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4 YEAR ANNIVERSARY FT. MY SISTERLOCKS

I’m taking an unprecedented approach to celebrating my 4 Year Sisterlocksary (something I am sure no other blogger is brave enough to attempt). Instead of listing the usual questions, benefits, and challenges, I interviewed my Sisterlocks. Although reluctant, my Sisterlocks can be easily persuaded with brunch and mimosas.

Pink Gumbeaux: Hello, gorgeous! Thank you for agreeing to chat with me. How are you?

My Sisterlocks: Hydrated, glowing and growing.

Pink Gumbeaux: Every time we’re out, someone compliments you. Why do you get so much attention? Is it always positive?

My Sisterlocks: I think it’s because I’m long and beautiful. People also like that I’m tiny and “neat.” It makes locs more palatable. When you first got me, people were asking if I was going to loc and obviously. I mean, my name is Sisterlocks.

Pink Gumbeaux: OK, I get that.

My Sisterlocks: And, I want to add that if you didn’t like me at my shortest, don’t compliment me at my longest.

Pink Gumbeaux: You seem upset.

My Sisterlocks:

Pink Gumbeaux: Ok, you look really pissed. Let’s take a break, order another mimosa.

My Sisterlocks:

Pink Gumbeaux: People are often flabbergasted by the cost and time it takes to get you installed. Why?

My Sisterlocks: Well, it took 20 hours to install me into your head. No one is doing that for $55.25. Also, consider the longterm benefits: minimum maintenance (we relock every 5 to 6 weeks and wash every 2 weeks), little to no product usage, and you barely style me because you’re basic.

Pink Gumbeaux: Well, I’m busy.

My Sisterlocks: Yes. Busy and basic. Do you even get paid for blogging?

Pink Gumbeaux: Do you get paid for that gray hair? I just dyed you two weeks ago grandma. You’re low maintenance but we break the rules every now and then. We do use products.

My Sisterlocks: Your mama and yes, you do dye me black *coughs* basic. You bathe me in Love & Beauty Planet’s Murumuru Butter & Rose Shampoo and spray me with Rosewater. It makes me feel beautiful and wealthy. Sometimes, you add Curl’s Blueberry Bliss Curl Control Paste and use what’s probably expired setting lotion when you want a wave. Most importantly, you recite affirmations to me. You tell me how long, beautiful, thick, and shiny I am. I really appreciate that.

Pink Gumbeaux: We were really concerned about your edges after your body was released from incubation (aka after giving birth). We read horror stories about women shedding and losing their edges. We had some thinning on a few locs but largely avoided it. 

My Sisterlocks: Honestly, luck and the Holy Spirit was wrapped around me.

Pink Gumbeaux: Any advice for someone considering Sisterlocks?

My Sisterlocks: Research. The Sisterlocks website (which needs a makeover), blogs, vlogs, the Better Business Bureau? I’m literally just hair. Like, figure it out.

Pink Gumbeaux: Any plans for the future? Color? Maybe shave the side?

My Sisterlocks: *stares in you only wear your hair in two hairstyles so why are you even asking me this*

Pink Gumbeaux: Well, thanks again. Where can people follow you?

My Sisterlocks: Obviously, everywhere they follow you.

Well, that was probably one of the most challenging interviews I’ve ever had. I’ve already written a ton about Sisterlocks, check it out here and follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @pinkgumbeaux.

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NATURALVERSARY

In November, I silently celebrated my 10th natural hair anniversary. It was silent because you didn’t know. I didn’t mention it because I was a little preoccupied giving birth… Damn, you guys demand so much from me.

Anyway, the decision to “go” or “return” natural was a combination of no longer feeling like commuting to New Orleans (approximately 3 hours) just for hair and nails, being unable to find a good local stylist, and I got tired of waiting long hours (anything longer than 2 hours is a job that I need to clock-in and get paid by the end of my shift/appointment); most importantly, I became “woke.”

You know, that stage where you “return” natural, denounce organized religion, date a Muslim (my ex was a Five-Percenter), become angry at the government, and a google-expert in black history and the African diaspora.

It was tough. I had no idea what I was doing, it wasn’t popular (I don’t think I was aware of YouTube at that time), I tried a host of products, big chopped twice, blew out my hair to eliminate shrinkage, suffered from heat damage twice, and was ready to shave my head. Then, Mom suggested Sisterlocks.

That was the most important sentence in this blog post. Why? Because she’s always asking why I don’t mention her so not only did I mention her, she’s in bold.

Anyway, her recommendation was 4 years ago and it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made (right above marrying Husband but below trying dark chocolate for the first time).

Although I’ve written extensively about Sisterlocks, let’s do a super brief summary *takes a deep breath* Yes, Sisterlocks are expensive, must be locked regularly (or you will damage your hair), requires no products, low day-to-day maintenance but results include super growth and hair envy.

Yeah, so you owe me a “Happy 10-Year Natural Hair Anniversary,” “Happy 4-Year Sisterlocks Anniversary,” and “yes, I am jealous of your hair.”

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2-YEAR SISTERLOCKS ANNIVERSARY 

Source: Me

Source: Me

Mama I made it!

This past Sunday, I celebrated my two-year Sisterlocks anniversary. The pros: Little to no maintenance and product usage, extraordinary hair growth, and hair envy. The cons: Pricey, takes long to lock (depending on hair texture), extraordinary hair growth, and hair envy.

In contraast to the Sisterlocks police, I maintain my hair by washing with cheap clarifying shampoo every two weeks, dye every five weeks (right before my tightening), moisturize with rose water and Naked Tonic Curl Renew twice a week, and sleep with a satin scarf.

My hair has doubled in length, is thicker but not fully locked.  However, I am out of the banding stage (Note: It is recommended that hair is banded or braided prior to washing when hair has not locked). I have no regrets (see “extraordinary hair growth and hair envy” reference).

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HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!

“Do you know what today is? It’s our anniversary, anniversary.”  I actually sung this as I typed it out, lol.  For those of you who don’t know, it’s a Tony Toni Tone song.  Get your lives together!  Any who, today makes one year of me… Read More