Monday, 25 February 2013

Counting my blessings

After a particularly difficult week, I was brought very close to tears when one of my beloved clients turned up with words of encouragement, a huge smile, strong shoulders and this...

In the midst of the storm of locusts, I am reminded that life will find a way to rise again from the wasteland, and I am blessed.

Sisterlocks is not just about a hairstyle, being a consultant has afforded me an opportunity to meet, encourage and support my sisters - and I never dreamed that one day I'd be on the receiving end of that sisterly love. I am grateful to be so blessed.

Thank you Xxx

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Hair Journey - Another Update

Ahoy there!

As I am coming to terms with the possibility of never having a full head of hair again, I came across these photos from July 2011. No idea why I never shared them with you. Silly me!

To anyone who is facing sudden/inexplicable hairloss remember this: you still have sunshine through your window; you can still feel it, you can still enjoy so many aspects of life - even if people are staring or mean about how you look. Go ahead and be you: hair or no hair.

I'm still learning but today I'm embracing.

Love & hugs

click to enlarge as always. A bientot!

These are my words and this is my journey, from 'there to hair'!
My life, the lessons learned in and through love and loves ones; and my hair affairs.
Twitter: @almocado

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Happy Pancake Tuesday!

I remember someone explaining a while ago that Pancake Tuesday was the day that Christians would use up all the egg, flour and sugar in their homes in preparation for Lent (when they would give up such 'luxuries').

I've never been one to 'give up' anything for Lent but I have always used it as a time of reflection and seeking guidance for the future. This year however, I think I will try giving something up as well.  I think for Lent I will give up 'breakfast'.

Normally, I have tea and toast, or cereal and juice etc and on busy days I tend to skip it altogether.  Since I was recently introduced to the joys of juicing fresh fruit and vegetables by one of my Sisterlocks clients, I think that this year for Lent I will replace that (old type of) breakfast with a Breakfast 'Juice'.

I'll start with hot water and lemon to cleanse the liver and digestive systems, followed half an hour later by a gorgeous 'cocktail' of avocado, apples, celery, cucumber, beetroot, carrots, lemon, ginger and broccoli. Trust me - it tastes so much better than it sounds.

You guys got any plans for Lent?

These are my words and this is my journey, from 'there to hair'!
My life, the lessons learned in and through love and loves ones; and my hair affairs.
Twitter: @almocado

Monday, 11 February 2013

Small Business Feature: - Article 1: Kawaii Locs

Ladies & Gentlemen, 
We are thrilled to welcome fellow Sisterlocks Consultant and UK entrepreneur, Marie of Kawaii Locs & Adornments to the spotlight this evening.

Welcome Kawaii, tell us your story.

My name is Marie, I was blessed to have my Sisterlocks™ installed December 2007. Not long before then I had no idea what Sisterlocks™ were, I only knew that I was at a lost with what to do with my natural hair.

I was natural for a year, which was wonderful; it gave me the opportunity to explore what my natural hair was really like. I rocked the bantu knots, afro-puffs and the good ole cornrows; but I felt like I wanted to do more and hated looking in the comb, after combing my hair, to see the hair that had come out (dead hair). One evening my friend and I were chatting, over a bottle of wine, and were having a good discussion about what we can do with our hair in its natural form. Then out of the blue she asks: “Have you heard of Sisterlocks™?”
I looked at her like, “Whoa, did you just make that up?” 
She said she remembered reading about it years ago in a hair mag (when we were both 'slaves' to the relaxer), and for some reason it just popped into her head. Immediately I went on to YouTube (the YouTube addict that I am) and found some great videos about Sisterlocks™. I was like: “I’m in! I want them NOW!”
So here I am 5 years later: Sisterlocks™ installed, matured and looking kinda cute (”Kawaii” means cute). With Sisterlocks™ you can be as versatile as you like - the styling options are endless. The locks themselves are much smaller in size, and are installed in a uniform manner, therefore giving you the ability to style your hair with ease. Trying to book an appointment with a Sisterlocks™ Consultant in London was a bit of a challenge, as most of them were fully booked months in advance. Ironically, this made me even more certain that this was the style I wanted for my hair and I wanted my friends to know about it too. Since completing the Sisterlocks™ course I have learned more about the maintenance needed to care for my Sisterlocks™ and appreciate -and luv - that it is LOW maintenance, but not NO maintenance

Spotlight: *smiling* I can relate to so much of that! Please tell us about your business.

I run Kawaii Adornments a shop full of handmade Jewellery that I make out of a workroom in West London. The first time I lifted a pair of pliers and some wire I learnt how to make jump rings: I  was amazed by how easy it was. I made a beautiful bracelet  - plain but beautiful, and I was so excited. I took that feeling and ran with it. I use materials such as, Copper, Silver, Crystals, and Leather, I never plan what I want to make I just grab a pair of pliers and away I go!

Spotlight: What led you to start this business?
I started my business because unfortunately I lost my full time job, I was at home and wondering what on earth I was going to do. Although I worked a 9 to 5 office job, my heart has always been into design in particular jewellery. I started making loc jewellery because - from my research and, of course, having Sisterlocks™ -  I found it hard to accessorise my hair, most shops be it online or high street, only cater for Dreadlocks size locs, so I thought let me create my own loc jewellery. I showed them to my friends, and family and they were so proud and encouraged me to make I did J
Once I made some loc jewellery I just got carried away: I started making bracelets, earrings,  necklaces, rings etc. It has been fun and exciting! 

Spotlight: What have been the best bits about running your own business?
The best bits about running a business is that, it’s “Mine” I create pieces of art in my jewellery  designs, and get a lot of satisfaction in doing so. I have no set timetable, when I get the urge to make something I will just enter my workshop and go ahead and get creative.  I get so excited when someone buy’s something I have created, the best feeling of all is when I see someone wearing one of my jewellery pieces, this just confirms I made the right choice in making them.
Spotlight: What have been the worst bits about running your own business?

Argh !! Suppliers of stock, sometimes they just can’t get it right, which delays production, but I must admit I have become quite resourceful, so my suppliers list has extended, so I always have a back up plan. I don’t like delaying customers and thankfully I have not done so, so far!
If sales are low, that can put a real downer on things, but I have to keep marketing and networking, if people don’t know about your product then your sales will be low......I’m Learning J

Spotlight: What are your top 3 best sellers?

Hair Cuff Jewellery with Brass Ankh Adornment
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Hair Cuff Jewellery with Rasta Glass Beads & Heart Charm
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Hair Cuff Jewellery Silver Plated Wire with Dagger gem

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Spotlight: How can readers connect with you?
My Etsy shop :
My Facebook Page:

Spotlight: On behalf of myself and all my readers, I'd like to thank you for putting yourself under the 'spotlight' this evening. It has been a pleasure getting to know you.

Kawaii: It was a pleasure to be here. As a thank you I'd like to offer your readers 10% Discount via purchase made through my etsy shop. Simply enter code LOVELIFELOCS at checkout.

If you are or know a UK entrepreneur who would like to be featured in the Spotlight - please email

These are my words and this is my journey, from 'there to hair'!
My life, the lessons learned in and through love and loves ones; and my hair affairs.
Twitter: @almocado

Small Business Features

Morning All,

This year, I really want to shine the light as it were on UK based small businesses, particularly those run by women.

Entrepreneurship is one of my passions and I am a firm believer in supporting people in pursuit of their dreams.

I've just got a brand new computer which means I can get back to blogging regularly. I'll be moving most of my Sisterlocks™ posts to my business blog and here we will focus again on my loves, my life and my (lack of ) locs (lol!)

I realise that I have been very quiet on the hair front since my last post but suffice it to say that I have decided NOT to give up the fight. I was rather low and frustrated that day and had had enough of the 'torment' as it were. I have since had a change of heart and decided that clearly this is my cross to bear and I will do everything I can to 'show and tell' that journey - including the 'remedies' I'll be trying :) Now - back to business.

These are my words and this is my journey, from 'there to hair'!
My life, the lessons learned in and through love and loves ones; and my hair affairs.
Twitter: @almocado

Friday, 8 February 2013

Smile Anyway

Sometimes life throws you a curve ball:
you lose a loved one,
your job,
your health
or your HAIR....

Smile anyway xx


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