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    Default Lock Journey, 1, 2, 3, 4.... Drop Your Knowledge!

    What have you learned in your different lock journeys that could help someone else?

    This summer I hit 7 yrs Sisterlocked. Previously, as many on this site know, I was 6 yrs Braid-locked (06-13).
    I've learned alot. But here are some highlights:


    • Chill on the food products in your hair (ie. honey is ok but when combined with other products, honey can create a breeding ground for 'stuff and kill your locks, be careful...inbox for details).
    • Rosewater or filtered water is better than aloe vera juice to moisturize locks.
    • Less is best. Diluted shampoo, a dab of VitE and some water can bless your whole lock journey. Chill on products.
    • Sisterlocks CAN be maintained DIY from day 1. I did it, experiment successful.
    • Cover your hair when you can.
    • My mature Sisterlocks are lighter, dont cause neck pain. My Braidlocks hurt my neck at that stage.
    • My grey doesn't integrate well into my locks, all good though.
    • The locking process is significantly different for different installation foundations. It's been quite a different journey
    • Banding really is important for SLs during the first 2-3 months.
    • I cut locks to shoulder length for first 6 yrs....now, just letting them grow down my back again. My locks fit better in my bike helmet that way.


    • For me, life really is really more peaceful with locks and ....

    more later.

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    STILL keeping it knotty 1 day at a time ... since '03
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    KnottyAuthor aka Cheleski

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    Default Re: Lock Journey, 1, 2, 3, 4.... Drop Your Knowledge!

    I've had locks for 14 years. They are light and don't feel heavy unless wet or when in a bun. My hair is usually loose.

    For the past 6 years I have been trimmimg them so that they fall lower back to behind length.

    What have I learned? Hmmm...

    Keep it simple. I wash with a moisturizing shampoo and moisturize with Oyin Handmade's Frank Juice or Juices and Berries. I love the scents and have been using them since 2009. I oil my scalp and locks with home made ayurvedic oils and spread a light butter through my hair that does not cause build up.

    I don't use food products in my locks. The thought of getting avacado or eggs stuck in my locks makes me sad. Really, it does.
    I have maintained my locks for 14 years. It's my hair and I prefer to run my own fingers through it. I did not want to be bound to a loctician.
    I don't twist. I seperate and wrap the loose hairs around each lock to keep them seperate. I do simple styles. I wrap at night to keep keep excess lint away.

    Embrace your own hair. Don't become preoccupied with what someone else's hair/locks is doing.



    Sometimes, I feel discriminated against, but it does not make me angry.
    It merely astonishes me.
    How can any deny themselves the pleasure of my company?
    It's beyond me.

    Zora Neale Hurston


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