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Life, Growth, and Connection (This sunflower was nourished by my hands.) 2010; Photography by Benita Blocker. Please become a follower of this blog.

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Sunday, January 7, 2018

Blow-dry tip: L. O. C. It!!!!

Blow dry service by Benita Blocker

So you have heard of the  L.O.C. Method for loose natural hair before?  Liquid, Oil, Cream is the hydration order for shingling "wash and go" hair.  In recent months, I started applying the same theory for blow-drying hair in order to lock in moisture.  The key is to use products designed for blow drying hair.

Natural hair Blow dry and electric curling iron service by Benita Blocker

Products like (liquid) KMS Blow-dry spray, (oil) Paul Mitchell Treatment oil, and (cream) Colorproof Blow dry Cream are geared toward blow-dry services and are lightweight.  Coarser hair can substitute for heavier oils as well as "milk leave-in sprays" for the "liquid" component of the L.O.C. method.

Natural hair blow-dry and electric curling iron service by Benita Blocker.

It's 2018.  Continue to L.O.C. IT!!!!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Sisterlocks 5 years 5 months and one million page views

It's another Sisterlocks Anniversary for me - Five years 5 months.  I am hearing some chatter on the grapevine.  Apparently, people are really trying to distinguish their Sisterlocks as an elite status.  So the Sisterlocks pricing in my area is skyrocketing in order to exclude people.  People always want to feel like they are in a hierarchy.  I have raised my loc maintenance pricing for 2018 to make it worth my time.  I have enough loc clients that have been with me for years, and  their locs have matured beautifully.  So I feel more confident that my new pricing is still lower than some of the other competitors.  However, everyone is not going to like my personality, and I am not going to like everyone who inquires about services.  It has to be a partnership.

Now, regarding my one million pageviews milestone, I am thrilled and devastasted at the same time.  I love reaching my one million milestone, but I also realized that my purpose for this blog was to educate people on hair.  I am devastasted to say that my goal seems now impossible because of the number of different textures, curl behaviors, and coarseness.  In 2017, almost everyone knows that there is not a universal answer to hair questions unless it is a compatibility issue with chemicals.  So I will keep this in mind as I return to blogwriting more often.  

Thanks so much for helping me reach my pageview milestone.  Thanks for following my loc journey. Happy New Year! Please continue following me for new direction in 2018!

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Friday, November 24, 2017

Sisterlocks Anniversary: 5 years 4 months

Dry set with setting lotion on soiled hair.

Pipe cleaner set on freshly shampooed hair.

Pipe cleaner set untwisted on freshly shampooed hair.

A quick dry set on soiled hair.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Benita's Favorite Products of 2017

First of all, anything on my 2016 List from November of last year that I still love will NOT be repeated on this list.  So let's get started!

Favorite Sulfate Free Tea Tree Shampoo
Straight Request Black Carbon 500 Sulfate Free Tea Tree Shampoo (Pictured above)

Favorite Temporary Hair Softening System
Syntonics Thermasoft (TM) Shampoo and Leave-in Protector (Pictured above)

Favorite "Edge Control" Foam
Influance It's Natural Honey Styling Foam (Pictured above)

Favorite Natural Hair Initial Hydration Spray for (L.O.C. Method)
Design Essentials Natural Coconut & Monoi Coconut Milk Leave-in Nourisher

Favorite Natural Hair Cream for (L.O. C. Method)
Design Essentials Natural Coconut & Monoi Deep Moisture Milk Souffle (make sure product is fresh, cautious of batch codes)

Favorite Moisturizing Conditioner
Straight Request Power K-60 Instant Conditioner ( Pictured Above)

Favorite Loc Setting Lotion
Design Essentials Natural Almond and Avocado Twist and Set Setting Lotion

Favorite Smoothing Conditioner
Joico Smooth Cure Conditioner (can be cocktailed or layered with a moisturizing conditioner)

Favorite Color Alert Neutralizing Shampoo
Nairobi Normalizing Shampoo

Favorite Brown Colored Shampoo
GemLites Fashion Color Care  Colorwash Color: Brown Diamond Sunbrown

Favorite Red Colored Shampoo
Celeb Luxury Fashion Color Care VIRAL EXTREME Red Colorwash

Favorite White/Gray Toning Conditioner
AG Hair Cosmetics Colour Care Sterling Silver Conditioner (purple/blue color)

Favorite Blow Dry Creme
Colorproof HeatProof Anti-frizz Blow Dry Creme

Favorite Soothing Neutralizing Shampoo
Syntonics Botanical Neutralizing Shampoo

Favorite Relaxer for Resistant Virgin Hair (one time use to get it straight)
Syntonics Botanical Conditioning Creme Relaxer (MILD not normal) using the virgin relaxer procedure.

Favorite Natural Hair "Wash and Go" Custard/Gel
Design Essentials Natural Honey Curl Forming Custard (Light/Clear/Yellowish color for best performance - sometimes product darkens and performance is questionable)

Favorite Lightweight Smoothing Serum
Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Styling Treatment Oil

Many products from my previous lists of 2016 and 2015 are still my favorites.  So if you are going Christmas shopping or Black Friday shopping - print out this list as well as my 2015 and 2016 favorites list.

Happy Holidays!!!!!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Sisterlocks Fun at 5 years 3 months

My arm got freed!!!!

Halloween Makeup Artistry added to enhance the mask!  My real fingernails grew out while my injured arm was immobilized.

Authority Look

My Sisterlocks are five years and three months old.  My personality is young at heart.  So it's nothing for me to clown around.  

Stay tuned for my Next article: Benita's Favorites for 2017!!