Saturday, February 16, 2008

Is Shea Butter really good for Sisterlocks?

I read on the a sistahs blog that she uses an air can to blow lint out of dredlocks, I though I'd heard it all but this one is a first. Does anyone know where you can purchase an air can? Wow, the things we come up with!

Anywho, I was talking with a cosmetic chemist about 2 days ago, and we into a discussion about natural products.

I am going to develop a line of products for locks and natural hair textures.

When the chemist and I where discussing ingredients, the subject of She butter came up and he said something very surprising.. He said that shea butter is "Wood Glue"!

"What!, I said. He repeated it again although I had heard him very clearly. Its funny, but I had long since stopped using she butter to groom locks because I saw build up like the kind you see from using beeswax.

See, locks(Sisterlocks, cultivated locks, extensions etc..) act just like a cup and anything you put in it will held on to. Shea butter in particular is very tacky, especially in its raw form.

Now although I didn't agree with list of chemical alternatives he had given me, the shea butter thing did make sense. That's why I like Sisterlocks.

Sisterlocks keeps your hair clean, because no product is used.

Think about it. If you are starting locks, and you mold the hair with gel and lets say in 2 weeks you wash your hair(which is usually like 4 weeks for most people), by the time you get around to washing ,you're giving it a light shampoo, medium to low pressure water, and you are being really careful not to "disturb" the locking pattern you formed previously.

This means that most likely, you didn't completely remove the gel used in the first session. And now your adding more product to mold the hair back into the lock pattern.

This is the start of locks dirty hair too.

The critics where right!
Dreds are dirty and even with frequent shampoos and acid rinses, you will never get them completely clean. Just imagine putting grease on your face for 10 years without washing you face clean each time.

Can you picture the gunk!

Anyway, I would suggest an acid rinse(apple cider vinegar+ water) and add some dead sea salt to the mix too.

Sea salt pulls toxins from the skin and it can do the same for hair. Maybe about a tsp added to the mix should give you the boost you need.

Don't be a product junkie! Keep things really simple when you begin your Sisterlocks or traditional locs.

So remember you newbies, forego the pretty packaged, biodegradable ,non animal tested ,all natural Butters for now and concentrate on keeping the hair mildew free and light weight.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Transition To Sisterlocks

How is your year going so far. For me, it has been a real eye opener. My beliefs have been challenged, by habits have been tested. I am finding more connections with the mind boy and spirit.

I am starting to realize that Sisterlocks is connected to our higher sense of self. Most of not all of my clients(myself included) have made the decision to cross over to sisterlocks because of major shift in circumstance, tramatic events, celebratory events etc.. It always seems to be a letting go of something, or a letting in of something that provides the perfect recipe for transition to Sisterlocks.

I meet women who have just recovered from cancer

I meet women who are having their first baby

I meet women who are coming out of relationships or getting into one

I meet women who have just lost loved ones

I meet women who have started new jobs

and so on and so on...

See, it is always centered around some major happening in our lives. I have never seen a hairstyle have such power over a person's life as I have with Sisterlocks. Its really not the hairstyle itself, but what it represents. I love it!

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Thanks to all my sistahs. I really appreciated all your kind words of support and encouragement. It wasn't easy putting my business on front street, but I have to say that it has been a release for me.

I actually felt the same emotions when I first put Sisterlocks in my hair. You will feel nervous and excited at the same time.

Because something inside of you is saying that this is the right thing to do, but its new territory so you're a little unsure. Once you do it, you feel a calm sense of security.
A peeling away of the old you and a birthday for the new you.

It kinda reminds me of a wedding day. You want to go through with, your excited about and at the same time your sick to your stomach with uncertainty.

I am a big advocate for action. Don't wait for the "right time" because the right time is when that desire hits you.

There's something very earthy yet sensual about having natural hair. I also think that the image of it being ruff and unkept is going away, at least in the minds of our people.

I also think that it really is up to the woman to set the standard of change with respect to this image. Men are not going to do it. Women have to support one another. When you see a natural sista, compliment her. Kind words go a long way.

We have to show men that there is another way to be beautiful. And if natural hair is what you want to rep then you can't second guess yourself.


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