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I have been natural for 3 years now, w00t w00t! I did the BC on Inauguration Night, January 20th 2009 in my bathroom. My younger sister helped me to cut the relaxed ends out of my hair.
What are your staple products and hairstyles?
Since I have Sisterlocks, I don't use too many products. Honestly, all I really use are the Sisterlocks' "Getting Started" Shampoo and an Anti-Itch mix that I created, which contains Witch Hazel and Rosemary Oil. However, when I was a loose natural I LOVED Oyin Handmade and Aubrey Organics products! I still highly recommend them to anyone and I use them on my client's hair.
My favorite hairstyles to do with my Sisterlocks are Updos or Curly Sets. I really like updos because they get all of my Sisterlocks out of my face and look chic. And I love Curly Sets because they last a good 2-3 weeks with my Sisterlocks and all I use to set them with is water.
What is your regimen?
My regimen is really simple. I get my Sisterlocks retightened by my Sisterlock Consultant every 5 weeks and in between retightenings, I normally shampoo my hair twice. On a daily basis, I try to spray my scalp with my Anti-Itch mix to help alleviate any itching and keep my scalp clean.
What are your natural hair goals?
When I first went natural, my goal was to grow my loose natural hair for at least 5 years and then get Locs, but clearly that was a lost cause, LOL. I loc'd my hair within 22 months of going natural. Now my hair goals are to grow my Sisterlocks to great lengths and eventually learn to retighten them myself. I also look forward to trying more styles because I have been pretty hesitate to do so while my Sisterlocks are still settling.
How do you keep your hair intact overnight?
I normally wear a Loc Soc, Dreadsock, or Satin Bonnet to bed, depending on how my Sisterlocks are styled. But no matter what, I always try to keep them my hair proetected at night because cotton sheets/pillowcases can be really drying.
How do you maintain length?
With Sisterlocks, or any Loc'd style, its fairly easy to retain length because the hair naturally intertwines and encapsulates. I do my part by not pulling off any of the buds that form on the ends of my Sisterlocks. The buds help to secure and keep the very ends of the locs protected so they don't thin.
Name 1 reason you went natural and why you love being natural.
I went natural because I no longer wanted to subject myself to the harmful chemicals in relaxers and I love being natural because its such an empowering and carefree lifestyle.