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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Your Locs are Too Small!

Lately, people have been expressing various opinions to me about my looks. I must give the illusion of caring. Lol! Recently,I have gotten that my locs are too small as of late. If I am not experiencing breakage how can they be too small? Isn't size just a preference?

I have added a photo of a single loc next to a toothpick and then to a number 2 pencil just for scale.

I have around 500 Sisterlocks which is not really small in my honest opinion considering my consultant has almost 700 and many Sisterlocked sisters have 600 or more.


But since I haven't had Sisterlocks for 6 months yet I want to discuss it with all of you. Women with Sisterlocks are telling me they are too small. Sisterlock consultants are trying to combine my locs telling me they are too small. Women with relaxers their whole lives are telling me that it's too small. Is there something I'm missing? I think my locs look fine.

9 comments:

Renea said...

The size of your locks is based on a couple of factors. 1) The size of your head...2) the amount/density of your hair...3)the 'look' you want to achieve.

It is possible to have locks that are too small, but usually people have problems because their locks are bigger than their partings. Really small SLs are impractical because it takes a lot of effort to maintain them...they are vulnerable to breakage if there are too few hairs in the lock to support its weight and girth. Since you aren't having problems with breakage, your SLs are probably not too small.

Traditional locticians unfamiliar with Sisterlocks probably sincerely believe SLs of any size are too small. But they are wrong. They are accustomed to locks that swell significantly more as they mature than SLs. With proper tension and technique, your locks will be stable.

Women who have never had locks or even unprocessed hair should step off. I wouldn't give that a second thought. If I was in a bad mood, i would tell them that my SLs 'might' break, but their permed hair definitely will...it's just a matter of how badly and that your odds are whole lot better than theirs for a healthy head of hair. Let them chew on that!

Goodnapps said...

In addition to the technicalities that Renea pointed out, I strongly believe personal preference goes a long way. As long as you are perfectly happy with them, keep them strong and healthy, you've got no reason to doubt the size of your locks.

onyxcherry said...

I've had people tell me that my locs are too small, specifically people who have traditional locs. If I had traditional locs than what they are saying would be true because the method of locking (palm rolling or twisting with beeswax) would eventually cause the loc to become to thin to hold the weight of the hair that would be growing. But because the Sisterlocks method of weaving the hair back on itself actually strengthens each loc they are completely wrong.

When this Locked Brother on Flatbush told me that all my locs were going to break off because his did I politely told him " I'm sorry that you had that experience but it is never going to happen to me because of my method of locking". And that was the end of that.

brunsli said...

Ditto what Onyxcherry said.

Well-meaning palmrollers or organic lock formers tell me my locks are too small all the time.

muslimahlocs said...

ditto renea paragraph four.

Meikmeika said...

I get the same comments from traditional lockers. A lot of the ones I come in contact with have no idea what Sisterlocks are and think I'm maintaining them by palm-rolling, which gives them a valid reason for being concerned. One even stated she could yank out one of my locks if she wanted to...WTF?! Now why would she want to go and do that????? Sometimes I wonder about people...

I also keep in mind all the different sizes of Sisterlocks I've seen in the real and blog community. I saw one woman with micros and thought they were beautiful but I could only imagine how long her retightening sessions would be....phew..

As long as you're happy and your hair is healthy it's all good..

n'Drea said...

I get that too sometimes. Renea's answer hits the issue right on the head. I love this part: "Women who have never had locks or even unprocessed hair should step off." LOL!

BeautyinBaltimore said...

Don't believe the BS, your hair is beautifull.

blackrussian said...

Your locks are fine. They're beautiful and don't let anyone tell you otherwise!