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As some of you guys know, I got Sisterlocks in February.  Shortly after, I found out that I wouldn’t be able to dye my hair until my hair locked and I thought no biggie…  9 months later, I still haven’t locked. It appears that I have a few different textures that range from waves to tight little coils. Most naturals would be thrilled but in this case, it’s not helpful… Even worse, I am naturally gray. I’ve been this way since a teen but most people didn’t know until I stopped dying my hair.  This is no over exaggeration, I am very gray from the root to the tip throughout maybe 30% of my hair!

After discussing this matter with both my Sisterlocks Consultants, they agreed that my hair was locked enough to take the risk.  I have a few in the back that are fully locked while the others are locked (at the top) as a result of the locking process.  So, once I got back in town Sunday afternoon, I headed straight to Sally’s Beauty Supply to pick up my favorite and only home dye I’ve ever used: Ion Color Brilliance Permanent Creme Hair Color.

Of course, you’ll need the basics: gloves, plastic hair cap, dye brush, mixing bowl, and Ion’s Color Defense After-Color Sealer.  After mixing dye contents, I applied the dye in sections of four than bonded (which is what us Sisterlockers have to do when washing our hair).  Then, I placed the plastic cap over my head and watched TV, lol.  After about 45 mins, while in the shower, I washed my hair while bonded but then pulled them out to give my hair a good rinse and apply the color sealer.  I rinsed the conditioner under cool water and tadah!

So why is this such a big deal?  As I stated previously, I was supposed to wait but how long was that wait going to be?  Two more months?  Two more years or twenty?! Lol.  Secondly, dyeing hair is drying and I’m not supposed to use moisturizing products until I’m locked.  Grrrrr.   But, I dyed my hair black so it shouldn’t be too damaging or damage my hair at all.  Last but not least, all of the water and product has my hair uber curly and will definitely contribute to my hair not locking anytime soon but guess what…YOLO.

Side note: I’m working with major hair body *insert Willow Smith’s Whip My Hair*

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