You Got Your Locks From Where?!

While scrolling through my FB feed this morning I came across an article titled, “Beware Your Dreadlocks May Just Be From The Morgue”.

Wait What

I was like “what?!” As I read the article all kinds of thoughts came to mind. Like, “umm… people do this?” and “hmmm… you mean to tell me someone could be rocking a deceased wo(man)’s locks?!”

We all know that today is all about instant gratification. And I’m sorry to say this, but this is particularly true about Millennials. We want it & we want it now!! However, this new trend, the grafting of locks, has all kinds of crazy written all over it. For instance, growing your own locks is a journey. And in that journey you go through highs & lows (with growing the locks themselves & in life overall). So your locks tell a story. And for someone to take another person’s locks & attach them to their own hair seems like a bad omen waiting to happen. Their hair journey is not your own. And I’ve seen folks cut off their locks for a fresh start. Now why would you want to take someone else’s journey (whether good or bad) and make it your own?!

Additionally, I couldn’t even imagine rocking a deceased wo(man)’s locks. The article does reference a salon that vets the locks before they purchase them; however, I would still be leery of the source. Oh & can you imagine the possibility of getting lice or any other disease that may come from the locks themselves? My assumption is that getting either is unlikely but the thought itself is quite disturbing.

Lastly, one of the things my lock journey has taught me is patience. Instant gratification is awesome but the process of obtaining and practicing patience is a better reward.

Even though I am totally turned off by the idea of grafting someone else’s locks there seems to be some positives. First of all, you don’t have to grow the locks yourself. It can take years to get to a decent length & to have fully locked hair. With this method you get to cut down the amount of time. Additionally, the person selling their matured locks can make a killing from a buyer. Lastly, the person getting the new locks has a new found confidence & gets to fast track the locking process. In that case everyone wins!

So what are your thoughts, would you consider this option?

If you would like to read the article click here.

Locs, Love, Life!

~Mzz Nette

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It’s My Anniversary!!

Good Morning My Good People!

This post is long overdue but better late than never! 🙂 In June I celebrated my 2 year loc anniversary!!! It still amazes me that I’ve actually kept them in this long. But every day I fall more and more in love with them and remain very proud of my decision to loc my hair. Below are some updates:

1. I no longer band and/or braid (if you are a Sisterlocker you will know exactly what this means).

2. I can now use moisturizer (which is awesome because dry hair/scalp is no bueno!!).

3. I now have some hang time (yes LAWD! I can throw these babies in a ponytail and have some hangage lol).

4. I am not fully locked yet. The shafts of my strands are fully locked however my ends have not sealed yet.

5. My re-tightenings are every 6 weeks ( I started off with every 4 weeks).

6. I still get slippage. That’s primarily because of my hair texture, so in essence this will be inevitable for me.

7. Curls are my bestfriends (primarily because I have a sensitive scalp and most updos give me a headache).

8. Comparison pictures are below.

Left: 4 months           Right: 2 yrs

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I hope you enjoyed the update in my journey. Leave a comment if you so choose! 🙂

Locs, Love, Life!

~Mzz Nette

Locking Phases and Natural Oils!

Morning Folks!

Haven’t posted alllll week…did you’ll miss me?! 🙂 Today I wanted to write some more about my Sisterlocks. Prior to making the decision of getting Sisterlocks I wanted to know as much as I possibly could about the process of locking and what oils are great for natural hair. I honestly want my journey as natural as possible. Upon my research I came across the 2 pictures below. They basically speak for themselves. The first explains the stages of the locking journey. I found it to be quite helpful because I can actually know what ‘stage’ my hair is in at different points in my journey (I’m in phase 2 btw).

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The second photo explains the best oils for natural hair. We woman can be product junkies…OH I DEFINITELY DON’T MISS THOSE DAYS!!! So it’s great to know of products that will help bring moisture and shine to my locs. Right now I am not able to use any oils in my scalp but I am happy to have done research about what natural oils will potentially work best.

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I hope all of this info helps some of you! If you have any other natural products that you use that you find quite helpful please feel free to share!

~Mzz Nette

 

 

Loc’d For Life!!

One of the main reasons why I started blogging was to be able to share my Sisterlocks journey. I realized that I haven’t really said much about them so this blog post is dedicated to my babies. I call them my babies because I have to care for them as if they were my kids. Nourish them, maintain them, clean them, etc. That way they will grow from babies to mature adults 🙂

Lets start with my Sisterlocks Birth Certificate! 
 
  • Installation Date(s): June 8-15th
               Typically an install would take two days but y’all know I had to be different. My sisterlock consultant had to do mine in a weeks time. 
 
  • Number of Locks:  532 (yes I’ve actually counted)
 
  • Size of Locks: My locks are considered Small/Medium 
 
  • Locking Pattern: I actually don’t know…probably should find out right?! Lol
 
  • Length of Hair at Install: 8 inches
 
  • Location of Install: Dumfries, VA
 
I will say my decision to lock my hair has been a great decision. I love the low maintenance! No more having to “do” my hair before work. Just get up and go. In about a month I will celebrate 1 year and this truly excites me. I can’t wait to see what the next few years will bring!
 
Below is a pic from the day after my installation:
 
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Month 3:
 
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Month 6:
 
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Month 9:
 
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A couple weeks ago (10.5 months):
 
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Being Cost Efficient!

This past weekend (Saturday, April 26th) I attended a fundraising Gala for the Northern Virginia Urban League Young Professionals Network. $80 for my ticket, $40 for my nails, $55 for my dress, and the list of expenses goes on. Since this was a huge event for me I wanted to get a cute hairstyle that would complete my look. So I decided to price a style I found while searching sisterlock updos. I sent a stylist the picture below. She said it would cost me $65. Now $65 doesn’t sound like much but for me it was a lot. Probably because I spent so much money already. So I told myself that I would re-create this style. I was determined to style my hair and replicate this style on my own. And I am proud to say that I did! I am quite happy with how it turned out! See for yourself! And let me know what you think!

Original Style:

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My Creation:

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