Sunday, 30 June 2013

The Consultant's Conundrum

Good morning ladies. There's something I'd like to discuss but I'm working up the courage eh?
It's in relation to  Zola Brown's 'fire starting' (smile) question in the other group last night. Now I may be about to lay my neck on the chopping board so I'm ging to hpe that I don't lose my head over this.

For those of you who don't know: Zola had expressed a desire to have small SLs installed all over her head. In short - the responses were that
a) she should trust the judgement of her Consultant and
b) noone gets the same size all over, usually you have smaller SLs to the front and larger ones to the back etc

There is another post over there where a Consultant (or maybe a trainee) is complaining that some of the pictures posted by clients and consultants look as though Large SLs have been installed all over the head - and not just at the back etc.

As a consultant, 3 years in, I'd like to say that we often face a conundrum. In addition to areas of hair loss or breakage, we are sometimes asked to choose between what the client is asking for (e.g. larger SLs all over or small SLs all over) vs what we have been taught in class. Sometimes you can part someone's hair and realise that if you d a standard small square - you will capture a mere 6 hair strands instead of the 20-30 you expect - what are you gonna do? Loc those 6 hairs? Or make a bigger parting to give a more stable base to the loc? And if you make it a bigger SL - are you gonna be crucified for deviating from the standard parting taught in class?

Most of us are professionals and take our work seriously, we want our clients to be happy and to look beautiful.... we also want t be in good standing  with the Home Office and the wider SL community... Most consultants will work with you to make sure you get the look (and sizing) that suits you and makes you happy but what are your thoughts on this?

It's your hair, if you want it done like x, as long as it's within the SL sizing guidelines do you want your consultant to help you knowing that they could potentially get in 'trouble with the boys'?

I'm just thinking out loud - I don't have the answers, it's just something that gets me thinking... especially when I see (yet another) post telling someone their SLs are too big or their squares are too large or they don't have enough locs or they have too many locs or.... *yawn* it's exhausting!

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Kreyola said...

To tell you the truth, I'm TRIED of it all. I'm TRIED of the miss information. If had clearly explained what people are getting, we wouldn't be having these issues we are having right now.

Now I understand that consultant have to make certain decision on what is right for their client, but I hope they don't just completely over ride what the client want (whether it is bigger locks or smaller locks). Let them know why they are getting bigger locks (as you noted you will capture a mere 6 hair strands instead of the 20-30 you expect) so they can understand what they are getting, and don't just make a decision for them. In the end, the client has to live with your decision & trust, and if they are unhappy, you may have a PR nightmare in the future.

I also notice that most head right now are not even following the medium to large size of sisterlocks, and I have to say that something is seriously wrong with that picture. Some of them are even bigger then brotherslocks, and look like standard "dreadlocks". Now if you want bigger dreads, that is fine and I'm happy for you, but I hope you wanted that, and the consultant just didn't just make that decision for you.

FYI, if does not want to offer smaller sisterlocks, they really shouldn't be advertising that size on the website like that. I like the range that sisterlocks offers, but the question that remains, do consultant offer that range, or do they just make them larger without fully explaining the issue with going smaller. You be surprised with the amount of questions I get about my sisterlocks, and I came to the point where I don’t even go to that Facebook fan page anymore.

Bajan Lily said...

Hi Kreyola,
Great comment. I'm also tired.

I also think that the official website info has changed over the years. For eg if you google Brunsli's interview on Sisterlocks - she says that SisterLocks can be 350 to 550 locs. This is also what I was taught. However, the current site says 400 plus locs. This has contributed to the confusion. I personally don't like the way some Sisterlockers with over 400 locs attack those with locs under 400 locs who may have been started under the old guidelines.

That said there are some dodgy installs out there....

Kreyola said...

@Bajan In the end of the day, the amount doesn't really matter. Sisterlocks has a certain look, and it is that we going for and why many choose sisterlocks. I personally don't like the attacks, and I rather just say out of it. Some people have strong feeling on both side, and I think in the end, as long as the consultant does good work and doesn't get tired of the questions, they will do just fine. I have seen your works and they are beautiful and I really don’t think you have anything to worry about in that regard.

Anonymous said...

wow people still quarreling over foolishness? apart from the pictures I don't go to said site anymore to much bitchin! Oh well looks like under the latest guidelines me and my girls don't qualify as sisterlockers despite having a a competent, brilliant and patient consultant! wait till I see her lol x

Almocado said...
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Almocado said...

@Kreyola - once again I agree with you and thank you for the lovely compliment.

@Anon - 'foolishness' is right. I'm glad you can laugh about it :)


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