My new Sister Locks

So as of December 22, 2013 I am now a Sister Lock newbie. I showed up at my installment appointment at 7:00 a.m. We started at 7:30 am. Twelve hours later I had 367 Sister Locks.

I have to confess that I was a little nervous a couple of days before I went for my appointment. However I am never one to give in to fear especially when I have paid $500 ahead of time.

The locks look very neat and the grid pattern is amazing. They were a little tight but that was to be expected. I was surprised at how much of my ends were left undone. I think this was due to the fact that I have not had a trim in about 4 years so my ends are very staggered.

Because my hair is very fine at the crown you can really see my scalp. The locks in that location are shorter due to the damage from years of wearing very tight braids.

Today makes one week since the locks were installed and they have now started to “fall” This means they are no longer as tight and rigid as they were when they were first put in. There is more movement to them.

I will be wearing beanies for the first three months because of the appearance of my hair at the crown. I work in a professional location and I do not wish to have my scalp showing. This was another reason I choose to have them installed in the winter.

The picture below shows the locks on the first day of the install. For the first year I have to place my hair in plates while I shower to ensure my ends don’t swell and become frazzled. I will place them in plates at night before bed and take them out once I have showered after my morning workout. This has to be done for the first year until my hair has “locked”

I personally believe I will not have to wait this long because I have not had a relaxer in my hair for 15 years and I have been natural for about 2 years. So I believe my hair will lock faster than most.

I have to return for my two week follow up on January 4. During this meeting I will be advised as to the condition of my hair and have any locks redone that may have come loose. I must also wash my hair for the first time one or two days before my appointment. Once the consultant determines how fast my hair grows she will give me a retightening schedule. I am sure my time will be from 6 – 8 weeks

Thanks for sharing this journey with me.

367 locks

367 locks

HOW DID I GET HERE?

Hello, My name is Felicia. I am a wife and mother of 3 beautiful girls. My oldest is in college and my twins are seniors in high school. I am creating this blog to document my journey to having Sister Locks installed in my hair. Allow me to give you a little history on how I came to this decision.

12 years ago I stopped putting chemical relaxers in my hair. I was tired of the process and I wanted to set a good example for my daughters. I never wanted them to put a chemical relaxer in their hair. I would often get braids thinking this was better for my hair than chemicals. Most of the time the braids were much too tight. The braids were actually thinning my hair especially at the crown. So one year ago my eldest daughter convinced me to stop pressing my hair, stop getting braids and to go completely natural. So I started wearing my hair in two-strand twists. This became a problem when I started working out on a regular basis because I sweat heavily in my head, so when I took the twists out I would end up with an afro instead of spirals.

This resulted in me going back to wearing human hair falls. For those of you that do not know what a fall is you can click this link┬áto see an example of one. The fall is okay for a short period of time because it lets my hair rest. However it starts to chafe the back of my neck and it’s just not the look I am going for.

So a month ago I started searching the internet again for an alternate hair style. I came across Sister Locks and began to research more. I had seen Sister Locks before on individuals but I never thought it was something that was for me because all I heard was the word “Locks”. I assumed all locks were not good for people with very fine and thin hair like mine. I also assumed that it would thin my hair out even more. With more research I found out Sister Locks are not like regular locks which would not be good for my hair type. I also found out that you must have the right person install your locks in order for your hair to thrive.

So after searching and asking others about their experience I decided to get a consultation from a certified Sister Lock consultant. (You can search their site to find a consultant in your area) I did more research and decided on a salon in Southfield, MI. I made my consultation appointment and will go on November 9. I chose this salon because they perform your consultation while installing locks on another client. This allows you to see the process and to ask any questions that may arise. I also like the fact that they do not charge for the consultation like other salons.

The biggest obstacle for me is the cost. You pay a large amount to have the locks installed and then at least $100 every 6-8 weeks to have them tightened. Once my consultation is over I plan to save for my initial install with the hope of getting my locks over the Christmas holiday.

So please join me on my journey to obtaining a hair care regimen that allows me to showcase my hair without chemicals, heat treatments or wigs. If you have thin hair and have been struggling with your hair I hope my journey will help you decided on a hair care regimen that fits your lifestyle.

I don’t know if it is something that I will be able to maintain for the rest of my life but I am willing to give it a try. After all I have tried everything else from weaves, to braids to flat ironing. Why not try a natural process that will benefit my hair in the long run.

Below are photos of my hair before my initial consultation. I will provide more photos after my consultation as I will have “sample” locks installed.

 

Views of my hair before my consultation

Views of my hair before my consultation

Topofmyhead

You can see how thin my hair is at the crown

Backofmyhair

Notice how thin my hair is