Friday, September 12, 2008

Friday Free Post: That Sisterlocks Thing

Between getting my hair did and Peanut starting preschool this week, I haven't had much time for updating my blog.

I was surprised at all the posts about my hair so I've embedding a slideshow here to show off my new Sisterlocks. I spent part of the morning in front of my mirror with the camera and came away with about 100 close up shots of my camera and a few dozen more with only parts of my head showing. I guess I need to learn how to properly frame a shot.



Anyway. I mentioned before that this is my third set of locs. The first time I did it, it was in the traditional palm-rolling method. I'd been wearing my hair natural for several years and it took to locking pretty easily. I went twice a month to a salon called Muriel's in Dorchester, MA to have my hair washed and re-twisted. 

After a few months, the locks settled in and I was able to maintain them on my own. I kept them for about four years before I got the itch and wanted something new. I cut them into a shoulder length bob initially (lengthwise, they were at my shoulder blades) but after a few months of that I just started detangling them. It took about a month (I was only able to detangle about four a day with a metal pick comb.) When it was all said and done (after combing out the shed hairs and getting a haircut) I was left with the shoulder length hair that I always dreamed of. I was throwing that stuff over my shoulder enough to cause neck injury but after six months, I got sick of the upkeep and braided my hair in an attempt to re-lock it. 

It was fine for about two years but I hated that the locks still kind of looked like braids and that my parts were so crooked. I got fed up again and just chopped it back down to a TWA. As it started to grow out I started thinking about getting Sisterlocks. I'd admired the style for awhile and wanted something a little more versatile than my first set of long heavy locks.

I met a woman at Costco with Sisterlocks and she gave me the name of her stylist (a trainee consultant named Valorie Lowe) and I was off. Got my test locks and a month later I was sitting in Valorie's living room, watching movies and joking while she put 400+ locs on my head. It took a total of about 24 hours and I am very happy with it. The price was steep but considering the amount of time it took and the money I won't be spending at the hair salon and on the latest curly hair "miracle" creams it wasn't bad. 

So there you have it. I called this entry a "free post" because I'd love to hear your hair stories too. You know sisters love to talk about hair so have at it and have a good weekend. 

Also, there isn't much there right now but I'll share more pics of my hair on Fotki in the future.

10 comments:

Chic Noir said...

I am so loving your locks. They are gorgeous. I am still thinking about sister locks. It's just that the cost is so much for me right now.

Shell said...

Your sisterlocks are lovely. As much as I love locks, I still prefer my natural hair in twists, twists out and afro puffs. People always ask me when I'm going to lock my hair. I have to explain I like my hair the way it is. Some people don't understand that. Anyway, sorry about the ramble. Love the hair!!!

Brigitte said...

Thanks for the compliments!

@shell - I love natural "loose" hairstyles. I've just never been that good at making them so I ended up buying a lot of products for styling. Your hair is beautiful, I love the color.

Ebony Intuition said...

Your locks look great!!

Shaymer said...

Your locks look awesome. How long do they last? Will you be able to maintain the style by yourself or will you have to visit the salon every once in a while?

Brigitte said...

@shaymer - They'll last as long as I want them I guess. Some people have a stylist maintain them but a lot of people maintain their own either by taking an "official" SL class on tightening or by using other methods like bobby pins, latch hooks, or those thick sewing needle with a large eye. I think I'll have my consultant do mine for awhile until my locs settle in a bit.

Nu Girl said...

Your hair does look beautiful. I have had natural hair for the past 5 years. But since I gave birth to a baby boy in feb, my hair has only now stopped shedding. Right now with hair that has lost length and thickness I am playing around with different styles until my mane grows back.

Valenciajaz said...

Welcome to the Sisterlock family. Your scalp looks so fresh and so clean, clean in your installation pictures. You'll love your Sisterlocks, I do.

::Otulp:: said...

your hair really is beautiful.. and i didnt know you were a boston resident. do you happen to know where a sista can get her hair pressed?

Brigitte said...

I haven't lived in Boston for years but there used to be a Dominican salon near Cambridge IIRC called Glamazon or Glamourama that was good. I have no idea if they are still around.