Thursday, July 28, 2011

Sisterlocks - A Natural Alternative

A year ago, I hummed and hahhed about what to do with my hair. 2 years of growth (after shaving my head for 5 years) had given me 6 inches of thick, healthy natural tresses and was in need of something manageable, versatile and fun. The style, also had to be natural and reflect my personality. I researched online and found Sisterlocks. This locing method created by Dr. JoAnne Cornwell is supposed to give the best of both worlds. A nice, manageable style with the ability to grow while keeping your hair natural. After doing some research online and meeting with a couple consultants, I fell in love and decided that this was the route I was going. Then it happened, I started talking myself out of the process...first was the cost (most people with and without the locs discuss-at length the cost-it costs $500 and up for installation), then the maintenance-also a cost factor with retightening costing approximately $100-$200 every 6-8weeks. My biggest issue was the versatility. I love my 'fro and thought I would lose it. The inability to style my hair the way I wanted was something I cherished and wasn't ready to give up, and so the momentum passed and I didn't get Sisterlocks.

Sisterlocks founder Dr. JoAnne Cornwell

The other day, I was online (as I usually am) looking up hairstyles when my husband suggested, I just do it. I thought about it for a minute and said, you know what, I'm going to. I got on to the Sisterlocks website and contacted a couple consultants closer to my home. I now just have to pick one to put in my test locs (if all goes well-the locs set), I set a date for installation and take it from there. Currently, I am sporting a hair length of about 8 to 9 inches (all natural) and know that the longer the hair, the more this procedure costs, but I am ready for it. After all, I consider it an investment in myself and what better investment is there?

I will keep you posted on my journey and if you have any suggestions about Sisterlocks for a newbie like myself, I would love to hear from you.
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