Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Saturday, May 30, 2015
Monday, March 31, 2014
Women and men are being inspired to get back to their natural selves and be free from chemical bondage. That's a good thing. The blogs have been a source of inspiration and encouragement for any and everyone at what ever stage they are in their locking journey. Many who want to read about personal stories find the exchange a great place to start because most of the bloggers update regularly. You'll read about good days and bad days, but mostly good days. You'll see lots of photos and some who are really passionate, will share "how-tos".
So for the sake of clarity, the blog exchange is for anyone (male or female) who has their hair in a locked state and you blog about your hair, it's maintenance or have lots of photos of your hair in a blog or online photo album is invited to join. You'll learn about the bloggers personal/professional lives among other things which makes for entertaining reading. Be careful though, cause blog surfing and blogging can get a bit addictive. Ask most of the avid bloggers.
The guidelines are here, so check it out if you are interested. You won't spend much time here, because the purpose of the blog exchange is for you to visit the blogs/albums below. This is just a central location. Add the exchange to your favorites or blogroll it and if you have a blog and are not a member yet, go ahead and link the exchange. And by all means, show the bloggers some love by commenting on their blog posts. They'd sure appreciate it. Also, if you are new to the blogging community, please check out this post for some suggestions on how to get started. Wishing you all the best in your quest for freedom and online support in your natural journey.
The Locked Hair Blog Exchange consists of about 200 blogs of folks who want to share their locked hair journeys with the world. I'm thankful for them sharing a part of themselves with each of us. We continue to inspire others as we've been inspired, too.
LHBE Members: Please only make ONE BLOG POST for your blog. You can update your original post often, changing pictures, but do not post new messages/pictures elsewhere in the exchange about you or updates to your blog. Take care of that in your original post. If you have something you'd like to share with the exchange not related to your blog or have questions about posting, email me first at maryeepc at gmail .com If you post more than one time, the new one will be removed or the two merged with your original blog post.
Thanks for your help in keeping the locked hair blog exchange orderly. Having only one blog post per blogger makes it easy for me to moderate and take care of the exchange and have a somewhat normal life. The feedback I receive offline about how the exchange is helping ladies make their decision to lock is VERY positive! Thanks for sharing your wonderful journeys!
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Update: My braidlocks have made the amazing transformation from skinny braids into small locs and they've gotten a little length too! :-) On August 23,2013, they reached the 5 year milestone! Big thanks to Maryee for inviting me to the Locked Hair Blog Exchange to share my braidlock journey. For about 8 months, I researched through this blog looking for information and inspiration to lock my hair. Pouring through many Fotki albums and blogs listed here gave me lots of info on the many ways to start and maintain locs. As an avid DIYer, I was determined to put in my own small locs and on August 23, 2008 I my braidlocks were born. Join me as I share my observations on this on this journey back to...me at http://ceraisis.net
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Thursday, February 14, 2013
But when people you mate with who know that they are better than you:financially, emotionally, physically, they will never assume a position of humility with you as long as you are searching for 'completeness"...they know that they are the prize and that you have more to lose by not having them in your life.
When you disclose you neediness, then the game begins..How much they can hurt you, weaken you, toy with your emotions becomes the routine. Love yourself first, I mean totally..so that you dont get taken for a ride...Don't let anyone dangle a carrot over your head, you are better than that!
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Saturday, September 29, 2012
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Friday, July 27, 2012
WHAT ARE THE Benefits with having SISTERLOCKS
VS Natural Traditional DREADLOCKS??
can anyone tell me this??
Time and maintenance?
Look and feel??
what is your experience?
Ger Natural locks products@ http://healingherbsbyrene.com/-dreadlock-products.html
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Greetings to all,
I am so deeply satisfied that my quest for freedom has led me to the discovery of Sisterlocks!! During my quest I have been inspired by so many of you through your blogs. Thank you for sharing posts and thank you for welcoming me home! Please visit naturallyfree.blogspot.com!
Wow this was my original pic and post 5 years ago on April 23, 2007!! look at the transformation.....I am a little euphoric when I see a pic of my locks in their infancy. well I never was one to get fancy with technology so the me from today is above...lol. my locks were born Jan. 17, 2007 so today I am exactly 5 years and 3 months. Besides enjoying my hair and loving life, I also am a sisterlock trainee in the Boston area since October 2011, follow my blog at knottygirlbynature.blogpsot.com and like my fan page at http://www.facebook.com/dashekaknottygirl or hit me up to get your hair done to save some money!!! My prices cannot be beat!
Sunday, November 06, 2011
Sunday, October 02, 2011
For black women the advantages of dreadlocks are considerable:
- Once formed, dreadlocks are way less work than most other ways for a black woman to maintain her hair.
- It is completely natural: no dangerous chemicals needed.
- It is a way to show pride in being black.
Some companies do not like you coming to work in dreadlocks, but most will accept them if they look nice.
You need a special kind of shampoo to wash dreadlocks. Most shampoos have stuff that will stay in your hair after you wash it. Combing and brushing will get rid of it, but with dreadlocks you never comb or brush, so it will just build up in your hair and cause trouble.
The reason dreadlocks get that gray look is because of the wax that is used to help form and maintain them. You can do it without the wax but it is harder.
dreading methods include:
natural/neglect - just stop combing
twist and rip-twist hair separate pull repeat
backcomb-comb the hair backwards towards the scalp
twist and neglect-great for african hair just twist then let it do its thing
crochet-use a crochet hook to weave hairs together
Natural-The natural methods is technically the best method for everyone's hair and causes 0 damage to the hair. Just let your hair do what it wants to do when you feel lil dreads starting to form begin separating them accordingly.
Advantages: This completely natural people nothing to it just letting it grow for itself.
Disadvantages:Well its natural but the only real problem would be the shape of the dreads and the size they will come out as. If you separate them the way you want then you could end up with great looking ones or messy but beautiful ones. Also this method is not for the people afraid to look a lil messy.
2strand Twist- Two strand twist seem to have become oddly popular in the dread community due to multiple artist getting them done. Its just two even groups of hairs twisted repeatedly into coils. No real damage is done in this method. (Works best on African hair)
Advantages:Its extremely simple to do barely any damage and if you want salon looking dreads i guess this would be for you.
Disadvantages:Until they mature a little sometimes gel will be needed.
Twist and Rip- Its similar to the 2 twist method but very different. With this method you will yet again gather the hair into two equal strands then twist them together then pull them down the middle to the scalp. This creates knots forming the dread. You would keep going down the dread till you get to the tip. Its one of the most recommend ways to create dreads
Advantages: Very simple like the 2twist method and very little damage done. Dreads become very nice through this method. Can be done on any hair texture.
Disadvantages: It does cause a certain amount of damage. But not as much as backcombing.
Backcombing- This method suggested by dread companies because of how you will look before they mature a little aka Sonic the Hedgehog Although this is how my dreads were formed I wouldn't suggest doing it. It causes stress against the hair follicles. With this method you section the hair off into blocks then take a section and comb towards the scalp with a metal comb the hair will begin bunching up at the scalp slowly forming the dread.
Advantages: Extremely simple to do anyone with a metal comb can do it. Can be done with any hair texture.
Disadvantages: Will cause you to look like Sonic for a couple of days or weeks. Damages the hair more than the first methods will. Also can be extremely painful if you have help.
WORST FOR YOUR HAIR-Crocheting-Latch Hook-Sadly this evil method is pushed upon people looking to get dreads done without getting the facts first. Crocheting will make your hair in to "perfect" looking dreads but will utterly damage it Its weaving the hair together.
Advantages: Well if you are one of those extremely impatient people I guess this is right for you it will give you instant looking dreads.
Disadvantages:This is one of the worst ways to form them. You are sticking a metal pin in and out your hair and often breaking the inner hairs. This causes so much weakness in the dreads and breakage at the root. Especially when to "maintain" these dreads you are to continually stick them. This reach for perfection is ridiculous and not natural.Interlocking Is the most pushed thing in salons for beginning and maintaining locks. Its the interloping of hair till the lock together. They twist the lock and pull it through the roots of the hair. This is quite damaging for the hair as the roots are often over tightened and weak to the point of falling off.
Advantages: They look slightly good for a period of time.
Disadvantages They will eventually fall out. This method is pushed on people cause salons make you think dreads have to be perfect and the only way to do this (to them) is constant locking. Also cause they get paid by the hour (around 80 to 100) to do this easy yet slow method. This method puts uneven stress upon the lock and roots. This can make the dread look uneven and eventually fall off the head onto your pillow most likely,Once you have done it too much there is no way to really help you recover.
Felting-The second worst way to begin dreads these create instant dreads but at a extremely high cost.
Advantages: Instant dreads thats it there's nothing else good about this.
Disadvantages: So many where should I start well they literally break your hairs to stick them together. This the rough insane version of crocheting . If you choose to do this your hair will most likely fall out or break off this method just causes that much permanent damage.
Maintenance- With dreads not much is needed to keep them in shape you are suppose to let them do their thing.
Keeping them clean: A residue free shampoo or soap is needed for this. Residues slow down the dreading process and slowly adds gunk into your hair. I personally My Black soap Shampoo You don't have to continuously wash your hair but it has to be clean. Overwashing your hair can cause it to dry out fast washing either twice a week or every two weeks is just fine your hair will not smell bad. To dry them i would first let them air dry a bit then use a blow dryer. When they are still new be careful while washing. As a way to deeply cleanse them a baking soda wash followed by organic (apple cider or vinegar) rinse will be perfect to make sure you get all the residue out your hair. Tightening roots Dont mess with them theres no need they tighten themselves but if you really feel the need to you could root rub. Which means basically rubbing the root of the hair against the scalp in a clockwise motion. I wouldn't do this cause it tends to weaken the roots and over tightening them is not good for the dreads. Just let them do their thing.Tightening the dreads There are many ways to attempt to tighten them sea salt(which dries black hair out) lemon juice rinses(which also dry your hair) to name a couple.Beads might help to tighten loos dread sections. Really the thing that will help you the most is to just let them do it themselves.
WAX- NEVER BUY THIS Dread wax is one of the worst buys you can ever make. Its for one non-water soluble meaning what ever you do its most likely wont come out if you use it. The only real ways to get out is either boiling your dreads, using industrial glue remover, repeated high temperature washings or just getting rid of them. All wax is is glue dread companies sell it cause they just want your money and they really don't care about your dreads. Dont buy anything from them. If you really need a wax substitute use straight up aloe vera oil from the plant. If someone from a salon or whatever tells you that you need wax ignore them cause they are ignorant, wax kills.
UPDATE: washing well we don't have to wash as often as others do so i recommend once a week or once every two weeks
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Wednesday, September 07, 2011
Tuesday, August 02, 2011
I know what camera I'm purchasing and bringing ('cause my DSLR is too large and my mini cam is sh*te quality).
I know what my playlist for travelling there will be.
I know who's coming with me, more or less.
I just need to find out where the best clubs are and figure out the best (cheapest) month to travel in.
I'm sad one of my good friends couldn't make it, but she just got back from holiday- so f*ck that beeeych!
I'm excited, can you tell? xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Monday, August 01, 2011
Tuesday, July 05, 2011
Been Gone for a while but im BaCK!!! and Loving my Length and Color....As a 16yr old I Made a big leap to get Sisterlocks....and After some time....Lol, I proudly whip my hair.....20yrs Old with Gorgeous Sisterlocks, i think thats a great accomplishment.
Check Out the Blog as I Attempt to be Consistent>>>>http://douluvitlockz.blogspot.com/
Sunday, May 01, 2011
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
cheers & happy hair days!
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Sunday, March 06, 2011
My journey started in 2004, when I chopped off all my hair and grew my very own chemical-free, stubborn and nappy Afro! I researched locking methods in the meantime, and discovered sisterlocks - but I couldn't get them since there were no certified consultants anywhere in South Africa (nor the whole continent, at least back then).
I settled for traditional locks in 2007 which I kept for almost 3 years. I finally have gerrylocks since 2010, and I can honestly say I love the versatility of microlocks. I maintain my own hair, and you can view my trials, errors & triumphs at http://www.gerrylocs.blogspot.com/
Wednesday, February 09, 2011
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Name is Sheila and I started the Sisterlocks journey on August 18, 2009. It took a total of three days to have them installed. I’m so blessed and happy that I decided to have Sisterlocks.
Below are quick FAQ about my locks.
Please visit my blog (kreyolalocks.blogspot.com) and my fotki (http://public.fotki.com/kreyolalocks/).
FAQs about my locks
Installation: August 18-20, 2009
Hair Type: Very tightly curled
Maintenance: 4 weeks
Retighten Time: 4-5hrs
Lock Amount: 823
Wednesday, June 02, 2010
Photos say 1,000 words and since I can't give you a dissertation (I've been warned), here we go:
PS: I make jewelry and hair accessories (with free shipping):
Wanna see more? Go to: http://www.adornbysophia.com/
Monday, May 24, 2010
I accidentally went natural.
However, I’ve always had loc envy. There is nothing like a crown of well-maintained locs – on women and on men. As I started researching, I discovered Sisterlocks. In talking to women who have them, I just knew they were for me. It just felt right.
My lock anniversary is on May 1-2, 2010. Join me on my journey towards fully loving and embracing the bend of my hair.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
I have been natural since February 28, 2007. One day I got up and had my then-boyfriend/barber shave my short, relaxed cut right off - no transition necessary! From then until January 2009, I kept my hair shaved low. In 2009, I grew my hair into a 'fro. October 2009 was when I decided to try to start locks by coils. It wasn't practical for my active lifestyle, and lack of time. So in November, I uncoiled my hair and scheduled my sisterlock installation with the excellent Danielle.
Please follow my little journey at http://thelionessandhermane.blogspot.com/ - and there are bits about skin health, getting a doctorate, career, and my life. I'd just adore some followers and please take a look at those that I follow - they were incredibly inspirational for me.
Be well, be blessed!