Monday, March 24, 2008

What's Going On?

I hope everyone had a blessed Easter. Believe it or not, this was my first weekend off since Thanksgiving. I thought I wouldn't know what to do with my days, but I managed to stay busy the entire weekend.

Saturday we had our monthly book club meeting, which was great. Then I got to indulge with a few drinks, great conversation and yummy food.

Sunday we went out to dinner and while they attended the Easter program, I did my weekly grocery shopping and purchased some new walking shoes. My hair was looking great since I washed it and braided it in 5 cornrows to the back and I got these deep waves, which I am still loving.

Overall, it was a wonderful weekend filled with much to be thankful for.

I am on a 6 weeks rotation with my retightening schedule, so you know it won't be long before I will be doing it myself. I will be a DIY by this summer no later than the fall. Yeah, I think...LOL!

Although I purchased the Brunsli Ties, I am not wearing them yet. My hair is growing like weeds right now and I am really trying to not overly manipulate my hair and my hair is not long enough for a ponytail. Thick enough for one, but not long enough, but soon...

Enjoy these pictures I took on Saturday...

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Somethings about banding and braiding hair...

The other week someone asked LIU if it was logical to band and braid one's sisterlocks, because for her it was a waste and it seemed to her that there was no benefit from doing this extra procedure. Since I don't reply at all on LIU, I wanted to give my opinion on the banding and braiding concept.

For some B&B, may not be necessary. I have noticed that those who start with very short locks, this method is not doable and they have very few problems. However, I started out with hair that was 7 to 9 inches long, all natural, no perm. I also have several different textures going on throughout my hair. Ugh! For me, my consultant only asked that I band my hair, braiding was my option. The first time I washed my hair it took my hours, hours to do it. One, I am so ANAL and I wanted to do it right, plus I had to count my locks, because that is what my consultant wanted me do as a homework assignment. Anyway, so not fun and in fact if you go back to that January 2007 post you can feel my pain. Here is my process:

  • I seperate my hair into 2 sections in the back, sections on the side and then sections for the front and back. And depending on if I am having a dry scalp problem will depend on whether I have a lot of sections or about 20 which is the least amount of braided bundles I will have.

  • Then using moderate pressure, I rinse my hair for 5 minutes.

  • Using a squeeze bottle, I put Nizorale on my scalp around the sectioned bundles and using a finger message the shampoo on my scalp in one direction. This usually takes about 5 minutes to do the whole head then I let the shampoo sit on my hair for 10 mins then I wash it out for 5 minutes insuring no shampoo is left in my hair. I do not put Nizorale on the hair only my scalp.

  • Then I use the Sisterlock Starter Shampoo. I know some folks say it doesn't have suds, but for me I get a nice sudsing (I don't think that's a word). And going in one direction I press the shampoo through the locks. This takes about 7 minutes to do. Then I let the shampoo sit for 5 minutes and then my 5 minute rinse. I have a dry scalp issue I wash again w/the SL Shampoo.

  • Then using my Aquis towel I towel dry my hair and if time permits I just let it air dry. No time, then I take down the bands and braids and separate my hair. When I air dry, I do separate my hair while still damp, not completely dry. This usually takes 15 minutes to do. I will usually re-braid for a crinkly look.

When banding my hair I take the ends and bend them half way up and band around the loose hair and the braid. I don't braid to the end because you all can tell I still have loose curly ends and if I braid to the end it will be hell to pay to get them undone.

Okay the reason for this post is this, I have to band and braid my hair. When I have inadvertently left out locks from the bundle, the pattern tends to loosen up or in some case slip completely out of the pattern. I don't know about you I am not going to be sitting 4 or 5 hours to get my hair retightened because my locks have come out. Also, banding and braiding teaches you how to wash your hair differently since you now have locks. No longer can you wash your scalp like your life depends on it in a reckless manner. Althought my hair has settled somewhat, I ain't locked. A few sealed ends, but for the most part B&B saves my time on the back end of this locking process and doesn't have my consultant ready to get on my case for not following directions.

Logically, B&B is a great method to teach new lockers how to wash their hair. Logically, it eliminates slippage for brand new lockers. Logically, it makes since for me. As I always say everyone has to know their hair and know what will work best for them, what works for one may not work for others. Initially, unless your consultant says you don't have to, B&B makes sense just so your hair can settle into its pattern without the interruptions of the hair being put back in the pattern at every retightening session. Hope this helps new lockers on recognizing there are reasons for the madness. Seriously, I don't like washing my hair because of the B&B, but now that I have the process down to an hour and a half, it is workable because soon enough I want have to B&B.


Friday, March 21, 2008

Things that make you go Humm!

I read a lot of blogs some niche, some gossip, some literary and some personal. I love reading them and by reading them you can get a grasp of the writer. You are able to discern what they want you to know.

I was reading a blog today that made me sad. Not because the person was writing something that was sad, but the tone was so...negative. People want to read the truth, but when you are always negative it makes me think something is not right with the person and they need to deal with that first.

Sometimes the truth is negative, but when most of your posts are negative it makes the reader not want to come back. Maybe that is point?


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