Friday, January 25, 2008

Adding Extensions to Sisterlocks

Hi ladies! How is the year going for you so far? I feel wonderful. Very thankful for being alive. Anyways I just thought I'd stop by to address a question that keeps coming up about Sisterlocks. "Can you extend Sisterlocks?"

My answer up until now has always been no, but recently I had to add hair to mine. Yep I messed around and colored my hair again. This was actually the 14th time I colored my hair since I've had them in and boy my hair paid the price for my "reinventing phases". As I tod you guys in my past post, I wanted to change my hair color back to black. I guess I was feeling a little nostalgia and wanted to recapture a little of the past.

Remember when Jazzin hair rinse came out with that "blue-black" hair color. I loved that color. I did the whole jet black hair and blood red lipstick thing for years. So yes, I had to go there again. But this time I almost lost all my Locks.

So off I went to the china-man beauty supply to find something to correct my mishap. I found some kinky hair and immediately went home to see if I could thinken up the thinning areas of my locks. I was so afraid of losing my hair as some of them were hanging by three or four strands of hair.

So the technique I used was a wrapping technique and a braid technique. I would start wrapping the hair just above the thinning area(about 5 turns) , then I would divide the extension hair to create 3 pieces and I'd braid (about 4 turns) then I'd switch to the wrap technique again until the thin area was totally covered. The hair blended very nicely and it was locked in pretty tight too.

I don't want my fellow S consultants to slay me for adding hair to my locks but I really had no choice. It was either that or shave my hair off, and I ain't doing that.

I am thinking of offering this as an additional service for sistahs who are experiencing separating locks. But don't over color your hair like I did.


Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Decide that Sisterlocks is For You

Why are we so afraid of our hair? I do consultations quite often and I do see a trend with respect to having natural hair. Its fear! I hear it all the time. I am scared that my hair won't "look right" or "I don't want it to look ruff" or "I'm afraid that my husband won't like my hair natural".

I can go on and on. It does make me feel like we still have much work to do in the way we think about ourselves. Though we say we have, we still have to make an effort or prove that we love who we are. For me to 'sell' Sisterlocks I usually get caught into a history lesson as well. Don't get me wrong, I love taking about history and nappy hair, but why the need for so much convincing?

This is who you are. You are the possessor of extra curly hair and there is nothing wrong with this.

I think we need to start really examining our intention to lock hair. Is it to embrace your heritage and show the world that your nappy hair is beautiful? Or is it to finally hair hair that will grow past your shoulders and you really don't give a damn how you get Sisterlocks or not. It it to be an example to your girls or are you doing it to please your husband?

I would say that the ideal way to think is to have them because you want them, but that's my opinion and you don't have to be coming from the same place as I am.
I am truly tired of the politicising of this hair thing. I wish there wasn't a need to campaign for nappy hair. I wish that when I talk with sisters about getting Sisterlocks that they make the decision because it is a better way to live not because they want to buck the system or defy main stream images. I think we give those things to much energy.

Can we live! All I want to do is live life. No labels, no fire and brimstone, unnatural things.

Its time for you to live our lives without the campaigns, debates, worries etc..


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