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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Men like sisterlocks!

OMG! I got some major ego boostin' today!

I was walking down the hallway of the hospital, and as a (male) colleague hurriedly passed me by, he said, "You are just getting more and more beautiful every time I see you!" I smiled and laughed it off, but wow! The brotha really made my morning!

Then, in the afternoon, here we go again! More praise and adoration!

Lunch is served to the clinical staff at the community hospital, so the lounge is buzzing with people between 11am and 2pm during the week.

Today, I happened to find a seat at a table with Ken, the hospital CFO, and Jake, the pharmacy director, two pretty cool and personable pilgrims*.

When I sat down, Ken said, "Hey, you've done something different with your hair! I really like it!"

"Yes," I said, "I have. Thanks."

"Well it really looks good," he said.

Then the Jake chimed in, "It's really cute, Dr. D."


*translation: not brothas

Saturday, February 23, 2008

My First Re-tightening Photos

My first re-tightening took exactly 4 hours! Oh my achin' back. I'll have to use a pillow for lumbar support next time.

Cia and I watched two old Listervelt Middleton interviews with Dr. Asa Hilliard, III, both of them now ancestors. But the information and perspective of Dr. Hilliard is timeless and Listervelt Middleton was an expert in eliciting pearls of wisdom from his guests.

Align Center

I had amazingly little slippage in my "kitchen!". I attribute that to my wonderful dreadsock (thanks Julian!) and to my not overdoing it with the shampoos!

Friday, February 22, 2008

My First Shampoo Photos

I washed my hair today for the first time since having my sisterlocks installed 3 weeks ago. Cia told me that I could wash my hair weekly, but I felt better waiting until today. In about 2 hours, I will go to get my first re-tightening.

A texture shot (click to enlarge)

I divided my hair into 10 sections, braided the ends loosely and bound the ends with the tiny bands that came in my sisterlocks starter kit.

I diluted the sisterlocks starter shampoo with water in a spray bottle, 1 part to 3 parts. My hair did not lather well on the first go round, but lathered very well with the second wash.


I was worried that my relaxed ends would become matted together, but they didn't. Now I have braided ends in soft rollers and I will sit under the dryer for an hour or so before heading over to Kinky Awakenings.

I'll post my first retightening pics tonight.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Sisterlocks Braid-out update

My first braid-out lasted one week! No rolling my hair nightly! Just don my dreadsock and call it a night. I love it. I plan to do this weekly on Friday nights from now on.

I worked out and sweated quite a bit one night during the week. I anticipate changes in the color, texture, and fullness as my new growth emerges. At some point the two textures are not going to "jive" well together and then I will undergo the Big Chop (unless I get tired of the ends sooner that I expect!)

You can see how my hair fell just a bit, with less wave and texture closer to the new growth. The curl in the ends held up very well.

I'm lovin' them roots. They are dark and coily...but I must remember: patience, patience, patience.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

I've been tagged!

I've only been blogging about my hair for a month or so and I've already been tagged by Amba!

Seven random, quirky facts or habits of mine...

  1. The only fiction I read is the Silhoutte Desire line of romance novels (all of my other pleasure reading is nonfiction).
  2. I have worked out with The Firm aerobic weight training tapes since c.1990. The Firm offers several exercise DVDs that give you a total body workout, both cardio and resistance training, in 35 to 40 minutes. Time is of the essence!
  3. I used to own a weight loss clinic for women located in Decatur, Georgia just outside of Atlanta.
  4. I am an avid genealogist!
  5. I love Kwanzaa! Our family hosts an annual karamu for friends and family on New Years Day (Jubilee Day!)
  6. I have had 17 years of marital bliss with my honey bunny! I highly recommend Mwalimu K. Bomani Baruti's book Complementarity for all African warrior couples.
  7. I can't get enough of TruTV (formerly CourtTV) - Most Shocking, Forensic Files, Speeders - I love them all!

Now for the instructions:

  1. Post seven random, quirky facts about yourself
  2. Link to the person who tagged you. Rah! Rah! Amba!
  3. Post the instructions on your blog (done here!).
  4. Tag seven random people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs. They cannot have been tagged before.
  5. You must notifiy the people you tag by leaving a comment on their blog.

I will link to everyone in my link sidebar as well.



FeeLee Locks (Fe)

KRB Natural Hair (Caroline)


Nappy for Life! (Elizabeth)

Sweet Ducky

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Sunday, February 10, 2008

My first sisterlocks plait-out (braid-out) photos

It's been a week since my sisterlocks were installed. I have been treating them like fragile crystal, hardly touching my hair except to roll it on a few bendable rollers and gently arranging it inside my dreadsock. This weekend, however, I decided that my sisterlocks could take just a little manhandling, so I tried a plait-out.

I divided my hair into about 12 sections. Then, I sprayed the relaxed ends with some diluted infusium and braided them. I rolled the ends on 1/2 inch diameter bendable rollers and let my hair dry overnight.

In the morning, It was really curly. I regret cutting my bangs earlier this week. It made the top a little too short for my liking.

But overall, I am happy with the look. Now, I just want to see how long the set will last. I think I will send Cia a link to this post.

(my kitchen!)

By the way, my mother finally saw my hair today...

For Brown Skin Girls

For Brown Skin Girls is a hair poem by Sharon Harvey Rosenberg. I was moved by the phrase "wallflower nightmares". It speaks to our fear of rejection by men, if we don't alter our natural hair.


Thursday, February 7, 2008

Thank you Amba!

Amba said...

Oooh. I just stumbled across your blog. Welcome to the Sisterlocks family. Looks

Thank you, Amba! I have admired your website (and your twin's website, too!) for a while now. How wonderful to be welcomed by you. I am looking forward to the Atlanta Sisterlocks Meetup Group activities.

(Hoping to travel to Ghana in 2009!)

Tina posts the first comment on my blog!

Did somebody actually read something I wrote?


In response to my post about asking my husband his opinion about my getting SL'd, Tina said...

Wow. The first thing I thought of when I was considering sisterlocks was what my
husband would think...he has to look at me.

Great point, girl!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

What is a "dread perm"?

Dread perming is a new concept for me. I came across a website advertising classes for lock maintenance that taught the technique. While looking for an explanation of dread perming, I was hoping that it didn't involve relaxing locked hair with chemicals!

Interestingly, someone did tell me that there are people who put relaxer in their locks. She said that the locks tend to get weak and break off where the relaxer is applied. It seems to me that putting relaxer in your locks would defeat the purpose of having locks.

But dread perming is a way to make straight hair frizzy so it will lock more quickly.

From Wikipedia:

'The dread perming technique begins with at least 6 inches of hair. Thehair is then separated into appropriately sized dreadlock sections. Each individual section is then backcombed, or teased, to knot the hair and create a loose dreadlock form. After each section resembles a loose dreadlock, the sections are then rolled onto curlers, to help ensure even distribution of the perming chemicals. Once the chemicals are applied to the hair, each strand of hair begins to swell. This swelling causes the hair to forget its' original form. The hair then begins to shrink back to its' normal size, permanently taking on the shape the hair is currently in.'

The hair appears really curly and kind of odd looking at first, but over time it settles into a pattern that, they say, is indistinguishable from naturally grown locks after about a year.

I'm moving up the learning curve.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Back to Work with Sisterlocks!

This is me this morning before going to the office.

I received varied, but mostly positive reactions. Most people who new that I had planned to get sisterlocks were very curious and encouraging, eyeballing my hair and smiling. Lots of locked nurses seemed more excited than I was.

A key employee stated the obvious, "You got your hair done." Then moved the conversation on towards the business of the day.

This evening there was a parent-child scrimmage with Daniel's team. I put on sneakers, a tee shirt and a bandana and had a ball! The bandana covered the visible parts, hiding them from my mom who was at the game. I'm not ready to deal with her reaction just yet :o~.

The children always seem to win. Perhaps it's because the rules state that the parents have to shoot with their left hand! The referees seem to be a little biased as well :o). The children beat us 30 to 12.

I think I will clip my ends tonight and spray a little diluted Infusium on my ends.

This weekend I might try a braidout.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Sisterlocks in Progress!

Well, they're in!

(These are my before picture )

Cia (Kinky Awakenings) and I had a great weekend watching movies and working out the solution to all the world's ills!

I had to take quite a few bathroom breaks early on, as I drank a whole carafe of coffee at IHOP Saturday morning before going over to Cia's place.

I had never seen Forest Whitaker in The Last King of Scotland. It was pretty gory...but boy was the acting great. We started at eight and Cia finished the back of my head by five!

(End of Day 1 - Half a head done!)

I had a little apprehension about seeing my mom on Saturday night, but you couldn't even see my locks under my hair. My mom treated the family to tickets to the see the African Children's Choir at the Ferst Center - our first Black History month outing this year. My boys enjoyed it, as did we all. The children put on a wonderful show. They danced, they sang and they told their stories. Some were war orphans. Some were AIDS orphans. They were amazing. We are some mighty strong people.

Anyway, I think my mom knows that I'm getting locks already. She knew I was getting my hair done, but didn't ask a thing about my hair after I came home with hair that didn't look any different that it did the day before! I think my son or the babysitter probably told her.

On Saturday we watched Drumline. I love that movie. We finished about an hour earlier on Saturday that we did on Sunday.

(End of Day 2 - Whole head done!)

Finally, on Sunday, after getting all of my sisterlocks put in, I went home and watched my NY Giants win the Superbowl!

Now, I have just the slightest scalp ache, but it's nothing like when your braids are put in too tight.

More pics soon.

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