Favorite Relaxer for Resistant Virgin Hair (one time use to get it straight)
Syntonics Botanical Conditioning Creme Relaxer (MILD not normal) using the virgin relaxer procedure.
Favorite Natural Hair "Wash and Go" Custard/Gel
Design Essentials Natural Honey Curl Forming Custard (Light/Clear/Yellowish color for best performance - sometimes product darkens and performance is questionable)
Many products from my previous lists of 2016 and 2015 are still my favorites. So if you are going Christmas shopping or Black Friday shopping - print out this list as well as my 2015 and 2016 favorites list.
Twenty years later, I am in Sisterlocks land. I am at my five years and two month Sisterlocks anniversary. I am not blogging as much because the natural hair movement is full throttle, and many of my clients still love their relaxers. I must admit that relaxers make my job and my clients' lives easier. I don't plan to stop the relaxers when so many still benefit from them.
For those who have learned to make natural hair - loose or locked work - then it is all good!!! I personally know that my loc journey is my final hair destination. I will continue to partner with clients to meet their needs with or without chemicals.
My fractured arm is healing! I have been out of work for about six weeks now. I miss my clients, and they miss me!!! I am watching my weight using Herbalife meal replacement shakes and other supplements. My nails on my injured hand are the longest they have been in a long time. I feel like Superwoman. LOL
My arm is strong enough to get more walking in for exercise. (sweating in picture above) Also, my left arm is able to tightening my Sisterlocks with ONE HAND and Bantu knot set them for styling purposes.
Sisterlocks are clearly Apocalypse ready. I just need my hands to tighten and finger style (one hand at that). It just doesn't get any simpler than that from a self sufficiency standpoint. Well, stay tuned until next month!
I used "Tibet Jewels" Fair Trade Recycled Silk Sari Ribbon Yarn to "headband" twist my Sisterlocks. I enjoyed the results of the waviness of my locs. However, I did get some of the colored threads clinging to my locs. It was easy to identify the colorful threads and remove them from my locs. Five or six threads were not bad. My hair also took on the smell of the sari ribbon yard temporarily. I plan to shampoo or wash the yarn again before repeating this method.
I definitely plan to repeat the headband set!
Believe it or not, this anniversary was the first time that my Sisterlocks actually felt heavy during my shampoo. I am not sure if that will be my "new normal" feeling or not, but maybe I just need to catch up on my root tightening. I will keep you posted next month!
With the success of the "Wonder Woman" Superhero movie, I wanted to re-create my own "Superwoman" look. Here's some building blocks for you to recreate the look too!
Black Knight shield (from a party store like "Party City")
Rhinestone headpiece (from Beauty supply store)
I have featured this type of headpiece/headband before on this blog. I believe that it was during the Holidays.
Cosmetics and Skincare to create the look:
Herbalife Firming Eye Gel
L'Oreal Anti-Fatigue BB Cream
L'Oreal True Match pressed powder
Believe it or not, I didn't spend much time applying dramatic makeup at all. Just primers and powders! In addition to Lighting and use of an Instagram Filter. I also held my head in a position to eliminate shadows.
Step one: Blow-dry the hair straight Step two: Use Mizani Moisture Stretch product to double strand twist individually and/or flat twisted Step three: Create the updo. Long hair - bun styling; Medium length hair - try modern french roll
Hair Question to me from a subscriber: Quick hair question, I just got Goddess locs. Can I get them wet? The shop told me not to get them wet after I sat to get them all installed and paid for.
First of all, there is no such thing as a "quick hair question."
Secondly, What do you mean by "wet?"
Stuck in the rain?
The real answer: The $300 Goddess locs braiding styles are typically not human hair. Therefore, trapping wetness inside of the excessively wrapped synthetic fibers is a recipe for "smelly locs." Therefore, I would listen to the advice of the shop that installed them. Do not swim in them. Do not shampoo them. Do not engage in a lot of water saturation activities while wearing the synthetic goddess locs. The Human Hair Goddess locs run about $700, and only braiding specialists offer them. There is a specific type of human hair that can be used to make the style more active lifestyle friendly.
Four years and ten months later, I have enough length to wash and go!
I use the L.O.C. regimen.
Design Essentials Coconut Monoi Line (Coconut Milk Leave-in Nourisher and Deep Moisture Milk Souffle) are a part of my Liquid and Creme. I used the Design Essentials Hydrience Argan Hair Repair Oil Treatment for my Oil component. The Coconut Monoi line is purchased from Sally's Beauty Supply. I used this regimen after the shampoo and/or condition of my Sisterlocks.
I also have started carrying handbags versus shoulder bags. My Sisterlocks kept getting trapped in the shoulder strap of my shoulder bags no matter how hard that I try to lift them off of it. The stress and pull is not worth weakening my locs.
I had been in search of a replacement for the VitalePro High Comfort relaxer system. I was looking for a lye relaxer that was tolerable to sensitive scalps. So far, Syntonics straightens without much irritation. I used the "mild" relaxer strength. I only relaxed a few symmetric patches of hair around my hairline. I rinsed the relaxer out with my face down so that runoff water did not get into the rest of my locked hair. My plan was to texturize versus making my hair too straight. So far, it passes my initial testing requirements.
NOTE: The neutralizing shampoo and conditioner both have soothing/cooling properties built in. Some people will love it. Others may not.
Question: Do you have to keep your hair cut or trimmed to keep it growing?
ANSWER: No! I have not cut my hair/Sisterlocks in almost five years . . . . my hair is still growing!
Question: Am I consuming too much biotin?
ANSWER: If you are taking over 5mg/5,000mcg of biotin per day, then I would try to eliminate a biotin source. I have known too many people consuming 10,000 mcg, 12,000mcg and up of biotin (superbiotin) per day. It seems to cause other health and/or hair challenges. Side effects vary. If you are taking a multi-vitamin, a "hair, nails, and skin" vitamin, meal replacement shake (i.e. Herbalife), and taking an additional 5,000 mcg of biotin capsule, then you need to add up how much biotin that you are really consuming. You may need to reduce the "extra biotin" to 1,000 mcg if you are getting the Daily Value of Biotin from other sources.
The five year countdown is almost here! I have been posting monthly since day one of my Sisterlocks journey with test Sisterlocks through establishment and so on. Should I continue to post monthly progress after July 2017? Any thoughts anyone? Thank you to everyone who has been following me for over seven years! I am almost at my one million pageviews. God is so good! I am reaching milestones. Thanks for reaching milestones with me.
So for my four years 9 months Sisterlocks anniversary, I refreshed my liquid chalk hair color again. I love it. I apply the product to braided sections to distribute the color versus having chunkiness. It is my preference. Color placement is in the hands of the artist.
Boom! Color Splash in 10 minutes and no wash required!