Thursday, December 29, 2011


6 Years and Counting

(The Twins - Me & my 6 year old Sisterlocks
& my twin with braid extensions)

Hi Everyone. Another year has passed and I'm still happy with my locks. Before Sisterlocks I could never make that statement. In the years prior to Sisterlocks I probably changed my hairdo at least 4 to 5 times in any given year.

My locks are still going strong and I have yet to lose any . I still use the same routine of washing once every 2 weeks and using little to no product. I took some pics so they could be compared to last year's post. Enjoy and Happy New Year!



Sunday, December 26, 2010


5 Years With Sisterlocks

Hi Everyone.

Another year has passed and a hair update is long overdue. I've taken a couple of photos to document the hair growth I've experienced these past twelve months as well as to update my blog to show I haven't fallen off the face of the earth.

Besides working, which I have to do to pay the bills, I'm still in school working towards my RN license, fostering pugs, and battling my weight. The one thing I've managed to be successful in for 2010 is I'm still a non-smoker and have no plans to return to that nasty habit. Now I've just got to get this extra 40lbs on me. I had it off for a minute in 2010 but I let the pressures of work and school help me put it right back on. I do love me some food. Of course, my goal for 2011 is to get my diet under control and get back in shape. I've got an elliptical machine, a bike, some handweights, and the Wii fitness CD all waiting for me to get on the ball. Wish me luck! In the meantime here are some updated photos of my sisterlocks. I haven't changed a thing about how I care for them so see my post from last year if you are curious.

P.S. Don't let the photos below fool you...I really am 40lbs overweight. The photos were taken with my cell phone and for some reason cell phone pics always make your face look really skinny. So not true in my case.

(Hair is semi wet)

(Hair is semi-wet)

(After curling with large soft spike rollers)

(Back of head after curling with large soft spike rollers)

Saturday, December 26, 2009


Has It Been 4 Years?

Well friends. I know it's been a minute since I've posted but I just wanted to make sure you could see some significant changes in length since the last post. My actual 4 year anniversary is Dec 28th but I've got time now to work on this post so here are some updated photos.

Semi-wet hair after shower

Back of head

After taking out soft spike rollers (Don't talk about my pink fluffy robe).


Pic showing Essie's locks too.

I'm still not doing much with my locs. I go for a retightening every 8-10 weeks to a wonderful loctitian named Mimi at Braids, Locks, and More in Spanaway, Washington. Mimi is the bomb! I do not retighten my locks myself, but that is by choice. I'm sure I could...I just don't want to. I wash it whenever I want but typically once a week. I sometimes use extra light virgin olive oil for moisturing as well as Pantene Pro-V Relaxed & Natural for Women of Color which is a daily oil cream moisturizer that I mix with hot water in a bottle to spray on after I wash it and curl it on the soft spikes. I usually curl at night, sit for about an hour with my bonnet hair dryer, wake up in the morning and take out the soft spikes, finger comb and go.

Hoping everyone had a wonderful Christmas and wishing you peace and prosperity in 2010.

Saturday, December 20, 2008


3 Year Hair

6 days from now, 3 years ago I started my sisterlock journey. I cannot say enough what a good hair decision this has been for me. My life is so easy now that my hair is a non issue. Freestyling works whenever I don't feel like curling and people still stop me to ask about my hair. In the beginning I usually received compliments from older, caucasion women. Over the last year I've been stopped and complimented by AA women inquiring about my hair. It may be that I have a little length now. I still can't get it in a ponytail yet. My head is too big and my hair is too thick. Maybe in another 6 months or so.

Just after washing

Curled with Soft Spike Rollers

In my post below I had been tagged and mentioned a few things about myself that I was working on. I'm happy to say that I'm still a non-smoker and have also lost 19 of the 35 pounds I gained when I quit in Feb 2007. Still working on losing 20 more. We've also adopted a new pug named Rocky so now we have 3. What were we thinking?

Thursday, February 07, 2008


I've Been Tagged!

Ever since I started blogging I have been dreading the day I would be tagged. Don't ask me why though. I am usually an open book and really don't have anything to hide but I just didn't think I had anything interesting to say. I have managed to slip under the radar for over 2 years until Salt-n-Pepper Diva decided to call me out. Thanks for looking out (smirk)!

As are the rules
1. Link to the person(s) that tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Share 6 non important quirks/things/habits about yourself.
4. Tag 6 random, people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs
5. Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a post on their blog.

Okay.......let's see....what can I tell you about myself that I haven't already posted about.

1. My Pugs (aka my furry children) run my life. Sounds weird, but they truly do. I feel so guilty leaving them at home while we work that we rarely go out on weeknights. Also, on the weekends I take them to the off-leash dog park in the morning and late afternoon on Saturdays and Sundays. They love it there.
2.I was raised in "white" America. I know it sounds funny but that is how I describe growing up in a little Navy town in the Pacific Northwest. I'm not complaining though. I love my hometown and thanks to the military (Air Force) I've been able to see the world and not get stuck with a small town mentality. I believe I've had the best of both worlds and am a proud, well adjusted African American woman.
3.I used to be a neat freak. However, 5 years ago when I became the Mommy to two furry children I gave that habit up. It's too hard keeping up with Pug hair. Don't get me wrong now....most people come to my house and still say I'm neat. I'm just not neurotic about it anymore.
4. I recently celebrated a 1 year anniversary. I smoked (cigarettes only) for 27 years. I quit on 2/6/07 and haven't smoked since.
5. I've gained 30-35 pounds in past the year since I quit smoking. You can probably see the difference in some of past blog posts to the most current. During that year of eating dangerously my mantra was......."Your healthier fat than being a smoker."
6. On January 21st, 2008 I started the Body for Life program. It's a 12 week challenge of weight lifting and cardio exercise, 6 days a week, to get your body back in shape. Since starting, I've managed to lose 7 pounds. I've got at least 30 pounds more to go. Wish me luck!

So who am I gonna "call out" to join us in this tagging frenzy? Get your typing fingers ready ladies. Roll call is: BlackDoll, NappyBlessings, QueeBaby, PureHappiness, Malaikablus, and princessblack247. Happy blogging!

Tuesday, January 01, 2008


2 Years with Sisterlocks

Who'd of thought going natural would be so easy? It's been 2 years since I got my Sisterlocks and I don't know where the time has gone. As I look back on my previous posts I can assure you I never imagined this would be so easy.

Now that I've reached another milestone in my journey I'd like to take the opportunity to provide a little advice to anyone considering sisterlocks.

1. If you don't over-manipulate your hair you'll have nothing to worry about.

2. Most folks don't give a darn about your hair more than you do. As along as it's clean....don't stress about it.

3. Your sisterlocks will not look exactly the same as the ones you covet. You are unique and so are your locks.

4. If you are stressing more about your hair since you've gotten've probably made the wrong decision.

These are just a few of my thoughts. Here are some old and updated pics for comparison purposes. In 2008, I urge you to embrace your new locks and welcome the freedom they give you. Happy New Year!

Day 1 with Sisterlocks - Dec 28, 2005

March 2006

August 2006

December 2006

December 28, 2007

Sunday, December 09, 2007


Another Hair Styling Opportunity

My company Christmas party was last night so I had another reason to do my hair. I would love to have done an updo but my hair is not quite long enough. Maybe in a few more months. For now I'm gonna keep sporting "big hair". Love those Soft Spikes.

Thursday, August 02, 2007


25 Year HS Reunion and 19 Month Locs

It's been 19 months and with each day my locs get better and better. How did I live without them?

Since I was going to my 25 year high school reunion I had an occasion to dress up and do my hair. I even put on makeup which is rare for me. I received so many compliments about my hair from my family, friends and former classmates and all I did was set it, slightly damp, on foam rollers and sit under the dryer for about an hour. I went to bed with the rollers still in and took them out in the morning. I hung out all day with them lightly finger combed (they were tightly curled)and when it was time to go to the Reunion I lightly misted the tight curls with water and acheived the less curly style (or non-sytle) in the photos. Enjoy!


Sunday, May 20, 2007


Essie's 13 Month Old Locs

April 2006

May 2007

May 2007
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May 2007

Here are Essie's traditional locs approximately 13 months after she started them. She continues to maintain them herself by twisting, which she states takes about 2 1/2 to 3 hours.


Almost 17 Months

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Last week I was at my brother's place in Las Vegas for a small family reunion. Of course the camera came out so here are some updated pics of my hair at almost 17 months. Enjoy.

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