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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

How to Grow Long Sisterlocks Naturally

Here's a video on how to get long Sisterlocks from one of my favorite lock rockers Chescaleigh


Because it may take awhile for your patience to arrive, you may want to try these tips:

1. Eat Right!
2. Take a Multi-Vitamin. I suggest you take a natural one. I take Dr. Mercola's along with a slew of other vitamins included Biotin which makes hair healthy and strong.
3. Stop Comparing Yourself to Others
4. Relax - it's just hair.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

How to Choose a Sisterlocks Consultant?

If you found this post, this means you are doing a great job in the first step: RESEARCH.

RESEARCH is so important when choosing a consultant. The first thing I want to caution you to do is find a consultant or consultants who can do your install AND your retightenings. I write this because some consultants only do new installs. Also I chose to get my install in a different city than where I lived. So if you opt to do this, you will need to consider who to do your installs in advance.

I would NOT go to a consultant who has NO References. I chose my consultants based on client referrals. Interview their clients. Make sure you see and examine their work with your own eyes and hands.

Make sure the Sisterlocks Consultant is using the Sisterlocks Tool.

Examine the Sisterlock Consultant's work including the grid, parting size, and size of locks.

Chat with them about the size of Sisterlocks you want, the maintenance, the products, etc.

Make sure they do a tester lock, provide you with a Sisterlocks starter kit, provide info, and get your info to the Sisterlocks Home Office so that you can get a certificate with your Sisterlocks birthday. This may not be important to you, but I wanted a record of who did my locks and when it was done.

My awesome consultant in Boston, Jacqueline Myers of www.hairstoyounaturally.com also gave me a calendar, info about the locking stages, and so many tips on how to maintain the Sisterlocks she installed. She provided braiding and banding info as well as the bands to do it and the technique on how and when to wash.

Monday, July 29, 2013

The Sisterlocks Tool Part 2

To clarify there are 2 Sisterlocks tools, the clip tool and the hook tool.  The public isn't given access to them. For more details and a photo of each tool, click Kreyola's blog HERE.

In order to gain access to the tool, you have to spend the money to take the class to become a Sisterlocks Consultant. The last time I inquired about the cost, it was around $1000. Before you think that's to expensive, consider some women pay that much to get Sisterlocks.

I prefer my retightenings with the Sisterlocks hook tool because I find it is the best. The clip tool frayed my locks and my initial install consultant and retightening consultant both agree that they get more tension with the hook tool allowing a tighter rotation (meaning no visible holes/gaps in the lock).

However, to each their own. I have seen Sisterlocks maintained nicely with other tools. AND I have seen Sisterlocks maintained poorly with other tools. You should take into account the tool, the retightener's technique and your hair texture.


I hope this helps.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Sisterlocks Soft Spike Curls

Sisterlockers,

I created a video on how to achieve this look:


Here it is. Let me know your thoughts.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Sisterlocks Tool & Method

Hi All,

I came across a young woman who had her install done by a consultant who did not use the Sisterlocks tool. Another woman had her locks installed by a woman who was never ever affiliated with Sisterlocks and did not have the tool at all or know the technique.

If you click HERE you can see the Sisterlocks hook tool compared next to the NappyLocs tool. Many women who had their Sisterlocks started with the the hook tool in the link above now maintain their locks themselves with the Nappylocs tool or even a latchhook.

I experimented with the Nappylocs tool, the latchhook, hair pins, bobby pins, and upholstery needles until I found my consultant. You see, I got my locks installed in Boston and had not found a Sisterlock Consultant that suited me here in Atlanta initially by the time I needed a retightening so I experimented with self re-tightenings.

My conclusion: I prefer my hair retightened with the Sisterlocks hook tool. I dislike the Sisterlocks clip tool shown in the article HERE because the spring lever that attaches to the lock caused my ends to fray after a couple of retightening sessions here in Atlanta with a Sisterlocks Consultant. I asked her to use the hook tool and she said that she only uses it for new installs. Needless to say, I found a better consultant (Julia Stewart Stackhaus). I have heard some consultants say they prefer the Sisterlocks hook tool because they can do tighter rotations than with with the clip tool.

Sisterlocks Misinformation

One thing that really irks me and is extremely frustrating to me is the MISINFORMATION running rampant about Sisterlocks.

Sisterlocks remains the best hair decision I have ever made and I just want others to be correctly informed.

I started with Google. In searching Sisterlocks, I found this misinformation on Wikipedia. As a result, I edited the content from:

"Sisterlocks" and "brotherlocks" are a particular patented genus of dreadlocks created in Afro-textured hair that are installed in needle-thin twists to create very fine locks. "Sisterlocks" or "brotherlocks" are maintained exclusively by tightening the roots, or "new growth" with the latch-hook tool as the tension created by excessive twisting encourages locks to thin and potentially break off.

to:

"Sisterlocks" and "Brotherlocks" is [12] a method of locking any hair texture or type into micro dreadlocks founded by Dr. Joanne Cornwell. Only a certified Sisterlocks consultant has received the certification and training to install Sisterlocks or Brotherlocks. A complete list of consultants and official trainees are on the Sisterlocks.com official site. Sisterlocks involve interlocking your hair from end to scalp with the Sisterlocks tool. The technique was not designed or intended to be combined with hair extensions.

And so it is. I am trying to get an official Sisterlocks page on Wiki as well. Wish me luck! It requires multiple references and it's difficult because there is so much false info on the net about Sisterlocks.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Sisterlocks Cornrows Part 2

I slept in the cornrows overnight with no additional product added. In the morning, I took at the back of the cornrows and got a sort of wavy look. Here's the outcome.




Sunday, July 21, 2013

Sisterlocks Cornrows


My mom agreed to braid my Sisterlocks in cornrows. Here's the outcome. Tomorrow I may only keep the front braided and have the back in waves.
This is my first time getting my Sisterlocks cornrowed. Have any of you tried it?

Friday, July 19, 2013

Twisted Sisterlocks Bun

Sisterlocks blogger Kreyola inspired me to do my own version of a twisted buns. Her simple, cute chignon evolved into this for me.

I took all my hair and placed it in a ponytail at the crown of my head. Then I double-strand twisted the ponytail into about 5 sections and wrapped them one under another making an "O" shape at an angle.

Not too shabby for 5 minutes before work with no hair pins if you will. :)

 

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Bed Head

Sisterlockers, do you wrap your hair at night? Do you have a night routine for hair? I do for skin but that's it.

I sleep just like this minus the make-up & earrings. No wraps. No scarves. Most of the time I do remember to put at least one satin pillowcase on the pillows.

For me, less is more with Sisterlocks...


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

What are Sisterlocks?

1. What kind of braids are those?

A: They are not braids but rather very small dreadlocks called Sisterlocks introduced by Dr. Joanne Cornwell.

2. Is that all your hair?

A: Yes. Sisterlocks are designed to be worn with your natural hair only. Some people use extension methods to add hair to their locks but I am not one of them.

3. Can you take them out?

A: Yes. It is possible but involves a very manual process.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

How to Reattach Sisterlocks

My first video ever! This is how I reattach Sisterlocks that have broken off, was pulled off, or cut off.

Let me know your thoughts?

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Men Love Sisterlocks

Men love Sisterlocks. Let me rephrase almost all of the men I have encountered have been extremely fond of my Sisterlocks. My father especially loves not finding my hair in any drains. He is also extremely fond of the length now.

My guy friends often say things like "Wow that's all your hair?". "You don't wrap your hair at night?" "You don't have an umbrella or shower cap?"

They are not used to Black women having hair they can touch or pull. They aren't used to a woman not having a weave. In my informal poll, they seem to like weave the least.

Not that you need another reason to like Sisterlocks nor am I saying that men validate your beauty. But as a busy single working and dating girl, Sisterlocks have only helped.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Hair Ties with Free Shipping

Hi SL Peeps! Many of you have emailed me about hair ties over the past 2-3 years. Well I just wanted to show you a few of the hair ties I'm offering again on my site:
 

 

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Weight Loss & Sisterlocks = A Great Combination

This post is not necessarily about hair.

It's about weight. As many of you know from 2011-2013 I lost ~40 pounds.

Having Sisterlocks definitely helps in having one less thing to worry about while working out. You can work out without worrying about sweating your hair out or getting your hair wet.

My 3 favorite ways to work out are hiking (climbing up and around Stone Mountain for locals), swimming, and yoga.

Many naturalistas wrap their hair but I don't. I heard a good site is www.saveyourdo.com; I read several great reviews for her headwraps that trap moisture to save your hairstyle. If you experience "slippage" in your Sisterlocks, this product is for you.

As for the pool, I tie my hair in a bun and dive in. I tried putting 2-3 swim caps on but now my hair is too full for it. Usually my hair is not soaked all the way through, so I just wash and condition. Then I air dry if it's warm out and blow dry if it's not. But I only go swimming at most 3 times a week. Have any of you tried a swim cap for locks you like? I know there are several on the market.

I know this may sound weird; but although I am still overweight, I have no desire to lose more weight. My main goal is being healthy, and if that requires weight loss then I chose my health. BUT I love my curves. I enjoy having a fleshy body. Really it would be great if we could spot reduce because I only want smaller arms and a flatter tummy.

Anyway, here's the progress as of January this year. For those of you who know me personally or through Facebook or Instagram, this is old news. But I wanted to share that this is a another great thing about Sisterlocks.

With Sisterlocks, working out is no problem!


Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Best Sisterlocks Advice Ever

Hey Sisterlocks Ladies!

I started blogging again in part because I saw much misinformation on Sisterlock forums and did not see my particular viewpoint being represented.

I am often still inboxed on Facebook via email and pulled aside at natural hair shows to have conversations with women that are dissatisfied with their hair. Many times, they say they are dissatisfied but only in comparison to someone else's hair.

"I want my Sisterlocks to look exactly like yours."
Not possible! We were all created with different DNA.

"My consultant didn't make mine as small as your Sisterlocks."
Consultants generally do the size they were taught to do based on the Sisterlocks grid and texture/volume of YOUR hair after discussing your wants. They try to meet your wants against their training and experience.

" Our texture is similar. My hair will look like yours in 5 years".
Your hair will always look like your hair. My hair will always look like my hair. It's real hair not weave.

So here is the BEST DARN SISTERLOCKS ADVICE YOU WILL EVER READ:
Never ever compare your locks to others (not the texture, length, color, number of years or locks, not the density). When you stop doing this it becomes easier to be happy with the hair that matters most, your own.


So when you learn to accept what you have, then you can love it. Then you will stop comparing your hair to others and just maintain the best head of your own Sisterlocks that you can.

Now this advice is free. And you can apply it to any area of your life not just hair!

Be Well Sisterlockers!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Soft Spikes on Sisterlocks

Lately, I have been feeling more experimental with styling my Sisterlocks. I plan to try many different types of rollers and post about the results.

My go to staple for Sisterlocks curls are Soft Spikes. I have used them since around the first year and they always produce nice curls. Plus they are soft. I go to sleep on them with no problems.

I ALSO SELL SOFT SPIKES. Right now I am selling 1 pack of 30 long rollers with end papers to wrap those loose ends that may not be sealed in the lock for just $15 with FREE SHIPPING on my site: https://www.etsy.com/shop/NaturallySophia

Here's a brief  description of how I used them.

1. Start with damp clean hair. I added Jane Carter's Wrap & Roll.
2.Take the ends of a small section of locks. Place the ends of your hair in the end papers. Make a rectangle (ish) shape with the papers.

Hair Mask & Protein Pack on Sisterlocks

My Sisterlocks had been feeling extra dry and wiry. I dyed them twice this year both times using bleach. They typically feel dry but I could tell that it might not be a bad idea to condition them.

Now I donated all my rinse out & deep conditioners once I started Sisterlocks years ago along with my combs and brushes. So, I needed to buy one again. I also did not want to spend much money on it, especially not knowing how the outcome would be.

So, I went to the "natural" section at Target. I settled on a trial size of this product


and also purchased 2 of these (below):




I left the trial pact of the Olive Oil Masque and the Palmer's Coconut Deep Conditioning Protein Pack on for 4-6 hours with a plastic bag on my head. The instructions say 10-20 minutes but I fell asleep on my couch LOL!


I think the result was good. It definitely felt better than before while applying, after washing out, and even 2 weeks later. So I applied it again to clean, damp hair focusing on the tips and working near but not on the scalp just like I did 2 weeks ago.