Phenomenal . . .

Phenomenal . . .
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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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Halloween Edition: Sisterlocks Anniversary at 7 years 3 months

It's been 7 years and 3 months since my Sisterlocks were established. The longer length allows for lots of creativity.

Obviously, I enjoyed Disney's Maleficent movie.

Cardi B inspired: Money and Power (Thanos glove)

Before Cardi B, Janet Jackson was my favorite artist.

Like Maya Angelou and Angelina Jolie's Maleficent, I rise like the "Phoenix."

Monday, September 30, 2019

My Sisterlocks at 7 years 2 months

I made it through my birthday month! I learned a lot about my hair in terms of hydration.  If it will not bend and stay in place then it needs hydration. A "dry curl" spray into the palm of the hand then applied to strategic areas works well with instant styling enhancement. I also applied full makeup with contouring.

 Because I started preparing for standup comedy, I applied strip lash extensions to see how I felt about performing in them. The Faux Mink version were light, quick to apply, and felt good.

So proud that I fought for justice for the young lady on my left. I unsilenced her. I unpacked 1990 and pieced it together. Through modern day counseling practices - I regained my confidence in my decision making. I reaffirmed that I was enough just the way I am. Welcome  Comedienne B'exponential!

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

7 years 1 month Sisterlocks Anniversary

My day to day grind requires this partial updo.  At seven years and one month, I don't need a separate barrette.

Playing with semi- permanent haircolor (direct dye)

I don't trust my Sisterlocks with any type of permanent haircolor. Luckily, I don't have a lot gray hairs for my age. The safest color absorbs into my hair just fine.

The longer my Sisterlocks get; I do see the tension at the roots when they are wet or if I am sitting back on them.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Head scarves: History repeats with a modern twist!

Model on right is from Cosmopolitan magazine (August 2019 edition).

As I run my day to day errands, I see a lot of natural hair and head scarves being worn by the masses.  Some are "Aunt Jemima" style, and some are sophisticated with a twist.

I feel like the scarves are being used to hide the "kinks and coils." In my opinion, if one can't wear one's own natural hair with confidence, then they should either relax it or Loc it. By no means should the scalp be suffocated.  Make sure the scarf material is breathable.  Breathable material can be purchased from a fabric store.

Please "keep it cute sis" - Let's let the past trend stay in the past.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Tenth Anniversary:This Blog is Ten Years Old!

Benita Blocker, Blogwriter, 
Educator, Visionary, HairStylist

In August 2009, I was on a mission to achieve my best hair ever and to educate others to achieve their own hair success too!  With countless clients saying, I had "growing hands" and their hair had never been as long as we grew it from a partnership standpoint.  I am so proud to have been a Master Cosmetologist over 15 years.

As far as the blog is concerned, digital pictures were not popular when I started the blog in the early years (2009).  So many of my early articles do not have pictures. My most popular articles as far as blog traffic are from 2011 through 2014, and they include pictures.

I am so proud that the Sisterlocks topic is trending more than ever.  I feel like I inspired those who are a part of the latest wave of interest.  I see starter locs everywhere.  I feel like I was a leader in my own way as far as the corporate world beginning to embrace locked hair.

My blog represents my hair struggle as I was approaching age forty, and my finding Sisterlocks as a hair solution for me. Indeed, I am proud of what I have inspired and achieved with my blog.

August 2019 is the blog's Tenth Anniversary with over 1.1 million pageviews! Please feel free to share your testimonies and favorite article titles.