Saturday, July 18, 2009

Sisterlocks Homecoming Photo Shoot 2009

Well y'all, I did it! I was blessed to have finally made my way to this year's Sisterlocks Homecoming. Having been locked since December 2005, it has long been my desire to attend however, I also wanted to take the Sisterlock Consultant training while I was there, and had been unable to do so until now. I can't even convey to you in words how much this pilgrimage meant to me. I met so many beautiful spirits on my trip. Hundreds of beautiful locked sisters (and brothers), and much like our locks NO DRAMA! Dr. Cornwell has not only created a hairstyle which allows us the freedom to be ourselves and enjoy long flowing locks without artifical additives or preservatives, she has created a culture in which we can co-exist, share, grow and thrive. Well, if that don't beat all!

I stayed on an additional three days to take the Consultant Training. What an eye opening experience. The science of Sisterlocks is truly amazing. I have always admired and respected Dr. Cornwell, and my locticians (the one who installed my locks, and the one who maintains them), but after having taken the class, taught by Master Trainer, Michelle Bryant, I have a whole new respect for them. Not only is the Sisterlocks system a beautiful and empowering hairstyle and lifestyle, it is a business, which by sharing this freedom with someone else, I can also earn a living. It does not get any better than that.

If you have never been to a Homecoming, do yourself a favor - go! If you have an interest, and the means, take the training or at least a re-tightening class. It's an intense few days, but so, so worth it.

So you know I had to do a photoshoot while I was there. I don't get very many opportunities lately to get pics of my locs despite having a daughter who is a photographer (why is that always the case?). My camera was having technical difficulties, so I am waiting for some people to send me copies of their photos so I can share the full experience with you. In the meantime, here is my photo shoot. I had fun shooting it, I hope you enjoy it!

Thursday, July 02, 2009

I'm Still Here

Yes, I'm back on the block. I fell off there for a while. It was just becoming too trying and much too boring to try and chronicle every millimeter of my Sisterlock's growth, so I decided to give it a rest. I did not however intend to stay gone so long.

I've been keeping busy, working, studying Egyptian Belly Dance, working out - swimming, weight and cardio training. I've lost 20 pounds since I started September 1, 2008. It's been a wonderful journey and I am blessed beyond measure.

Thanks to my consultant, Lana of Braids by Lana, who retightened my locks on Friday, I have some new pics to post. She did a bantu knot set on me using Wrap A Locs. I kept them in from Friday to Sunday, and on Sunday she took them out and showed me some styling options. Like to see it? Here it goes...

Mother's Day

My mother, daughter, aunt and I started our Mother's Day at church, followed by brunch at Khana Peena, a wonderful Indian restaurant in Oakland. We ended up at the mall where we decided to do a photo shoot.