I found this on Facebook. It looks like a "lace" box Braid wig. I love it. African American chemo patients seemed to favor this option. Any thought?
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
It's Official! My Sisterlocks are two years old! And I have a youtube channel so this video should work when you click on it! Yay!
Disclaimer: I have not had my locs retightened recently so I may have one to two inches of new growth shrunken up at the roots.
I am self-maintaining my locs so as I run my fingers through them, if I find one that is too far past due, then I hand lock it.
I have found quality is better than speed. I also found that $15 a hour is a reasonable rate to pay Sisterlocks consultants. Those at $25 per hour, $30 per hour, $50 per hour - I have not seen anyone's work that was worth that. That is not to say that there are not consultants worth these prices - I just have not met them yet and I have not seen their work. The higher the hourly rate the faster the consultant should be, but if they are sacrificing quality and the health of the loc, then I have a problem with those situations.
I am attaching a six month old picture of my well manicured Sisterlocks below. I no longer keep my locs this manicured because I prefer the thicker look.
Six months old well manicured Sisterlocks
My advice to anyone on their loc journey is to be true to yourself. My journey has not been easy. Sisterlocks empowers people to abuse the opportunity by scamming. It is NOT Sisterlocks` intent to enpower unethical people, but it happens. Everyone is an independent contractor. Just remember that!
Also, too much manipulation of the hair and/or locs can cause damage - learn when your locs have had too much manipulation and let them rest for a couple of months. You can still wash them, but the interlocking may be working against you. Every hair type responds differently to locs and locking methods. Just like all the other naturalistas out there - what works for one may not work for another. Also, permanent haircolor is not safe for everyone. Try a few locs at a time before diving into a whole head of haircolor.
I think that is all that I can think of. I am going to add one more two year photo. Thanks for being a part of my loc journey thus far!
Two years Sisterlocks - alternating between handlocking and twisting.
The longer the locs get- the less I worry about manicuring the roots. Okay, until next time!
First of all the blue and the white rattail combs have about the same teeth spacing except the white rattail has a metal tip used for foiling haircolor for color services. However, both the blue or the white combs are great for roller seting wet hair. If you have fine hair the dark blue rattail, third from the left would work great for more control. The fine tooth black carbon comb works best on DRY, straight hair for ironing purposes. All hair types can use this fine tooth comb, but it is designed for thermal straightening services.
Honestly, if you misjudge a comb, and it is pulling too much hair - just go to a larger tooth rattail. Sometimes the condition of people's hair require wider teeth. Just keep a variety of sizes available. If you are getting a lot of hair in the comb and you are using the widest tooth comb that you have then the hair may have too much protein stuck in it. Coconut oil and other protein rich shampoos can cause extra tangles when hair absorbs too much. How to counter that is a whole other topic that even I have not mastered. Luckily, I have not had anyone lately with that issue.
Anyway, I am not sure if I really answered my reader's question, but I hope this information is in the ballpark! Pictures of the different tooth combs are worth a thousand words.
Those who still want the original formula may want to get to your local beauty supply store as soon as possible and stock up because Walmart stores only have the new version! I have not tried the new version yet, but I will update this posting when I do!
Monday, July 21, 2014
When to use a small paddle brush or a traditional denman brush?
- Blow-drying Type 4 curl patterns - You need a smaller brush to get in and control the roots.
- Blow-drying smaller areas like the nape, around the ears, and side burns or use a smaller round brush.
- Blow-drying resistant hair regardless of the length.
When to use a large paddle brush?
- Blow-drying fresh relaxed hair.
- Blow-drying wavy and slightly curly hair.
- Blow-drying very long straight hair when straightness is desired for final styling.
- Wrapping a roller set for final styling to remove the partings.
Rule of Thumb
The size of the brush should give you an idea of the parting size or sections that you will take to blow-dry. So if you have a bunch of small plaits to blow-dry, then you pick a smaller size brush even if the hair is very long. On the flip side, if you are dealing with naturally straight hair, then larger sections are fine for speed drying.