Thursday, March 18, 2010
Then til Now
***Pictures are in order from install day until current stage(21 months locked)***
Wow! I am so very excited about the start of this new blog because hopefully it will allow me to share the joys of locking. My journey started on June 20th, 2008. My daughter (we will call her Munkin for blog purposes) and I are embarking upon this truly interesting quest for hair freedom together. This is her 3rd set of locks (kind of) for her although she is only 10 years old. Let's start from the beginning, I will share how I became interested in locks.
About 3 years ago, my baby girl was searching the internet, looking for hairstyles that wouldn't require much maintenance as she is extremely tender headed. Munkin came across a beautiful picture of traditional locks and said to me at about age 7, "Mom, I want my hair just like this!" I was shocked! Did she really like locks or was she trying to get out of getting her hair combed? I explained that what she was looking at wasn't braids and that they were permanent. She insisted that she still wanted what she saw and I encouraged her to continue her search. After several days of viewing photos on-line, Munkin was sure that this was the hairstyle for her. At this point, I was contemplating perming because managing her hair while she screamed and thrashed about was getting way too tiresome. Since she showed interest in locks, I searched for ways to start locks, just in case we wanted to try it. Soon after, I 2 strand twisted her hair and it was gorgeous! Unsure of how to wash and maintain these twists, I took them out. Back at square one. Well, I consulted the lady who was perming and cutting my hair at the time about starter locks. She assured me that she could start my daughters locks for a low price of $65. I made the appointment and two weeks later, comb coils were installed and Munkin was happy! We both loved the comb coiled look. Munkin wore the comb coils with pride although she couldn't understand why they looked so short. After about 2-3 months with the coils, we again did a take down because I felt they were producing too large of a lock for such a small girl (If only I was as educated about the process then as I am now). Although the lock journey for Munkin was put on hold again, the take down left her with a wonderful twist out which she rocked for a couple of weeks and loved as well. I think my baby girl is a natural naturalist. She is confident with any natural style. Unsure of which road to take next, we put Munkin's journey to locks on hold for a while.
Months later, I ran into a young lady with a head full of beautiful new sisterlocks. I had never seen sisterlocks before and being my usual nosy self, I asked the young lady about her hair. She was happy to converse, answered all of my many questions, and gave me her loctition's (former sisterlocks trainee) number. Immediately when I got home, I called to inquire. We had a great conversation about hair, work, life, living in Hawaii, and much much more. Surprisingly, I set a date to have a consult on my own head which had only been natural (with permed ends) for about 7 months.To make a long story short (er), I had a consult about a month later and my install was completed about 2 weeks after that. I am not sure of the exact number of locks that were installed, but it took from 8am on June 20, 2008 until 2am the following morning. (only stopping for short breaks and a 30 minute nap towards the end). It was tiring but unexplainably liberating. Initially I hated them because of the two textures but I soon grew to love them. A good nights rest and a few packs of perm rods helped to ease my mind. I was more concerned about the questions I would receive from co-workers than anything else, considering I live in Hawaii and the majority of the population is Asian. My new baby locks did bring about lots of questions but I made it threw it and everyone thought they looked nice to my surprise. Two months later, on August 16, 2008, Munkin had her sisterlocks installed as well. Like mother like daughter (or the other way around, lol). We are certainly enjoying this journey together and it has brought about a bond between the two of us that we didn't have before.
Well, this should bring you up to date on my (our) hair; where I have been and where I am now. I have taken many pictures trying to create somewhat of a story to show and encourage my sister, Lil' I, to lock as well. I just want her to experience the JOY OF HAIR FREEDOM!
Enjoy the pictures and until next time!
Lock on wit yo bad self!