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Saturday, November 22, 2014

MY SISTERLOCKS ARE BORN!

My SisterLocks were born on November 20, 2014. They were delivered by Stacey Ann Douse-Maragh, SisterLock Consultant since 2002. She is also a licensed cosmetologist that specializes in Natural hair care and thinning hair.
Stacy finished my three inches of natural hair with large SLs in six and one half hours! She said I was her fastest SisterLock instillation.






Normally, she does SL instillation in two days during the week. I explained that I was a contracted nurse that does not get paid when I do not work. she informed me that she would try to finish in one day, but it may be a possibility that I would have to come back. Thanks to Stacy, she finished in one day and I walked out a very happy customer!
 I had a great experience with her! I will be returning to her salon in three weeks for my checkup. There after, every six to eight weeks.


If you need a great loctician, a master SL consultant or stylist,  call Stacy (914-837-2337) Her Salon: infinitihairsalon
 
 


 My picture of my first instillation in 2007

 Updates to come!

















 
 
 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

HERE WE GO AGAIN! SISTERLOCKS CONSULTATION!

Here we go again! My SisterLocks Consultation!
As you know, I big chopped three times. This is my second and hopefully my last time being SisterLocked! I really don`t intend to cut my locs off. I saw the grass and its not greener on the other side!




Finding a consultant that you click with is not easy. I referred my girlfriend that has had Sisterlocks four times to three people on the SisterLocks consultant list. The consultants never returned her calls.

 
I called a consultant she refered me to. I called, left my info, waited 48 hours then called again! The women told me she had my info and never called back! What the hell happened to customer service! There are people who contact numbers are obsolete! 
I was refered to a partime consultant that did hair on her days off and on the weekends. She gave me a consultation date for two months. Really? She is the only consultant in my area. I`am NOT waiting untill January to get my hair done! I will drive one hour!


I found my consultant on the SisterLock Site. I googled here name. I was directed to a blogger that had raved about her. I discovered that she had her own salon. She is a cosmetologist that specialized in natural hair! I called her. An appointment for consultation was made. She has been doing SisterLocks for 14 years! I received my consultation. I told her I wanted only large SisterLocks only! left my deposit. My babies will be delivered on 11/20/14!

Ladies! Choose your consultant wisely! Research your consultant. Ask questions. Look at her clients hair. Do the right thing by following instructions that your consultant tells you! Your locks should turn out fine. If not, find another consultant! Don`t wait until your hair is locked and a hot mess like my girl friend did!
 

Saturday, August 2, 2014

MY COLOR ROUTINE!

 

When I began to relax my hair, I had to find a semi-permanent color that would reduce damage and not dry my hair out! I did not want to use box color.When my beautician would color my hair, I would break my neck to see what she used. I saw her bring a silver gray bottle out of the supply room. I went to Sally`s beauty supply to find that silver gray bottle. It was Clairol Beautiful Collection advance gray solution. My hair was reddish brown, so I selected Mahogany Red Brown. The color matched that week.

From that day on, after she would apply the color, I would look at the color she had applied. I loved her, but as I noted in a previous post, I never left her salon with the same color. She would sometimes mix two to three colors to get what she ENVISIONED for my hair! I would take note of the brand and the color names! she mixed brands too! LOL!

I noticed that she would not use a shampoo for color on my hair to retain my hair color. The color would go right down the drain probably prompting here to apply color again, adding to my bill.

 After two salon visits, I took theory classes in cosmetology. I needed to know the principals behind taking care of my hair. I did not want to be a cosmetologist. I did find out there is a lot of beauticians taking short cuts when beautifying clients. I rather not put scalp and hair in their hands including mine! I went back to natural hair and embracing it! 

After Coloring your hair:





* Rinse color out of hair with cool water.
* Shampoo and conditioner for color treated hair. It    has they have UV protectants and antioxidants to prevent fading.
* Hold heat! Heat contributes to color fading.
Here is a great article on color treated hair:

 Color Treated Shampoos
  


Karacare are great products for women of color! Their shampoo and conditioner for color treated hair are great for making your color last!

I always use a leave in conditioner. Cream of Nature is a good one!

 


 Until next time!

BLESSINGS!
I

NATURALLY ME!





Ok July 26, 14 was my third big chop! I cut my locs and perm my hair after a few months. I thought the grass was greener on the other side. Why did I think that? It was the same as it was before I initially locked. The up keep was too demanding, too much time lost, no freedom and too damaging!
I`am looking to BrotherLock when I get 3" of new growth! I love locs. I combined a lot of my locks to the size of BrotherLocks.

 

I loved the size of my locs, but I do not wish to have more than 200 locs this time around. We will see how that works out when the time comes!

Blessings!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

BACK TO MY NATURAL STATE! THAT IS WHAT GOD INTENDED


 
My children always know when I`am going through a life crisis by what I do to my hair. As some of you know, I lost my mother ten months ago. That life crisis had me on the borderline of depression. Thanks to God and my husband, I`am back to my former self. 4/24/14 was her birthday. I cried a little, but realize she is in a better place. She will always be alive in my heart!




I really thought I was missing being relaxed. What my experience reinforced that I was potentially damaging my scalp. The first time a permanent color was placed on my head burned! I had not had permanent color on my hair for five years.


 My beautician relaxed my hair and I thought it was not so bad. When she told me to tell her when it starts to burn, I said this is wrong as hell! My head would be sore and tender. I realized I had sores on my scalp!

After that, I began spacing my visits from one month to every two months. Every time I would visit her for coloring, She would have a different color in my hair. I never walked out her salon with the same color! My cuts were fierce, but do I really want to go through all of that stress.

My independence was lost! I was afraid to swim, work out or get caught in the rain. The ritual I had to go through to get my hair looking decent, was ridiculous! I really grew tired of wasting my time getting "beautified!" After all, when I got up in the morning I never had the hairstyle from the salon!

I informed my husband that I was not happy with my hair and I was going to big chop and lock my hair by December. Well after watching Son of God and having a visit from "The Holy Spirit", I told my husband to get the clippers and cut my hair to the new growth!
My third Big Chop and final unless God has other plans for my life! I`am very satisfied and excited to start my lock journey as soon as I grow at least three inches of growth!

I have no problem what other women do with their hair, but I do get excited when I see women with natural hair especially those with locs! When it comes to my scalp and hair, I choose to keep them healthy and natural!

BLESSING!






 

Sunday, December 1, 2013

LIFE CHANGES AND THE END OF MY NATURAL JOURNEY!



My Life has been upside down the past three months. I lost my mother on Labor day, September 2, 2013. Two days before my wedding anniversary. My mother passed away while she took a midday nap. Her friend had checked on her at 12 noon. Mom was cooking a dish for a back to school block party. When her friend arrive to get her four hours later, she was lying on the sofa with the remote in her hand and the TV on. When her friend tried to wake her, she discover she had left this world!

I will never forget that Phone call from my sister. I never imagined the pain that I would feel. I did not get to my mothers apartment in time to say good bye. The medical examiners picked up her body in record time. I wanted to make sure she did not suffer, so I asked my nephew to take a picture of her. When I got the picture, I knew God had her! She looked like she was peacefully resting. 


My mother was my best friend, my psychologist, my teacher and my everything! After many years of witnessing to her, she told me one night she thought she was going to die.The Lord came to her and held her all nite. I began receiving inspirational text and E-mail! unknowingly my prayers came true! She had accepted The Lord Jesus Christ as her savior!



As my mothers natural hair journey ends, so does mine. The day after her death, I asked my mom why did she not visit me before she left. As I was writing her eulogy, I began to cry. I heard her tell me her story.
 

" Don`t cry for me. I`am free! I felt like a trapped bird in a cage on Earth. I lived my life and suffered the consequences for some paths taken. Now I`am soaring free like a dove on the right hand of God. Please do not cry. I`am free"

Six weeks ago, I began talking down my locs. I felt a load lifted off of me! Four weeks ago, I went into the salon and came out with a short, colored and RELAXED doo! I LOVE IT! 
I`am taking cosmetologist classes because I want to be knowledgeable with taking care of my own hair. From what I learned in my books, there are many cosmetologist taking short cuts, mine included! 

 

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 I loved my locs for the time they were here! They taught me to love myself and they taught me lots of humility. They also taught me how to care for my own hair and pay close attention to how cosmetologist care for my hair!

I`am not finished! I`am beginning a new chapter!

BLESSINGS!














 

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

ONE MONTH BABY LOCS!



It took me three weeks to complete my baby locs. Since I do not have SISTERLOCKS! I will not be counting how many locs I have! I do know I have more locs than I had when I was sisterlocked. This was not done intentionally. As I started parting my hair in the front, I have large and medium locs. Towards the back, they are small and medium.

 
Not perfect parts. That`s OK with me!
   
I did not seal my ends like my SisterLock Consultant did five years ago. I had enough length to leave the ends open. My hair is as unruly as it were the first time I locked. My hair is not neat. It likes to slip and slide. Hair strains like to come out of the patterned loc as they did five years ago! The only difference is that I can take care of my own hair. When my locs slip, I can re-tighten. If a loc comes out of pattern, I`am equipped to place back in to pattern.

 My hair loves to be locked! My scalp is abundant with sebum. My hair is never dry. I do not have to worry about placing anything on it. My new growth is salt and pepper. More salt than pepper. I`am tired of chasing gray. I may just let it be! We shall see!
 
Gray scalp.


God is so good! I have learned so much during my first loc journey! I wear my locs with pride, gray and all!

" All the days of the vow of his separation there shall be no razor come upon his head: until the days br fulfilled, in the which he separateth himself unto the LORD, he shall be holy, and shall let the locks of the hair of his head grow.
                                                   Book of Numbers 6:5 KJV