Sharing a little silliness

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This morning I was flicking through some pictures and came across this bit of silliness. It’s from a photoshoot with House of Afrika in June. I’ve realised I’ve been a terrible blogger as I have updated my facebook page daily but neglected my blog.

I promise to rectify this as there are a lot of big events coming up which I must share.

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Style Update: Today’s DIY Sisterlocks updo

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Loved today’s style so thought I would share. The back was created using overlapping loose twists and the top was made of loc petals. Everything was secured with hair pins.

If you like this, please share it. It will encourage me to get onto YouTube and start creating style videos.

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To DIY or Not To DIY that is the question

This is one of the key decisions to make on your sisterlocks journey. You can have your locks taken care of by a professional, or maintaining your sisterlocks yourself. I’ve taken the sisterlocks retightening course, spent over 2 years retightening my own locks, and have had my locks professionally maintained.  I’ve chosen to have my sisterlocks maintained professionally by the ladies of Bespoke Hair Styles.

Here are the benefits I’ve experienced from each option:

DIY Offers True freedom – I retightened when I wanted to and didn’t need to fit to a consultants schedule.

Economical – DIYing is free. I saved approximately £1,000 in 2 years.

Sense of pride – I felt a great sense of accomplishment caring for my sisterlocks. Regularly retightening 500+ locks takes commitment and dedication.

Greater understanding of my hair – Maintaining my locks myself meant I paid close attention to my hair’s health, learnt about growth rates, density and general quirks of my sisterlocks.

Consultants

Professional attention/advice – My consultants are able to monitor my sisterlocks and give me professional advice regarding their upkeep and maintenance. This is really valuable to me as their advice comes from knowledge and experience rather than guess work.

Time – My hair takes my consultants just 3 hours to retighten but takes me a FULL day. This means a very very very early start and very late finish. After a while I got sloopy and knew I couldn’t do it anymore.

Social aspect – For 3 hours while my hair is being cared for, I’ve got an opportunity to chat about hair, the hair care industry and set the world to rights. This should not be undervalued.

Both options are great and sisterlocks give you the freedom of choice. It’s very important to be able to care for your own natural hair or sisterlocks. I’m glad I have that choice.

Ultimately, I love my consultants, trust them with my hair and enjoy being pampered for 3/4 hours every 6 weeks.

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Huntress

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Original Painting by Huntress Locs

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I found this in my archive from 2010 and have decided that picking up my brushes is on my to do list for 2013.

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Dreadful Mistakes? You’re not alone

I found this video on YouTube when I started my sisterlocks journey, and thought it would be useful to others at the beginning of their sisterlocks or dreadlocks journeys….

Looking back my key mistakes have been:

  • Retightening too tightly when I did my own locks. It resulted in headaches that lasted days and weaken locks. I retightened tightly to try and extend the time between sessions, but the pain and damage was not worth it. I now have my locks retightened professionally and when I do my own retightenings I leave a little space at the root so my locks are never tight.
  • Thinking my sisterlocks would look like someone elses. Before I got sisterlocks I spent a lot (and I mean A LOT) of time researching sisterlocks. That included spending hours drooling over the locks of others. I collected pictures of locks started with my hair type and expected my sisterlocks to look the same as the pictures. I learnt that hair type is not the only factor that affects the look of sisterlocks and hair is unique so all locks are different.
  • Latching locks together. This mistake takes a second to do and at least 15 mins to correct. I now make sure I separate my sisterlock bases before I retighten and clip hair out of the way so it doesn’t get incorporated into a neighbouring lock.
  • Trying to untangle latched together locks with scissors. This didn’t workout well for me. One of my sisterlocks is now in the great place in the sky. Scissors never go anywhere near my hair as I know I will just cut off another lock.
  • Sloppy banding and braiding. I really hated banded and braiding so skipped it a few times when my sisterlocks were roughly 3 months old. The result was 1) I had to spend more time retighten my hair especially at the back due to slippage 2) Lots of my sisterlocks loosed which then needed to be braided down to the ends. Those that I missed now have fat ends.
  • Worrying that my hair was not progressing quickly enough. I just accepted my hair and some parts took up to 18 months to mature.
  • Worrying about my locks not being neat. I have not and do not plan to groom my locks. I’ve learnt to embrace the fuzz. Some of the fuzz eventually integrated into my sisterlocks and the rest I don’t worry about. I think the fuzz gives my locks character.

If you have any dreadful mistakes why not comment below.

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Sisterlocks length check

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It’s funny that I only notice the growth of my Sisterlocks when I compare pictures like this.

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My Sisterlock journey so far in pictures

After 3 years as a loose natural I decided to lock my hair.  Months of research lead me to Sisterlocks and in 2009 I was Sisterlocked.  Below are my hair statistics as well as pictures from my journey so far.

Vital Sisterlock Statistics
Installation: 9-11 November 2009 by Tassahai
Installation time: 31 hours
Initial Length: 7 inches
Maintenance Method: Professional Latching by Bespoke Hair Styles
Latching Time & Frequency: 3 ½ hours every 6 weeks
Sisterlock Count: 500+
Pattern/Tool: 4 point
Loose Hair Texture: Type 4B/4C fine tightly curled hair with high density in the centre and no curl pattern throughout

Click on the images below to see larger versions of each picture.

Installation


First Month

 

Year 1


Year 2


Year 3


Year 4 – the journey so far…

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Huntress

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