Sisterlock Photos


So today, I’m 21 months locked…and considering starting a new set.

Just sharing some photos of my hair over the past few months.

18 MONTHS (my preferred look – all “bird-nested out” as my boyfriend would say. He prefers the flatter look you’ll see below. Whatev.)

Sisterlock photos

Sisterlocks photos

19 MONTHS (this was my first professional style after my first re-tightening by a new consultant. Didn’t love it.)

Sisterlocks style

Sisterlocks photos

21 MONTHS (2 days after re-tightening – lots of growth)

Comparison shot (2/2011 to 2/2012)

sisterlocks photos

sisterlocks photos

sisterlocks photos

sisterlocks at 21 months

You can really see what I was talking about in this last photo. I have small traditional locks. Hell, I wonder whether I should start palm rolling and save some money! </joke> Sort of.

I came across some old posts where I talked about loving my hair no matter which way it turned out.  So I’m going to meditate on that and I’ll be back with an update.

Continue to love and embrace the bend of your hair ladies! I’m working on it.

In actuality, I’m approaching my 17th month this coming weekend – just in time for another re-tightening. Time is flying on by.

I haven’t had much to report which is why I’ve been MIA. No major changes except a little growth. It’s been a bit dry lately but I’ve just been dealing with it. I’ve finally confirmed that my hair loves castor oil so I’ll be using that to seal after conditioning.

I also recently bought some of Jane Carter’s products – shampoo, conditioner and the wrap and roll. I’m still having problems with my hair not holding a curl for more than a day or two. So I decided to switch from Taliah Waajid’s Crinkles and Curls to the Jane Carter’s product. Someone suggested that my hair may not have been totally dry. I set it and let it dry over 12 hours. Every piece felt dry to the touch. The curls still weren’t firm and fell out after a couple of days. Maybe I need to try another method other than the Loc Loops. Could just be my hair type. However, I really do prefer Jane Carter’s product. As promised, it did leave my hair softer and non-flaky. I think Taliah’s product is more drying – for me at least.

Here are some photos of my two-day old curls using the  Jane Carter wrap and roll. Excuse the poor quality but my camera is on the fritz.

My hair regimen hasn’t changed. I do think I need to start washing more now that I’m using more product. My hair also loves the water  and wants more than my daily spritzing.

I’m finding that I’m pushing off my re-tightenings longer. It’s the end of September and my last one was mid July. I think I’m starting to dread them and the time it takes. Got to work on that.  This half afro – half locks is not the business.

I didn’t end up getting the henna at the end of August. I did just order it last night though so I will report on the results afterwards. I’m hoping it gets here in time to do it before my re-tightening. I’ve been reading that the henna is good for the hair so I plan to do that often if my hair takes to it.

Until next time…continue to love and embrace the bend of your hair!

I can’t believe I’m just a few months away from the one year mark.

One year away from getting some color!

Actually, I’m not sure I’ll even color at one year. I think I want to see more length before I make that move.  I say that but then I drool daily over my co-worker’s stunning color job by Miss Jessie. I’m also way over my sporadic grays. I keep mistaking them for lint or dandruff. We’ll see.

Not much change from month 8 other than a little growth. I won’t get re-tightened until early next month.

My routine pretty much remains the same. I haven’t purchased any new products lately. I am really trying not to become a junkie. My bathroom closets are already out of control. I haven’t fallen in love with any one shampoo or conditioner just yet. The ones I’ve chosen so far all seem to work for me. So I’m going to “date around” until I find “the one.”

The only change I’ve made is that before washing, I did an oil pre-poo and sat with a conditioning cap. It lengthened my wash day routine, which is already too long. But my hair loved it. I’ve noticed much less dryness and it’s softer to the touch. I also attribute that to now sleeping on a satin pillowcase in addition to my satin bonnet.

I’m not doing much styling. Rolling it with the lock loops is about as much effort as I can muster.  I love the way it looks after four or five days. See above. I imagine this is what it would look like after using the Caruso Steam Rollers. I still plan to get some of those for quick curls.

That’s about all for now. See you in month ten – if not before!

I can’t believe I’m in my 8th month. Just four short months until my babies are a year old!

I just had a fresh re-tightening this past Saturday and my consultant did this up-do for me, with the caveat, “I’m no stylist!” I have a stylist recommendation from her when I’m ready for something serious. I think I want to wait until it grows out a bit for that. For now, this will do me just fine. I just wanted something different. I was growing a bit tired of it just hanging there. I’ve also been very lazy with curling it. I was supposed to curl the front of this but you see how it looks. </shruglife> It’s just fine with me! I’ve actually gotten a lot of compliments on it.

My consultant says my hair looks good. It’s matted at this point. So I figure full-fledged locking should be imminent. She confirmed that I do have a two headed dragon in the back. It’s a complete mystery because it’s completely matted together at the top like it’s been that way for a while and it’s not thin. She didn’t notice it during my last re-tightening session and I didn’t notice it either. And I am in my hair a lot! So that shall remain a mystery. When my hair matures, she will either join them or I will cut it. We’ll see.

My routine remains the same. I wash every two weeks with Castile soap and a clarifying shampoo. I deep condition under a heat cap with a mix of jojoba, rosemary, sage essential oil and Oyin Handmade Juices and Berries and Honey Hemp conditioner. My hair is incredibly soft afterward. Once a month, I do an ACV rinse. For moisture I was still spritizing my hair daily, knowing that isn’t enough. My consultant says I need something heavier and recommends I start using avocado oil. She moisturized my hair with that before my up-do. I found it light and scentless so I’ll try it out. I ran out of my Weleda Rosemary Hair Oil so I picked up a substitute oil that has rosemary and some other essential oils in it. We will see how my hair likes that.

I really can’t wait to get my hands on a steamer. My hair is craving that level of pampering. I hope to have one before month’s end. I’ll be sure to do a review.

I just wanted to post a quick photo update at 7 1/2 months. Where has the time gone?

I’m starting to get more compliments on my hair now and I find myself responding, “It’s coming along.” That’s what my mother said when she saw it last month. She still calls my locks “pickaninnies.” *eyeroll* I probably need to change that response!

Overall, it’s  continuing to grow and take on that locked appearance, as you can see. I think a few along the bottom row might be just about locked already but the ends aren’t yet sealed. The main problem I’m experiencing now is dryness, particularly around the edges of my hair. My scalp is peeling and I’m constantly picking out huge flakes.

Part of that is my fault because I’m not drinking enough fluids.  So in addition to trying to up my water intake, I’m going to do alternate weekly steam treatments with essential oils and a wash with deep condition.

I’m strongly considering purchasing the Huetiful Hair Steamer that Loc Rocker, Afrobella and Moptop Maven have raved about and that Santa Curly Nikki is giving away. I’m actually pretty convinced after reading Loc Rocker’s review because she also has the dandruff issue as well. Aside from the fact that their product seems to be selling itself through word of mouth and blogger giveaways and outreach, I’m also impressed with how they use social media to connect with the natural hair community. Ive been following them on Facebook and Twitter and their posts and responses seem warm and genuine. They engage their active Facebook community with a lot more than just BUYBUYBUYBUY! And when I mentioned the fact that I was considered a purchase on Twitter, they responded in a way that showed that while they would certainly appreciate my purchase, they also were glad for the consideration and the conversation around their brand. As a social media consultant, this is all very important to me in my purchasing decision. So while I’m praying that I’m fortunate enough to win one, I do plan to purchase regardless and will review it here. Until I pull the trigger though, I’ll be using the  heating cap.

After my recent wash, I sat under the heat cap with  Oyin Handmade’s Honey Hemp conditioner and a mix of rosemary, sage and jojoba oil. My hair felt wonderful afterward. It felt well-moisturized and soft. Since it’s in the “teen” stage of the locking process, it feels a bit rougher to the touch. The deep conditioner has definitely softened it. This was my second time using the Oyin conditioner and I can now definitely recommend it.

We’re having a ridiculously cold winter already so I’m wearing knit and wool hats. I’m concerned about that adding to my dryness problem. I came across some hats online that have silk sewn in but I hesitate to order them because I need to try hats on first. My dome piece is massive! Most hats I find in stores don’t fit either.

I have a two headed dragon in the back. I don’t want a head full of those so I need to be more diligent with separating my locks after washing – though I’m not sure if that’s what caused this because my hand is always in my hair separating my locks. I tried to pull it apart but I felt like I was ripping my hair so I’ll let my consultant handle that. I think she’s going to have to combine it because it seems to be locked already at the top.

I’m considering getting it styled over the holiday break, even though I should wait until after a fresh re-ti and no one is doing that yet but my consultant! If I do, I’ll be sure to post photos.

I’m finally posting  this long overdue update on the progress of my baby locks so far. I think it’s taken me so long to post because I don’t really feel like they are doing much since I last updated just before month four.

I’ve continued to leave them alone and just let them do what they do. If I’m completely honest, I’m more than ready for the length to really come in but that’s just me being the impatient person I am! I don’t think anymore buds have popped up and the locking process doesn’t appear to be starting yet. I thought it would be by now, based on previous behavior of my hair. I do realize this is totally different process so it will happen when it happens.

My regimen remains the same – wash every two to three weeks, ACV rinse once a month and daily spritzing with distilled water and essential oils. After I had my third re-tightening at the end of September, my consultant said I was experiencing dryness again in the crown of my head. So I put a little jojoba oil directly on my scalp. I’ve also began drinking a TON of water a day, related to other areas of my life I’m working on. So hopefully this helps.

I use my Lock Loops on occasion and really like the curl they produce. Right now, I’m only spritzing with water. I think I will like it better though when I get some hang time and I can use a little product so the curl can hold a bit better.

I’ve slowed up on the wheatgrass smoothies and biotin as well. No particular reason. Well, actually I’ve noticed I can’t keep my eyebrows maintained for more than a week.  So it aids hair growth everywhere.

Here are a few photos over the past couple of months.

The first two were taken two days after I curled with the Lock Loops.

Another random photo on football Sunday a week later. It looks like I had probably curled it again a couple days before as well.

These are month five, taken just the other day. I was on the way to work and did my normal side pin up that you see above. However, I decided to take it a step further and try to do a fauxhawk. When I had my twists, my stylist would braid it up into a fauxhawk. It was so funky to me. I hope to find someone that can do the same. I think I need to get it styled for the first time to combat some boredom I can feel creeping in.

There you have it. Months four and five – as I move into month six. Time is flying.

In the next week or two, I plan to start swimming. I researched swim caps until my eyes glazed over and finally ordered this one.  I’m still waiting for it to arrive and will let you know how it works out. I plan to VERY lightly coat with oil and then leave-in conditioner (after I enter month six), braid and band, and then layer – with that cap being the final barrier between me and the water. We’ll see how it works out. I don’t want to damage my locks but I also need to start swimming. So we’ll see how I can strike a delicate balance. This is another reason I locked. I will not let my hair be an impediment to me maintaining good health.

I decided to take a few photos as my hair was air drying – before shrinkage took away several inches.

I’m still washing roughly every two to three weeks and doing a rosemary and sage tea and ACV rinse.

It seems my consultant finally found the right pattern in the front as I didn’t have any slippage this time. No small fro. It also could have been the fact that the front is growing out and I’m able to braid and band it better.

sisterlocks photos
Sisterlocks photos

I can really see my growth in the back.

sisterlocks photos

sisterlock photos

No wonder my retightenings are taking so long. My hair is dense.

I haven’t curled it in ages. I really don’t like the pipe cleaner curls. I’m going to order some Lock Loops very soon and try those. For now, freestyling is working for me. Sometimes I put a band around the middle and pull the bang out the front. Other times, I let it do what it do.

More buds are popping up and the locks in the back rows are starting to fuse.  I’m finding it harder to keep my hands out of my hair. I just want to feel the process. I need to work on that.

I just wanted to share some photos of my babies at eleven weeks. My pin up looks a little better this time.

sisterlocks photos

I’m starting to see a little growth. Finally. </impatient> Ignore me. I’m ramping up on the Biotin, multivitamins and green smoothies. My second re-ti is next week and before then, I’ll do another ACV rinse infused with rosemary and/or sage tea that I steep overnight.

I think we’re going to have to try a different pattern around my front edges. They all slid out after the first wash again, even with braiding and banding well. So we’ll deal with that next week.

My little curly q’s look kind of cute in this photo. I wasn’t aware some women wish they had them. I guess I should learn more about hair textures and what the hair will do.

I’m considering getting it twisted or braided up in the front after my next re-ti and then curl the back. Photos to come.

This past Sunday, I attended two events celebrating natural haired beauties. In various cities across the country, there are meetup groups for napptural women to gather and share tips and inspire and support each other along the journey. It’s also often an opportunity to promote and patronize entrepreneurs that create products with the natural woman in mind.

I became a member of DMV Naturals earlier this year but this meetup was my first event. Organized by Jamesha of Ebony’s Braidery, it turned out to be a truly wonderful event filled with women sharing their personal journeys towards freedom from creamy crack; natural care practitioners answering questions and providing tips; and an update on the actions being formed against Six Flags for their natural hair discrimination practices.

This little one is getting an early start on the journey.

There were several vendors selling body and hair care products, t-shirts and jewelry.

Shawnta of TayButta’s Natural Remedies shared a poignant story of dealing with two devastating illnesses, one that required chemotherapy. She didn’t lose one hair on her beautifully locked head.

Monica of CurlyChicks was on hand with lovely apparel and accessories.

Check out this curly-haired walking advertisement.

I am also loving the sista’s twists sitting beside her. If mine would have looked like that before I locked, I probably would have put off my installation for a bit. Simply beautiful.

Blaque Beauty Mama was also on hand selling her lips balms and sharing beauty tips.  Her blog profile says she is the mother of SIX sons. And she has time to make beauty products? And write a blog? And look this good? What am I doing with my life? Seriously.

Jamesha gave away this beautiful journal to a newbie just beginning the journey to capture her feelings and thoughts – just as I’m doing here.

Of course I had to seek out the other Sisterlocked women.

I hope to be here with my growth by the end of the beginning of winter, if not starting to lock already.

I wished I could have stayed for more discussion but I had to head out to the second part of my Happy Nappy Day. I look forward to more events with this group.  The organizer already has another event in the works – a gathering where we would do each other’s hair.  Obviously, I won’t likely be doing anyone’s hair. However, I’m all for finding a stylist I can barter with.

I first heard about Happy Nappy Day/Poets in the Park at the Baltimore Hair Show. This is the 7th year for the day of community-wide celebration of the arts, poetry, music, and natural beauty.

It’s always good to see Sarenzo Beads in the house. You already know I’m a fan. This woman is a model for the female entrepreneur. Please check out her hair ties and hand crafted jewelry.

I’ve been looking around for these silver Afro-woman earrings I’ve seen a few sistas rocking. I didn’t find them but the ones I saw at On-Que will do nicely in the interim. Unfortunately I was only able to purchase one pair because they were cash only. In an ode to my other online presence (and the greatest album ever), I got a pair of Songs in the Key of Life album cover earrings. I plan to get a pair or two of the afro or locked woman earrings. The green ones are speaking to me.

This man knows where it’s at.

A little loc po.rn for you.  If I had gone traditional, this would have been the perfect size. Absolutely gorgeous. I already know that red is my color but this brown/honey blonde sure makes me reconsider for a minute.

It was a perfectly happy nappy day. As I sat watching these little natural haired beauties running around in the sunshine without a care in the world, it didn’t matter that my hair was misbehaving that morning and I had to tie it down with a scarf. This is a journey and I have to take step by step. I’m happy to have events like these to remind me that I’m not alone and that I should celebrate every step of the way.

I was at a conference this past weekend and could barely focus for staring at this woman’s traditional locs. Everything about them is stunningly beautiful. Not everyone can or should wear blond. But she wears it well- wouldn’t you say?

I talked to her afterwards and she told me this was her third set of locs. The first couple of times she couldn’t hang through the starting process. Third time was the charm and she has now been loc’d for about seven years. She also now has someone that maintains them for her and that helped her hang in there with them. She sets them on rods and they last until her next maintenance.

When times get tough, I’m going to look at this post and remember that good times are ahead!

As for my locs, the dryness seems to be getting a little better. It’s now two weeks after my retightening and I don’t have a snowstorm coming from my head this time. It’s itchy and I see light flakes, but nothing like the first time. I haven’t really been doing anything different. Still just spritzing daily, shake and go. I’ll probably wash this week and do the ACV rinse. My consultant says I can do that or the baking soda rinse at this stage once a month. I’ll report on the results.

I’ve been seeing a lot of women with Sisterlocks lately. One woman I talked to says it’s like we have a sorority. I’m glad I pledged.

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