Saturday, October 29, 2005

21 Weeks of Sisterlocks & Other Things



Wow, my hair is really growing. I took some new pics and while browsing through my files, decided to compare an early pic to a current one. I was amazed at the growth and how fast time has gone. I remember waiting anxiously for my first consult and test locks then anticipating - counting down to lock day. Check out my hair four months later, pretty cool.

The love affair with my locks remains strong and intact. They are beginning to thicken, the back is locking faster than the top and sides. I'm still banding and braiding before washing. Some are beginning to "drop", very few; but those that do are noticeable. My hair remains soft and nice to touch. No maintenance other than washing with the SL Starter Shampoo along with a light distilled rose water spritz when I feel the need. I read a LockItUp post that said, "Sisterlocks are low maintenance, not no maintenance." So true, there is very little required other than caring for them. As long as you do that, your hair challenges will be non-existent.

I haven't posted in a while. Life's been tough and I haven't felt the urge to write. I haven't even had much time for my LockItUp group. Work has also been kickin' my butt. I helped introduce two major company-wide initiatives. Long hours and lots of stress. But a sistuh represented well.

Things are becoming less stressful and looking brighter personally. So here I am once again. Of course, you didn't really think I'd go away, now did you? That which doesn't kill you will only make you stronger.

I was recently inspired by one of my fellow Yahoo LockItUp group members, Erin who just published her own blog. I love what the sister is doing in her faith walk. I'm looking forward to her promise of open and frank post on whatever inspires her, in addition to sharing her Sisterlocks journey. I admire that. I've added a link to her blog in the left column, stop by and check her out.

So look for more of my thoughts or whatever I feel like sharing about any matter in future post. I've often wanted to post on issues outside of my hair journey, but was hesitant to be "out there." The original premise was to solely track my Sisterlock journey. But I'm evolving as a person along with my locks. When I started this blog I noted that it was a pivotal time in my life - and it is my site afterall, I can write about whatever. Duh!!! (laughing at myself). Those who wish to read it can, and those who don't can pass...Erin's blog along with a deep conversation with Jen from Waco during the recent Sisterlocks DFW Brunch gave me the inspiration and courage to just let go. Meanwhile, back in Sisterlocksville....

My hair's almost long enough to put up. Can't wait. But overall I feel good. My locks are healthy and I have very little slippage. I'll be 46 years old this December and my skin is looking really nice and smooth these days. I'm confidently wearing less makeup. I don't know what to attribute it to - vitamins, biotin, wheatgrass smoothies, drinking more water? I do all of these. Guess it doesn't really matter, I should just keep doing it.

Someone said to me, "Sisterlocks sounds more expensive than permed hair with all of the stuff you take." My reply, "I take those things because I want to, not because I have to. Not only is my hair growing, but so is my knowledge, knowledge of self and what's good for my body. When you know better, you do better. Sisterlocks isn't just a hairstyle, it's a lifestyle." And that concluded that conversation...



"If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in
the race of life. With confidence you have won even before you have started."

The Philosophy & Opinions of Marcus Garvey

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

BlaqKofi-

Wow... your hair is growing... I am glad to have had a chance to read your latest post... Such an inspiration you are...

Blessings, Blessings, Blessings...
Have you ever listened to Dana Bryant's CD Wishing From The Top???

jen-

CoCo_Btrfly said...

I've been waiting for an update from you and must say the wait was worth it! Continue to enjoy your journey to freedom!

brunsli said...

Your hair has really grown!

I really enjoy your blog -- both the parts about what's *on* your head and what's *in* your head.

Tra said...

Hey there lady. This was an awesome entry. I am appreciate you putting it out there.

Your hair is looking really good and.

I will be using this "when you know better you do better"....love that!

Creyole's Sisterlock Exodus said...

Girl, your hair has really grown!!! It's amazing what the 5 month difference shows. Keep on doing what you doing! Love it!!!

NaturalyFree said...

Thanks so much for putting it all out there. We all can relate in some way or another. God is molding all of us. I was reading today about God refining us like silver and purifying us. He puts us right in the middle of the hottest point but never leaves us because He knows that if we are left in there too long, it will kill us. We have to be in the hottest point to cleanse us from all impurities. Thank God for Him being our protection, provider, counsellor, guide and so much more...your peaceful spirit shines through your words. Keep doing what you are doing, it is truly beautiful and encouraging.

Detra said...

that four month growth pic is so very inspiring! Thanks for sharing!

Joy said...

Hi,
My name is Joy and I'll start Sisterlocks in May. I was just curious about your wheatgrass smoothie.
How does it taste? Is it easy to fix? Are the ingredients expensive?
Joy :-D

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