Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The $i$terlock$ $ecret

So I'm a naturally curious sort and I've always wanted to know what makes sisterlocks.... well Sisterlocks. Every now and then I would google "sisterlocks technique", "sisterlocks tool" etc etc. Google knows everything and I knew somewhere someone has spilled the beans, no matter how efficient their legal team is. Loopholes exist everywhere. Why did I want to know? Did I want to install my own locks? Absolutely NOT. Did I want a cheaper alternative? That would be nice but I would rather have it done "right", if there is such a thing as a right way (now I'm not so convinced there is). Do I want to maintain my own hair without having to pay a ridiculous fee to learn how to do it after already paying the steep price for the install... Hell yes!

But truth be told the real reason I wanted to find out was because, although I paid the fee and have no regrets, I have to count myself lucky to be able to afford such an expenditure. Not everyone is. But I don't think that should exclude you from being able to embrace your hair and a style that will benefit it and yourself as a person. The creator of the sisterlocks process has the audacity (IMHO) to say (and I'm summarizing) that hair is one of the things that is holding black people back and how sisterlocks is essentially breaking that barrier..... Really though? SOoOoOoooOo... how much sense does it really make to attach such a hefty price tag on to it and then continue to nickel and dime embracers and those who want to maintain their own hair by charging them even more to learn how? It's really the fee for the retightening class that bothers me most. It just seems greedy to me. But that's none of my business.

Although I plan to stay with my consultant for at least 6 months to a year to ensure I start healthy locks, eventually I know I will take my hair's maintenance into my own hands. So thus I googled and googled and googled. Well first let me say this. The law team is very good at ensuring the full picture is never revealed in one place. So what I began to find were pieces of the puzzle.  I believe I have collected all those pieces. I have some thoughts and opinions about some of the things I found, but I'm gonna keep those to myself since I am no expert by far. So I'll just provide those of you some of the puzzle pieces that I've found and let you decide how they fit together or even if they belong at all. If you have any other great resources that you like, please share them!

Be Well and Have fun!

Puzzles Pieces:
Puzzle Piece #1
Puzzle Piece #2
Puzzle Piece #3
Puzzle Piece #4
Puzzle Piece #5 (Hint: check out 5:17)

Monday, July 28, 2014

Sisterlocks at One month

One month-versary
So it's been roughly a month since my sisterlocks install and today I had my first retightening. To be honest I don't have much to say about it, lol. The retightening went well, wasn't too long. My consultant was great as always. She said that people tend to fall into two categories. Those that like the look of their locks freshly after retightening, and those that like the look of their locks right before retightening. I find that at the moment I like it best maybe a week after retightening. I will probably be keeping with a 4 week schedule, since coming upon 4 weeks I felt like my hair was starting to look a liiiiitle bit crazy. lol


Maintenance:

As for how this first month has gone. Everyone's hair is different, and I know that no oils or products is supposed to go into the hair for 6 months, but twice my hair was so dry i had to add some very light oil. I added it mainly to my scalp which was constantly itchy and flaking. I think I plan on trying to wash my hair weekly now instead of twice weekly to see if that helps a bit with the itchy scalp. I have realized that more frequent washing prevents my hair itself from becoming too dry and feeling like a brillo pad. But the dry hair sans-products is what promotes locking. I just need to find some sort of balance there I think. The whole banding thing doesn't really bother me.

Styling:

I haven't really explored styles really. Like I mentioned in a previous post my go to style is the flip to the side and go. I wasn't as comfortable with the decrease in length and the somewhat diminished look of fullness after saying goodbye to my fro initially. Because of that I really haven't worn it out just is, but I'm finding I like the as-is look freshly after a wash due to the crinkling produced by the braiding and banding. So I'm starting to embrace that look a little more. I have done a couple of up-does which look cute and have turned out well, but for the most part, until its fully-locked I plan on keeping styling to a minimum.

The "Journey"

I guess right now it doesn't really feel like a journey to me, mainly because journeys have destinations. I think this is more of a process, just like going and being natural was its own process. I guess the thing that I can most identify as a destination are the stages. Right now, as suspected I'm entering the budding stage, not fully there yet. I am really looking forward to December which would be 6-months for me. I guess one of the reasons I always wanted sisterlocks is because I wanted less maintenance in general. And while locks are not maintenance free I am looking forwarded to not braiding and banding and having the option to just get up and go if I wanted without feeling like I need to style it, even if that style is a simple flip and go. In fact when I can put it in a loose twisted bun, I'll be set to go.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Unsaid

When words are no longer enough...
Their meanings lost in ironies of cliches. 
What do we have left in our arsenal to express the droning days? 
I suppose we still have piracy to quote that which was better said. 
And while we rob and borrow snipets from the dead. 
We are surprised that there still remains so much...
Which will remain unsaid.  
The Irony Isn't Lost Upon me... 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Sisterlocks!!....I finally did it!

So I think I  may be adding a new focus to this blog. In addition to my random ramblings on life (which there hans't been much of) I think I'm going to also begin chronicling my newest journey. Sisterlocks!! If you don't know what they are, well, Google exists, explore its wonders!

I originally contemplated getting Sisterlocks back when I first went natural in 2007. The price and my overall propensity to take forever to make a decision delayed me getting them for... uuh 7 years? lol. To be honest I fell in love with natural hair and was having fun with it.  Every so often, usually when I hit a "hair" road block, I would contemplate Sisterlocks all over again, only to eventually talk myself out of it again. However, I realized that fun had finally come to an end when I would much rather throw my hair in a wig and not deal with it... then well... to deal with it. So after finishing a couple endeavors in my life, one day I woke up and said, "it's time"... within a week I had an appointment with a consultant. One June 23, 2014 I finally did it.

My free natural hair was 12-10 inches with a 4B/4C curl pattern, My actual locking process took 24 hours over 2 days and we don't talk about the cost. So far I love my locks. Right now in their infancy I've been treating them similarly to mini twists, since that's what they look like for the most part. Doing simple styles and calling it a day. I'm a "get up and go" girl, so I'm loving the fact that I don't have to spend as much time on my hair. A quick swoop to the side and I'm more than happy to go.

Day 2 after Installation 

I'm anticipating that the locking process won't take too long, 3 months (fingers crossed) 6 months max. My hair was meant to lock, lol. After 4 weeks my test locks were well on their way. Most recently I did my first wash. which felt amazing. The "no products for 6 months" rules is going to be my hardest thing to follow. It must be the old natural in me, but I cannot stand the feel of this dryness!!  So finally putting water on my hair was everything! I have to fight every night in the shower the temptation to just dunk my hair. I did cheat a little and after my wash I added some vitamin E oil to my scalp to help prevent an itchy and dry scalp. My first wash came with both good news and bad news. Good news, the majority of my locks were entering the budding stage already! Bad news... me and shrinkage would have to be best friends. This wasn't unexpected in the least bit since my hair had crazy shrinkage as a free natural. I'm just worried about how long this marriage to shrinkage is going to last.  Luckily I look relatively ok with short "hairstyles" (hairstyles equalling swoop and go) and don't mind the shrinkage so far.
Week 2: Shrinkage and Budding
Overall I'm excited I finally made the plunge.  Not too shabby, within the first week of having them done I got my first "Are those Sisterlocks? question. So I'm relatively pleased so far. Although when I look through pictures of Sisterlocks around the web I wish I started them back when I had the idea in 2007.  Ah well, I'm excited for my journey and I'm confident in my decision.  Hellloooooo Sisterlocks!!