Saturday, 10 November 2007

The Funky Blues Are Over

Okay - I have gotten over my sisterlock "blues" that I posted about earlier.

I discovered Sistalocd's blog where she recommended using small scrunchies instead of rubber bands to band the hair for washing.

I immediately went to my daughters room to "borrow" her small scrunchies and went to work! It made such a difference. Now, washing my hair is not such a chore.

Also, I've been reminded of the end result. Check out this link. This is how I would like my hair to look in the future :-)

Thursday, 25 October 2007

Not Feeling My Sisterlocks

Okay, today is a day of honesty.

I am really not feeling these sisterlocks.

First, the notion of "low" maintenance is a myth. Well, it is for me right now. Because the twisting and banding process just to wash my hair, takes at least 30 minutes and let's not talk about the de-banding process! But get this - I have to (well, I am supposed to) go through this process twice a week to encourage locking.

Okay so these sisterlocks are feeling a little high maintenance right now.

Next, let's talk about style. Now one of the MAJOR reasons for me getting sisterlocks was to be able to sport some cute hairstyles. Well, it's like I need a hair style intervention. This "Al Sharpton" curly snatch back look is getting a little old for me. And get this - the styles DON'T LAST! I might as well still be straight up natural no locks, if I gotta be re-rolling every two days.

I shared my dissatisfaction with hubbie, he told me to give it some time, so I will. We all know that I get bored easily. I wonder if I have hair ADD :-)


Wednesday, 3 October 2007

Living With Sisterlocks

I have to admit, once my sisterlocks were installed I had a moment where I thought - "I can't wait for them to grow and mature so that I can wear them in some of my favorite styles." (see, for example, the styles featured on this site )

Then, I told myself not to rush the process and I made a promise to myself that I would enjoy my sisterlocks every step of the way.

So, I have come up with a style that I like for this stage. It's pretty easy to achieve. I mist my locks with water and set them on rollers. Initially, I used rollers that were too small in the front so I re-set the front using Caruso steam rollers a couple of days later.

Here's the latest picture which was taken a couple of days later.

I'll have to enlist the help of hubbie to start capturing pictures of the back :-)

Saturday, 29 September 2007

Sister Lock Installation

Yesterday and today were the big days.

Initially my consultant thought that the installation could be done in one day. But around 9:00 pm yesterday she realized that it would probably be best if we split the installation up into 2-days. She went until 12:00 a.m. yesterday and I went back at 8:00 a.m. this morning for her to finish. She finished at 11:30 a.m.!

It was a long process but the thought of the end result made it easier to get through.

Below are some photos charting my progress.

This is a picture before the big chop. In this photo I have approximately 9 inches of air dried hair.

This photo was taken right after the big CHOP! My hair was cut down to approximately 4 inches.

The next day after the big chop. I did a wash, gel and go for this one.

Here's another wash, gel and go :-)

Finally - MY SISTERLOCKS :-)

Here's another sisterlock picture, taken right after my consultant finished.

When I got home, I set them on perm rollers using "mists" of water only. I will post pictures of the results tomorrow.

Friday, 7 September 2007

Feeling Inspired

I think creating this blog has allowed me to feel a sense of community with other sisterlock sisters. Visiting their blogs inspire me to stay committed to my decision and give it a try. So today my decision is - yes I'll go for it :-)

Thursday, 6 September 2007

To Sisterlock or Not To Sisterlock

This morning I was thinking, that perhaps I should just get my hair cut and colored and see how that works.

I've had my initial sisterlock consultation. I'm scheduled for an installation on September 28.

After the consultation, I was very excited about the prospect of getting sisterlocks. Before the consultation, I was not 100% certain if that is what I wanted to do.

Since my consultation, I've been going back and forth. I try to tell myself to stay committed to my decision and give it a try. But some days, like today - I'm just not certain.

What am I not certain about?
  • The overall look - I see some sisterlock styles that I like and then some that I don't, so I can't say that I like all sisterlocks.
  • I will not be able to do the wash, gel, wave/curl and go anymore
  • I will not be able to twist my hair anymore (I think)
  • When my sisterlocks grow, will I pretty much be in the same boat that I am in now - wearing a ponytail.

Why do I want to get sisterlocks?
  • I like the elongation it adds to the hair. That way if I do a twist out (which is my favorite style - by the way), I won't have to blow dry it first.
  • I really like the styles that my consultant has on her website
  • It takes a very long time to style my 9 inch long natural hair.
  • With all of the time it takes to style, the style does not last more than two days. That's unless I do a style that is two strand twist based.