In roughly a half hour, it will be my first day of installation. I just wanted to capture some final thoughts before the big day.

I expected the feelings of slight nervousness. After all, I’m about to pay a lot of money for what I consider to be a permanent hairstyle. I’m starting a new way of life. I have no idea what my hair will do or what lies ahead.

All these thoughts have been going through my head and I was relaying them to someone on the phone as I walked through the mall today. Just then, a woman with a gorgeous hair of Sisterlocks passed by and somehow I knew everything was going to be alright.

Tonight, I washed my fro for the last time and deep conditioned under a heat cap. As I combed through my hair, I realized that this would be the last time I would ever comb my hair again. Seems so simple but the thought of it is so deep to me.

As I’m typing this, I stop every few minutes to play in my fro. I feel a little saddened that I never got it to do what I wanted it to do and even a bit more melancholy that I didn’t have a strong desire to work with it more. Everything ain’t for everybody.

My installment starts at 7am and I estimate we’ll go until 7pm because the boyfriend has an event I need to support. I’ll need time to figure out what to do with my half-locked hair. Then I’ll return on Sunday for what I’m praying is only a few more hours or so of work. I read one story of a twenty-four hour installation. I can’t imagine. Although I’ve wished my hair was a little longer, when I think about the time it would take to lock that, no thanks! It’s right where it’s supposed to be.

I’m a little concerned as to whether I’ll like it once she finishes the last lock or will it take some time for it to grow on me? My test locks are very shrunken and curly. Will I like a head full of them? How will I style it in those first days? I haven’t decided any of that yet. It’s almost like birthing a baby and not naming it until it gets here. I need to see them first. I just have to keep in mind that it’s a journey and my hair is going to go through many, many changes. I just need to ride each and every one of them out.

I’ll be taking plenty of photos tomorrow and Sunday and have a big installation slide show for you. I had gone to buy a new camera today but the one I want has to be special ordered. My trusty Canon Powershot, despite being a bit ragged, will do just fine.

See you on the other side!