Posts Tagged ‘sister locks’

To Lock again or Not? That is the Question!

My red Locs 1992

I’m going through that phase again where I find myself thinking about what I’m going to do with my hair next?  And I seriously considering locking again.  As some of you already know, I’ve had Locs three times before.  My first set of Locs were started in 1988.  I loved them, but I abused them with way too much coloring.  At the time, I was really into having that ‘just so right’, auburn hair color.  And I was like a fiend.  I wanted my hair to grow out of my head that color!   Not to mention, in addition to coloring the roots, I would also color the Locs themselves, over and over again.  That’s a big no, no!  Or shall we say, it’s a great way get your Locs to be dry and brittle.  So they began snapping off (2-4 inches at the tips) making the length very uneven.  So I cut them off around 1992.  The reaction was tremendous, some people acted as if I had cut off  their  Locs, instead of cutting my own.  They said things to me like, ‘I loved your Locs, how could do that’?    It was pretty funny!

Second set of Locs 1997

I started my second set of Locs around 1995.  I knew better than to ruin them with color this go around.  It is my belief that color (particularly permanent color) is not good for your hair or your body organs.  But that’s another story.  I digress!  I colored those Locs sparingly and they were a beautiful set.   But alas, after four years, I was bored again.   I also began to notice that once my Locs reach passed my shoulders, they just felt heavy and I started having neck aches.  They literally became a pain in the neck.  So at first I cut them short, but I wasn’t really feeling that.  So a few weeks later, I just cut them off.

2nd set cut shorter 1998

For my third set of Locs I decided to go with Sister Locks and I began them in 2003.  The only down side about Sister Locks is having to braid them when you shampoo for the first year or so until they actually lock.  Other than that, I really liked them.  I found them to be versatile and easy to style.

Sister Locks w/ blue tips 2005

When I got bored, I colored the tips, just the tips with the semi-permanent color line known as Manic Panic, in one of my favorite colors, turquoise.   That was fun!  This was before EVERYBODY was wearing fun colors.  So having that color turned heads everywhere I went.  Four years into my Sister Locks  I cut them shorter to a Bobb style and wore it that way for a few months before cutting them all off.  I was really ready for something new.

Chubby Twists 2009

It was 2008 when I cut my Sister Locks off.  I felt I needed a change after five years.   I wanted to try a few choice styles like Khamit Kink’s Chubby Twists.

The A-Nu’Fro 2009

After I had the Chubby Twists (a kinky weave) I decided I really wanted to wear my own hair, and I started wearing a style we coined the A-Nu ‘Fro.  I love that style.  It doesn’t take too long to have it done (2-3 hours) it lasts up to three weeks, and it’s easy to maintain.  The only maintenance required was to lift up the roots in the morning using an Afro pick to even it out, after sleeping on it all night.  You then finger comb it into shape, oil the scalp with Anu Essentials hair oil and go.

New cut & style 2011

My hair started getting pretty long so this spring I decided to it short and wear it without having to get a wet-set, which is what the A-Nu ‘Fro is.  Instead, I  just use products that hydrated, moisten my hair and defined its natural curl.  What did I use you asked?  Well, I’ve been testing products for my soon to be launched product line for Anu Essentials.  But I have also used Jane Carter Solutions, Curls and Hair Rules.  They all worked well and I had varying degrees of results with each of them.  It’s been fun playing with my own texture and seeing how many different ways it can look from day to day , product to product.  With this new look though, I’m wetting my hair nearly everyday to achieve my style and I don’t mind that since it’s warm outside.  But you know I’m not going to be wetting my hair everyday once the summer is over.  So what to do next?

In my garden I grow plants the way I grow hair, with love

Honestly, I’ve been thinking about the Sister Locks again.  My only issue is that I want to have Locs when I want them and I want to be able to wear my hair loose when that mood hits me too.  I’ve been thinking there should be a way to do both, but I haven’t figured that one out yet.   In the meantime, I am trying to get myself ready for the fact that I’m probably going to be locking my hair AGAIN!  Life goes in cycles right???  In any event, I know once I lock my hair I’m going to have many days when I wish it was loose again.  That’s why it’s taken me so long to get back to the Sister Locks.  I thought I’d wear my hair loose for about a year, but it’s going on three years and I haven’t made it back to Sister Locks yet!  But lately I find myself thinking about it more and more.  I see sisters with Locs, Sister Locks at the salon and all  around in New York and I start pining for them again.

We’ll see.  I’ll check back in with you in the fall.  Oh yeah, and let me not forget the matter of wearing a hat with loose Afro hair.  That’s a pain!  In the meantime, what would you do?  Would you continue to wear you hair out or would consider locking for a fourth time?


Go Ahead and Sweat!

Linda over 20 years ago

For many women, gone are the days of not working out because of a hairstyle.  Today’s savvy woman has a lifestyle that includes fabulous hair, along with the care of one’s health, by maintaining a regular exercise regime.

Linda with Locs

Unlike myself, my sister Linda has never really cared too much about hair.  I was aware that  Linda had recently become hooked on Bikram Yoga (yoga practiced in a room heated between 90-110 degrees).   Linda also has never been good at doing hair.  So when she had Locs for 10 years, that was her speed, care-free.  But after 10 years of Locs and for her 50th birthday, she decided it was time for a change.  She opted to go with the Big Chop and cut all her Locs off.  After her Big Chop, I tried to convince her to wear her hair short for a while.  But she wasn’t feeling that and allowed her hair to continue to grow out.

Linda after the Big Chop

Since my sister and I no longer live in the same city, I’m often checking in on her hair moves.  In January Linda informed me that because of Bikram yoga, she was not concerned with her hair and had been wearing wigs.  At the end of January we met up for a family wedding.  I’m here to tell you, when she took that wig off, I nearly fainted.  I said to her, “Linda, slavery is over.  We can get our hair done in these modern times.  We have money, time, and options”.  I convinced her to come to NY to get her hair done, post haste.

Linda’s neglect

Her first appointment coincided with one of our major snow-storms and she could not get a flight out.  The next week, the same thing happened.  I begin to think, is this going to be a fight between nature and my determination to get my sister’s hair done?  I hope not!  She finally made it here a few weeks ago.

Linda in Cherokee Braids

Months earlier my sister had come in for a Cherokee braid style.  That’s a large cornrow style that lasts three to four week.  Linda kept hers in for over eight weeks.  I knew this time we would have to do something that would be naturally, long lasting.  I came up with the idea of Micro Single Braids, using her own hair, no extensions.  This would be a care-free style that could easily been taken care of.  She could do her Bikram yoga, shampoo and condition her hair on her own and this style would not unravel and look like a hot mess.

Linda in Micro Single braids

The day finally arrived when Linda’s flight was able to make it to NY.  Many hours into having Micro Single braids done, Linda decided she would not be taking these braids out, ever.  She’s actually going to lock her hair from these braids.  When her new growth comes in, she will come in and have the interlocking process done on her new growth.

In this way, the Micro Single Braid are very much like Sister Locks, they stay in, are easy to care for, and are resilient.  I can rest assured that my sister is ‘representing’, these days.  I’m no longer worried that she’s hiding a hornets nest under a wig or scaring folks when she removes the wig.  She has a style that allows her variety and freedom.  Go ahead Linda, do your Bikram yoga and sweat all you like, now you’ve got a style that can take the heat and the moisture and still look great!

Vacation Hair – Which Style Should I Choose?

Over the years I have had countless women ask for advice regarding styles for their honeymoon and other types of  vacations.  This advice is especially crucial for those who are planning to be in the water because many styles cannot hold up to being in the ocean followed by daily shampooing.  Thankfully though, there are natural hairstyles that can hold up to water frolicking, swimming and dunking.

Bridal Style that can hold up on the Honeymoon

The styles that hold up best are of course, short hair cuts, Locs, and braids or twists done with synthetic extensions.  Other options that hold up to the water are single braids, cornrows, or Two Strand Twists with your own hair, if your hair is long enough to stay braided or twisted and if your texture is kinky enough to hold the braids or twists together.  Braids and weaves with human hair take a beating when exposed to water and can leave you looking like a mess or sitting it out on the hot sand.

Cornrows with synthetic hair

Now that it’s nearly time for my little vacation, and I’ve been going back and forth about what to do with my own hair.  There’s a part of me that would love to take my Kinky Twist-Out on vacation.  And there’s the lazy and practical part of me asking “Are you crazy?”  You see, I’ve been having lots of  fun with the New Natural Kinky Twist-Out, for months now.  Each week I have a Twist out with one of the different lines of products that we offer here at Khamit Kinks.  I’ve tried Jane Carter, Curls, and Hair Rules and I like the results with each of them.  I thought that since I’ll be on vacation, this would be a perfect time to play with my hair everyday and see what it does without twisting it.  And that’s the scary part.  What if I don’t like what it does?  Because for the most part it’s going to be major shrinkage.  Not to mention the time I’d have to put in daily with my hair…

New Natural – Kinky Twist Out

I’ve finally decided that it would be a bit much for me to have my hair loose while going in the ocean everyday.  The time and energy it would require would be too much.  It was a good idea while it lasted, but came to the realization that I’m not up for the daily maintenance that it would require.  Having to do my hair everyday is not my version of a vacation.  Back to life, back to reality.

I finally down to two options: should I have cornrows, as a style that is sculpted and stationary?  Or, should I have single braids, something that is loose, versatile and has movement?  Either way, I would have the style done with just my own hair, no extensions.

New Sister Locks have the look of Single Braids with your own hair

In weighing the options, cornrows would be quicker to have put in.  Then all I’d have to do each day is rinse out the salt water, do a light cleansing with a cream shampoo and conditioner and keep my scalp hydrated with my favorite Anu Essentials Hair Oil.    Upon my return, I could very easily and quickly remove the cornrows and get back to my Kinky Twist Out.

If I go with singles, they take longer to have put in and the taking out, well admittedly, is time consuming.  The good thing is the water will cause the singles to expand and they will be easier to take out when that time comes.  The fact remains though that  I will need help to remove them, along with  a couple of hours to get the un-braiding completed.  The up side to having the single braids is, if I wanted to, I could keep the singles for  up to three months.  They would have the look that  Sister Locks have when they’re first put in, small with little curls on the ends of the braids.  The a easier option would be Two Strand Twists with my own hair.  But despite appearances, my hair isn’t thick enough to give me the fullness I’d like to have with Two Strand Twists.

So it comes down to cornrows that are easy to care for and easy to remove.  Cornrows also offer a youthful look with their instant face lift abilities.  Or should I go with singles that would be versatile and that I could wear for weeks upon my return?  Also, the cornrows would be safe, I know what that would  look like, I wore them for vacation last year.  The singles with my own hair I haven’t had in years and I’m not sure I would like it.

What to do, what to do?  Given my circumstances, what would you choose?  Let me know your thoughts on this  matter.  What style do you opt to have for vacationing near the water?  And if you have a short hair cut, Locs or Sister Locks, no bragging allowed.

Tom Boy


As many of you know, back in September I cut off my Sister Locks and began a new journey of trying out as many Khamit Kinks styles as I can before I do my Sister Locks all over again. But for now, I can finally wear all the styles I use to oooh and ahhh about as they were being created right before my eyes at Khamit Kinks.  After I cut off my Sister Locks, I wore a short hair cut. That lasted only a few weeks before I was ready to move on. I then had to have the famed and now classic, Baby Curl Twist.  But because my own hair was so short, the braids quickly started sliding out. The slippage was primarily at the nape of my neck, so I didn’t panic. But after my first shampoo, it was a wrap. In other words, the Baby Curl Twist is best kept in if you have at least three inches of your own hair. A couple of months later (and my hair a few inches longer) I now sport the Tom Boy.

Can I tell you? I absolutely love this style! It’s so carefree and easy. When I get up in the morning, I shape it by finger picking it and off I go. I also love because it’s funky, edgy and so hip. Watch out world!

So what exactly is the Tom Boy. Well actually, it’s single braids created by using the Baby Curl hair (though other hair textures can be used). The Baby Curl is cut with the top a bit longer than the sides and back. And then you just rock it. The interesting part is most people think it’s my own hair. This includes those who are meeting me for the first time even those who know my hair couldn’t have grown that fast. I have to actually pull my hair back and show them that it’s braided.  It’s the best! So call us for you Tom Boy today!!! 718.422.2600.