Monday, June 29, 2009

The Locologist will see you now

Hey Blog Fam!

Ya know what!? Sometimes I really amaze myself with the amount of knowledge I know about natural hair. I am talking about how my experience over the years has grown and has helped so many women gain freedom from relaxers or damaging hair styling techniques. For example I had a young lady call me and she really needed to have her hair retightened. However she told me she had a hard time finding someone who did interlocking. She said she called countless salons and everyone told her they did only palm rolling. Sorry ahead of time, I didn’t take pictures. I went into doctor mode and forgot all about yall, but I will get some next time to show the progression over time. Well when she arrived I took a look and I noticed excessive palm rolling had created thinning locks and locks that had totally broken off. I also noticed several locks that had accidentally been combined at the base. Her hair was also VERY dry but had excessive product buildup (specifically coconut oil). She really did give it the old college try but it didn’t work for her because she had limited knowledge and plus her time was consumed with family life like so many of us. What was my prescription? I promptly took her to the shampoo bowl. Yes I do have a portable shampoo bowl now and it’s so wonderful. I did a clarifying shampoo with extra hot water as close to the scalp as possible without burning her. I did an apple cider vinegar rinse to follow that up. I also washed her with a conditioning shampoo. I used some good old Cream of Nature (I only recommend this shampoo to mature lock wearers. Teenagers and babies beware of the unraveling). It works great on my hair. That is something that you will learn with me many of the products that I used I have used and rated them myself on either myself or my clients. Immediately after the conditioning shampoo I noticed her locks came to life. I followed that up with some conditioner and we proceeded to my chair. I lightly oiled her scalp along with some moisture spray. After I massaged that in I begin to go through and interlocking her locks. I kept with a simple 2 pattern on the mature locks but the brand new locks that I needed to start due to breakage I did a four. Her hair just spiraled and coiled all up and the mature locks just gracefully bowed down to my hands. It took me 2 hours from start to finish and when she was done her hair shined and glowed just like her pregnant glowing skin. I gave her some a take home prescription which should cost her about $16 which included a bottle of Cream of Nature shampoo and a bottle of Carol’s Daughter Tui Hair Oil (She loves fruity scents). We scheduled her next appointment 5 weeks out and thus the blossom of a beautiful client relationship.

I really have a hard time with people calling themselves Locticians when they really only know one form of locking hair and they wouldn’t know the best for what hair textures. That’s not a Loctician. That’s someone who simply knows palm rolling. Or like Sisterlock Consultants and Trainers they are trained in the technique of Sisterlocks. They took a class and they do hair according to what they were taught. Yes I have taken the Sisterlock training class. Yes I know how to do palm rolling, interlocking, comb coils, and backcombing. So what do I call myself? I really like the term my friend gave me when I was at Alumni Weekend. It was funny! They were asking hair questions and I was just a spitting that knowledge and my old roomie was like Trina the Locologist. I was like you know what I like that. That is what I call myself The Locologist. I will give you the right prescription for your hair. If you want healthy flowing locks while visiting with a great spirit then come on and sit in my chair. If you want highly manicured locks that look really synthetically shiny and styled in elaborate hair styles that my be harmful and detrimental for hair in the long run, then go and visit any neighborhood Loctician.

The Locologist is in and she will see you now.


Cassina Z. said...

This post is awesome... so proud of you Pers... your skills are growing abound... where de pics at?! :)