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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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Viola Davis: New Hairstyle 2014

Viola Davis has a new television series to debut Fall 2014, and I love her new hair! I saw her in a magazine and barely recognized her.

According to what I have read about her, she has earned her success.  Many times, light skin color and wavy hair can make an actress' journey a little easier.  This sistah has naturally, tightly coiled hair and has worn many different wigs for her many different movie roles.  I really love this new wig the best!  Of course, I am assuming it is a wig, and I am excited about her upcoming television series "How to Get Away with Murder."

Two Years Sisterlocks Close-up

In my two year loc-versary post, I did not include a close-up photo for those who like to dig down into the root of things.  LOL!  So here it is!  This side of my head has the smaller locs.

But as you can see, I have some good length on it!  I also want to remind everyone that I have small fingers so I can handlock my locs without in any problems.  Okay, until next time . . .

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Honorable Mention: Box Braid Wig

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?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

2 years Sisterlocks Anniversary

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!

Rattail combs: Variety of Teeth Spacing

One of my followers asked about rattail combs and the teeth spacing for fine tooth combs versus medium tooth combs.

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.