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I am 5 months old…well sorta!

Posted in Sisterlocks, Uncategorized on September 2, 2010 by blynsay

My lovely locks are 5 months and 11 days old and I could not be happier. Every day I see changes that I am getting closer to the big “C”(as in color).

Let me explain.  Because my locks were very young, and I had a lot of permed ends, there was a greater chance of slippage (unraveling) for me.  So I have been babying my locks.  You know; wearing a rag to bed so the pillow case would not pull my hair and braiding and banding my hair when it was shampoo time.

At my last re-tightening, I was freed from the do-rag and not a moment too soon.  The heat at night was brutal and every morning I would have a version of hat head.  Now I just get up, separate my locks and go.  They feel firmer and less like braids.  Most are doing fine except for a few “bad children” in the back.  I have a little slippage there, which I cannot understand.  This section of hair is virgin and un-touched and I thought it would have locked there with a quickness; even faster than the strands that have permed ends.  My loctician was a little surprised, but she fixed me right up so that I can last until the next visit.

I have grown a lot and want to let you see my progress… here I am!

 

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Redeeming the Time

Posted in Uncategorized on May 4, 2010 by blynsay

Prior to my freedom date, 04/13/10, I would spend at least 30 minutes  in the morning coaxing my hair into a style.  If I had a fresh relaxer, then all that I would do is unwrap the scarf and admire the stylists handiwork and smile with satisfaction.  This lasted about 5-7 days–until I had to wash my hair. 

I had to wash my hair so soon after the relaxer because I would have terminal dandruff from the products .  The flaking would be so bad that I would not be able to wear any dark colors .  So once I ran out of beige clothes, I would need to shampoo my hair.  I never could get the same effect as the stylist so, in the morning after the wash I would comb, curl, comb again, position with my fingers, comb some more and finally I would resolve that I was never going to be totally happy with the result and got on with my day. 

30 minutes to get a result that to me was “just ok”.  Not bad, but not what the picture on the relaxer box promised.  No body, no movement, just lax, lank hair that needed care and feeding throughout the day. 

The reason why is that to straighten my hair texture, you would need to relax it within an inch of its life.  You know, sitting perched on the edge of the style chair, anxiously waiting for the stylist to say, “Come to the bowl”, so that you could sprint to the shampoo bowl and end the torture of the lye burning your scalp.  Then when it was all said and done, you had a great style that lasted until the next day, when you had to take over. 

My education did not include advanced cosmetology, so my efforts were amateur–and time-consuming.

But…04/13/10 changed this.  I got some of my time back.  Even though I am still babying my starter locs, my only hair implements are my fingers and the shake of my head.  My morning hair care routine takes about 45 seconds and always leaves me smiling.  That leaves about 29 minutes and 15 seconds surplus.

At first, I slept in a little longer.  That was good because with a child, work, school and life you can get a little sleep deprived.  This week though, I have been putting this extra thirty to good use…  This time lets me-

  • Pack my lunch in the morning
  • Have a good cup of tea and watch the sun come up
  • Play with and make pur with the cat 
  • Have breakfast with my son
  • Exercise

 That last one is the greatest thing.  I used to have to plan to exercise when I came home, because I did not have the time to workout, shower and style before rushing off to work.  I really needed to make the effort, because the stress in my days, and the creek in my knees told me that a little treadmill time would be good.  But when!  How!

Well, now that my hair is no trouble, I have awarded that extra 30 minutes to working out.  Nothing big and over the top; I am too out of shape to go at it with that much vengeance.  But 20 minutes on the treadmill, the stationary bike, or moving along with exercise TV has transformed my days.

I look forward to jumping out of bed, donning my workout gear and heading for the family room to get my sweat on. It really sets the tone for my day, and even though it is a little soon to see the results in my body, I feel better and more alive. 

Thanks you hair! Thank you me, for making the decision to reclaim my natural self.  This time to exercise is a great side benefit and I know that the goodies will just keep on coming.

Loc-it Your Way

Posted in Sisterlocks, Uncategorized with tags , , on April 5, 2010 by blynsay

I have chosen Sisterlocks as the method that I will use to loc my hair, but it is by no means the only way to do this.  I chose this method as I have permed ends and did not want to BC (big chop.

According to KnattyDread.com , there are at least 5 ways to lock your hair.  Here is the list, and if Sisterlocks (Brotherlocks for the fellas) is not for you then you may find another technique that works.

  1. Spin and Pin (aka comb coils, single strand twists)
    The Spin and Pin method is the most commonly used method for locking highly textured (nappy) hair. Even though the most used, it is the method that is the hardest to see through to finished locs, because this method’s baby locs are very delicate.  Also, this method only works on nappy hair. Caucasians and Asians who want to lock their hair shouldn’t even attempt this method.
  2. 2 or 3 strand twists
    The 2 or 3 strand twist method is gaining popularity for locking hair. 2 or 3 strand twists are less delicate than single or comb coil twists, but are still only really ideal in highly textured African hair.
    The basic idea is that the 2 or 3 strand twists hold the hair so that the roots can begin locking. The hair in the twist eventually loosens and begins to lock as well.  2 or 3 strand twist have an advantage as they  are a beautiful style in themselves as you wait for the dreads to lock, and  despite the strand twists being visible in the finished dread, strand twists tend to lock smoother and the finished loc-from-strand twist is visually more pleasing. As such there is no need to trim off the once strand twisted hair since it looks good after it has dreaded.  One disadvantage is that strand twists are not as durable as the next method–braids.
  3. Locking from braids
    Locking dreads up from braids is not for everyone but it works well in some situations. The first thing to understand about locking from braids is that the hair that starts out braided should eventually be trimmed away after the locs have begun forming. It’s not mandatory that you trim of the braided ends but the texture of the braid will always remain in the dread. This is because hair in a braid lays parallel or beside the other hair and the braid prevents much movement. The only hair that actually locs is the hair that has worked its way out of the braid. This is the loose fuzzy hair that you might see on the surface of braids that need to be redone. Even after this hair locks, which takes a considerable amount of time, the majority of the hair remains trapped in the braid and never truly becomes a dreadlock. This is why it’s best to start with very short braids or plats and just trim off the braided ends after the locs grow out a bit and are mature enough to hold their own.
  4. Backcombing (teasing)
    Backcombing is a popular method for locking Caucasian and Asian hair types because it’s one of the few methods that works in hair without texture. It’s also gaining popularity in African hair textures as well because of its consistent results and durable knots. The only real disadvantage of backcombing is the time that’s required to backcomb them initially. Backcombing can be used in highly textured African hair, bone straight Asian hair, wavy Caucasian hair or any hair texture in between. This makes it an excellent method for hair that has been relaxed, eliminating the need to cut off the relaxed portion before locking. Dread size and placement can be controlled though sectioning. Dread locs done with this method look very decent as soon as they are dreaded. They appear a bit fuzzier than mature dreads while they are new but they soon compress and tighten. The areas of the dread that were backcombed are almost identical to the new growth which will lock as the hair continues to grow. This makes backcombing a “seamless” locking method. Newly backcombed dreads are not indestructible but they are much more durable than twists or strand twists.
  5. Latching (Sisterlocks could be considered a form of latching)
    Latching has recently exploded in popularity. The biggest benefits to latching are its ease and it’s durability. Because the hair is wrapped though itself rather than knotted the latched locks are very durable, in fact they are almost impossible to remove without cutting should you want to remove them, whereas other methods can be combed out with relative ease using dreadlock removal products.
    There is a difference between Latched Locks and Dreadlocks. Latched locks do not have the random knots of dreadlocks. When locs are latched they are basically wrapped though themselves repeatedly from alternating directions. Each wrap is made up of hair strands lying against each other. They run parallel instead of being randomly knotted. Latched locs tend to be thinner than organic locs formed with the same amount of hair. This is because hair laying flat beside other hair takes up less space than hair that is knotted randomly.

One of these methods may work for you, if you decide to embrace the joy of a natural hair style.  Whether you start your locs with an organic method or using a tool as in Sisterlocks, the decision is yours.  Just do your homework and find out the best route for you.  See you on the natural side.

Why am I Here?

Posted in Sisterlocks, Uncategorized with tags , , on March 17, 2010 by blynsay

Hello everyone in the world!

I am so pleased to be here talking (so to speak) to you now!  I chose to blog about my hair care woes and the transformation that I have coming.

I am leaving the world of processed hair and returning to my Nappy Roots! 

Yep, I sure am!

I have struggled for the last time with relaxer, hot combs, flat irons, wet sets, wraps and any other style that takes so much of my precious time, wracked my nerves and never gave me the results that I dreamed about as a little girl waltzing around the living room wearing a towel for hair.

I am moving on to the natural world and installing Sisterlocks in the near future.  I will post for you my pics and let you know just how it goes so that you can share my joy.

Stay tuned and I will get back to you soon!