Why did you decide to grow your Sisterlocks®?
I had relaxed my hair for the last time as a result of experiencing severe chemical burns along the nape of my neck. I felt like something wasn’t quite right about enduring that for the sake of “straight” hair. I decided to go natural and went back to the press & curl. I still wasn’t satisfied because at the end of the day, I just wanted healthy hair. So I began wearing my hair in styles that complimented my texture and went on an exploration of loving my hair as is. It was great… and still, I’m a very “Low Maintenance” person. A friend of mine showed me a picture of Dr. Cornwell and her 4 year old Sisterlocks®. I knew right away they’d be right for me! I loved the size, which yields a great deal of styling versatility while maintaining my natural hair texture.
How do you feel about your hair?
I love my hair!! I feel liberated and free of “hair drama”. Even on my “worst” day, I never have a ‘bad’ hair day!
What products do you use to maintain your Sisterlocks®?
No product is necessary to maintain my locks per say. My Consultant or I use Sisterlocks® tools and follow the retightening/grooming techniques on a regular 5-6 week cycle. As far as maintaining the health of my scalp and hair in general… I use Sisterlocks®, Nioxin, Biosilk and BBD King product lines.
What is your hair care routine?
Generally, I shampoo and condition at least once every 2 weeks. I keep my hair moisturized and style occasionally. I get or do my retightening every 5-6 weeks. I sleep in a silk/satin bonnet. Most of the time I’m “Free-Style”… “wash and wear” or “get up and go” our the door!
What has been the hardest part of your Sisterlocks® journey?
The hardest part has been retightening my own hair. It is a timely process, my arms get tired and I’d rather sit in the chair and have it done in one appointment. However, sometimes I have to do it myself if I want it done. Otherwise… I have no complaints.
-Do your research and consider your budget! Make sure you’re ready for locks (whether traditional or Sisterlocks®. Locking the hair is a test of patience and attracts a lot of attention… positive, negative or otherwise.
-Decide what approach will work best for you. What look (overall) you want.
-If you desire a particular style and color… cut and color BEFORE having your locks started. You won’t be able to do any of this for a while until they mature for a year or more.
-Try to find a Locktician/Consultant you can stick with. “Chair-Hopping” can begin to reveal inconsistencies in your locks if various methods are used in one head of locks.
When I first got established, I was so happy and pleased and proclaimed to my Consultant (The Roxanne Ray Gomer) that I was going to be the “poster-child” for Sisterlocks®. 12 years later, I was on the road to becoming a Certified Consultant. Currently, I can be found in the 2013 20th Anniversary Commemorative Calendar (November) and on the front of the product brochure!
Tell us about your profession and where can we find your establishment?
I am a Licensed Managing Natural Hair Stylist and Owner of Love 2 Touch Natural Hair Suite. I specialize in Sisterlocks® and Brotherlocks® as a Certified Consultant, Traditional Locks and natural hair maintenance and styling. I am located in Columbus, OH and Strictly by Appointment Only. Call me at (614) 571-3304 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.