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Sunday, September 03, 2006

My Locks, in Numbers...

I thought I'd create a blog entry for the official count. I finally got around to counting my locks. I have 575 locks (give or take a few). Wow!!! I have a big head and some thick hair!!

I counted them just prior to sectioning off and plaiting them in preparation for washing. Which brings me to another subject...it takes me quite a while to 'wash' my hair, I've noticed. I think, perhaps I'm being too meticulous with the sectioning, plaiting, and banding. I've been trying to keep the sections small so that the shampoo is able to reach those hard to reach areas. However, it takes me right at an hour to do just this part. Today, it actually took about 30 additional minutes to band because I was very careful to band the teeny weenie locks at the nape of my neck and around my edges (ever so painful remnants and reminders of the damage caused by the micro-braids I wore prior to getting my Sisterlocks). I cannot tell you how I long for the time when my hair fully recovers from that...

...but I digress. Where was I...oh yeah...

The actual shampooing is the quickest, surprisingly. Once clean, it takes me another good 25 - 30 minutes to take the plaits down and separate my locks. Perhaps I'm just used to not having to 'do' so much to wash my hair. Wearing micros can really make you lazy! I belive this to be just me adjusting to my new washing / maintenance regimen. I am more concerned however, about ensuring I'm taking care not to disturb my immature locks...especially considering my permed ends (which really don't seem like 'ends' at this point...I can only claim about 2 1/2 inches of actual locked hair, at the moment...the rest is all remaining perm).

All in all, I'm sure I will have this process down to a science soon enough. I do find that I shave some minutes off my time each week that I wash my hair. However, I AM interested in hearing from anyone out there who may have another point of view with regard to the washing routine??? Am I about average in my regimen, or is there anything I can do / not do? I'm open to all views...

6 comments:

Chosen Vessel said...

Keep being very careful and meticulous because the first year is so critical! It does take long but it will be worth it when you have less problems with your locks. In the end you would have built a strong foundation for your locks to mature fully and show the full beauty of Sisterlocks. I also started off with a litte bit of perm on my ends, about 1 inch, and then had 1 1/2 to 2 inches locked, so all in all my hair with the 1 inch of permed ends was 3 to 3 1/2 inches. My loctician kept some of the perm on so that she could manage my locks better. I had less slippage than most and I was able to style it a little better. So, I did the same thing you are doing and 3 years later I don't regret it one bit, because the end result was better than I could have ever imagined.

Stay encouraged
Abena

Maryee said...

Girl that's a lot of hair!!!! Pretty!!

Aundrea said...

Chosenvessel: Thanks for the advice and encouragement!

Maryee: Thank you! It seemed like a high number (compared to others I've seen), I guess that confirms how big my head really is! :-)

Maryee said...

Girl you are funny!! LOL! Your head and locks are beautiful!!! I've lost over a dozen locks and have combined about that many as well. So for the most part, I'm glad to have less to deal with, IMHO. You'll probably have to have another headcount in about a year. Take care!

Anonymous said...

Hello
I am so in love with your locks. I have been searching the web for a long time to find someone who had permed ends with the locks. I am about to get sisterlocked soon and I wanted to know how it would look. You got it going on. You're's is BEAUTIFUL. Thanks

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