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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Luvlockd - My Sisterlocks Evolution

jun 2008


jan 2010

feb 2011

mar 2012


july 2013


dec 2013 - The 90 day Challenge continues!!!


June 2014 - 6 years and counting!



July 2014 - I LOST it!!!



In June 2008, I decided to finally end the lifelong love-hate relationship I had with my hair and get locked up. Just as the blogs of others inspired me, I hope my blog encourages others to fall in love with themselves...and become luvlockd with their own naptural hair!

Feel free to drop by ;o) http://luvlockd.blogspot.com/

Sisterlocks birthdate: Jun 18, 2008
Starting length: 3-5in" (even shorter in front)
Labor of love installation time: 30 hours

Monday, March 31, 2014

Thanks for Visiting the Locked Hair Blog Exchange

This post will remain at the top of the blog exchange. Please scroll down.
My name is Maryee and I am the moderator of the blog exchange. My hair has been Sisterlocked since 11-28-03 and the "sisterhood" has been growing by the day. Most of the blogs are that of women who have their hair Sisterlocked, simply because the idea came from a discussion we had December 2005 in Lockitup, which is a yahoo group that discusses primarily Sisterlocks. Sisterlocks is just one way in which locks can be created. The locked hair blog exchange is more about embracing any kind of naturally locked hair for people of color. We do have a few brothers who blog about their locs, but could use a few more who are willing to share.

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.

Maryee


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!


Keep it natural and keep it locked up!


I wanted to leave this post up top so those of you who are inspired by the Locked Hair Blog Exchange can leave comments. If you stumbled upon the Exchange either by googling it or it was referred to you by a natural hair on-line group or person and you've found it to not only be inspirational, but motivational for you to either get locked (no matter what the method), or blog about your locking journey, then we want to hear from you. Please leave your comments here in this post. This goes for the LHBE members as well. Don't be shy!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

msfullroller's braidlocks



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
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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

So unbelievably happy with life, right now!


I'm at that point where I've let go of all the pointless drama and the people who created it and surrounded myself with positive people who make me laugh so hard that I forget 
any bad and focus solely on the good. Life is too short to be anything but happy! X

Thursday, February 14, 2013

People are always...

People are always...: People are always looking for someone better than themselves, I think this is why confusion and heartbreak comes into play in relationships. You want him to be all the things you are not, you want her to be gorgeous so you won't feel so ugly.
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

Sisterlocks to Braidlocks



I have been natural since 11-06. I was Sisterlocked on 7/13 and  7/14/07 maintained them with Nappylocks tool, took my Step-Sisterlocks down in 11-07 and redid my whole head with Braidlocks on 12-5-07. Being a firm believer in Do It Yourself (DIY), I felt I made the right decision with taking my Sisterlocks down I don’t regret a thing, not even the amount of money I spent to get My Sisterlocks done.

Saabira

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Curly free-former

I'm back and going to try to post as often as I can.. With everyone's suggestions I know I can meet my own personal hair growth challenge!!

Curly free-former

Hey I'm back and I'll be trying to update at often as I can...if you have suggestions or questions for me I'm all ears!!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

3 years since DocsLocs last update

I guess it slipped my mind.  I very rarely blog now since so many beautiful, knowledgeable natural sisters are at everyone's disposal. particularly via their wonderfully informative Youtube channels (Shout out to Chime, Natural sunshine, et al :o)

Friday, July 27, 2012

Dreadlocks vs Sisterlocks the benefits


Question??? 


WHAT ARE THE Benefits with having SISTERLOCKS 

VS Natural Traditional DREADLOCKS??

can anyone tell me this??

Time and maintenance?


Heaviness??


Look and feel??



Price??


what is your experience?




Ger Natural locks products@ http://healingherbsbyrene.com/-dreadlock-products.html


Sunday, March 18, 2012

DJT... Naturally Free




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!

DJT

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Dreadlocks Hair Care!



DreadLocks


Dreadlocks are a natural way of wearing your hair that was made world-famous by Bob Marley and the Rastafarians in Jamaica. 

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.
Most black women, at least in America, either put dangerous chemicals in their hair to straighten it or they wear wigs or weaves – hair that is not naturally theirs. So dreadlocks are one way to wear one’s own hair in a natural way.
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.

See also:
 
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 TwistTwo 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

I've become obsessed with this song...

Wild Beasts- Albatross:



I must listen to their whole album, when I get le chance. You should too :)

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Up and away.

Very excited for my holiday. Was very upset I had to put it on hold this year, 'cause I had delayed my may exams, in order to do them at a later date- due to the stresses of earlier this year :|

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

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Locked Hair Blog Exchange: 4 Years In the Lock Game ;)

Locked Hair Blog Exchange: 4 Years In the Lock Game ;)

4 Years In the Lock Game ;)





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

family ties

...yesterday i went to another family reunion meeting (every other year we have a reunion in a different state). for the last 1.5 yrs, family in illinois have been meeting to plan for our july event. unfortunately, there's always tension, arguments, drama over some of the smallest things, but the issues flow from problems of years' past. hurt feelings of what was said time ago. and lack of interest in dealing with the gorilla in the room head on. but things came to a head yesterday. our normal 2-3 hour meeting extended into a 6 hr venting session. voices were raised. tears flowed. apologies were said. and hugs were given. and though i thought at one point this reunion would truly be the last that we'd be able to host together, we came full circle (as family should) and at least began to heal old wounds. emotionally, i was drained afterwards, but content in knowing that hopefully we can create some better memories with the time we have left. you said it right, marilyn. the only thing really important in this life are those you call family. and since nothing is promised us, we need to be mindful of how we spend our time together.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Growth of a woman
















In 2008 I decided to loc my hair & then in 2010 I took it down to live the afro life. Now that 2011 has come I returned to my locs! check out my video blogs and pictures to watch the evolution of my hair!
http://www.youtube.com/user/TheAisha?feature=mhum
cheers & happy hair days!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

3.5 years, and I still love them...




It's been a very looooonnnnnnnnggggg time, but I am still in love with my sisterlocks since day1

I just recently completed the sisterlocks training course. I am looking forward to having clients!

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Hairstory - Afro to Locs
















Hi Everyone,

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/

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Kreyola's Micro Sisterlocks

Hi All,

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
Size: Micro/Small
Lock Amount: 823
Consultant: Karen

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Sophia, Naturally (My Life with Natural Hair)

My Sisterlocks had just turned 3 when I decided to join this exchange. I've had natural hair, well forever, and have a blog(http://naturallysophia.blogspot.com/) as old as my Sisterlocks about my life with Sisterlocks/natural hair. I invite you to check it out and COMMENT (not yelling just suggesting, LOL).


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

The Bend Of My Hair


I accidentally went natural.

There was no come-to-jesus moment. No staged revolts against creamy crack. No late night epiphanies.

Eight years ago, I got my last perm and just never looked back. I didn’t walk out of the appointment vowing never to get another perm. I just never went back to my stylist, who I had been with for years.

I initially started off with braids and over the next several years wore a variation of sis twists styles. I received lots of compliments. When my hair was freshly done and even when it was time for maintenance, people would stop me all the time and ask me for my stylist’s business card. I even started a sis twist trend at work. I was often told how natural my hair looked.

But it wasn't natural. It wasn't MY hair.

I decided that I wanted to run my fingers through my hair. Everyday. In its natural state. I briefly considered my options. I had a beautifully thick head of hair. I could start wearing my hair out in various twist outs and roller sets. I could rock my fro. The possibilities were endless. It would allow me a chance to really get to know my hair and to see what it can do–good and bad.

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.

http://www.sisterlocks.wordpress.com