Friday, 31 July 2009

Dr C & the Online SL Community to the Rescue! -- UPDATED


Thanks again to Anthia-Ofo, my old consultant and LaLoced for their speedy and sensitive advice about my hair loss!


Around the same time I wrote this post I raised the question on the 'Sisterlocked and Lovin it' message board on Facebook - Dr J Cornwell herself responded - as did a myriad of other sisters who all had good advice as well as suggestions as to what is causing my problem - yay Online Communities!!!

I have posted responses here :) -- (will add the others once the originators approve)


Dr Cornwell:
"Hello , Dr. C here. You can do some self-analysis that will help you determine the cause of the breakage at your hairline:

  1. Does it look like there are fewer hair strands at the scalp? If so, this is an indication that the hair growth pattern has been interrupted. This can be due to stress, medication or something that is affecting your body chemistry.
  2. OR: When a lock breaks, is the original humber of hair strands still coming out at the scalp? This is an indication that there has been some physical cause for breakage. (ie. headbands, glasses, clips, etc.) This type of breakage can also be caused by someting internal, though. If, for example, you have several locks in different spots breaking at exactly the same location along the lock, this would be an indication of some kind of internal 'episode'.


If the thinning/breakage is permanent, there is nothing more to do but combine locks. Be careful though. Combining doesn't necessarily mean just grabbing up 2 locks to make them into 1! Your Consultant has been taught techniques for properly combining locks. She can always call the Home Office for coaching if she is unsure.


If the thinning/breakage is NOT permanent, combining locks is not the solution - at least if you want to keep the refined look of your Sisterlocks. "Hairline Locking" appointments with your Consultant will probably do the trick. Again, have them call if they are unclear about what to do."
Tameka DeVoil Stigers
I'm a trainee in St. Louis (submitted certification June 2009) and have been
locked for 2 years, now. I had the same thinning, breaking of locs around the
hairline in the first few months of being locked. I, too, learned that it was
from hormonal changes...I was breastfeeding my newborn. My consultant just added
the new growing hair from the broken locs into the nearest one....oh how wrong
of a thing was that!My hairline was looking horrible.

Since taking the training (Nov 2008)and learning more about SL, I recently took out 4 locks from my hairline and replaced them with 10 NEW LOCKS. The locks that I took out were fat and way to large. I truly believe this obstacle was placed in front of me to help better able to advise my growing client base. I've learned first hand the
...what to do and what NOT to do. My advice to those who are in this predicament...If your locks have broken due to stress, hormonal changes or diet DON'T act so quickly. Let that hair grow back by fixing whatever the cause. You may have some "quirky-looking" days ahead, but your hairline will appreciate it in the long run. Once the hair is long enough, (shouldn't take a super long time) your consultant should be able to put some "baby" locs in and you MUST baby them and nurture them into full, mature locks.Dr. C has already given advice on keeping up the hairline and bypassing more breakage in the future.


Isn't it great that when we're stuck for answers, one (or two) shouts into virtual space can result in an outpouring of support and advice to help you through?
So does anyone know what a "Hairline Locking Appointment" is?

12 comments:

anthia-ofo said...

Ooooh, isn't it nice when Dr C herself takes the time to address an issue? I need to check in more on fb to see what's going on there. Hairline locking...hmmm I read somewhere that it's a technique taught SLS consultants to loc the very fine/fragile hairs at the hairline.

Bajan Lily said...

I want to know so much more!

laloced said...

I am so glad that Dr. Cornwell responded to you, as the creator of the sisterlock technique I am sure she has seen it all, also as you go through this process, don't stress, trust and know your locs are beautiful and they will repair, grow long and strong. Focus on what you want to achieve not what you fear might happen. Take Care! I'm looking forward to the progress:)

The Woman Inside said...

I am relieved that you got some info about repairing your hair. It is a really great thing to see all the support that is out there in the SL community and it confirms that I am doing the right thing with sisterlocking my hair. If you feel like your hair loss is an internal issue then I will be more then happy to help you come up with a routine to support your hair growth. Good Luck!

Tameka DeVoil Stigers said...

I'm a trainee in St. Louis (submitted certification June 2009) and have been locked for 2 years, now. I had the same thinning, breaking of locs around the hairline in the first few months of being locked. I, too, learned that it was from hormonal changes...I was breastfeeding my newborn. My consultant just added the new growing hair from the broken locs into the nearest one....oh how wrong of a thing was that!
My hairline was looking horrible. Since taking the training (Nov 2008)and learning more about SL, I recently took out 4 locks from my hairline and replaced them with 10 NEW LOCKS. The locks that I took out were fat and way to large. I truly believe this obstacle was placed in front of me to help better able to advise my growing client base. I've learned first hand the ...what to do and what NOT to do.

My advice to those who are in this predicament...
If your locks have broken due to stress, hormonal changes or diet DON'T act so quickly. Let that hair grow back by fixing whatever the cause. You may have some "quirky-looking" days ahead, but your hairline will appreciate it in the long run. Once the hair is long enough, (shouldn't take a super long time) your consultant should be able to put some "baby" locs in and you MUST baby them and nurture them into full, mature locks.

Dr. C has already given advice on keeping up the hairline and bypassing more breakage in the future.

Gigglz said...

What an interesting post! Your locks do very thin, did they look like that when you first had them installed?

Bajan Lily said...

Hey Gigglz - if you mean did my locks look generally thin when they were installed (ie about as skinny as they all are now) then yes - my hair is fine/thin, so even with big/standard sized parts, you get skinny plaits/locks. If however you mean, did my locks have those funny thin bases when they were installed - then nope, that happened over time, I think I noticed it after 3 or 4 weeks.

The Woman Inside said...

I hope all is going well in figuring out your situation. Just in case you miss the response I just gave to your question on my board here is about types of hair.
http://www.naturallycurly.com/hair-types

Naturally Sophia said...

Thank you so much for diligently responding on my blog on the damaging dreads post.

Regarding this post, I think it's wonderful Dr. C responded to you. She has been doing a wonderful job with having more of an online presence.

Spicylocks said...

I am sooo glad that you heard from Dr. Cornwell. I hope that you can find the root of the problem and get your locks together. You are in my thoughts.
Once you have determined the cause or see a change in your condition please let us all know. We are all hopeful that you find the help and advice that you need to get everything in order. God bless!

Gigglz said...

@Bajan Lily - So as your locks grew out the base got very thin. Has your consultant decided to combine any locks so that the base isn't so thin. I hope its nothing too serious. And Dr. C's advice sounds very good.

Bajan Lily said...

Thanks everybody for your advice, the outpouring of support has definitely been edifying - noone wants to lose their hair!
About 6 or 8 of the weaker locs have been combined, I might also consider Anthia-Ofo's suggestion of wrapping the weak/thin section in afro kinky hair but I'll give it another 8 weeks to see how it goes ie will the bases go thin again (from hair falling out at the root) or is the worst behind me? I hope the worst is behind me...
@Sophia - no worries, I'm just glad it's all ironed out now and everyone's happy :)

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