Tell Me About: The Sisterlocks Consultation

SisterlocksTM are permanent and should not be considered if you are looking for a quick fix or a temporary reprieve from chemical processing. 

Be prepared to spend approximately one hour at your Sisterlocks™ consultation.  This is time set aside just for you so you can thoroughly discuss the Sisterlocks™ hair locking process. 

I will ask questions about your lifestyle (profession, exercise regimes, support network) in terms of how they relate to your past and current hair care practices and how they frame perceptions and shape expectations.  Expect to discuss your hair styling and shampooing habits; daily activities such as exercise and outdoor pursuits, etc. practices.   

 We will discuss the way(s) in which
·         the Sisterlocks™ process differs from other hair locking techniques;
·         your unique natural hair texture can affects the appearance of Sisterlocks™.
·         the use of certain types of hair care preparations affect(s) the feel and appearance of Sisterlocks™.
I will also explain and demonstrate how Sisterlocks™ are cleaned and maintained – particularly during the early development stages.

This is your opportunity to ask me as many questions as you like, treat it like an ‘everything you wanted to know about Sisterlocks session’.  Now is the best time to raise any concerns you may have or rumours you may have heard e.g. will Sisterlocks break my hair? Will I have to wait 3 months before washing?  How long does it take?

At the end of the consultation, if you are happy with what you’ve learned, I will conduct a short hair analysis and install clusters of appropriate sample locks.  These will be placed as unobtrusively as possible.  You should have at least 3" - 4" of hair length.  (Less than 3" will make the sample locks difficult to analyse).  The purpose of the analysis and samples is to assess your natural hair texture,  alongside any changes in texture and density – this helps me select the locking pattern best suited to your particular hair type.  

For the most accurate assessment, your hair should be clean, free of any oils or conditioners and without braids or extensions. If you are transitioning from chemically processed hair to natural hair,at least 1.5 – 2 " of new growth is necessary.  YOU DO NOT NEED TO CUT OFF YOUR RELAXED HAIR.  If you have recently relaxed your hair or are between braiding appointments, you will need to reschedule the consultation. If you have an extreme dandruff, eczema or psoriasis condition or an unhealthy scalp, which requires treatment, please reschedule when the condition has improved.

In order for Sisterlocks™ to be uniform in appearance and remain strong and healthy, we must form a partnership.  This partnership means agreeing to be consistent with retightening appointments, following post appointment instructions, and using Sisterlocks™ products, as recommended. 

Tell Me About: Clarifying Shampoos

If you are going to use a clarifying shampoo - please limit its use to no more than once a month. Clarifying shampoos are designed to remove excessive build-up from the hair and will therefore strip it of its natural oils: overuse/misuse can be incredibly drying and therefore damaging to your hair especially if your hair does not have excessive build-up to begin with!

Tell Me About: Sulphate Free Shampoos

If you desire stronger, longer hair: avoiding harsh chemicals and practices which promote hair breakage (such as rough combing, the use of elastic bands etc) will go a long way towards helping you reach your goal.

Your choice of shampoo is just as important as the frequency with which you clean your hair and HOW you clean your hair (i.e. shampoo or co-washing).  Shampoos that contain harsh sulphates/sulfates should be avoided as they strip the hair unnecessarily, and may either contain additional chemicals or mineral oil in an attempt to 'fix' this or lead you down the path of buying additional products to help restore moisture to your hair.  Instead of having to continually repair, replenish or replace what has been stripped away, why not put your best foot forward and avoid stripping it out in the first place?

The best type of shampoo for your hair (virgin or processed) is a gentle, moisturising shampoo - if you can find one containing natural products - even better! If you can't find something suitable then at least try to find a product that does not contain the harsh sulphates such as :
  • Ammonium Laureth Sulfate
  • Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate
  • TEA Laureth Sulfate
  • TEA Lauryl Sulfate
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
The following sulfates are gentle and will not damage your hair:
  • Polyoxethylene Fatty Alcohols
  • PEG 80
  • Sorbitan Laurate
  • Decyl Polyglucose
  • Cocamidopropyl Betaine
  • Sodium Myreth Sulfate
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate* (some natural hair wearers find SLES too drying and prefer to avoid both SLS and SLES)
Next time you're out shopping for shampoo, check the ingredients and not just the indications (such as  'moisturising shampoo for dry hair') before you part with your hard earned money.

Want to know more? Read the useful articles below:
SLS, a chemical analysis in layman's terms by Killer Strands
SLS in Shampoos - The Real Story - by Jason Cosmetics

Love The Way You Look

This Friday, 21st May, Yana will be hosting two free make-up workshops based on the theme 'Loving the Way You Look' with emphasis on self-esteem.

Objectives of the workshop
- discuss self image,makeup and its use
- demonstrate a simple, natural makeup look;
-promote positive self image and your own personal makeup look.

There will be a chance to win prizes and products from the Yana cosmetics range will be available for purchase.

By the end of the workshop you will be able to
- understand your skin type
- apply makeup appropriately
- get the look you want within minutes

To book your place, email with your contact details and preferred session (and remember to say that Bajan Lily sent you!!)