Friday, 19 April 2013

The Naked Truth

Sometimes being bald really sucks.
But not every day :)

Being bald forces you to get in touch with your features. Every scar, dark circle, every eyelash and wrinkle, every lump and bump and zit or pimple that you can't hide behind a fringe (bangs) or a swanky updo - there to great you every morning. :)

No changing hair style, no changing hair colour, no choice in whether to wear your hair up or down - it just is as it is... every single day.

And I don't care. It is, what it is.
And scar or no scar - I'm not wearing a scarf anymore.

This is me - strutting my stuff, over 1000 follicles and not a hair strand in sight. Haha!


Just face.

oh, by the way - I've launched a youTube channel (almocado)  - still very early days, only two videos on it but I'll be updating it with Sisterlocks stuff, my alopecia love-hate relationship and my holistic therapy tidbits. Please subscribe and support me if you can xx





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Sunday, 14 April 2013

Repost: Is my Hair To Short for Sisterlocks?

This is one of the most frequently asked questions I hear in my practice.

The official answer is that you need a minimum of 1.5 inches of 'new growth' (unprocessed hair) if you have permed ends (relaxer, texturiser, curly perm etc) or 2 inches of virgin hair (about 3-4 months after your big chop). 

However, there will be variations between consultants as each consultant will have a minimum length with which they feel comfortable working with. 

When you visit your consultant have a frank conversation with them, you (pl.) may both agree to wait until your hair is a little longer, or you may both feel happy to proceed.

The shortest length of virgin hair I've worked with for Sisterlocks is 3 inches.  While short hair can be locked up, there are a few things to consider.

Tips for locking short hair:


  • If you're worried about the way your little locs will look you can ask to see evidence of previous clients with short hair.  
  • If you are about to become your consultant's 'client with the shortest hair' make sure you build up that rapport with your consultant: you should feel confident that you are in safe and competent hands.
  • Under no circumstances should you blow dry your TWA (teeny weeny afro) prior to your locking session, it'll cause you and your consultant a whole heap of unnecessary stress!
  • Be prepared to spend longer in the chair than a sister with 4-6 inches of hair.  Generally speaking, the longer the starting length of your hair - the longer the installation sessin will be. However, when dealing with very short hair the opposite holds true simply because we need to give more time, care and attention to securely establish each loc.
  • Be prepared to exercise a lot more caution when shampooing, and expect to have to employ protective shampooing methods such as bundling and banding for a much longer time than someone with average length hair.

Tips for Shampooing TWLs (TeenyWeeny Locs)

All Sisterlocks clients are advised to braid and band their hair during their formative stages of locking. For TWLs it can be rather tricky to try to braid and band those tiny locs. In such cases we recommend the following methods: 
  • bundling and banding: instead of braiding your TWLs, try to bundle them together in groups of 10 and secure the ends with a band. Rinse gently. Apply shampoo to the scalp first and gently squeeze through each bundle before rinsing again. Keep the water pressure LOW.
  • wig cap wash/stocking sock shampoo method: place a wig cap or old stocking over your head (not your face) to cover all your TWLs and hold them securely in place. Apply shampoo THROUGH the stocking/cap, massage ever so gently to lift debris from your scalp and rinse thoroughly using LOW water pressure or by pouring cups of water through.


ps - check out this super cool montage from LotsofLocs (Facebook) showcasing her short-haired client! Love it!
copyright LotsofLocs Sisterlocks



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WELCOME TO THE TAPESTRY OF ME....
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My life, the lessons learned in and through love and loves ones; and my hair affairs.
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Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Hair Update: Losing the battle but...

Hey guys,

I hadn't realised so much time had passed since my last update!

I'm not even sure people are still reading this blog - probably time for me to get a YouTube channel like the rest of the world...

I just wanted to pop in and let you know that I am losing my current battle with the hair loss.
Did I stop using my hair oils? Yes
Did I stop receiving holistic therapies? Yes
Did I stop taking my iron & Vit B supplements? Yes.

So ?

So this tells me that for me - holistic hair care is an integral part of my hair story, my battle cannot be won without a holistic approach and this is exactly what I tell people when they visit me.

So - here is the last photo of my hair since I am now bald again.



I have lost the battle but I have not lost the war. I will regroup and continue to fight - day by day.
I did it before and I have faith that by the grace of God I can do it again.

Peace & Prosperity to you all x


WELCOME TO THE TAPESTRY OF ME....
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.
Web: http://www.lovelifelocs.com
Twitter: @almocado
Facebook: Facebook.com/almondavocado

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