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.
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.
Micros definitely create the fullest look with Sisterlocks, when a Sister with micros walks in the room all heads turn in her direction. Micros are amazingly beautiful and easy to style, the tiny locks lend themselves to a myriad of styles. Up-dos, free styles and braid outs all look stunning with micros. Although they create the fullest look with Sisterlocks and style beautifully there are some cautions…Micros cost more because they take a lot more time to put in and maintain. Your regular appointments take much longer than for someone with average-size Sisterlocks and please don’t miss an appointment, if you do prepare to be in the chair much longer. When I think about retightening micros I have flashbacks of my Pre-Sisterlocks days where I would arrive at the salon on time for my appointments and not leave until hours later. Grooming and maintenance are also more involved as well. Finally, last but not least micros are more fragile and more prone to breakage than average-sized Sisterlocks. If you’re considering micro Sisterlocks keep the above information in mind and my best to you. Oh My!!! They are lovely, aren’t they?
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!
Sisterlocks can be established with at least 2 1/2 -3inches of new growth, with some hair types more inches are required. Some believe that you need to cut your permed hair off to start Sisterlocks, not so, you can get Sisterlocks established with the perm on the ends. The natural hair is locked only and the permed ends are left in tact. As your Sisterlocks mature the permed hair may be trimmed off when you’re ready. The permed ends allow you to slowly transition into your Sisterlocks. Some decide to do the big chop and start out with Teeny Weeny Sisterlocks (TSW). The TWS are normally worn freestyle, once the locks grow out the client can style her locks to her heart’s content. One key thing to remember is that Sisterlocks are not maintenance free but definitely low maintenance. Keeping your appointments with your Certified Sisterlocks Consultant/Sisterlocks Trainee will keep your Sisterlocks looking great! For more information about Sisterlocks visit http://www.sisterlocks.com
Do you need to take pain relievers before or after your Sisterlocks retightening appointment? Granted for some who have extremely tender scalps this might be the case, however this should be the exception and not the rule. Your retightening appointments should not be painful. If you experience pain during or after your appointment please let your consultant know, the problem could be remedied simply by communicating with your consultant. I’ve found that spraying a little water on the scalp helps with some sensitivity when retightening. Sisterlocks that are really tight can cause the hair to break at the roots and also cause your hairline to thin. Traction alopecia is the result of pulling the hair to tight, it’s caused by putting the hair under constant strain or tension for long periods of time. Alopecia is something that we have very little control of but traction alopecia can be controlled by not placing to much tension on the hair follicles. Many who have embraced the Sisterlocks lifestyle are former braid wearers where “tight was right!” If the braids weren’t tight there was the preconceived notion that they weren’t done right or wouldn’t last long. Not so with Sisterlocks! With Sisterlocks “comfort rules!” Pain should be a thing of the past… How’s your Sisterlock’s retightening experience?
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.