Wednesday, December 28, 2005

The Holiday 'Do is Done

I don't know if its the boredom setting in or what, but now that I've arrived back here at home I've gone a little overboard with Picasa. I have done at least 10 collages now since downloading the program and I just luv it! The collage below is what my hair looks like now, a few days after my Christmas look. Basically, pulling it up is what I do for a little something different. I know, that's not too creative...but, it's a different look! After viewing Leighann's ( cute coils, I've been reinspired to try curls again. I used to think they made me look like a little old lady. I mean, I am up there a little ways in age but dang I sure don't want to look like it! But, her hair was so cute I must give it a shot. My soft spike rollers should be arriving anyday now! I'll be sure and post updates then.

Warning: I'm on vacation until Jan 6, more collages are on the way:')Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

More Christmas 'Do Pics!

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To Dye or Not to Dye...That is the Question

Greetings People,

I hope that all of you had a wonderful Christmas and are enjoying a beautiful start to Kwanzaa. To anyone to whom I have not had the opportunity to say so, Happy Holidays! Here are a few pics I’ve taken over the past few days to showcase my Holiday hairstyle. I wore 2 strand twists over 3 days to achieve this look. I think it turned out kind of cute! It was very full and bouncy, but the wet weather took its toll and it started to droop a bit.

The only bad part was that my hair almost didn’t look locked from a far…whew, that’s pretty scary. I can’t imagine not having my Sisterlocks! Also, if you look closely, you’ll notice that my hair is 2 toned. I dyed it in May and am seriously thinking about dying it again so that the colors aren’t so drastically different. I’m a bit perplexed about the dye or not to dye that is the question.

Peace, KLW

Friday, December 16, 2005

Much Ado About Nothing?

Thanks to those of you who responded to me both publicly and privately regarding my retightening concerns. As promised, here's the latest...
So, I know this sounds crazy but I went back after part 1 of our session. I expressed all of my concerns to her (using the latch-hook vs. SL tools, the combining of locks in the back, cutting the few that were too big, etc..). After throughly expressing my concern and knowledge of the SL technique (I did take the retightening class after all!) we came to an agreement -- no more cutting without my prior approval and no combining unless we both agree that it is necessary.

And to be quite honest I am very pleased with my hair. She actually stopped in areas where she felt as if she wanted to snip or combine, gave me the mirror and let me feel each one before taking any action. And she gave me an hour free!

Overall, I really like her. I like the idea of going to a shop as opposed to someone's home, she's very quick and seemingly thorough ( I'll let you know after tonight's wash) and generally just a nice lady. Now with a freshly retightened head...maybe I'll pull out the old tools in about a month and try it on my own again.


Wednesday, December 14, 2005

SL's retightened with a Latch-hook?

I'm smiling here...but there is really very little reason to celebrate. I went to check out a new consultant today (as I have given up on retightening it myself) and half way through my hair I really feel like screaming. First of all, the sister did not even use sisterlock tools. She retightened my hair using a latch-hook! Okay, I know its the technique itself that makes Sisterlocks Sisterlocks. But, I am quite disappointed about how my hair has turned out. I questioned her use of the latch-hook and she explained that it does less snagging than the SL tools.

She combined about half in the lower back so far and even cut a few off that she said were too large. I'm going to let her finish it up as I must have my hair finished before my Christmas vacation, but I am a little scared. Y'all pray for me on this one, I'll keep you posted!


Tuesday, December 13, 2005

In the beginning...

Greetings all, I located a few pictures of my hair at the start of my locking journey, October 2003. It's amazing how quickly time flies when you're happy, nappy and free. A few days ago I reached my 26 month milestone. It's been over 2 years now and I am just getting started. Initially, I thought I'd be locked completely by now, but as they say no two heads of sisterlocks are alike. I alsways thought I had "nappy" hair but through the process of locking, it has been detremined that my hair is rather soft and loosely curled or waved..definitely not the best hair for locking.

But despite all that, the many twists, turns and tears...I've made it and I am happy to stand before you as a Sisterlocked sister, one of a family of thousands who share the joy of living in a natural world.
To those of you with that "difficult to lock" "ain't never gonna lock" "too soft" "good hair" encouraged. It will happen with time. I'll be posting new pics tomorrow after part 1 of my retightening (Wish me luck, I'm going to a new consultant this time). In the meantime, here are some pics from the very beginning (Day 1).

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

A Locking Journey: The Intro

So, after reading the many posts, blogs, websites and emails of others who have began the locking journey. I've decided that today is the start my own blog. For those of you who don't know me, my name is Katika and I am a proud, loud sisterlocks wearer of over 2 years. Proir to starting this blog, I documented my locking journey through my website, I've kept it since the beginning of my journey and up until recently. I must admit though, I haven't kept it up nearly as well as I'd intended but it does give you an indication of the stages my hair has gone through.

At this point, my hair is about 85% locked (or partially locked) and 15% unlocked. It's been such a long, bumpy road but I'm glad to be on this journey. Thanks for stopping by and please come by often.