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July 27, 2018

So I Did a Thing

In my last post I mentioned I was considering getting locs of some kind.  One of my sorority sisters gave me the name of her loctitian and I ended up looking around for someone else I could consult with around that time.  I was debating small traditional locs or getting something called Sisterlocks.  You could hypothetically do something called microlocks without them being Sisterlocks but let me get into my thought process more.

So when I search for small locs the first thing that tends to come up is Sisterlocks.  They look like locs immediately but are super small.  You can only get them from certified Sisterlocks stylists or trainees.  Trainees are cheaper but the process itself is not in the realm of cheap.  Consultations appear to be a standard part of getting locs but the price for the SL consultation was 10 to 35 bucks more at a minimum than the traditional consult.  Okay I can go with that, you're specialized but I hit a roadblock in that process.  There were no SL certified folks in town and as much as they cost you want to see someone that is certified because the company will not assist you with a bootleg install if the were not in their system.  After months of driving mom back and forth to Indy I was trying to combine trips and couldn't find someone with an opening to see me to consult on the SL that was remotely reasonably priced for the install.  One site just said installation of the locs would start at $750 and then retwists would be around $150 for two hours with a fee per hour after that.  I don't mind paying for my hair but my math was saying that's gonna be 1500 at least over the course of a year and I would have to go a full year before I could take a class to learn how to twist my hair myself, gotta pay for that too, and as I mentioned last post my hair thickness impacts my lazy and I wasn't sure I had it in me to do my hair when I had 300 plus locs in my hair.  If you don't retwist them on a regular schedule they will break as well so yeah the way my bank account was set up it was going ma'am whatcha doing.  That plus as I mentioned no sessions.  I sent a message to someone and they never followed up.  I'm a big fan of go with what the universe is telling so I let Sisterlocks go for a multitude of reasons.

I did get a referral to see someone that a sorority sister uses and saw her while I was in town last week.  Had a great chat and she answered all my questions regarding what the process would entail.  We talked about what I was looking for in terms of future locs and why I wanted them.  We also talked about whether I wanted to dye my hair because gray hair can be difficult, preaching to the choir there, to style unless I was fully committed to the process.  I said nope and after a bit more conversations about options and the process I had an appointment for this week to start my loc journey.  It helps that others around me are starting their journey at the same time and that I have lots of resources to consult with personally and at the shop.  My head feels exposed in a weird way, kind of like when I have braids but there's no weight to it because there are no extensions.  The photo below is from last night.  It took four hours to get the coils uniform and small.  But then I was home, under a bonnet and ready for a nap.  Gotta update some profile information along the side.  I'm giving my hair a year in this process, I hope, to see if I can rock with this or not.  I hope so.  I'm out of styling ideas and I don't wanna be fro girl forever.


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