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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Goapele's New Braid Style



Who doesn't love Goapele? I know she was an inspiration or the inspiration for many of us to get locks. Now just look how lovely she looks with this braid style! She performed in Atlanta over the past weekend.




Just gorgeous! It's so hot like 100 degrees everyday with the heat index. What a perfect time for an updo!


Monday, July 12, 2010

Kelis: Amazing Natural Style



Kelis has been a major fashion inspiration as of late. I remember her first album Kaleidoscope with her natural curls. So cute! I was an instant fan of her voice and hair.






I am happy to see she has returned to that as of late.


I was always a fan of her hair color now and then. But now I love her wardrobe as well. I like the way she plays with color and is playful but stylish with her wardrobe. What do you think? Agree? Disagree?









Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Where Are the Men?

Hey Natural Hair Enthusiasts!



My blog is about to be officially post heavy for awhile, the ink is flowing (yeah I'm old school because I like to write my thoughts down first and create lists).


So, getting on with the typing,


I am wondering why there are not more men Sisterlocks Consultants. In my loose hair life, I had a male braider and a male hairstylist for heat styles. Is this a novelty of Atlanta, GA?


Photo of Calla Johnson (SL Consultant) and her beautiful client at 08 Hair Show



Male hairstylists always seemed to make my hair look better, grow more, and with less of a fuss to get in their chair (usually).


Don't get me wrong, I love my consultant. I would not trade her super fast retightenings for anyone in the world. If you are local and like quick retightenings and don't need a salon environment, I'd say check her out (Julia Stewart-Stackhaus).






Anyway, wouldn't it be nice to have some male consultants as an option?

Friday, June 25, 2010

Are you going to the Sisterlocks Homecoming?

Bonjour Belles!


Are you going? I am thinking of being a vendor. I am curious about who I might see there or if any one was sharing rooms/splitting car costs kinda thing.


I have never been, and each year I have been told I am missing out on great people, sites, and gorgeous locks.


Have you been in a previous year? What was your experience like?


SL Photo from Sisterlocks Atlanta meet-up Spring 2008

Friday, June 18, 2010

Is Your Natural Hair a Fad?

Is natural hair a fad? Naturally Sophia thinks YES! Hell yes! I can remember just a few short years ago maybe 2 at the most when natural hair was a niche. There were more attitudes of that looks good on you but not me. There was more an emphasis on weave too. But my how things have changed?

Now, there are so many natural blogs and products and etc. I can't even keep up with all of them. In a way this can't be good, natural hair= mass consumerism. Unlike the afros and natural hair of the 70's, which often just meant a curly head went without heat styling to reveal a beautiful afro, there are magic puddings, wet look conditioners, texturizers, etc.
It's more about a Natural Look than BEING Natural.
Looking natural is easier I think than being natural. It's easier to change a look than your way of being. What place does a blog have about being natural in a sea of blogs about looking natural?


Then, there's the trendiness. There are afros on the runways for even White models. Most of the images I see with Black models in popular magazines or on commercials have some type of natural weave, wig, or look. I used to have to look at only Black channels or Black media for those images. They are abundant now.





I think natural hair has become a movement, and I hope it's not a temporary one. I have locked in my natural hair so it's not a fad for me. Is it for you? Thoughts?





Furthermore, I think locs or locks, dreads, whatever you call them are less trendy and hence more permanent for those who wear them. It is easier to go from permed hair to natural and back than to go from perm to natural to locks and back to perm. You follow? So, when I see locks I always assume (sometimes wrongly) that its less of a trend for them and more a staple. What do you think? Please discuss.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Hair Tie Repair: FOR FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So it's a fact, hair ties don't last forever. :(


I have a solution that will help!


If you have a hair tie that needs repair, send it to me. Yes immediately!


If you bought it from me, I will pay for the return shipping and fix it. By fix I mean I will repair elastic, fix a broken link, or glue a pendant together if need be.


If you bought the hair tie from someone else, I will fix it as long as you cover shipping costs (usually less than $2 in the continental US).


Yup hair tie repair for free! Yippee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Baduspiration

Remember when I said I had been being inspired? Well of course you do it was last week, LOL!
Well that was true.

This lady has really inspired me especially as of late.


"I'm not more daring. I'm more deliberate." (Erykah Badu in this month's (June 2010) Upscale).

Why? Because by viewing her "controversial" video, she called my attention to some artistic things in myself that I had been wanting to do but had not done because of how she terms it "group think".

It's amazing how we really are and what we can really do when we are not constantly thinking of how others perceive us or our body or our minds & hearts (our greatest assets).

Just for a second, I want to point out the fact that her "Window Seat" video controversy was over-rated. On regular TV (not cable) I just saw Scarlett Johansen and Sandra Bullock engaged in an open mouth kiss. Family Guy comes on 2 hours a day and features a known child predator and gay baby. Why in the hell is Erykah's video so shocking? It's because she was nude in a way that did not make her sexually suggestive. She wasn't gyrating or performing for an audience in the video. She seemed to be in control of her actions. No one pulled her clothes off her. To me, this made a statement and was artistically beautiful at the same time.

The song "Window Seat" itself was nice to: for me it was about balance in life and wanting to escape while still wanting to be missed.

If you have not seen the video, please check it out, and also tell me what you think:





I love this song too. It's called "20 Feet Tall". Isn't it a revelation? Who hasn't forgotten their own "height" at some point? It reminds me that we have everything we need already besides I really like the music.

Lyrics & Song below:

"My love what did I do

to make you fall

so far from me

And now I can recall

Cause of the fall

selective memory

Then you you built a wall

a 20 foot wall

so I couldn't see

But if I get off my off my knees

then I might recall I'm 20 feet tall"





I also like Erykah because she is willing to both challenge our perceptions of her and that of Black women at large. Remember when she came out with her first album? Lil Kim and Foxy Brown were at the top of the charts all naked and all erotic. Destiny's Child had just come out with an album. Erykah was a striking contrast to me because as I was a teenager she had locks which I wanted badly and was completely covered. This challenged my thoughts of how I could be viewed in my own little microcosm of high school.

Then, when she responded to her critics about having 3 babies outside of wedlock with 3 different fathers. Again, I was challenged by her response. She said that why wouldn't she give birth to 3 beautiful vessels that she is perfectly capable of taking care of in her own right. I couldn't think of a reason why not after reading her response.

Yay Baduism! on and on...

Friday, May 28, 2010

Do You Know What Today Is? It's My Anniversary!

I was told I was missed. Thank you!




Many of you have e-mailed, instant messaged, etc. asking me if I was sick or had abandoned my blog. Well of course not! I have been living and being supernaturally inspired by life and growing up a bit. Also, I must say when you all ( bloggers, lurkers, enthusiasts) don't comment, naturally Sophia feels like she may have wasted her time a tiny bit because no one else shares their thoughts :) You know no one likes playing to an empty room. Ok I'm done whining now.

Great News! Something magical happened, my locks turned 3 today. They are out of the terrible 2s and have started to grow and calm down a bit. I must confess I have never missed my afro more, well more like half-fro because it always looked more like out than up. But I don't miss the maintenance of having a foot long plus fro. I have learned so much about Sisterlocks in the past 3 years. I'm going to post on things that personally helped me soon.

I'm growing out the color too. No more color at the roots. I read an article that suggested peroxide leads to premature grays (ouch!) in the May 2010 O Magazine. I love Oprah! I also love white hair but don't want to hasten the process.


Here are some things I have done in the past with my locks:



Here I am today:



And here's what I want to do in the future:



Please click on each one of these styles. Aren't they adorable?
Audrey's Beautiful Length & Texture

Chescaleigh's Braided Side Pony

Braided, Twisty Mohawk from Bglhonline.com

Docs Locs Pretty French Braid

The Swirly Bun in the 2nd Gallery

Goddess Curls

To celebrate, I am going to join the Locked Hair Blog Exchange !

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Martine's Sisterlocks Part Deux!

Marvelous Martine has a brand new set of Sisterlocks. She visited last month, and I was able to catch up with her and of course you know I wouldn't miss the opportunity to let you all know about the new SLs. To read about Martine's previous hair journeys start here.


She had them installed last November and says she has a better appreciation for Sisterlocks after being a loose natural. I was kind of surprised to hear her say this so I asked her why; and she named the ease, freedom, and styling versatility. She went on to say that continually styling loose natural hair with the array of products and maintenance makes her appreciate Sisterlocks more, saying it's even better the 2nd time around.This is Martine Bernard and extraordinary stylist Nijiyyah who mentored her while becoming a Sisterlock Consultant.


She also said that her experience of having loose natural hair makes her more empathetic to the challenges and fears of locking. She said now when she sees weaves, wigs, and extension braids and twists she understands the convenience and ease in a way she didn't see before her year of being a loose natural. Last summer, she had her hair twisted with extensions, stating how happy she was at the ease it allowed her while she visited Paris.



I asked Martine how she was emotionally regarding getting her second set of Sisterlocks installed. She cried she said. Again, I was not expecting this response. So I asked her why in the world she'd cry when she loved her first set so. She was just coming to closure with the loss of her first set, and then she was fine.

I asked her then about why she did not reattach her first set of locks to this set since she seemed to really miss them? And she told me in her own Zen way that what's done is done. She doesn't believe in changing or adding to her own locks once they are locked. I found this really beautiful; there is always something appealing to me about people that can accept themselves, their hair, and/or their body the way it is.


She now has smaller Sisterlocks about 450-500 when before she had about 350-375. She retightens them herself. Can you believe she didn't count either set. She just kind of said, she's happy it's not important the exact number. This made me feel a tad bit neurotic considering how much I obsessed over the number and size before I locked. I told her I felt her texture looked different. She said she never new how soft and different her texture was before she locked and had a loose natural because before her hair was so processed.


She also hasn't waited for length to start styling, coloring and accessorizing her locks.

C'est tres jolie! What an inspiration!? I greatly thank her for sharing her locking journey with me. It seems locks are truly a journey for her and not just a means to an end, not just a destination. I look forward to hearing the next steps. She would like to thank everyone for the acceptance, love and support they gave her through kind words, calls, e-mails and comments.





Saturday, April 17, 2010

Atlanta Natural Hair Show 2010

Where have I been blog, bloggers, blog fam? I have been feeling; not writing or thinking but feeling and working on some of my goals. :)

I missed you all and have decided to write again about the things I've wanted to share but have been too busy living to share.

First of all, I would like to share photos from the Atlanta Natural Hair Show 2010 by Taliah Waajid.

I was a vendor there this year also. You know I have to find a way to sell the 300 hair ties I have. LOL! I found more people selling them this year; but the quality was way lower than last year in my honest opinion. Needless to say, I had a blast!
It was fun, and I left feeling inspired.

Here I am with a couple of friends:

(from left Onyx Cherry Sisterlocked 3 years, moi, and B traditional locks for 5 years)




And here I am with the woman that installed my full mane of Sisterlocks. None other than the dynamic Jacqueline of HairstoYouNaturally.com! She was well worth the trip I made to Boston to have my locks installed nearly 3 years ago! Time flies. She is knowledgeable, consistent and a perfectionist no less. She is really amazing.


And the styles and models were amazingly, creatively styled. Here are just some teasers. ;p WOW! Look at the slide show for more highlights.






Just look at the artistry!




And Sisterlocks definitely represented. Here is consultant Roni with her entry style and client into the natural hair show:








This is the first Sisterlock Stylist of the Year Calla Johnson, who is infamous in Atlanta with her daughter (4 year old Sisterlocks). Just beautiful!





I can't forget my own current consultant Julia Stewart-Stackhaus who is fabu in her own right. And yes she was particularly talkative that weekend. LOL!



Sunday, February 28, 2010

Finally Ponytails

Ok so I can't front like I couldn't get my hair in a ponytail from day one. I could, but I could never quite do it in a way I liked. I am happy to report I was able to do at least one successful ponytail I deemed blog worthy.

Here is the front of the hairstyle I twisted one big twist into a ponytail of loose elastic bands. The other twist was made of a smaller twist going into a larger one that crossed over in a "y" shape into my ponytail.


Here are some side shots from the right side of the ponytail.

I just might do more with styles more often. Sisterlocks are as stylish and creative as you allow them to be.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

A New Year, A New Color

"If you want trouble, find yourself a redhead." ~Author Unknown

I have always admired red hair from Lucille Ball to Malcolm X. So, Naturally Sophia decided to become one herself.



Color Update! See above pic.


Yup I chose RED! ya know with brown not like fire engine red (well at least not yet).


How did I do it?


Well first I went with my staple: Naturtint. Except, it didn't color it red enough, it was more red but not quite red enough to be obvious. Now, to be fair, I only let it stay on my hair for 20 minutes. I colored it before work. It made a subtle difference, but not the punch I was looking for.




The next day, I came back and mixed some colors. I mixed Clairol 40 developer, Clairol Permanent Dye Reddest Sunset Red, Beautiful Collection Light Reddest Brown, and Adore Fire Red. Here is my disclaimer: don't do what I did because your hair can fall out or turn green. If you do it anyway, don't blame me.



I just did the part that was already blondish anyway because I did not want to bleach my hair again. I am thrilled with the result. It looks more red in person that in these pictures.





Now dear readers, let me confess something I am curious about but probably would never do in a million years. It's this:

Yuh Know? Fun Betty makes dye so the drapes can match the rug if you know what I mean. I mean aside from my fears of something burning or itching after using this product, I think it could be a cool thing to do at least once.