Monday, June 30, 2008
I have Sisterlocks that are in the baby stage now. I still have baby locks after one year because of my hair texture and also because I used to use a silkening shampoo with detanglers in it as well as hair products with shine boosters that soften the hair.
In order for hair to lock, the cuticle must be as rough as possible. It is important to avoid things like conditioners and standard shampoos so that your hair will lock promptly. When I had traditional locks, my hair locked in the first year. I also went several months in between washes and used no detanglers in my hair along with no products.
Baby Locks- Depending upon your hair texture, this phase lasts from 12 weeks to 2 years. Soft, fine hair will take longer to lock than coarse, curly or kinky hair. In my honest opinion, the small sizing of Sisterlocks allows hair to stay in each of the 3 lock stages for longer than with traditional locks.
Onyx Cherry here in the photo with me has teenage locks. But guess what? We have about the same number of locks (500). You can see the differences in size are attributed to the hair texture and density and also the stage of the locks. My parting size is medium in the back and small in the front but my lock size is small behind and micro in front. Onyx Cherry has small parting in front with large parting in back. However, her lock size is small in the front and medium in the back because of her hair texture and lock stage.
Immature or Teenage Locks- This phase can last anywhere from three months to 2 or 3 years. How long this lasts is dependent on your hair texture. This is the phase where many people get frustrated. By knowing this is coming, hopefully you can avoid this frustration. During this phase, you may get budding or matting. The reason locks in this stage are called teenage locks is they tend to be unruly. Budding occurs often when a pea shaped knot forms near the end of the lock. You may also notice little balls of hair that gather at the very end of the lock. I have heard people refer to this stage as the caterpillar stage and they have used hats as their “cocoons”. I do not think the teenage stage is anything to be ashamed of. Locks take work, time and patience and this is why you can be proud of your achievement once you have achieved a full head of beautiful locks.
You should pop your locks apart from one another as often as necessary because they have a tendency to creep or crawl. Crawling occurs when the hair from one lock begins to lock into another. If you do not continuously keep the hair separated, you will eventually have to pull it apart at the scalp risking weakening the lock and possibly leading to breakage. This can be avoided by making separating the locks part of a weekly routine. See if the locks are crawling and if they are, gently separate them. After washing is when the locks will have a tendency to crawl. So, handle them gently while shampooing. I also pull my locks down gently to combat bunching. You can begin to use oils and moisturizers during this middle stage. But, do not overdo it.
Mature Locks- You should expect your locks to reach full maturity sometime after the first year. At this point, maintenance becomes easier. Your locks may reach full maturity anywhere from the end of the first year up until the end of the second year. This does not mean your locks are maintenance free. And, they may still require quite a bit of time before they take on their final shape. But, you will be past the trials and tribulations of the teenage months. Mature dreadlocks are the strongest and require less frequent grooming. If your hair is soft, you may continue to experience frizzies and will have to do more maintenance than those with coarse hair. Mature dreadlocks can be washed and conditioned as frequently as you like. Some wash theirs daily while others choose to wait at least 3 weeks. Just make sure that whatever regimen you develop that you avoid dry scalp by moisturizing, conditioning and/or using hot oil treatments. At night you could put your mature dreads in a satin scarf, cap or sleep on a satin pillow to prevent damage caused by friction while sleeping and to maintain a proper moisture balance.
Here is a photo of Sisterlocks that are mature:
Friday, June 27, 2008
How can you find out about Sisterlocks? What are Sisterlocks?
Here is a photo of Sisterlocks.
You can find out about Sisterlocks by visiting the Sisterlocks.com website. Sisterlocks are locks which are smaller than traditional locks, have excellent parting, and have been reinforced with an interlocking method to start and maintain the lock. You must be certified to install Sisterlocks. All of the certified consultants appear on the Sisterlocks.com site.
How do you wash Sisterlocks/ how often?
This is how you should: Once they mature, you can wash them as normal. Until then, you are supposed to braid and band them to prevent unraveling and bunching. You are also supposed to use the Sisterlocks Starter Shampoo until your locks mature.
This is what I do:I wash my hair much differently. I am not suggesting you do what I did because my locks are not as uniform and have experienced some bunching. I discarded the bands after the first wash and as soon as I ran out of Sisterlocks shampoo, I switched back to Aveda Sap Moss Shampoo (my pre Sistrlocks shampoo). Then, I found that to be too silky so I switch to Ganier for oily hair because it kind of roughens the cuticle without being too harsh. I also use a body and hair bar sometimes that I got from Whole Foods awhile back.
What is bunching?
Bunching is when the Sisterlocks become fuzzy and begin to lock in a more traditional way and look less even and knotted. If you look at the labels on the left, you will see a bunching post and an update on bunching.
Are all Sisterlocks small?
Yes! All Sisterlocks are small. The size of Sisterlocks is based on a parting size established by Dr. Joanne Cornwell. Depending on where your locks are in the process and the hair texture you have, the lock may appear larger or smaller than your part.
You can have Brotherlocks which are only slightly larger like Consultant Amba's son.
I have checked some blogs out, and I keep seeing the number of Sisterlocks coming up. What significance does the number have?
In my honest opinion, The Sisterlocks number doesn't matter as much as people may think. All Sisterlock wearers have between 300-800 locks. The number has to do with the size of your head and how far your hair grows down on your forehead and neck, hair texture, hair density, and parting size. Your consultant will discuss your particular head of hair in order to best suit you and your needs. There is nothing wrong with having an idea about what you want but your locks won't look exactly like anyone else's Sisterlocks.
In the picture below one of these consultants has close to 400 Sisterlocks and the other consultant has closer to 800.
Do you know which has more? Is it obvious?
Well, not to me. So that's why the focus should be on what's best for you. To me, all properly maintained locks look beautiful.
I figured you'd ask. LOL! I have about 500 give or take because I have had some locks combined and split.
What did your hair look like when you first got them?
When will my hair grow and drop (as far as length)?
It depends on your rate of growth and the length you start with initially.
My hair grows fast but I have a lot of shrinkage because my hair is locking. It looks more curly now because my locks are locking and less straight.
Shrinkage is when your hair looks shorter than when you first started.
Not everyone experiences this, I think this is based mostly on hair texture. Your hair will grow and won't shed like loose hair.
Just look at Cluizel and Onyx Cherry's growth. I don't think they experienced shrinking.
Please feel free to ask me questions but I am NOT a Sisterlocks consultant. The best thing to do is to get as much feedback as possible and make your decision from there. Good luck on your natural hair journeys!
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Ne Me Quitte Pas (Don't Leave Me) is one of my all time favorites.
And her version of Here Comes the Sun just truly epitomizes sublime as they say.
Her remains were spread over Africa after succumbing to breast cancer in 2003. A piece of Nina will always remain in my heart.
But I think it's sad that I've gotten some e-mails and some comments that were miraculously deleted about being self-righteous and taunted me about the fact that I am not under some tree getting juices for my hair. LOL! Just because your journey to Sisterlocks included a perm and mine didn't, is that a reason to act that way? Any reasonable adult would agree to disagree and keep it moving. An outstanding adult would try to bridge any misunderstandings and grow as sisters. I offer this post as a bridge. And I do have fruit trees, by the way; sometimes the juice from the fruit tree is used in my hair.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Well, wow how things have changed. Here are some natural beautiful Barbies by Mattel even though they are too pricey. They are named Tatu, Mbili, and Sugar.
There is an artist that will take your doll and make locks for them! OMG! I would so give this to a little brown girl especially if I had one of my own.
Awesome Right? Follow the Link Below to
Get Your Dolls Locked.
Friday, June 20, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
And, as always, the sisterlock community came to my aid with helpful tips and suggestions.
I am happy to report I have picked out my ends that were bunched and braided them down to almost the ends. I took a safety pin and started my way up kneading the lock until it was loose. I only picked out the bunched part of the lock. I also pull the locks apart some people call it popping the locks. When I do this, I also pull down to eliminate bunching. But I caution you to only do this when your hair is dry. I did this when my hair was wet and lost the end of one of my locks.
I think the bunching was caused by neglect (allowing it to bunch), my hair texture, and using shampoos that contain ingredients that detangle allowing more loose hair out of the lock in areas where the pattern wasn't as tight. Right now, my consultant uses a 3. I think I will ask her to switch back to a reverse four until my locks mature. Any insights on that idea?
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
Here is a photo journey of my first year! I have tried many different hairstyles, but I am a freestyle girl. I usually just wash and go. Sisterlocks makes that process much easier. YAY to my first year and many more.
This photo (below) shows me about 1 year prior to Sisterlocks:
This was shows my initial install in May 2007. I have micro/small Sisterlocks all over:
This shows me at 3 months. I loved my Sisterlocks but wasn't use to seeing so much scalp. I was used to looking like a lioness. See Afro pic above. LOL! I was really in a turquoise mood too.
This is after I Dye d my hair black right at the six month mark. It looks more like locks and less like braids in this picture.
Here I am at 8 months. I really was starting to like the fullness returning. Can you tell I need I retightening here? I really enjoy how it looks right before a retightening. Really messy and without all the grids.
At 9 months, rolling around on my mom's carpet. Can you tell I am so over lint? I hate having to wrap my hair or only use black towels. My solution is a nice Naturtint dye over every 6 months. This was like a week after a retightening. And I had just about split all the locks some consultants combined.
Here I am rocking the fiercest Mohawk known to natural hair at 11 months. It was really tight on my scalp, but I loved the way it looked. I wore it for about a week.
Friday, June 13, 2008
Are your curly/kinky hair texture friends natural? I noticed that my social circle of permed women outside of work have been on the steady decline over the last few years. My best friend still rocks a relaxer, and her hair is quite healthy (i.e. no split ends, no breakage). But other than her, I can count the womyn I hang out with on one hand who chemically straighten their hair outside of work.