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.

August 1-2 marked three months of being sisterlocked. I’m amazed at the changes in my hair already.

I had my 2nd re-tightening a couple weeks ago. It still took 6-7 hours. We were bleary eyed when it was over so I didn’t take any pics but the growth was remarkable. By the next day, it had shrunken back up so it wasn’t as obvious. The day before I washed it and gave it a rinse with ACV infused with a rosemary/sage tea. My consultant also massaged rosemary and lavender oil into my scalp and gave me a steam treatment. She remarked how much new growth I had before she started. I estimate I had a little more than an inch of new growth since my last re-tightening.

Despite the shrinkage, I think you can see the growth a bit here. The first photo is from the day after my installation was complete. On the right, is a recent photo at three months. They are coming along.

I freestyle most days. I haven’t curled it in some weeks now. I was supposed to get it twisted or braided in the front after this re-tightening. You see how it looks.

To my surprise, buds have started to appear on a few of my locks. There are only a couple so far and they are scattered throughout my head. Also, a few at the very back of my head are starting to lock already. I just noticed that happening a few days ago. I’m not all that surprised because when I would leave my twists in for three or more months, they would start to lock up. I had predicted I would be mostly locked within 6 months. We’ll see if that holds true.

I know the area around my hairline will be the last to lock up. I’m just hoping the new pattern my consultant installed holds up through a washing. I’m going to be very gentle in that area.

Be back later with more updates and photos as I progress.

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.

I told you all at the start of this journey that I’m not one for styling my own hair. It’s all about the wake up and go for me most days. I’ve taken to setting it with the pipe cleaners every four days for a bit more definition,  finger raking and rolling out.

I think I’m waiting on it to grow out to a mid-range length and mature a bit before attempting to do more things with it.  I’ve read about people coloring and hot curling at my stage.  That’s just not how I want to treat my babies. Everythang ain’t for everybody.

So here is my half-hearted attempt to style it a bit before going out on the town. I swear the live version was better. The camera hates me these days. So nothing much to see here folks! More of just an update as to how they are progressing as I enter my second month.

sisterlocks pictures

Those spaces are still hanging in there. Surprises me a bit because I thought that was the thickest part of my hair. But it really doesn’t bother me because I never really look back there. It’s also filled in quite nicely since the beginning of my journey. I’ve also resolved myself to the fact that my hair will probably never have a manicured look for long after my re-tightenings because I’m spritzing daily with the essential oil and water to try to combat the dryness. It’s getting better already.

To help with build up, and after getting the okay from my consultant, I tried my first ACV (apple cider vinegar) rinse after my bi-weekly wash the other day. I’m still washing with the Aveda shampoo. However, now I’ve added Aubreys Organic, a mild, non-creamy shampoo to the mix as well to help moisturize.   Here’s the recipe I used:

  • 1 qt distilled water
  • 3 oz Bragg Organic Raw ACV (You can use any ACV. Just prefer all natural products in my hair)
  • Approx 10-15 drops of rosemary/jojoba oil

The oil is optional. My consultant recommended that I add it and many of the recipes I found on the web also suggested it as well. Once you get a whiff of that ACV, you’ll see why. The oils definitely cut the smell. I prefer rosemary because my herbalist tells me it’s great for the hair. My consultant recommended it as well. You can also use tea tree, lavender, peppermint or any of the other essential oils that are good for natural hair. I’m working on growth and combatting dandruff so I’ll be stick with rosemary for a while.

I simply poured the mixture over my entire head slowly, (careful to avoid the eye area) massaged it in and then covered my hair with a plastic cap for about 5-7 minutes. If I had been doing this in the shower, I would have handled my other business and then rinsed it out with cold water, which I understand helps seal the shaft and promotes shine.

My hair did feel cleaner and my scalp looked good. Before washing, I used a rat tail comb to try to scratch up some of the build up and it cleared all of that up. I’ve read where some people complained about their hair smelling like ACV afterwards. I think the essential oil helped with that. I don’t smell it on my hair and I’ve not gotten any side eyes and wrinkled noses thrown in my direction so I think I’m good.

My consultant says I can only do this once a month so my next one will be before my next re-tightening towards the end of July. We’re waiting six weeks this time. Between that and the steam treatment with essential oils, my scalp issues should be on the mend!

I’ll be back with more random pictures and half-hearted styling attempts before then.

Last week, I had my first re-tightening.

I braided, banded, washed with the Aveda Brilliance shampoo, shook it out and went on about my business. I estimate that I had about 1/4 inch of new growth but I’m not a good estimator of such things. Hell, I thought I only had about 4 to 5 inches of natural hair when I locked and I had 8. A few locks along the front had slipped out and one near my ear slid. I had a couple of places where the hair was matting. I need to be sure to separate my locks when I wash. Other than that, my consultant said my hair looked good.

Here are some pre-retightening photos. This was at about 5 weeks. What is funny to me is that my hair looks longer in these photos than it does on the daily.  I didn’t even know I could get a ponytail. I haven’t wanted to pull it to try. I leave my locks alone for the most part. Just get up, shake them out and go.

Sisterlocks photos

Sisterlocks Photos

Sisterlocks Photos

Six hours later, we were done. By the end, I was having flashbacks to my install. I thought it would never be over. I still haven’t counted my locks but as you can see there are a lot of  them. I have a big head. My consultant says the time should get shorter the longer it gets. She also had to reinstall a few.

I didn’t take photos right afterward because all I could think about was getting home. However, yesterday I tried my first style – a pipe cleaner set. I spritzed my hair with distilled water and rolled them in fairly large sections with black pipe cleaners. I didn’t want tight curls so I added more locks per pipe cleaner.

I really like it and will probably wear my hair like this from here on in until I get some length. I took several photos but it just didn’t translate. Having a bad photo day I suppose.

Sisterlocks Photos

Sisterlocks Photos

Sisterlocks Photos

Sisterlocks Photos

Sisterlocks Photos

I see after my retightening that some of the spaces in my crown are back. However, it’s still not as bad as it could be.

The only major issue I’m having at this point is the dryness. It was dry before but now after the retightening, my scalp sometimes feels like I have bugs crawling in it. I’m scared to itch too much because I don’t want to stir up my dry scalp and have a snow fall going on again. I’m still spritzing daily with the distilled water and essential oil mix but that doesn’t seem to be helping. I’m concerned about it because some of the dandruff is getting embedded into my locks. Not a good look.

My consultant suggests I start spritzing twice a day and will look into whether it’s too early for me to do an ACV rinse at 6 weeks. I also may use another shampoo besides the Aveda, which is clarifying, to give me a bit of moisture. Or I may try a diluted dandruff shampoo. I hear Nizoral is highly recommended. I expected this so I’m just going to ride it out. I admit though that this is when I miss my fro and being able to moisturize and deep condition.

Other than that, still loving my locks a little more each day. They are definitely teaching me to be patient because I want them to lock up and grow yesterday of course.

If any lock veterans would like to share some advice, I’m all ears. I would also love to hear from some other newbies. Are you dealing with dry scalp? What products are you using to combat it? Share your blog. I’d love to follow your journey.

My first cousin got married this past weekend and I was excited to see that my other cousin (her sister) had Sisterlocks. She had them covered up with a hat at first. Then on the day of the wedding, she went into a salon and asked them to curl them. This is the result.

Cute. I love this look on her. Adore the hair pin. I’ll definitely be stocked up on hair accessories as well. I can’t wait to see how her hair grows out. She think it looks like worms though. *eyeroll*

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