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Tied Loc Styles


Two ties, three ties we all scream for ties. These beautiful “Tied Loc Styles are held in place with Lilla Rose hair jewelry. An XL flexi is used for both. The Flexis come in seven different sizes ranging from mini to mega. They don’t cut into the hair or cause undo tension, you can wear them all day…pinky promise! http://www.lillarose.biz/cathythomas

Keep It Simple Styles…By Cathy


Keeping styles simple after retightenings are key in not compromising your locks or your fragile hairline. After you’ve had your locks retightened the last thing you want to experience is a style where you can’t smile for fear of your locks snapping at the roots.  Actually, we should be mindful of the tension on our locks at all times. Our hairline and locks are compromised when we repetitively wear styles where the locks are unduly stressed. A couple of weeks after your retighten when your locks have loosened up some, more elaborate styles can be experienced.  Bobbi Pins with smooth ends as well as hair jewelry with smooth edges complement our locked hairstyles. Part with your hair jewelry that has sharp edges and teeth that can weaken your locks over time. Keep in mind your stylist can’t read your mind when she’s styling your hair, be sure to let her know if the style is too tight or if bobby pins or hair jewelry is causing you discomfort. Be kind, gentle and loving towards your locks…K.I.S.S. by Cathy

 

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Brotherlocks Rocks!


Brotherlocks work for this soon to be high school graduate. This young man will soon be heading off to college with his new locks,  they were established in December of 2016. His hair virtually locked while I was establishing his Brotherlocks, this is a plus for this active young man. The settling in period will be very quick. The settling in period is the time frame in which special care is given to maintaining one’s locks. The primary difference between Sisterlocks and Brotherlocks is the size. The size of Sisterlocks allow for greater styling versatility. Because of the size of the Brotherlocks this client can wait longer between  retightening. This client opted for locking only the top…Love the look!

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Love your Sisterlocks journey…


Long locks, short locs, medium sized locks they come in all different shapes and  sizes. Each set is different in their own special way. When I first discovered Sisterlocks I was so excited! I wanted my Sisterlocks  to be just like Dr Cornwell’s locks, long flowing and beautiful. Little did I know that my locks would have their own very unique look, feel and style and be every bit as beautiful. Just as no two sets of fingerprints are identical no two heads of locks are identical, they can be very similar but not identical. Differences in hair density, texture and length play a huge role in the  outcome of your Sisterlocks and woe unto me if I forget how they’re maintained. You and your consultant are partners on this journey of caring for your locks. I encourage my clients to love every stage of the journey. Starting out for some may be a love hate relationship but as your locks evolve you fall more in love with them. As your locks evolve embrace them, your Sisterlocks journey is just that “yours,”  you may compare notes but never compare locks. Your lock journey is unique to you. As the lyrics to an oldie advises…”Love the one you’re with” My advice to you is to …Love the locks you have, embrace them and enjoy the journey.

Cathy Thomas, Certified Sisterlocks Consultant

Owner and operator of Locs of Luv @ 501 South Escondido Blvd, Escondido Ca 92025

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Sisterlocks and Winter Wear…


If you have shoulder length Sisterlocks beware when wearing those beautiful warm acrylic sweaters, scarves and hats. True story, a few winters ago I wore a beautiful red knitted scarf on numerous occasions, it was my favorite go to scarf when I had playground duty at the school I worked for. At some point I caught a glimpse of the back of my locks, I couldn’t believe my eyes, many of my locks literally had red acrylic intertwined in them. My warm scarf was the culprit!! Being a Sisterlocks Consultant who does her own hair, I rarely see the back of my locks up close and personal…Unfortunately, dye doesn’t cover acrylic fibers so they had to stay in my locks because picking the fibers out was not an option, the fibers had literally become one with my locks. So, if you must wear those beautiful scarves and sweaters that shed please put those locks up and out of the way in an up-do. For those that love to keep their heads warm with caps or hats during our winter months be sure that they’re lined with a fabric that won’t shed onto your locks. The model is wearing an XL Flexi hair clip, the flexis are comfortable as well as beautiful. Order yours at the link below Stay warm!

 

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No more excuses…


Cathy @ Torrey Pines

This picture reminds me of how easy it is now for me to pause and take time out to enjoy the beauty of God’s creation. What I enjoy most about the Sisterlocks lifestyle that I’ve embraced is that it removes the excuse of what will I do with my hair after  working out or even taking a stroll on the trails surrounding this beautiful ocean. Most trails have inclines and inclines mean you work harder and when you work harder you “SWEAT” yikes!!! For some, you’re probably saying to yourself, “what’s the big deal??” Well, for those of us  whose hair is naturally kinky and curly it can be a real big deal. Sweat from working out can cause our natural hair to shrink and become difficult to comb out and style.  As a young girl I missed out on the opportunity to learn to swim because of the dilemma of what to do with my hair after swim class.  I can only imagine how many late slips I would have received from that first class after swim class had I gotten my hair wet. Unfortunately we didn’t have You Tube and tutorials that educate you on protective hairstyles and the likes when I was a teen. Thankfully those days are behind me, never to return again. It gives my heart such joy to be able to not only swim, yes, I did eventually learn how, it’s never to late to learn. I not only swim but I’m also an avid hiker. When I’m doing these activities the last thing on my mind is my hair.  I can now relax and enjoy the activity, long gone are the missed appointments and engagements because I’ve got to get my hair done because I worked out this morning. My routine is simple, after working out, I shampoo and condition my Sisterlocks and blow dry or allow to dry naturally. So many things have changed over the years, many parents are now opting to allow their young daughters to wear their hair in Sisterlocks and other natural styles.  Young girls are now able to enjoy  swimming and a myriad of other sports and activities that I only dreamed about as a young girl. Looking forward I’m totally excited about the future and that the excuses we once had are no longer valid. It’s never to late, take that class, no more excuses!

Writing 101


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Why I write… I write or blog because I love to connect and impart information to Sisterlocks wearers. potential Sisterlocks wearers as well as wearers of natural hair. There are so many mediums through which individuals learn and social media is at the top. I look forward to being a part of the growing numbers of those who impart information on social media. Even with all of the information available there’s a lot of misinformation, my goal is to provide accurate and practical information for my readers. I get super excited when I receive information that assists me in my understanding of a particular topic, I look forward to being the source of that excitement for my readers.  As a wearer of Sisterlocks now for 15 yrs, I’ve enjoyed wearing my natural hair in this style, in fact it has been more of a lifestyle change for me. Wearing my hair in this manner has been liberating at best. As I write, my goal is to educate and dispel many of the myths that are rampant on social media regarding natural hair wearers. I’m excited about the journey I’m on and want to share that excitement with others. Do visit often, follow the blog and feel free to comment and let me know how I’m doing or not doing, in order to get better I need feedback from my readers…Stay tuned.

The Start of Something Wonderful!!!


It’s an exciting time for my client and myself. As always it’s a privilege and an honor to assist clients on their Sisterlocks journey. The client arrived with freshly washed hair, no conditioners used. The use of conditioners impedes the locking process, therefore the client is advised to not condition her hair prior to the establishment of her locks. Upon arrival the client is encouraged to relax and the journey begins. Photos are taken at the beginning and as the journey progresses. This particular client has approx. 7 to 8 inches of natural hair. Her hair is very dense and has great spring-back properties (when stretched and let go it quickly returns to its original state) We would call this hair type a number 4. A number 4 hair type loves to coil and curl and to lock. Let the locking begin!PhotoGrid_1440744222941