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Corporate Chic. Natural Living Advocate. Freelance Writer. Speaker. Social Media Addict. Bookworm. Wanderer.

When I'm not working crazy hours for my corporate finance gig, I'm toiling away as an evening entrepreneur and making random hair and skin care products from scratch. I started Sisterlocked.com in 2010 to chronicle my natural hair journey and it has grown into so much more.
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Updated Shampoo Routine

Ask and you shall receive, some of you have asked recently how and what I use to wash my hair. In my last shampoo routine post back in 2014, I  was always banding my in small sub-sections and using a different cleansing shampoo.  Now I use a a new thickening shampoo and banding is only done occasionally.

To Start

These days I will just jump in the shower and start washing with lukewarm water (hot water strips my black natural hair dye faster) without banding or braiding into smaller sections. Problem with the loose hair method is that I don't always do a great job rinsing out all of the shampoo and on more than one occasion recently I had to jump back into the shower to  to do so.

For this reason I dod occasionally band/braid, but only in four large sections.  

What I Use

I am in love with Avalon Organics Thickening Shampoo with Biotin B-Complex Therapy. It is a truly effective plant-based formula and it is deep cleansing. When used correctly, it cuts through all the dirt and oil building on my scalp. It also prevents new loc build-up. I'm almost done with this super sized bottle and I intend to buy more.

Condition: Because most really great natural conditioners are too thick for my build-up prone locs, I still use Shea Moisture's Moisture Retention Shampoo. This shampoo is so rich and so conditioning without causing build-up. It also leaves my hair smelling amazing for many days. My husband buries his hair in my hair and comments every time on how lovely I smell after.

What To Do After

I will occasionally massage a light almond oil on my scalp and ends.

For the most part, I just air dry or lay a towel over my pillow and go to bed (don't do this too often or you risk a fungus).  You could also braid or roller set for a great hair style.

Because California is so dry, I do spray my locs with a light rose water throughout the week.

6 Years Sisterlocked

I've been loc'd 6 years now and it is the best decision I've ever made in my adult life, outside of my choice in a partner.
You don't know what it means to be a brown girl that loves her hair as is. To be free of relaxers that never agreed with me. To be free of curl defining this and hair straightening that. As much as I love seeing a girl with a great blow-out or a fierce twist-out, I felt like I was comparing my hair to others and feeling inadequate. Hair, for many of us, is one of the first ways we express our personal style, culture, and self.
It sounds silly, and it may even sound vain, but hair politics is a huge part of growing up black/brown/Caribbean. If your parents aren't giving you a complex, the kids on the playground are with talk of good and bad hair and being light-skinned or not. Measuring a woman of color's beauty in narrow and exclusionary terms.
So after 20+ years of:
My lips are too big
My butt is too flat
My hair is too nappy
My skin is too dark
My body is too curvy
I like myself. That is a private war that woman that are too anything must wage and win if they want to have peace and personal joy.


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