Friday, August 31, 2012
Thursday, August 30, 2012
My length still consists of mostly relaxed hair that looks long and thin. I have had a lot of trouble keeping this relaxed hair from curling up into itself. My SisterLocks consultant called it "bubbling." During my first retightening session, she was able to work some of the "fat buds" or "knots" loose that had rolled up.
On a separate note, the relaxed ends have different moisture needs, and I want to keep my length for styling purpose. However, in SisterLocks world, we are taught not to put anything on the SisterLocks. There is definitely a gap that I am trying to bridge. During my retightening sessions, a knot broke off of a lock, but it did not have any relaxer on it because it was a short lock around my front hairline. This leads me to believe that even my natural kinky curly hair needs more moisture to keep it from drying out and breaking.
The SisterLocks instructors told us that SisterLocks world is completely opposite of cosmetology world, but there is no way that every hair type should be treated the same in SisterLock World. Many of the SisterLocks sisters with kinky hair that I have met and read about all complain about not gaining length like some of the SisterLocks sisters with less kinky hair.
I personally am going to keep my hair moisturized from this point on. I believe that my curl pattern is too tight to unravel, but if moisturizing my hair interferes with my SisterLocks maturing properly, so be it! I will live and learn.
Friday, August 24, 2012
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
I believe that I achieved about 85% straightness.
Monday, August 20, 2012
This product seems to have vegetable oil and other oils like canola in it. It may be great for children's pigtails as final styling. However, I do not have any children with pigtails in my clientele.
Also, I blowdried the hair prior to product application. So the Curl Stretching Cream was applied to dry hair. Results were like wetting the hair without water.
Well, over the years almost every black hair company has introduced their version of the "Smooth Edges" product/cream gel. So I picked up this one pictured by Silk Elements. It has a lot of glycerin in it. I liked the ingredients overall.
So how should you combine these two products? Well, apply the color stick to the hairline where you need gray coverage first, then apply the "straight edges" cream gel to seal and keep the color stick stain from rubbing off overnight and to keep the edges straight.
I have not put this combination into practice yet, but my client swore by it. Hopefully, the brand will not make a difference. I tried it on my arm, and it seemed reasonable. I will keep you posted on my client feedback on this tip in coming weeks.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
"My man wants to be able to run his hands through my hair like the White women hair."
With SisterLocks, you finger style 100% of the time. The longer your SisterLocks get the more you and your significant others can run their hands through. SisterLocks are micro-locks; therefore, they are much smaller than many of the traditional locks.
"People don't keep their locks well groomed in this area."
SisterLocks are typically a home based hair service. Only State Board licensed professionals can operate out of a commercial salon location. So many people are cautious about bringing new people to their home. New SisterLock clients almost need to be by "referral only" when Consultants are working from their home. This fact almost limits "chair hopping," but it means people have limited choices in order to get their retightenings done. Luckily with me being a licensed cosmetologist working out of a licensed salon, people can feel like they have more options in my area. Also, people mentioned that they do not like seeing the afro at the roots of people's locks. This is a neglect in grooming. It could be lack of time or money to go regularly.
"It seems so permanent."
You can grow out of locks just like you grow out of a relaxer. You have to let your new growth go free without retightening it in order to cut the lock down to about 3 inches, and then start detangling it. SisterLocks are no more permanent than a relaxer.
"I need to be able to wash my hair every week."
You can wash and go everyday with SisterLocks! Only in the starter stage of SisterLocks, shampooing is tricky because you do not want them loosening up and becoming undone.
"People like long, straight, hair on me better."
You can still wear full wigs when you have to have a more European straight look for performances, videos, and pictures.
"Do you keep adding extensions to them every time you get them retightened?"
There are NO EXTENSIONS added to SisterLocks. Your hair grows out of your scalp. The new growth is "tightened" into the rest of your SisterLock. Your hair continues to grow out as it would normally with relaxed hair.
"It takes too long for them to grow out!"
Sisterlocks are not for the weak in spirit. You do need thick skin to bare through the criticism from the European straight mentality of corporate America. Some people will consider adding loc extensions because they need a crutch to give them maximum loc styling. It takes a good two years from a big chop in order to get somewhat comfortable with medium length locs. This is the only reasonable excuse for delaying your loc decision until your support system and your workplace can handle your loc journey.
"I want to have the versatility to blowdry and flat iron my hair straight."
SisterLocks are small enough to use "hot rollers," curling irons, and flat irons. The SisterLocks need to be dry first of course. However, blowdrying is not a time efficient option. A hooded dryer would be needed with a wet set. But for last minute touch-ups, heat appliances can be used.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
For example with the more expensive hair that is reusable, place a colored rubber band along with track weft upon removal. Record the placement and band color on a grid so that you can replace the track in the same order and area as the original style.
The extension hair can shampooed and conditioned with the bands along the weft of the extension leaving the rest of the hair strands unconfined to rinse freely.
Need more than six colors? Use two or three colors as another way to get additioning color coding options. Ultratress extensions and other reusable extensions can be tedious to keep up with small strips. The colored bands can be used to probably keep track of about 18 pieces at a time. Maybe get your client to assist with writing the information down where each piece belongs based on its color coded band.
Nine different colored rubber bands pictured above: brown, yellow, navy, pink, white, purple, green, red, and light blue.
Friday, August 10, 2012
These curlers can probably be used on all hair types with some endpaper.