Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Custom made hydrating spritz


Not the greatest photos but I wanted to share a pic of one of my more popular products.




This one is a Custom Order shipped today.
- Moisture Mist Oil-free Aloe Vera Hydrating Spritz.
- Hand made with love from my family to yours.





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Monday, 29 July 2013

My Take on Lock Stages -

Hey everybody,

How's it going?

I've just spent ages putting together a long overdue blog post on loc phases  - based on my personal experiences as a loctician...

I've tried to marry up most of the existing terminology with the corresponding stage and used pictures of my clients' locs to illustrate - hope you find it helpful. Read the full post on www.almondavocado.com and find the first bit below.

Bless up xx



Sisterlocks Comparisons: Loc stages and changes


How do locs change over the course of 365 days? 2 years? 10 years?

Depending on to whom you speak, locs enter 3-6 phases from birth to maturity. 

For example - here's an inforgraphic that has done the rounds so much I am not certain of the original source.

click to enlarge and read it properly :)

I don't stick to this terminology ad verbatim but I'll try to tie my classification (based on experience) back to their terminology above.

PHASE 1: NEWBIE, STARTER OR BABY LOCS 

  • Locs are neat and clearly defined but look more like fine braids than locs. 
  • Partings are clearly defined and perfectly visible giving a neat but scalpy look - which some newbies hate, lol  :)
  • The shaft of the newly created loc is several times smaller than the parted square at the base of the loc.


Installation Day, Skinny little locs
July 2012

Read the rest of the post over at my business blog ... CLICK ME CLICK ME!



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Monday, 22 July 2013

Keep Smiling

As you may know - I often have some really awful days.... 

I may stumble across an old home video of me holding my baby and I'll see my hair....

Or a friend may tag me in a old pic on Facebook and lo and behold - there's me with tons of hair... ouch! 

Often, I'll take a moment to just remember how those soft curls felt beneath my finger tips..

 the way I'd twist and twirl it around my index finger when talking to my husband...
or even the way I'd twiddle with my locs during those conference calls when I knew noone was watching....

Some days I get so angry and frustated because I'm fighting a disease to which there is no known cure and no one cause and 
there isn't much you can do but "keep hope alive" .... or "calmly accept your fate" when actually I just wanna punch something (or someone) and scream:
"It's not FAIR!!".


But then...there are days when... the sun has been shining,
HRH (my royal husband) isn't being a pain in the neck, the kids haven't destroyed the house, all my clients were on time and I managed to draw my eyebrows on properly.... (Yes, the simple things matter - You have no idea how hard it is to draw GOOD eyebrows on when you're dealing with nothing but empty face!!!!) lol

And when those days come - I think "Hey, I'm not doing too badly, in fact, I'm good" and
I SMILE.
And I look forward to what might come,
I think about the 'someday' when my hair might grow back and I think about it being ok even if it never comes back... 
and I keep smiling :)

And in that spirit here's a random collection of smiles from Saturday afternoon when I was feeling pretty cute. Enjoy!



Hope it made you smile too !





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Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Sisterlocks and children

I understand that the locking of children's hair is often a contentious issue, and while I respect that there are very strong opinions on both sides of the 'fence' - I personally do not have an issue with it as long as the hair is treated with respect and the child is happy. 

When parents bring their children to me they are welcomed into a judgement free environment. For me - locs aren't just a hairstyle - they are an expression. Whether that is an expression of faith, of culture, of creativity or simple preference - I believe each family is free to express themselves as they see fit - as long as it is not to the detriment of others.

If the parents decide that locking their child's hair fits in with their lifestyle and personal ethos - then that is their decision and when the child grows up he/she can choose an alternative if they so desire.

To those who argue that locking hair is 'just as bad as a relaxer' - I will remind them that locs do not involve the use of harsh chemicals. In my practice, I use only distilled water and my hands, to create locs. Hardly a fair comparison. 

As to the permanence of 'locs as a hairstyle' - they can be unpicked (taken down), grown out or cut. As long as the hair has been handled with care and the locs lovingly tended, the follicles should remain healthy.

Installations do take time, and we work with your child to ensure that they are not sitting for torturous periods of time. I can assure you that no child who is weeping, wailing and gnashing their teeth will be locked on my time. It's not worth the hassle (to me) or the trauma to the child.

To date - I have been fortunate enough to know that each of my little lockers have been happy to sit in my chair and play with their iPads or watch Disney movies while having their hair done.  

Locs are simply super-strands. We take individual strands of hair and interlock them to create stronger strands. It is 100% natural and in the right hands: 100% gentle and stress-free. We have so many options for wearing our natural hair (loose, twists, braids, cornrows, etc) and locs are just another (albeit long-term) option.

As a loctician I will indeed be biased because my stance is based on my experiences. I see happy children who visit every 6 -8 weeks and just don't worry about their hair in-between. They don't get into 'good hair bad hair - long hair short hair' arguments or competitions. 

They just get on with life and I am proud of every little head I've been privileged to touch since I started this busines.

A few things to consider:

Locs don't need extended detangling sessions after swimming...
Locs don't 'sweat out' or 'turn back' after vigorous sports activities...
They can be dressed up with ribbons, alice bands and barrettes - or left alone to hang freestyle.
There are honestly bigger issues to worry about than whether your neighbour's child is locked or not.



Life is for living. 
Be well

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My life, the lessons learned in and through love and loves ones; and my hair affairs.
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Sunday, 14 July 2013

Bald not Broken - A reminder to stay positive

A reminder to all of you to keep your heads up - no matter what you're facing or whether it feels like the earth is crumbling beneath you: stay positive.

Life is too short for anything else xx






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My life, the lessons learned in and through love and loves ones; and my hair affairs.
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Saturday, 13 July 2013

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Hair Tricks

Super coily Afro hair - don't hate it, embrace it. Everyone's hair is unique and therefore uniquely beautiful. Love YOU XX

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Origins of The Afro Comb - UK Exhibition

Crystal from United Kinkdom - sent me a survey, and among others there was a question on "What does the afro comb mean to you?"

My response:
"I suppose it reminds me of my 'blackness' and conjures up images from my childhood of men in bell bottoms or tight jeans with gorgeous afros and these afro combs / 'picks' sticking out of their back pockets!"

If I give it a bit more time I could probably find something deeper and more meaningful - but for now I'm loving those oooooooooold memories of my older brother and his friends, those afros, and those combs.... making me feel all warm and happy inside.

What are some of your memories?

There is an exhibition being held at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge until 3 September (2013)  do pop in and visit if you can. The afro comb is so much more than just a piece of plastic or wood!

ITV's report on the exhibition http://unitedkinkdom.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/itv-report-on-origins-of-afro-comb.html

Crystal's Review on the Opening of the Exhibition:
http://unitedkinkdom.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/opening-preview-of-origins-of-afro-comb.html

The Museum's Website
http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/whatson/exhibitions/article.html?3840

Their official website
http://www.originsoftheafrocomb.co.uk/

Please support!

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My life, the lessons learned in and through love and loves ones; and my hair affairs.
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Thursday, 4 July 2013

Was it All Worth it?

Three years ago I started my company. Quit my job shortly thereafter and was 'all in'.
Many people still question why I am self-employed? And I am frequently asked whether  the obvious pay cut worth it?

Well, let me think. To answer that question, I must first consider the question:
"How do I measure my worth?"

 No longer is my value printed in £ and p.  
These days I consider the quality of my relationships - rather than the balance of my bank account.

I can't buy expensive shoes and designer hand bags but I CAN have days like this:



  • have a lie in on a week day cos I've scheduled a day off
  • attend story time at my son's school and read to him while he sits on my lap
  • race with my son on his scooter to my daughter's nursery school.
  • play hop scotch on the road with my kids on the way home while teaching them the road signs.
  • jump out from behind a bush and scare Izzie Clarkley as she gets home from school.
  • watch my kids & their school friends  have a water gun fight in the garden while I cook them their dinner.
  • listen to the birds chirping, children laughing as the sun sets while I lie in the hammock in my garden, sipping on my chamomile tea (cough rum)

We may not have excess, but we have enough and my kids are still clothed, fed and happy.

So you tell me.... was it worth it?

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.
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Twitter: @almocado
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