I run my fingers through my scalp and I have no residue on my fingers after. I do like it and you don't have to use much product so although its costly it will go a long way so this is staying in the arsenal, well for now at least!
In addition, I must admit my lock appearance seems to be changing. Over the weekend on more than one occassion someone has said "wow, your hair is really growing" I think they are well on there way to locking and appearing longer and not bunched up. I would say they have "dropped" i.e LOCKED enough to lose the natural curl. As I have been walking, working out I feel locks falling in my eye and lots of bounce, I am really enjoying the progress. I have started sleeping with my satin cap, (I've lost my sexy at night) but for good reason!! LOL!!!
Sunday, January 3, 2010
First, I'm going to wear my bonnet 100% of the time when laying around. Secondly, I'm going to start using a black towel instead of white when drying my hair. Lastly, I'm going to use the VO5 clarifying shampoo for every other wash and then follow up with another shampoo.
I anticipate that over time the lint will dislodge itself and fall out ...hopefully!!