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A New Sisterlocks Installation & Dry Conditioning

Hey Healthylockers!

Soooo Incredibly Sad!!!!!

Soooo Sad!

“Murphy’s Law” was most definitely in the house tonight!  What could go wrong – did go wrong.   I just purchased a new phone system that didn’t jive with my laptop (and I was really excited to use it too), callers couldn’t hear me, accidental hangups, delayed videos,  AND I was so thrown off, I completely forgot to save the recording of the broadcast!  But more worse than that (did I say that right?)… there were lots of first time viewers along with my largest viewing audience EVER since I started the broadcast over 18 months ago – ARGH!!!!!

So  although I’m still a bit sad that I could not share with you the pictures, videos and the topics I had planned, I’m going to double up for the next broadcast, which will be next Sunday.  There’s no way I’m going to make you wait another 2 weeks.  I also view this as a learning experience.  The lesson learned here is to always TEST new equipment BEFORE the live  broadcast. I’m getting another phone system first thing in the morning.  I just assumed that it would all work seamlessly together, but you know what is said about  assuming…it makes an AssUMe! LOL

The upside…I can always have a “Do Over”.  This time we’ll start at 8pm, which will give plenty of time for questions, answers, videos and pictures. The  Live Broadcast will be dedicated to all of you who’ve had your locs or Sisterlocks for 2 years or less. I’ll be revealing all my secrets to help you grow your new locks as healthy and carefree as possible. I’ll also discuss many of the common issues that new loc wearers will face during their first 24 months of having them. We’ll discuss, slippage, frizziness, dryness, itchy scalp, color, thinning & breakage.

Tina is back and she has worn her last wig! You first met Tina during the live broadcast that featured the topic of “Help, My Daughter Has Lice In Her Locs!” Her installation was amazing! During next week’s live broadcast, you’ll see an update video right after I completed her installation and I’ll show you how I “Dry Conditioned” her new Sisterlocks.  What is Dry Conditioning you ask?  It’s a term I coined to help explain how to keep your locs moisturized and conditioned throughout your entire lock journey.  There’s no need to condition your locks during the shampooing process.  You can “Dry Condition” anytime on your dry locs!  There is no reason why you should suffer with dry locks after watching this video! But for now, watch the video from Tina’s consultation.  You won’t find this on YouTube yet.  I’ll see her next week for her FREE retightening and will make the complete video after that.

So See you next Sunday evening at 8pm. It’ll be a good one (keeping my fingers crossed) I’ll provide the live links later in the week.

As Always…Wishing You A Happy & Nappy Hair Day!  Take Care!

Phyllis…Your Video Locktician

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!!!!

 

Installing New Sisterlocks – A Video Journey

 
 

Hey Gang…Great Video Below!

I’m going to enjoy sharing this post with you.  You’re about to meet one of my newest Sisterlocks client, Felecia.  Felecia, a very attractive woman, has been plagued with pre-mature graying of her hair since she could remember.  Because of it, the people who don’t know her assume that she is much older than she actually is.  And when going to a salon to get her hair done, they would always give her, “old fashion” styles.  Felecia shared with me that she has always permed and dyed her hair and was a very regular customer at the traditional beauty salons.  So like most of us prior to locking, Felecia had a regular routine of perming and coloring her hair, which translates into many hours in the salon, dry damaged hair and lots of money spent on a style that’s only going to last until the next humid or rainy day.  Permanent black dye was the only dye that would give complete coverage of her gray, but as her gray hair grew in, Felecia says that within a week and a half, you could see the conspicuous line of demarcation, which was literally “white going to black”.    Felecia, who works in a professional office atmosphere and who is very active in her church, chuckles as she recalls how her hair looked and was perceived when she was not only growing out her perm, but also growing out of her black dye.  She literally had black hair on top of a halo of white new growth, which she confidently wore in a straight afro. (Interesting.  I wish I had a picture of that.)  Also, as we get older, we desire to take better care of ourselves and Felecia realized that all of that chemical processing so often, needed to stop.

  It’s funny when sisters decide that they’ve finally had enough hair drama.  For most of us, once you decide to go natural, you become very determined about your hair and how you will deal with “non-naturals”.  People closest to you can’t understand for the life of them why anyone would come out in public with their hair like this…

 

 

Felicia before Sisterlocks Installation I have to give it to Felecia.  She did her homework and actually interviewed two Sisterlocks consultants before finding me on YouTube.  On the day of her consultation, she rang my door bell, and as I opened the front door, I was greeted by THREE people –  Felecia and her two adult, natural-haired daughters.  The younger of the two had natural twists, which she maintained herself and she was just as excited as her mother.  The older one, however, who was more guarded and serious, had a head full of beautiful thick traditional locs that cascaded down her back.  She had been growing them for over 8 years.  During the actual consultation that lasted approximately 3 hours, they peppered me with lots of great questions in between the many questions that I had for Felecia along with watching videos, viewing pictures and asking her about her current hair regimen and her lifestyle. 

By the end of the consultation, everyone was relaxed and confident that they had received thorough and accurate info about locked hair and Sisterlocks.  It was during this time that I turned to the eldest daughter, smiled and asked, “Did I pass your test?”  They all chuckled and agreed that I knew my craft and admitted they wanted to make sure that Felecia (their mother) wasn’t going to be talked into anything and that the person installing her Sisterlocks knew what she was doing – we’ve all heard of the horror stories. 

That was funny to me and I occasionally tease Felecia how she came to her consultation with her “posse” and “both barrels loaded”.  But at the same time, I had to convey and re-iterate to Felecia that her locking process would definitely be challenging because of the smooth and straight texture of her hair.  She would probably experience a lot of slippage, plus she still had a few inches on top that were permed that she wasn’t ready to get rid of.  All my experience with gray hair confirms that gray hair has a mind of its own and will almost always work itself outside of the loc.  So I really wanted to prepare her for whatever technique she chose for locking.  Her process would be a lot longer.  Felecia’s hair won’t even resemble locs until close to 2 years in.  It will look more like a bushy afro until then.

 I will continue to document Felecia’s journey, so visit often.  I love the challenging heads.  You learn a lot from them.  Enjoy the video and wishing everyone a great hair day! 

After you watch this video, check out Felecia’s updated video and see what her Sisterlocks look like after 4 1/2 months!