Monday, May 25, 2015

Hair Day - retightening Sisterlocks (rockin the long locs)

Yesterday I had my retightening done. 
I have been going about 8 weeks bewtween sessions now.
I don't mind the new growth that comes with waiting a little longer

After the session my Sisterlocks Consultant snapped these candid pics

Thursday, April 16, 2015

How to look like you have thicker and fuller looking locs - Natural hair tips

Originally I wrote this post to talk about covering gray hair but in addition to covering the gray this product also makes hair look thicker and fuller.  This really appealed to me because I am not fond of the spaces where my scalp shows in between each Sisterlock (which are most evident right after a re tightening).

Graying hair-
I have nothing against gray hair but right now I feel like I have hair that belongs to 2 different people. The front is gray and the back is well....multi-colored from years of coloring. So I need to do something to get it back in line but do not want to dye it anymore.

Or just want a cover for thinning hair?

and/or cover those spaces where you would like hair to be but isn't
From the side
as you can see there is no spaces showing

What is so great about this product is that it was originally created as a solution for thinning hair. It helps to give you the look of a thicker and fuller head of hair.  This is a also excellent for anyone who wears locs or braids but does not to have their scalp to show. Also as we age many of us are beginning to thin. Often on the top, or, in my case, along my edges.

Toppik is easy to apply. Just sprinkle on the area you want to cover and go. 
That's all there is to it!

Toppik is made from natural keratin fibers that are magnetized with static energy. So they instantly intertwine with your own hair. It can even withstand rain but washes out easily with shampoo.

There are 9 shades. You can use one shade or buy a couple to make your own blend. It comes in 3 sizes. The small size (pictured below is $29 a larger size is $45 and the giant size for $79)

I am using 2 shades  here medium brown and medium blonde (I also bought gray - just for the heck of it) I like having some lighter hair around my front of my face and along the side so did not want to use only the medium brown.

for more information on this product check out their website

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Do you have the poo's? Simple cleansing for natural hair

You know I'm all about sharing information on how we can simplify our lives and live more naturally.

Today I have some hair detox tips for you.

I learned about this some time ago but recently decided to give it a try.

(cleaning your hair without the use of shampoo and conditioner)




Many people use the popular method of baking soda + apple cider vinegar


Step 1- cleanse

Step 2 - Rinse

That's it

What to expect:

Expect that your hair may be a little dry at first but stay with it, it will get better.

I think we should let this information sink in before I confuse you with the 2 other options

But....Stay tuned for more information on co-wash and pre-poo  

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Gray is the new Black - Sisterlocks Journey


 OK Mother Nature you win!

I've decided to let my hair go gray...again  I don't know if I will succeed this time but my fingers are crossed that I will (this is the 4th try).

On my 2nd attempt in 2005
I had gotten so far, but someone remarked that my face looked younger than my hair.
That's all it took.

There are several reasons I am going to let my hair go gray and heaven forbid, I know it's not going to be easy.

1.  Even though I have cut down significantly, by coloring only once a year, the harsh chemicals are still not good for my hair (especially not good for locs) Plus coloring is not cheap!

2.  No matter how often I go, it's still a hassle. I'm not one of those gals who likes to be in the beauty shop. The time spent in the salon on Saturday can be better spent elsewhere. (let me count the ways)

3.  My new journey to Costa Rica beckons to me to be my authentic self! Who knows where we will end up living. Could be on a beach or in the jungle. I'm not going to have the time nor the desire to go searching out a hairdresser who can color locs.

But the biggest reason is....

4.  I just want to be myself!! I'm not so hung up anymore on whether or not I "look" young or not. I am what I am and there is value in the wisdom we gain as we age. That is something to be proud of.

So time to own it and wear it with pride! 


1st Attempt started in 2000 and ended in 2002

Going gray is a process that takes months.  I haven't colored in a year but there is no hair dye available commercially to dye your hair gray. No easy way around it, you have to let it grow.

 Hair Facts:

Each strand of hair on our head is the product of an individual hair follicle. The color of the hair that grows from this follicle comes from the melanin or pigment that is produced by a type of cell called a melanocyte. These cells act like little pots of paint, tiny wells of color. How light or dark your hair turns out to be is a result of the type and distribution of these melanocyte cells, which in turn is determined by your genetic make-up.  source

Genetics is also a major factor in when your hair will turn gray.
When the production of melanin by the melanocyte cells slows down, when that little pot of pigment begins to dry up, the color in that strand of hair begins to fade, to gray. Gray hair has less melanin than brown hair; white hair has no melanin at all. Because each strand of hair is colored by its own pigment pot, and because these pigment pots dry up at different times and rates, the graying process is usually a gradual one.

Today research is exploring the possibility that melanocyte cells that have stopped producing pigment might be convinced to turn the function on again. The future may give us the option of no gray hair, but it is not available yet.

I tried again in 2007 but gave up in 2008 and haven't tried again since

I'm not sure what my gray will look this time around and I have a long way to go before I'm all gray, so we shall see.  Accepting gray hair is part of my journey, and as I continue, it's more and more obvious that gray matters.

January 2015

My annual hair appointment is coming up in mid February (just in time for our spring trip to Costa Rica) this time I'm not going to cover the gray. I will get a much needed haircut and hopefully some highlights that will make the transition easier. 

Time to join the Amazing Grays!
I'll be sure to keep you updated on my progress

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