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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Atlanta Sisterlocks Meet-Up

Hi Sisterlock Enthusiast,

The Atlanta Sisterlocks Meet-Up is hosting an event September 8th:

Hi Everyone,
You are invited to "da Kink in My Hair" play! Don't miss this time to connect with other Sisterlockers and Sisterlockaholics like myself. We will gather 30 minutes before the play begins to meet and greet.
Play Synopsis:
“If you want to know a black woman, you touch her hair,” says Novelette, as she delves into the tresses and stresses of her clients to reveal their hidden stories. Set in a Caribbean hair salon in Toronto, ‘da Kink in my Hair gives voice to eight black women who tell their unforgettable stories in a kaleidoscope of drumming, singing and dance. It is a testament to the challenges and triumphs in the lives of contemporary black women, many of whom are immigrants to North America from the Caribbean. Mixing laughter and tears, revelation and inspiration, the unapologetically intense stories of each woman are woven together in this powerful piece.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Sisterlocks & Lupus

A Sisterlocker emailed me writing that she has Lupus and wants tips on hair loss. I reached out to a doctor friend and 2 women I know with Lupus as well as a nurse practitioner. I don't have Lupus so it was an education for me. Thanks for trusting me and giving me the opportunity to blog about this subject.


 

Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease that occurs when your body's immune system attacks your own tissues and organs.

 No one knows for sure what causes lupus. But some groups of people have higher rates of lupus. African-American women are three times more likely to get lupus than white women. African-American women tend to develop lupus at a younger age and have more severe symptoms than white women.

Lupus can cause anemia and hair loss itself. Hair loss is enhanced with iron deficiency, with or without anemia. A common cause of anemia is iron deficiency. The medicine that is prescribed for lupus commonly causes hair loss.

So you have lupus and hair loss, what can you do about it?

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Value vs. Costs of Sisterlocks


Sisterlocks are not free, hell they are not even cheap. But are they worth it? Absolutely! You have to assign the value you think it's worth.

I suggest you utilize a certified Sisterlock consultant from the Sisterlocks.com website.

The first expense is the installation. I live in a major city. Installs here typically range between $500-$1000. It may be cheaper in smaller cities.

The second expense is retightenings. $20 -$40 per hour based on your location. Trainees typically charge around the lower end of the scale. 

You will be saving on time, effort, styling tools, products, and potentially less stress surrounding what to do with your hair.

Consider the video below and please share your thoughts:

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Sisterlocks Sizes & Grid

I've seen Sisterlocks recently that appear to have fallen outside of the realm of what is taught at the Sisterlocks training classes as far as sizes.

I wanted you as consumers to know that Sisterlocks Consultants and Trainees are taught to install Sisterlocks with an even grid in this manner. The trained Sisterlock Consultants are shown and provided with parting charts and taught NOT to deviate from this size for Sisterlocks as of today. The sizes below reflect the size of the Parts not the Sisterlocks.

Here are the Sisterlock Parting Sizes:

1/8" to 1/4" for Sisterlock Micros
1/4" to 3/8" for Average to Large Sisterlocks
Over 1/2" is Too Large according to Sisterlocks

I've used my head to give you a real life example:

Sisterlocks are installed as a rule of thumb slightly larger in the middle and back. If this is done properly, it should be virtually impossible for an onlooker to tell the slight difference. Can you tell from the photos below?

The first photo here is a photo of the front of my Sisterlocks parting.
I measured these recently with a translucent green ruler that did not photograph well. But these parts here are all 1/8".


Now when we move to the back of my head, they are all 1/4":


Now you may wonder if my Sisterlocks are twice as large in the back. Yes some are! But I barely notice their size difference. If I had all 1/8" parting, I know I would have longer retightenings and perhaps less fullness. My install would have taken longer and more of my locks would have to be combined. 2-3 of the micro Sisterlocks had to be combined to lock and to not hang on by a strand of hair.

Over 6 years later, my parts are the same size they were then. This is why it's so important to keep up with your maintenance. Having an even Sisterlocks grid with the correct size parts allows you more styling options and a neater look. This is what Sisterlocks Consultants are trained to do. 

Thoughts?

Monday, August 5, 2013

Sisterlocks Shower Cap

I haven't used a shower cap since college.  I ordered one just in case I care enough one day  I style it to keep it from getting wet.

If you're interested, order Here
I chose the XL. I am impressed already though I haven't used it yet.



Friday, August 2, 2013

PCOS, Metformin, & Sisterlocks

I have gotten some emails on the topic of Sisterlocks and Metformin. I have P.C.O.S. (poly cystic ovarian syndrome) and Metformin is often prescribed for one of the many symptoms I.R.S. (Insulin Resistancy Syndrome).

I did not notice any effect in my hair from taking Metformin. But Metformin gave me horrible stomach aches, diarrhea, nausea, and lactic acidosis. I took myself off of Metformin and lost 40 pounds!

I no longer have amenorrhea, but I still see some of the other symptoms now and then. I especially see it when I fall off my diet. I cut out refined carbs, junk food, soda, and high calorie/high sugar juices completely.   I eat mostly high quality organic protein and veggies. My drink of choice is now water.

I was having some hair issues associated with the hormonal imbalance (another symptom of PCOS). But balancing my diet has improved that.

My number one PCOS suggestion is LOSE WEIGHT. This is something you can do right now by changing your diet, eating more of the right things, moving around more, and cutting the crap out of your diet.

YES it's hard, but it's not harder than having alopecia, out of control hair growth like a beard, depression, fatigue, hormonal imbalance, amenorrhea, infertility and all of the other PCOS symptoms.

Be encouraged all my Soul Cysters out there!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Sisterlocks Bunching

When I first got my Sisterlocks done, I had a bunch of  Bunching.

Bunching is when your hair mattes outside of the Sisterlocks rotation in the lock. It usually happens on loose ends or towards the bottom of the lock.

There are some things you can do to prevent & avoid bunching:
1. Make sure your consultant locks down as far as he or she can to the end of your lock during your initial install.

2. Use the right products. Try to avoid sulfates in your shampoo. In my honest opinion, it makes curly hair frizzier. Creamy products and anything with a silkening, detangling or creamy effect will cause your loose hair to fizz which will cause both slippage and bunching.

3. In the beginning, wash your hair ONLY when necessary which is probably much less than you think. 

4. In the beginning, braid and band every time you wash.

5. Get regular retightenings at least every 5-6 weeks especially if your locks have not matured. Your consultant can better monitor bunching and slipping if you go regularly especially until your locks mature.

If you already have bunching, here is my video on some things I did that GREATLY improved the bunched Sisterlocks.