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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Update: Liquid Chalk Removal and Wet Length Check-in

I have good and bad news.  The good news is that the L'Oreal Technique Liquid Chalk Intense Hair Makeup last for an average of 2 shampoos according to the "peel back" label.  The bad news is that with coarse, porous hair like mine, it took 7 (seven) back to back clarifying shampoos to get the majority of the liquid chalk out.  As you can see in the picture, I still have some remnants left.  I liked the color so I will probably add it back in.

 I wanted to wear the "pink/magenta" color too,  but I would want a more short term look.  I do not want to work so hard to get that color out of my locs again.

I was excited about learning how many shampoos will the liquid chalk last.  The answer for me seems like the liquid chalk can be almost permanent without use of clarifying shampoos to strip it out.  I also had to towel rub some.  It was quite a bit of work for  a quick 5 minutes of application.

Well, I am three days before my 33 months loc-versary.  This article serves as a wet length check.  I lost a few pieces of relaxed hair from off two of my ends.  I am okay with it.  I was a little rough with my locs trying to rub that liquid chalk out.  It comes with the territory.  I will not be able to mend the pieces back on because they are partly straight.  I believe all the clarifying shampoo lathers made my relaxed ends weak. I did condition a few times.  Once after the third lather and another after the final lather.


  1. I'm going to going to begin my loc journey soon. I'm thinking of starting off with sisterlocks for uniformity then eventually do my own thing. What advice do you wish you could go back in time to give yourself when you first started?

  2. Deborah: I am happy that you asked. The grid is what is important. I could have started my locs with comb twist and then went into interlocking to maintain them. Sisterlocks for my "easy to loc" hair type was not a necessary expense. And since I do not even use a tool to tighten my own locs - I could have really saved money and time. However, since I paid extra and have invested so much into the Sisterlocks culture - I feel like I pledged another Sorority, and I will wear the Sisterlocks name with pride. It is not a perfect system, but if you can find a loctician that can partner with your hair type and your hair maintenance beliefs, then it will mean so much. I have to admit that I like having my Sisterlocks birth certificate. It's like carrying that "Prada" bag. I feel a little more sassy. But back to you, if you have "hard to lock" hair then you need Sisterlocks. If you have "easy to lock" hair, your options are wide open. Just make sure you get a grid and are in agreement with the sizing and maintenance of the locs. I hope this helps without me knowing your hairtype!