Monday, May 5, 2008

I'm Finally Sisterlocked

Hi Sisterlock family,

Sorry it took awhile to post my pics of my sisterlocks. I've actually been snapping pics everyday, but been very busy with school, work, etc… that I didn't have time to update my blog. I had a wonderful installation experience. It took two days, totaling 24hours. The first day of installation was the mid-section of my back only. I will tell you my butt was sore, and at times I felt a little anxious. I kept thinking, please let my locs come out right, because I can't bear to sit and have them taken out. I was actually surprised because my hair was different length as if I had it layer all over. I think that is from me clipping my ends every time I did the two-strand twist. My consultant also clip my dead ends so it wouldn't bunch up. At first I was concerned about the different length, but it actually helped my hair to look fuller. Due to the density of my hair, I didn't have much scalp showing which was pleasing to me. My consultant did the 4reverse, and I have approximately 510 locks.

I will be flying back to DC for Mother’s Day and to get my 1st retightening. I will post the pictures of my 3 weeks journey of sisterlocks in a few days. Above are pictures of the installation process. Since installation, I have washed my hair once; noticed some slippage around the edges in the back and maybe two locks in the front. I also noticed that some hair strands approximately the size of a micro lock was left out on the crown of my hair etc… so check back in a few days to see update pics, what I think about SL shampoo, how I care for my SL and keep it moist without using oil, and what’s new.

Until then...HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!!!

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My Transitional Days

Below are some pics of me back in the days. Well, actually it's been a little over a year since I've been natural. I received my first perm at age 13. I will never forget that day; I was so excited because it symbolized back then I was growing up. Over the years, I had many experiences bad and good with perms. The idea of going natural was out of the questions because I had no idea how to take care of natural hair. I was definitely brainwashed to believe natural hair is difficult to manage, and I wasn't aware of the different label texture types. Before my awakening, natural to me was associated with nappy and ugly. However, relocating to AZ, initiated my natural liberation because it was very frustrating finding a hair stylist and the dry heat in AZ was bad for my hair. My hair was always dry, hard, and started to break. It didn't look healthy, so I desperately needed a change. I decided to let the perm grow out but the transition wasn't easy. I transitioned with kinky twist, individual braids, press and curl. I noticed that the edges of my hair were breaking because of the tight braids. After getting frustrated again, I did my homework and found natural websites with loads of information and that was the beginning of my relationship with my natural hair. I cut the perm off, order books, and was empowered to begin taking care of my hair.