Now that you have Sisterlocks you’re footloose and fancy free, no more maintenance for your hair..
>Wrong! Sisterlocks is indeed “low maintenance” but far from “no maintenance.” You must follow your Consultants instructions on maintaining your Sisterlocks between appointments.
You can tame your frizzy Sisterlocks with gel…
>Wrong, gel weighs your locks down and causes build up on and in your locks. The frizz can be tamed by braiding, rolling or two strand twisting your locks. Styling your locks smooths out the frizz and makes it less noticeable. Spritz your locks with a little water and roll or braid your hair, allow your hair to dry thoroughly and enjoy your frizz free style for days. In some hair types the frizz will diminish as the locks mature, in other hair types it is what it is. Locks don’t change the makeup of your hair they just provide an environment for your hair to do what it wants to do naturally which is to coil, curl and form locks.
You can watch a You-Tube and learn how to re-tighten your locks with any of these items…a latch hook, bobby pin, paper clip or a safety pin…
>Wrong, in order to learn to re-tighen your Sisterlocks properly you must be taught by a Master Trainer or a Certified Sisterlocks Consultant with an R Certification. They’re authorized by the home office to teach the class, learning the Sisterlocks way is the best way.
You can use any type of shampoo you want…
>Wrong, in the beginning it’s important that you use a shampoo that will not work against your locks settling in. Under normal circumstances a clarifying shampoo is advised, clarifying shampoos roughen up the hair’s cuticle and removes oils from the hair, this is the best environment for the locks to go through the settling in phase. In some cases clarifying shampoos are to harsh on the scalp, instead of a clarifying shampoo another type of shampoo will be advised by your consultant. Sisterlocks offers a line of products that have been specifically formulated to clean your locks and not weigh them down.
You should just trim those loose hairs outside of your newly established locks…
>Wrong, while your locks are settling in resist the temptation to do any trimming, those loose hairs often find there way into the locks over time. Trimming them before time compromises the integrity of your locks, this causes your locks to not be as strong in later years. Allow your consultant to give you your first grooming at the proper time.
You can grease your scalp and your locks when your scalp is dry and your locks feel “crispy”…
>Wrong, grease will build up on your scalp as well as in your locks. Once your locks have gone through the settling in period you can use the Sisterlocks Moisture treatment or the Sisterlocks Reconstructor to condition your locks. These products have been specifically designed to rinse out of your locks and not cause build up like some conditioners. The Sisterlocks line is just that, a line of products that works well with most Sisterlocks, it has been my product line of choice for the past decade plus. For others, you may have found alternative products and your locks are doing great, if that’s the case wonderful, carry on. Some key questions to ask yourself after your hair has been shampooed, conditioned and dried…Does my hair feel light and airy? Is it limp and lifeless? Can i see and feel build up in my hair? If your hair doesn’t feel light and airy and there’s noticeable buildup in your locks then it’s time to change your product line. Keep in mind that we nourish our hair from the inside out, make sure you drink enough water, eat a balanced diet and get plenty of rest and exercise.
Be wise and treat your Sisterlocks with care …Don’t be tricked!
Enjoy the journey!
Can black people get head lice? Myth or Fact? It’s a fact that blacks can get head lice. It’s definitely more difficult for blacks to get head lice because of their curl pattern. The coil in the curl pattern makes it more difficult for lice to travel to the scalp where they thrive. Any nationality is subject to getting head lice.
Wearers of Sisterlocks have a very unique problem when it comes to head lice. One of the main ways head lice are removed is by combing the hair with a fine toothed comb after the hair has been treated with a special over the counter shampoo or a prescription shampoo. Yikes!! We can’t comb our locks, henceforth our fingers become our combs, each lock must be individually inspected and wherever there’s head lice, nits or nymphs they must be removed by hand. This is a tedious and time-consuming task but it must be done in order to rid the locks of the head lice in its many forms. Mainly, it’s our little peeps with Sisterlocks that get head lice but big peeps aren’t immune either for many of them have little peeps that they get them from.
Please check out the information below to further understand head lice and how to treat them. I’ve had clients whose kids have had head lice, it was not the end of their Sisterlocks journey. Reassure your child that everything is going to be just fine, make sure they understand that it’s not their locks that caused them to get head lice, nor is it anything wrong with them. I suggest you use it as a teaching opportunity, knowledge is power. Please see below for more information.
~Three Forms of Lice exist: nits, nymphs, and mature adults. Nits are lice eggs that attach to the hair shaft and usually hatch within a week. The microscopic eggs are easy to mistake for dandruff or residue from hair styling products. Once the eggs hatch, lice are known as nymphs, an immature form of the parasite that is gray-ish tan in color. After nine to 12 days, the nymphs mature into adults. The average size of an adult louse is still tiny, at 2 to 3 mm or about the size of a sesame seed.
~Where Do Head Lice Live? Head lice feed on blood and therefore stay close to the scalp where there is an abundant supply of food. After the nits hatch, they move from the hair shafts to your scalp to find sustenance. You’ll find nymph and adult lice most commonly on the scalp around the back of your neck and ears. They might also live in your eyebrows or on your eyelashes. When fed, head lice can live for up to a month, but they will die within a day or two if they are not able to feed on blood.
~Creepy Crawlers : Head lice are insects, but they can’t fly. Instead, they crawl around in your hair and on your scalp to get nourishment. Lice are spread through close personal contact. The parasites crawl onto your clothing, hairbrushes, hats, towels and any other personal belongings. If a friend or family member shares your comb or scarf, the head lice can crawl onto the new host and lay eggs, spreading the infestation. Female head lice can lay several eggs each day. Household pets and other animals do not spread head lice to humans.
~Symptoms of Head Lice: Some people experience the uncomfortable symptoms of head lice before noticing them in the hair, while others are asymptomatic. Head lice bite you in order to feed off your blood. The parasites’ saliva is irritating to many people, causing itching of the scalp. You might develop sores or red, raised bumps on your scalp from scratching your head without realizing why you are itchy at first. Other symptoms that alert you to a case of head lice include a ticklish feeling on your head, especially at night. The head louse is a nocturnal creature and is more active in the dark than during the light of day.
~Detecting Head Lice: A visual inspection of your hair and scalp is mostly effective in detecting head lice, though the creatures are so small that they can be difficult to spot with the naked eye.
Parting your hair in small sections and literally going through each section with a fine-tooth comb is a painstaking but necessary step in order to find and remove head lice. A bright light and a magnifying glass are useful tools to aid in the detection and diagnostic process.
~Treatment : Head lice are treated through manual removal with a comb as well as special shampoos containing chemicals that kill lice. Even if just one nit or adult louse is found, treatment is advised to reduce the threat of a full infestation. Clothing, bedding, and towels must all be washed in hot water to control the infestation. Vacuuming carpets and furniture upholstery is another component of the treatment process for head lice.
~Outlook and Prevention The good news is while a head lice infestation can be annoying and possibly uncomfortable, this common condition is treatable. Complications are rare and generally limited to skin infections caused by scratching. Prevent head lice by instituting a “no sharing” rule for personal belongings such as combs, hairbrushes, towels, hats, and bedding.
Today was Kid’s Day at Locs of Luv. This little one has had her share of pool time, almost every day for the past three weeks to be exact. Her family recently purchased a home with a salt water swimming pool and the kiddos couldn’t wait to break it in. Salt water pools are much easier on Sisterlocks than chlorinated pools. Nevertheless, special attention still needs to be given to the locks before and after time in the pool. This little one has 4C type hair and has worn her hair in Sisterlocks for three years. Sisterlocks wearers that are still in the settling in phase should confirm with their consultant as to when their locks are ready for swimming. Before swimming the hair should be wet down with water, the water will help prevent some of the salt from being absorbed into the locks. This little ones wear a swim cap during swimming, the purpose for the swim cap is to keep the locks from moving around and experiencing the full pressure of the water. Another way to protect the Sisterlocks while swimming is to put the locks in a protective hair style such as cornrow braids. After swimming the locks should be shampooed and conditioned to keep the hair from becoming dry and more susceptible to breakage. The hair should also be thoroughly dry before bedtime, sleeping with damp locks can cause the locks to mildew. When swimming in chlorinated pools be sure to shampoo the hair with a shampoo specifically formulated to remove chlorine, follow with a conditioner. More and more parents are opting to get Sisterlocks for their little ones. Please visit our Kids in Locks Category and see some of our lovely little peeps. Be sure to follow our blog and share it with your friends, we can also be found on FB @ Locs of Luv ~Locs by Cathy. For more information about Sisterlocks visit http://www.sisterlocks.com
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!
It’s our 3rd Year Anniversary at this location! After having worked from my home for over a decade I decided to fulfill a long time dream, the dream was to open a salon, not just any salon but one where my clients would feel like they were still at my home. A salon that had the home away from home feel. I transported the furniture that my clients had grown accustomed to seeing during their appointments in my home and arranged them in my new salon. As we lovingly prepared to open three years ago, little did we know just how much this truly would be “a home away from home.” Just as at home we shared life together, we continued to do so at our new home. We shed tears together as well as attempted to solve world problems over cups of tea. Nothing really changed but the location, home is truly where the heart is. Locs of Luv is continuing the tradition of providing her clientele with professional services and lots of love. There’s now two Certified Sisterlocks Consultants in the house. Cassandra Lawson joined the family in March of 2015, Cassandra is also a licensed cosmologist. When the two of us and our clients get together it’s truly a family affair, laughter, excitement and lots of positive affirmations flow in and out of the conversation…a lot like what happens in our homes. A house is not a home without the occupants that fill it, we thank God for you as well as extend our heartfelt gratitude to you for making Locs of Luv your home away from home…
~ The Sisterlocks package is offered in three parts…The Consultation, the establishment of your locks and the follow-up.
To find a Certified Sisterlocks Consultant or a Sisterlocks Trainee in your area visit http://www.sisterlocks.com
~Sisterlocks are not maintenance free, the maintenance is low but you must maintain your regular appointments and groomings.
~The care you give your Sisterlocks between appointments is important, follow your consultants instructions. i.e.
a. Follow the proper shampooing instructions as your locks settle in and after.
b. Use the proper products on your Sisterlocks, the Sisterlocks product line is available at participating salons as well as the Sisterlocks home office, this line is specifically formulated to work in locked hair. Many products on the market will cause build up in your locks or unraveling.
c. Protecting your locks while sleeping is important, some use a satin or silk scarf or a lock sock. Lint has a way of finding it’s way into our beautiful locks as we get our beauty rest, minimize your lint build up by covering your locks at night. It’s worked for me over the years.
~ Co-washing doesn’t work well with Sisterlocks,Co-washing is where you use conditioner to shampoo your hair. conditioner can build up in the locks and solidify causing your locks to look unsightly.
~Sisterlocks allow your hair to reach it’s fullest growth potential.
~Sisterlocks are not for everybody, your Certified Sisterlocks Consultant or Sisterlocks Trainee will help you assess whether you’re ready to embrace the Sisterlocks lifestyle.
~Sisterlocks work great for kids, your Sisterlocks Consultant can advise on what age is a good time to establish your child’s locks.
~Shrinkage is real and in certain hair types there will be frizz , If your hair shrinks or tends to be frizzy in it’s natural state those characteristics won’t change when you get your Sisterlocks. Your consultant will decide on a locking pattern specific to your hair type, the pattern chosen will aid in minimizing the frizz. Braid outs, two strand twists and rolling the locks can also minimize the shrinkage and frizz.
~Sisterlocks will mildew if you make it a habit of not drying your hair after washing before hitting the sack.
~If you must color your locks seek professional advise.
~Rinsing your hair with water after swimming in chlorinated water will not remove the chlorine from your locks, you must use a shampoo specifically designed to remove the chlorine. The Sisterlocks starter shampoo works well in most cases. Depending on what stage your locks are in follow with a conditioner,consult with your Sisterlocks Consultant regarding when you can use conditioner.
~ Sisterlocks are all that and then some…I truly love my Sisterlocks!!!
I’ve learned that taking care of my Sisterlocks is key in them reaching their full growth potential and for staying beautiful.
Top picture…Day 1
Bottom picture…Approximately 14yrs. in.
Remember the days when it was time to get the kitchen done? As most know the kitchen, located at the nape of the neck is where natural hair wearers experience the most discomfort. In the kitchen area the hair is normally a tighter curl pattern and tends to form small knots that tend to tangle together, this area can be very painful when trying to comb out even with the use of various styling aides. Whether it was my mom combing my kitchen out with a regular comb with hair grease followed by a hot comb to straighten it further, or a midweek touch up, I dreaded it each time, there was nothing nice about getting my kitchen done…Well, with Sisterlocks it’s a different story, the hair is gently placed in an environment with an instrument specifically designed to establish Sisterlocks, this allows the hair to do what it wants to do naturally which is to coil and curl. Once the Sisterlocks have been established the maintenance is not painful and does not cause undue and unnecessary stress on the hair or the hair follicles henceforth no more tears, burns or grease and working in the kitchen is simply a breeze… What are your memories of your kitchen? Share in the comments section below.
On today I started this little one’s Sisterlocks. This beauty’s hair type is considered a 4C..Tightly coiled hair, rough cuticle, great spring-back properties and is considered the best for locking. The length of her hair is roughly between five and six inches long, because of the tightness of her curl pattern it can shrink down to half that length after combing out. Mom and daughter are looking forward to the future when the LOC method for maintaining her hair will be a thing in the past. LOC is an acronym for…Liquid to loosen the hair, mainly water ~ Cream to untangle ~ Oil to seal the moisture in. Other benefits of the Sisterlocks lifestyle are no more tears when combing the hair out, just more time to enjoy each other and the hair itself. We started this morning at 9:30am, took an hour for lunch along with a couple of small breaks here and there. My little client busied herself with movies, books and snacks. We finished up for today at around 4:30p.m. All together we averaged approx six hours total locking time. The journey continues on tomorrow swing back by and see our progress.