Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Yes they are.....

Ok, I went to Sally's Beauty Supply to purchase a replacement Caruso Steam Curler set. My current one fizzled out on me. While waiting in line I heard a voice behind me ask, "How long have you had your Sisterlocks?" Oh my gosh! I couldn't believe that someone knew I had Sisterlocks. It was the greatest feeling. Anyway we chatted for a bit. She's a young lady deciding about getting locks. I told her about who does Sisterlocks here in the Austin area and about the Sisterlocks website. The other lady with her said, "Your hair is beautiful." I was beaming yal. I told her thank you and went my merry way. Gosh I wish I had one of my consultants cards at that moment, but didn't. So folks, feel free to share how you felt when someone noticed you had Sisterlocks.

Love, peace, and no hair grease.

Friday, November 28, 2008

4th Retightening

So fellow lockers......my appt. is in the morning. I enjoy my appts. I can't believe it's been four months since my installation. I truly love my hair. It's so freeing to be able to get up in the morning and not have much to do. I'm amazed that I don't use any products on my locks other than the Sisterlocks Starter Shampoo.

I hope to make a post after my visit tomorrow to give any updates. Till then......

Love, peace, and no hair grease.

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Monday, November 17, 2008

Few Update Pictures

So by next weekend I will have been Sisterlock'd for four months. I'm still in love with them even with my permed ends. I purchased another Tomoka Twist. It's so cute! I still would like to get some Brunsli hairties. I hope she get's them up for sale soon. Anyway here's a few pictures for you. I tried to do a texture pic, but my camera on my Macbook only does a so-so close up job.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Three Months

Hi everyone!

I have officially been locked three months now and still loving my Sisterlocks. I of course have lock envy when I'm checking out some of my favorite blogs and discovering new ones. What a great community we have in the lock world. Yesterday I did my early voting and saw a young lady with locks. They were small and beautiful. I wanted to ask her if they were Sisterlocks, or locks created by braids or some other form, but too chicken to approach her. Oh well. I don't have any new pictures for yal this time because I don't look any different. I still mainly wear my locks curled either by doing Bantu Knots, or my Caruso Steam Curlers. I have been using a clarifying shampoo since I was told I could, but don't quite like it. So I went ahead tonight and ordered two bottles of the Sisterlock Starter shampoo. I say...stick to what works whatever that may be. I know that some ladies had itching issues with the SL shampoo, but it works great for me. I actually had itching issues with the clarifying shampoo. I think it was too drying.

So last weekend I had my retightening appointment and all is going well. My consultant says that my hair is beautiful, and I agree (LOL). My hands are always in my hair, yep I got the desease (LOL). I went ahead and pre-scheduled my next two retightenings, so I'm set for the rest of the year. Well folks if I do some new look I'll take pictures for you.

Love, peace, and no hair grease.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

I got it, I got it!!!

Ok, I'm so, so happy this evening. My Tomoka's Twist and earring set was in my mail. Ok let me tell you that I so, so love this set called Toffee II. This is quality craftmanship ladies and gentlemen (LOL). Oh yes, I will be making more purchases from Carmen. This girl has it going on with her products. Well with no further ado,take a look at my picture.

Love, peace, and no hair grease.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Made a purchase

I don't have anything new to share. SL's still doing their thang. My still wash every week, but ran out of the SL starter shampoo. So I purchased a clarifying shampoo for now. I was told by my consultant that using a clarifying was ok. So Friday night I used it and I experienced no slippage. Seems to work just as well as the starter shampoo, but easier on the pocket book. I'm sure I will continue to use the SL shampoo too, but will use what I have for now.

Now another purchase I just made a few minutes ago is my first Tomoka Twist set. I can't wait till it arrives. When it does then I'll have a new picture for you guys. Anway, that's it for now. Look for a new posting hopefully by the end of the week.

Love, peace and no hair grease.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Brunsli Hairties

Ok, I was looking at an old post off Maryee's blog. She was showing off her Brunsli Hairtie. I am so loving it. I read Brunsli's page often. Unfortunetly I'm wanting one of her hairties, but none have been for sale in a long time. From reading her post, her mom was running the store, but has been very busy. Brunsli, if you every read my blog, girl hook a sista up with your store on ebay. I want to purchase. Your hairties I've seen on folks blogs are gorgeous. Now that I'm so loving my baby SL's I'm wanting to try different things to accessorize my hair. I plan to make a purchase from Carmen too. Hopefully in two weeks, I'll purchase one of her set's that has the matching earrings and hair accessory. I think it's great that those who have the skills and talent know how to make items for us lockers. Oh I've included a picture of my nice clean "kitchen", LOL.

Love, peace and no hair grease.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Consultant is leaving

Hey everyone. I just got home from my second retightening. I got the news that my consultant is leaving Texas and going back to Tennessee. I'm heartbroken. She's an excellent certified consultant. I wish I had more time to experience her expertise. I am grateful for being able to get my hair retightened before she leaves. We have tentatively scheduled another retightening for next month. I'll be calling her in two weeks to see if we'll be keeping that appointment. She did give me a card for another person that used to be listed on the Sisterlock site. He's not on there anymore, but I have heard through the grapevine that he's good and has many years of experience. He's actually the one I called last year when I was in my research phase for Sisterlocks. I did give him a call on my way home to inquire on his pricing for retightenings....wow was I shocked! He charges $50 an hour. Goodness! Oh well, if I must pay it to get the job done, then I will. My retightening today only took 2 1/2 hours at $30 an hour. See my reason for the price shocker? Anyway, I've been keeping my hair regimen easy. I shampoo with the starter shampoo once a week. Then after taking the bands and braids out, I separate. I let it air dry a bit, then put my hair in Bantu Knots. The next morning I take the Bantu's out and have curls that last me all week till I wash again. I haven't been using my Caruso's unless a curl goes straight on me. Well that's it, check out my fresh pictures taken a few minutes ago.

Love, peace, and no hair grease.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Been A While

Hi everyone. I know it's been a few weeks since my last post. I've been so busy with school back in session. So I won't post as often as I would like. With working full time, attending school and being a mom, my plate is quite full. So in regards to my SL's they are doing fine. I haven't noticed any changes, so I have no pictures for you. This coming weekend will be my second retightening. I'm looking forward to it.

Do pray for my loctician as her husband suffered a stroke the other week. My heart goes out to her during this difficult time for her and her husband. Well folks, I hope to give you a better post next week.

Love, peace, and no hair grease.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Suspense Is Over

Ok folks, so I kept yal in suspense all week long. I'll be nice and tell you what's up. I was concerned about some of the sizing and parting of my locks. I had some issues resolved at my retightening, then after leaving noticed another issue with a lock and that more of locks that needed splitting weren't. So after one lock issue was resolved during the week, I got well.......concerned. So take into consideration that I'm using a trainee who has over all done a great job and is very, very nice. Anyway I called the original SL consultant who is certified and talked to her about my concerns. She encouraged me to inform my consultant about my concerns which I did to a point. I scheduled an appointment with the certified consultant for her to look over my locks. See...I can't see the locks on the very top and back. Yal know what I mean. Only way you can see your scalp in those areas well is if someone helps by holding a mirror or taking pictures for you to view. Well I don't have anyone to help me on either of those fronts. So today I went for my appointment. She looked through my locks and listened to my concerns. She told me with all the hair I have that my consultant actually did a great job. She did notice and agreed some more locks could be split. She also encouraged me regarding the parting concern I had. Pretty much due to the density of my hair (have alot all over the place), that it's ok if some of it's not exactly perfect. She did agree to take some down and split them in the front for me.

I asked her if she felt it was ok that I used the semi-permanent color (used on my front hairline to cover grey). She discourages using anything other than the shampoo and water during the immature period. Well, what's done is done. So in the end, I got the assurance I needed regarding my locks. Now I do feel a little guilty not telling my consultant that I was seeking advice from another, but you know what....it's my hair, right? I have to do what feels right for me. It's my personal journey and I want it to be the best it can be. So I scheduled an appointment with the certified consultant so she can fix me up with the other locks we decided should be split at my 2 month retightening. I bet you want to know when I'll tell my current consultant and what I'll tell her. Well...she's nice and I'll call her this week. Now I'm a kind person, and hate to dissapoint someone or hurt their feelings. So I'm not quite sure how I'll tell her I'm cancelling my scheduled retightening with her. Now I'm not saying I'll never go back to her. In fact I may for the 3rd and rest of my retightenings. We'll see how it goes with the phone call at first. So yal know the news now. Give me your opinion on it all. Have you ran into a similar situation with your SL consultant or had a friend that has. How did they handle it? Oh and just in case you didn't know...I love my SL's!

Love, peace and no hair grease.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

New Picture

So yal I tried something new so excuse the bad parting on my end of the deal. After I took the picture I saw where I made the parting mistake and pulled those baby's to the right lane (LOL). I'm no big hairstylist so I give it a good ol' try. The other thing I noticed after using the semi-permanent color on just the front was that I had some it on my scalp. So if you look closely on the bottom row near my ear close to the front is a black spot, LOL. I just rubbed it off, goodness.

I may have some interesting news to share with yal after this up coming weekend. I think I may have to go on my gut feelings on something. Curious aren't yal? Hmmmmm what could I possibly mean. Well hope to not keep yal in suspense too long. Til later, yal know what I'm about to say............

Love, peace and no hair grease.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Lock Loops, Nope

Ok so I tried the Lock Loops and didn't like the tight curls. Maybe after my locks mature and grow in length then I'll try them again. For now though I will stick with my Caruso's. One thing I will say positive about the Lock Loops was they were ok to sleep in since I put my hair in two pony tails and then rolled up with the Loops. I'll post a new picture probably tomorrow.

On another note I had my first retightening today with hardly and slippage. My head felt so refreshed afterward. Also my consultant split a few to make them smaller. She gave me the ok to use a semi permanent hair color. I just couldn't stand all the gray hair across my front hairline. I've been using one of those color wands but heck it's hot in Texas, so I sweat it right off. Ok that's it for now.

Love, peace and no hair grease.

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Monday, August 18, 2008

Lock Loops

Hi SL and locked family. So guess what arrived in the mail today? Yes, I ordered 2 bags of Lock Loops which is 60 loops total. I decided after watching some ladies' You Tube Vid's and reading blogs where the ladies reviewed them. I've been using the Caruso Steam Roller system and really like them. Now I want to try something else because there is no way one can sleep in those hard rollers compared to the Lock Loops from what I've found out. Ok, I haven't used them yet. Probably will before the week is out due to last night I just freshly rolled my hair with the Caruso's. So I'll post pictures when I do use them. If you have used the Lock Loops please feel free to post a comment on them. On another note this weekend will be my first retightening. I mentioned on a previous post that my consultant will split a few that I want smaller. Then I will officially be locked up for 1 month!

Love, peace and no hair grease.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Lock Count Response

So someone asked today in my comments area what my lock count is. The reason it was asked was because I mentioned on an earlier post that my consultant is going to split some of my locks and make them smaller, (newborn SL's). Ok so I counted approx 307. I have read others blogs and they have mentioned from 400 on up to 600. I think once we split some of mine I still won't be at over 400, which is ok with me. Right now I have a lot of teeny ones. Mine are small, medium and large. I decided that especially a few on the top front that felt a bit on the large size that I want them small only. A few in the back my consultant mentioned she wants to split in the back which is fine with me also. I do know that the more locks you have, the longer your retightening sessions can be. So next weekend on the 23rd will be my appointment and I'm looking forward to seeing my consultant again. I love her personality. So ladies, please share if you with how many locks you have and mention any pros or cons or anything on your mind about it.

Peace, love and no hair grease.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Braid Out

Ok so I did a braid out after washing my SL's last night. I kind of like it. I put on a headband and pulled it back further on my head. I think this is a great weekend look with some pretty earrings. Also too, it' been almost one full week with my SL's. This has been the easiest hair week ever without extensions and hairline pulling braids. I'm so glad I made this choice. Also possibly next weekend I'll have more SL's to count since my consultant and I agreed to split some that seem a bit large. I think what I want is primarily the small and medium only, no large. This is one of the great things about SL's is that they can in a way be customized to your liking in way of size, and pattern due to need. Although we that have SL's that were created by one woman, we all look a bit different, special. I'm looking forward to the next stage of my journey no matter what comes up. It's natural, it's me, and all beautiful as a nubian black woman. Thank you Dr. Cornwell for creating something that is more than just a hairstyle but something that is liberating to so many of us women.

Peace, love, and no hair grease.

Friday, August 1, 2008

First Wash

Ok so tonight I washed my SL's for the first time. I did as my consultant instructed. She did tell me I could just bundle them and then band, but I opted for the extra protection in braiding and banding. All went well. I used the SL starter shampoo. Since I banded by turning the ends up and then banding, just pulling the part that I had turned up, the band just came off easily.
Ok so that pick isn't cute, but who's cute when they are going through the wash part, (LOL). After taking down all the braids I let my hair air dry. I'm planning on trying to do a braid out. I'll re-braid my SL's with them being a little wet and then take it down tomorrow. Wish me luck. I know the braid out's look great on the ladies with mature locks, so not sure how this is going to look on my newborn SL's.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Need An Adjustment

Ok so after counting my SL's last night I noticed a few, just a few needed to be made smaller. Since I'm using a new trainee I'm ok with this small issue. I emailed her and she responded promptly and said that their may be a few in the back that would need to be made smaller also. This is cool. I'm glad that we can communicate with one another and that she's willing to make the necessary adjustments. I wanted to share this with my SL and natural hair community because as I've read a few blogs and discussion board issues, sometimes things may happen. It's so important that instead of getting upset and just running off to find another consultant, to instead talk to them about your concern. Your consultant may not even know their may be an issue if you don't speak up. Give them the opportunity to correct this problem and also learn from the experience. I'm grateful for my consultant and that I am one of her clients that she will have to help perfect her craft. Although just a few SL's will have to be split, heck my hair still looks fab!! I'll of course post a response after we meet up hopefully within the next week.

Love, peace and no hair grease.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

New Way To Blog From iPhone

So I'm posting twice tonight, but wanted to test out a new way to post. So yal can ignore this one. I will say that blogging through my phone will be an added asset for my journal when I'm not home. My locks will be my addiction like my iPhone : )

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Loving My SL's

So I'm totally enjoying wearing my baby sl's. I feel so free and straight up liberated. It's funny though...I have all this hair but my hair feels so light that I have to look at my reflection to see if I'm ballheaded (LOL). I think this is the best decision for me. A lady on the Lock It Up Group posted about wearing Kinky Twist and a twist coming out. Well Kinky Twist was my main transitional hair style and yes....it tore my hair line up in the front. I have a lot of short hairs across the front but then the rest is long. If you are wearing a transitional style please ask the person doing your hair to take great care in this area.

Monday, July 28, 2008

First Day

So today was my first day at work with my new SL's. Last night what I did was flat ironed the permed ends and then pulled my hair up in a pony (Salkis Re recommended this). Then I used my Caruso Steam Rollers on the ends. I left them in overnight and took out this morning to beautiful curls. I received so many compliments, even from the ladies at my kids daycare. I'm wearing these locks proudly. I'm excited about seeing my locks change over the next several months and years to come. If you're someone who just recently had your SL's installed, I say congrats. If you're someone who is on the fence I say give it a try, you won't regret it.

PS. I don't have the plucked chicken look due to the density of length of my hair. YIPPY!

SL Birth

So this weekend July 26th and 27th my SL's were installed over 23 1/2 hours on 9 inches of hair. I was so happy and still am about my locks finally being installed. My consultant is Timothi here in Austin. She's a trainee and I think she did fabulous job. We watched plenty of movies and chatted like old girlfriends. A few times I was able to nod off for a little nap. I brought myself some food but my wonderful consultant also brought us some food and drinks. She's so thoughtful. Enjoy the picks and please feel free to leave comments.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

This Weekend

Well this weekend is the start of my new beginning. Yes....I have my SL installation. I've very excited to start this new chapter in my life. I think I'm well prepared mentally for some ups and downs of my journey. Hopefully the downs will be minimal like....the plucked chicken look. Hopefully due to my lengthy hair and thickness I won't have much the scalp showing. I did purchase this past weekend the Caruso roller set to add some curls sometimes. Also on Sunday my consultant checked my sample locs. She said I had a little slippage put all is quite well. So yal pray for me (LOL) or I should say pray for my consultant because the poor woman has a whole lotta head to loc.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

New Consultant

Ok so I kept checking the SL site for consultants. The reason being was due to cost factor. The consultant I was going to use...well her price was quite steep. One day I checked the listings and saw that now a trainee was listed for Austin (yes Lord). Ok so we talked on the phone and after a few days I called back and scheduled a consult. Well that was for today. She's nice and seems to know her stuff. Very informative. She does traditional locs also. She put in 7 sample locs and gosh they are so tiny. They are in a 4 pattern. She also measured my hair (quite lengthy). So guess what ladies and gents....I'm scheduled for installation on July 26th & 27th. I'm quite excited yal, and a little nervous. Ok she told me what to with my sample locs till we meet briefly after a week for her to check them. Check out my pic below.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Transition Look

So I decided last year that I would no longer put perms in my head. From the time of being a little girl my mom kept my hair permed. I have always had lengthy thick course hair. As my life has taken on some changes culturally, so has my mind set regarding natural beauty. After stumbling across Sisterlocks, I decided after reading numerous blogs, especially Maryee’s, I knew Sisterlocks were for me. I made a call to a local consultant here in Austin last year from the Sisterlocks list. He and I talked a bit. I wasn’t ready yet last year but decided that I would set up a consultation with him when I was financially ready. Until then my transition style has mainly been Kinky Twist with the added hair. Now that it’s 2008, I’m now ready to have my SL’s installed this summer, but guess what....the local consultant is no longer listed. So now I would have to try finding another consultant. Unfortunately no on else is listed for Austin. All other consultants are mainly in Houston and Dallas. Too long of a drive, but if I had too...I
would choose someone in Houston since I have family there I could stay with over the weekend for my installation. So I started making calls a few months ago to consultants in Houston. They all sounded very nice. For some reason I looked at the SL listings and saw another name and this person is much closer. Thank God! This person is listed for being in Kyle, about 40 minutes away instead 3 hours. The number for the consultant wasn’t local which was weird and it didn’t work. Darnit. She did have an email, so I tried . After about a day I think, she responded, thank you Lord. She not only responded by email but sent a link to her website and gave her telephone number. Matter of fact she’s one of the ladies shown on the SL photo gallery. After talking to her on the phone we scheduled a consultation. When I met her she was very nice and seems very knowledgable. I had been wearing my own hair down for a few weeks so she was able to examine it. She said it was very healthy.

So now it’s July and hopefully I’ll be getting my SL’s next month. I’m very excited. I’m still reading people blogs and checking out the Locked Hair Exchange for peoples updates. So many women have embraced their natural beauty and that in itself is wonderful. I find that when I’m out and about I know right away when someone has locs whether traditional or otherwise. Do you also?

The first two pictures are of my own hair down. I tried to make it decent with a hat on because I was going out. As soon as I go outside the humidity makes it puff up. I have about 5 inches of natural hair and all the rest is still perm. The other pictures are my transitional styles. Mainly I wear the kinky twist. The other is with braids I wore for about 2 months.

June 29, 2008 12:40 PM