Friday, March 7, 2014
After interviewing enough long dreadlock wearers, I have concluded that you can switch and swap between interlocking and twisting the locks without any worries. Those who have proper Sisterlocks sizing may find that their locks are too small to finger twist. So true Sisterlocks are not applicable to this article.
However, for all the micro-locks and traditional lock wearers, many people are interlocking their locks if they go swimming or if they are going to participate in water activities. Otherwise, they continue with palm rolling or finger twisting on a regular basis. No one seems to find a problem with going back and forth based on their lifestyle.
I personally also started hand (inter)locking some of my locks because some of my locks seem to unravel at the roots quicker than others. I think it has to do with the two different textures of hair that I have. So the locks that need help at the roots, I will hand lock some periodically in my spare time, but continue to finger twist all of them during my designated tightening sessions. We will see what difference that will make over the next five months. I believe that I am more curious if it will cause an inconsistent look in the lock. I doubt it based on all the feedback, but who knows . . .
Thursday, March 6, 2014
1) I paid in advance for a three day ticket last October 2013 but for the professional, veteran hairstylist that I am, who does not party, I did not see three days worth of vendor attractions. Some of the vendors that I was looking for were not even there. So I was bittersweet, because it was a smaller show, I met many more people on a more personal networking level, but I learned my lesson not to buy a three day ticket again. If hairstylists can not find at least $150 worth of deals, then it would be cheaper to wait for the regular distributor to come through one's salon from week to week.
2) I was swamped with clients that Saturday before the hair show, and I just did not have the energy to make the day trip. Then I had clients scheduled for that Monday as well.
3) Officially, regarding the Holiday season 2013, most every hairstylist saw a decrease in revenue from the previous Holiday 2012 season. If hairstylists can not get an overflow during the Holiday Season, then the overflow days may be officially over for a while. Many women are seriously taking hairdressing back to the "crib." You do my hair; I do yours. We are going back to pre-Madame C. Walker days. Less relaxer service requests. Less press and curls. It's either natural twist-outs, braid-outs, or protective styling.
So where am I going is . . . The whole point in going to the hair show is to bring back new products and new techniques to the salon. However, with the down swing in salon services, the Internet educational boom, and the upswing in "DIY" attitudes, I think all the black hairstylists are confused as to what direction to go. Weave? Wigs? Natural hair? or Hang on to the relaxer and roller set revenue which is continuing to decline?
I actually feel that black hairstylists are going to have to cross over into servicing mainstream hair. Haircutting and color for all hair types should be the new focus. With that said, the need to attend a pre-dominantly Black International Hair Show is becoming outdated for veteran hairstylists. For new hairstylists, it is still a gem!
Monday, March 3, 2014
My locks are now over a year and 7 months old however, it was about one year ago when the last certified Sisterlocks consultant retightened my hair. One whole year of self maintaining my own locks and finger twisting.
I keep reviewing my old pictures with my monthly check-in's and my head of locks doesn't even look like the same head of locks from a year ago. I am so proud that I took over my own head of locks. Otherwise, I feel that I would still be as miserable as ever with Sisterlocks.
The truth be told, there are millions of hairstylists in the world, but it is always hard finding just ONE that is right for you. So with professional Sisterlocks technicians being so few in number, it is truly an act of the Almighty to find a Sisterlocks technician that wants to partner with you. God forbid that technician is laid to a final resting place or you have to relocate to a city that does not have a Sisterlocks professional. You would be absolutely screwed if you have true "Sisterlocks sized" locks in your head.
I remember countless loc wearers telling me over and over again that they tighten and maintain their own hair. They say that they can not be tied down to one person to rely on to get their hair done. Well, now, I get it!
Most people want freedom to salon hop. True "Sisterlocks sized" locks limit your freedom to salon hop. So as I reflect back, maybe God knew what was best for me.
If I had to do it all over again, I would NOT choose Sisterlocks for my hair because I needed to focus on volume at the root; however, I would choose small traditional locs which is overall what I was given despite my Sisterlocks initial investment.
I am scared to imagine my locs had I continued going to my local Sisterlocks practicioners in my area. No one had any answers for me. No one could give me any direction. No one recommended any regimens for my unique hairtype. Everyone just took my money and tightened my hair so tight that when the last consultant tightened my hair but left it looser; I was assuming that she was less experienced, but in retrospective, that was probably one of the best things that she had done for me. Now, of course, I still would not go back to her because she went through my whole head ripping my hair buds off causing me to lose as much as a couple of inches of length from my locks. I personally just could not win for losing with Sisterlocks.
However, on the flip side, I loved the Sisterlocks four day trainings. I enjoyed learning more about natural hair. I enjoyed learning troubleshooting techniques. I enjoyed learning about the Sisterlocks' company vision. I received all my Sisterlocks tools. The truth be told the Sisterlocks' headquarters should probably get rid of the retightening class and just make everyone take the four day course.
As far as the future of Sisterlocks, I am not so optimistic because many hairstylists have tried to duplicate themselves, but ultimately, no matter how much training that you give other hairstylists, they will NEVER replace the original Master. This is the same with Sisterlocks. The brilliant select Sisterlocks consultants that are the perfect role model may never be able to fully duplicate themselves without someone falling short.
Well, I am still learning what is best for my hair. Perhaps there is no one else better to teach me my hair maintenance routine except me. I believe that locks are like loose natural hair - every one's natural journey will take its own unique path. If we want nice partings, then someone else has to start the locks, but "DIY" maintenance is truly golden.
If you find any paraben free products on clearance, I would definitely smell and analyze the product before buying it. It is not usually wise to buy paraben free products on clearance unless you know that you are going to use the products up very quickly before they do completely expire.
I definitely do not recommend cocktailing any leave-in conditioners nor extra serums with this design lotion. A little of this lotion goes a long way. You just have to gradually work the spray in and distribute.
For the roller set clients that this lotion does work for, they love the long lasting hold from setting their hair with this lotion. It is a "ready to use" formula. There is no mixing. I have not tried this design lotion on dreadlocks, and I would be afraid of crystallization in the locks. So Lock wearers should probably sit this one out.
Type 3 relaxed curl patterns seem to set the best with this lotion.