Archive for November, 2009

Dreadlocks – A Two Year Loc Journey

Hey Gang.  This is an update to a video and a post I wrote 2 years ago.   What you’re about to see is my good friend and client, Shannon.  I started her locking process 2 years ago.  Although she had some damage/breakage around the temple area and dryness at her tips because of the color in her hair, her hair for the most part was healthy.  Shannon’s hair was also coarse and I knew that she would lock in no time.  Here is one of the actual videos from 2 years ago. I apologize for the delay in the video.  That’s something that has happened since it’s been on YouTube and it’s out of my hands to fix.  Content is still good though.  Click here to view it. 

The first 9 pictures represent Shannon’s initial coiling session and then returning 4 weeks later for her first grooming.  The last 4 pictures represent Shannon’s hair at the 1 year mark right after a grooming.  You’ll notice that her hair appears like it didn’t grow that much (the length is just a "little" longer at 1 year than it was at the very beginning of her loc journey).  Actually you can definitely see how the coils have drawn up, condensed, expanded and transitioned into short locks.  On the average, it takes about 10 -18 months for the coils to transition to this point – it’ll take closer to 2 years for those of you who have the smoother and straighter hair textures.

Click on any photo  below to enlarge and more times for extreme close ups and detail.  Read and view below to see how Shannon’s locs have come into their own!

This month (November 2009) represents Shannon’s 2 year loc anniversary.  I took the photos below after her grooming session two weeks ago.  Shannon (opting for the healthiest locks possible) has not colored her hair again.  I want you to notice how the hair compresses so much that there is only a little color on the tips left. (Shannon’s locks have never been cut or trimmed).   

The stage that Shannon is in right now is considered the "Falling Off The Shelf" stage.  It will seem like her locks are growing very rapidly and she will notice significant length each year from here on out.  I groom Shannon’s locks every 6-8 weeks and and we both maintain them with the Healthylocks Daily Conditioning Mist and the Soul Purpose body balms.  These products keeps her locks soft and pliable and helps her to maintain a light and natural sheen.

Congratulations Shannon!  Your locks are absolutely FAB-U-LOUS!

The photos speak for themselves.  Just hover over the picture to access the controls…Enjoy!

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Locking Gray Hair – An Update

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Hi Gang! 

Here’s an update to the post Installing New Sisterlocks – The Journey.  In the initial post, which also featured a great video, you saw newly installed Sisterlocks that were very neat and styled by rolling on perm rods.  It’s been 4 1/2 months now since that date and below are photos that show what Felecia’s locs look like currently. 

Now, for those of you who have gray hair (I prefer "silver hair") or a straighter and smoother texture…don’t fall off your chair when you see the photos below.  Felecia was very well prepared via her consultation, her own research and continual dialogue with me on what to expect during her transition into locks.   Her texture and journey is so different from any of my other clients that we will continue to share her journey with you.

Felicia’s groomings are every 2-3 weeks and takes 3 hours.  When she shampoos her hair, the slippage is severe and retightenings take almost 5 hours!  The up side though is her hair is starting to settle (mat within the lock).  Her ends, some of which and especially on top, still have about an inch or so of perm on them.  Since Felecia’s curl pattern is long and wavy and  not "coily" at all, her ends are just loose and open.  They will eventually mat together as well and close up.

I really thought that since Felecia works in a professional office atmosphere and is very active with her church activities, she would be  curling her hair with the perm rods on a regular basis and be more self conscious about the appearance of her hair.  To my surprise and excitement, however, she rarely curls her hair at all!  So what you see in the photos below is pretty much her true texture and wave pattern taking over her locks.  I just LOVE IT…and she LOVES IT EVEN MORE! 

So check out the pictures and please feel free to share this post with other bloggers and your friends on Twitter (press the RETWEET  button above)

See Felecia’s initial loc installation  and video here.

Click on each photo to enlarge it and again to see magnificent detail.

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Sisterlocks Retightening fb6  See…you wouldn’t even know they were Sisterlocks if you didn’t part the hair and check near the scalp.  Know that Felecia would definitely have a more manicured look to her locks if she curled them – Provided she rolled them correctly and making sure her ends were smoothed and wrapped around the rods very neatly.  They would look pretty much how they looked after the first day of installation.

But I’m really proud and delighted that she is going with the flow and embracing her natural beautiful texture.  Felecia is definitely representing!  Thank you Felecia!!!!

 

“When Can I Style My New Sisterlocks?”

This post is in response to a question I received from a reader with newly installed Sisterlocks.  She wanted to know if she could start roller setting her new locks.  I decided to make a post and respond to her question here so that more readers can benefit from the answer I gave her.  You can read it below.

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Hi Darlene.  The only time I ” roller set” the Sisterlocks is after the initial installation and only if the locks are straight.  Some of my clients have very coily,  highly textured hair and require no roller setting after the initial installation.  I then encourage my clients not to do too much additional styling during the first several months so that the locks have a chance to settle. 

Over the next several weeks your new Sisterlocks will change in their appearance.  They will loosen and “draw up” giving a shorter appearance to your locks.  Your hair will become more full and your parts will be less noticeable (until your next re-tightening).  Your locks may develop little spirally ringlets on the very tips and overall your locks will be more “fluffy”.  This is normal.  But, if you continuously style, by roller setting, plaiting, twisting, pulling it  back, or any type of additional styling, you may be stressing the locks and hindering the locking process.   It’s best to leave your new Sisterlocks alone doing the least amount of styling as possible.  When you’re manipulating your new Sisterlocks to obtain a style, you’re pulling and stretching at the lock that should be in a natural “contracting” stage, which is a stage that occurs before the hair starts to mesh together to lock.

So in a nutshell…less is more when it comes to your new Sisterlocks.  Enjoy them at this stage and allow them to develop so that you will have healthy, uniform and consistent looking Sisterlocks down the road.

Just a little side note…hair that is highly textured, kinky and coily – You know, the good ol’ “nappy” hair, can withstand more styling early on than hair that is smoother and softer in texture.  I have a few clients that have been able to curl and style their hair from day one.  I also have one client that comes to mind who suffers from major slippage because of the smooth, silky texture of her hair.  Click here to read her story

It has been my experience, however,  that the more you  manipulate your new Sisterlocks, the more slippage, unraveling and stretching of the locks will occur and you don’t want your locktician upset with you, especially when she’s already in you head for hours:)  Great question, Darlene.  Have a great hair day!