23 May 2012

My Braidloc Journey

It's been a while since I've posted, mostly because we moved homes in April.  Now, settled in and back into normal daily activities, I have a lot to share.  Earlier this year I got the itchies, again, for sisterlocks.  If you've never heard of them, they are super skinny dreadlocks that are created using a patented tool by a certified stylist.  This hairstyle offers women with textured hair the ease of locs without the bulk of dreadlocks.  Also, they are created without the use of product or backcombing, so the customer can avoid the "ugly" phase of hair loc'ing.  Because sisterlocks are super thin, they also have the ease of movement and styling as loose hair, without the detangling.  That was the kicker for me.  Although I love, love my afro, I hate detangling.

I thought about sisterlocks after 5 months of growing out my natural hair.  I even met with a consultant.  However, at the time the consultant I met really turned me off because her own hair was dirty, filthy.  It was as if she was wearing a white swim cap on her scalp, her dandruff was so bad.  I just walked away.  I went home and braided my own hair to see if I liked the look of locs on me.

It took me about 9 hours to braid my whole head.  I thought that was quite a bit and I thought I had made them teeny tiny. I hated the way I looked in these braids.  My hair was short and I felt like a school girl whose mommy had box braided her hair.  This was NOT the look I was going for.  After 5 days or so, I started taking them down.  Pete pitched in.  I fell asleep and when I woke up my fro was loose and free!

Fast forward to this past March, month 18 post big chop, I had about 8-10 inches of afro hair to detangle and style and the thought of sisterlocks crept up again.  I researched hours and hours of blogs, fotki albums, tumblr blogs and a bazillion YouTube videos regarding sisterlocks and I just knew I wanted them.  That consultant and her dandruff problem had nothing to do with me.

I had only only one issue.  When I called around for quotes on 8-10 inches of hair, I was given a range of $850-$1000+ for the installation of sisterlocks.  Whoa baby!  No way!!  So, I decided I could DIY this ish and I got to braiding.

This is my hair the night I decided to get started.

If I look pissed it's because it was late and the thought of twisting my hair in preparation for bed had me irritated.  So once and for all, I decided it was time for my DIY sisterlocks, or braidlocs.

This time, in order to simulate sisterlocks, I took my time, 15 whole days in approx 4 hour increments each, to braid as small as my fingers could tolerate.

By day 5 I was only halfway up the back of my head.  Keep in mind I was drawing straight lines on the back of my head in a perfectly square grid pattern.  Geesh!

Here Pete caught a picture of me braiding my hair while watching videos about what else? Hair!!

To see the back of my head, I tilted a mirror hanging off of a shelf behind me and placed another in front of me.  When I finally got to the crown area, only half-head done, I tied the ends of my braids so that I could shampoo.  It had been about a week of braiding and I needed it.

It worked out just fine.  I parted the front area into two sections, detangled in the shower under the stream of water and went to bed, only to braid the next day again.



  1. Hey lady! Glad to see you're blogging again. I can't wait to see you finished sisterlocks. Let's grab a drink :-)

  2. I'm so glad that you started your braid lock jounrey!
    Way to go! I myself wanted sister locks and all I could do was day dream about them.
    However, I found the price astronomical and utterly ridiculouse, which is why I just said "forget it"
    and chose braidlocks. Please, upload more pics! Because your locs are wonderful.