Friday, August 24, 2007

The Sublime and The Ridiculous--A Sisterlock Story













So I was whining about my hair earlier this week. Aggravated with myself because I can't bring myself to hack in and cut myself some bangs. Despite the fact that it would look better, despite the fact that it's good to shake it up every so often, despite the fact that I really don't want to fall into any kind of rut about how I look. And Sunsail asked for some pictures...So even though I go off on tangents, I figured I'd circle back around and come back to my hair for a minute.

I know there are some of you checking out blogs to get an idea of how Sisterlocks will turn out over time. So let me clarify, I love my hair. I am completely tongue-in-cheek about complaining it's 'too long.' It really isn't much of a problem at all. I want to take full advantage of the possibilities for styling my hair though.

To bring you up to date, I've had Sisterlocks since Spring 2002 and I've been maintaining them myself since Winter 2002. Except for one visit to a SL consultant last year when I was in Virginia, I have done every single retightening since I took the class. I have colored my hair...several times. Ahem. I do not recommend it, but if you want to do it...wait until your SLs are completely settled in, be prepared for some breakage, and do not attempt anything crazy...like going more than one or two shades darker or lighter than your natural color. Pick a color and stick with it. Black over blonde or red makes green, remember that. But I'm talking about styles now...

The consequence of my hair having reached this length is, on the one hand, roller sets don't last because my curls fall by their own weight. But on the other, it means I can make all kinds of interesting styles by arranging my own hair. So...

In a couple of these pictures you can see me making like Cousin It...somewhat for comedy, I admit. My point is that there's lots of room to jazz things up and let SLs fit your personality.

In the others, you can see the fruits of my creativity. I'm convinced I made up this hairstyle, so when you copy it give me respect...lol. It should be possible with medium to long SLs. I did it without pins but a few hairpins would do the trick. And it was very easy. I did it in about five minutes while I was watching the Today show. It is basically a cluster of bantu knots. After gathering my hair in a ponytail with a loose band, I took small sections of hair, twisted them like a candy cane and then wrapped the twist into little buns right next to each other. And they lasted all day without pins...cause my hair is too long (smile). I am starting to think updos are easier for the office. Wearing it down and uncurled, especially in a ponytail seems a little casual to me. And I'm trying to polish up after all.

Sorry about the glare, the only way I could take the pics is in the bathroom mirror over my own shoulder...And I still cannot figure out how to get the pictures to go where I want them...

10 comments:

brunsli said...

I love the bantu know chignon!

Now I am kinda bummed I cut my hair, since I won't be abel to do it anytime soon. But, it's hair! It grows, especially when it's locked.

sunsail said...

Beautiful!!! I'm surprised that such a complicated look came from something so simple as bantu knots! Even I can do that!! Thanks for the pics; I do see what you mean now. Steel yourself, girl!!! Shape up your ends and give yourself some soft bangs!!! I think it will get you through the long to longer SL phase in style!!

Dstdiva said...

I like the updo...but I can only wish my hair were "too long"...(sigh)

SistaLocd said...

I love this style. I think its elegant yet simple. I will put this on my to do list when I do start to style my hair again. Thanks for sharing.

Mel said...

That style is wonderful; it looks so intricate. Any chance of a step-by-step photo tutorial?

Naturally Sophia said...

Good Post!

This i too cute. U know I have a funky version of a bun too. I will have to post sometime. I will give you credits when I try your style. Fa sho!

I think a bang would be nice too!

blackrussian said...

I have been wearing my hair in a bun every day for 3 weeks 'cuz it's been so stinkin' HOT down here. I hope by next summer my hair is long enough to try this style.

It's beautiful. I love it.

brand new day.... said...

Yes, i've been on a true emotional rollercoaster. This is the longest week ever! I'm calm today (so far). I'm not worried...i already love that I don't have to think about what to do next with my hair. This is it! I'll be so happy when it fills in, though.

Thank you for your thoughts. I didn't know anything about the circumference and part ratio. I like your locs nad I love your updo...it's looks professionally done. Take care.

n'Drea said...

I just love your locks. And I don't think they're too long, either. But if you still want that bang, go for it.

BTW, really creative updo.

Shavonne said...

You have the most beautiful SLs I've seen on the net! And I've been reading SL blogs for the last two days. They have a luster to them that I haven't seen on other Sl'd heads and I love the uniform size.