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My Conversation with Me

Posted in Sisterlocks with tags , , , on March 18, 2010 by blynsay

This is a conversation that I have had with friends and anticipate having in the future with friends and family. So…I am talking to myself as a stand-in for those who may be curious.

Let’s see what I and me talked about!

Q. When did you decide to lock your hair?

A. Last year in the fall.  I had been struggling with my hair for sometime; since I started to go through the change of life. My hair texture was changing.  It was too fragile for relaxer (made it brittle and dry) but it would not hold a press.  Most people told me that I just needed to get a good stylist, go to them 2-3 times a month and let them “train my hair”. 

Q. How did you feel about that?

A. I could not comprehend spending countless hours in a salon, to leave and have my hair fall, or frizz before I got to the car.  I know what that is like and I did not want to go through it.  I could no longer relax my hair, but I did not want to be limited by pressed hair.

I thought about just wearing braid extensions for the rest of my life, but could not except that either.  I just knew my hair was breaking more and more with each passing day.

Q. Why Sisterlocks?

A.  To tell the truth, I really did not know any thing the Sisterlocks method, when I started to research natural hair.  I thought that I might try 2-strand twists and see if that would be good for me.  While I was researching the twists, I came upon Youtube videos about Sisterlocks.  I could not believe it.  They were beautiful and so classy.  I had no idea where to go next, but as they say, when the student is ready the teacher appears.

Within weeks, I had reconnected with an old friend who wears Sisterlocks and met a new friend who wears them also.  I was amazed at how beautiful they were.  I asked if I could touch them, and when given permission I closely examined their locks.  They were small, but not fragile and soft.  Neither of the ladies had been someone you would remember as having “great hair” before Sisterlocks.  One rocked a TWA (teeny-weeny afro) and the other kept a short relaxed style because her hair “would not grow”.  Now they both have hair far down their backs. 

Q. Aren’t you afraid you won’t like it and then cannot go back?

A.  I have done a lot of things from which there is no easy return.  Relaxer is one; once you relax your hair you permanently change its texture.  Permanent hair color is another.  You just have to take the time, do your research, find a consultant that is recommended by others, that you trust, and get ready to learn a new hair care regimen. 

Q. Is it costly?

A. Yes and no.  The initial outlay, for installation, is high, but the upkeep every 4-8 weeks is no more costly than going to the salon every two weeks. 

Q. Does it take a long time?

A. I am told that it can take anywhere from 8-18 hours.  I am going to go to the salon prepared.  Food, books, a good pillow, my laptop, my phone charger, and anything else that I may need for the duration. 

Q. Will you recommend the hairstyle to others?

A. I already am!  My blog links to Facebook, so all of my friends can experience the process right along with me.  In addition, I can’t wait to do things that I have never done. Like swim without a cap and play in the sprinkler with my son.  I am looking forward to traveling without a completely separate bag for my hair care implements like blow dryer, curling iron, flat iron and the stove! 

Q. Is there anything else you would like your readers to know?

A. Just one more thing.  Moving on to natural hair has been the most freeing thing I have ever done.  I know this is not for everyone, but for those who can stand the freedom, think about it and maybe allow yourself to explore the mere possibility. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.