I’ve been really nervous about washing my hair with my new Sisterlocks; so much so that it took me 4 weeks to finally do it. I told myself yesterday that when I got home from work I was going to wash my hair and I did!
I was nervous for a several reasons. I didn’t want any slippage. I thought it would take me a long time. I felt my Sisterlocks were trying to loc on the ends and I didn’t want to disrupt the process, etc., etc.. But these were all the excuses that kept me from doing the basic necessity of maintaining my Sisterlocks. Since washing my hair last night, I won’t make excuses anymore because it wasn’t as bas as I thought!
I didn’t have any slippage, my ends are just as much “loc’d” as before I washed my hair, and it didn’t take me that long at all. It took me about 17 minutes to Bundle & Band my hair, normal time to shampoo my hair twice, and about 45 minutes to remove the rubber bands, seperate the Sisterlocks, and braid the sections (for a braid-out – see the results [HERE]). Overall, it was a great learning exprience!
A few tips, use relatively small sections (I was lazy and my sections were too big), Bundle & Band in direction you shampoo your hair, and use a t-shirt instead of a towel to dry your hair and prevent lint from getting in your locs.
For more details of my experience and pictures, check out my Vlog update [HERE]:
Jocelyn Reneé is a Licensed Cosmetologist, Loctician and Textured Hair Educator. She was born and raised in the Washington DC area and is a graduate of the Aveda Institute Cosmetology Science program. With over 14 years in the Hair Care Industry, from Salon Assistant to Natural Hair Blogger to Professional; Jocelyn is passionate about cultivating healthy hair.