Living in a Virtual World…with Sisterlocks!

My Sisterlocks continue to thrive, even in during this pandemic. Thanks to God, I have managed to stay well and strong during the last six months, and my locs are maturing, greying, and growing each day.

It’s Labor Day! Now that I’m four years in and several of my friends are also loc’ed and loaded, I sometimes wonder why I didn’t lock my hair sooner. Without a doubt, before I got my install, I thought traditional locs were my only option. The maintenance of traditional locs didn’t appeal to me because of the product required, and the maintenance cost of Sisterlocks initially caused me to pause. As a professional educator, I knew I had to pay someone to “do my hair” on a regular basis (unless I wanted to use boxed relaxers at home and risk long-term damage, skin and scalp burns, limp strands).

For me, Sisterlocks has been such a wholesome expression of my own natural beauty and personal freedom that I have forgotten how it feels to wake up and wonder what to do with my hair. My installation and six-weeks’ maintenance cost has paid for itself many times over in less preoccupation and in fewer hours of sitting and waiting to be acknowledged, seen, assessed, shampooed, relaxed, dried, styled, sprayed, spritzed, and rescheduled to do it all again the very next week.

Ponytail Love: First Week of Virtual Learning – Wednesdays are always a good day to represent my Sorority ♥️🤍
Long Hair, Don’t Care: My Hair Appears Long in the Front, But It’s Actually Longer in the Back

Living with longer locs brings different concerns. I am not able to sleep with my locs free-flowing as I once enjoyed. Now, I must pull them up, away from my face at bedtime, to keep my face and skin hair-free. Every now and again, I can take a nap with my locs loose, but it’s rare.

After a Nap: The Secret Is to Push My Locs Off My Face
Ready for Night Night

My school district mandates the use of Microsoft TEAMS as our virtual learning platform. I’m constantly visiting virtual classrooms, so my hair needs to be neat and tidy. Updos and ponytails work on most days. But when I want to be free…

Footloose and Fancy Free
Braid out Beauty

Since my June reti and previous blog entry, I’ve had another reti. I have another reti scheduled in a few days-for Saturday, the 12th of September. Here are pictures from my July 31st session:

Living in a virtual world affords my hair all of the graces of indoor protection, temperature control and comfort, and freedom from the harshness of the Memphis heat and sun. I’m going to continue to allow my hair to grow and flourish under the watchful eyes of Zoom and Teams lenses. You never know who is admiring your journey and trying to decide if they want to take a magic carpet ride with you!

Until next time,

Andi D😘

Unfiltered Hair & Water

Today I took a closeup, unfiltered picture of my hair. Afterwards, I spent some time just examining the health of my hair. I’ve always heard that some dietary supplements may (or may not) promote hair  growth, so I decided to put one, in particular, to the test-Biotin. Biotin is believed to speed, maintain, or improve hair and nail growth while improving skin. Since I’m playing the “waiting game” right now, I’ve been very conscientious about taking one chewable 5000 mcg. biotin tablet, in addition to my regular daily multivitamin, with my evening meal for about three months now. I’m noticing a definite increase in the shine and elasticity of my hair; those frizzy edges and sides are more controlled. What’s exciting is that the sides of my hair, nearest my ears, were quite thin when I big-chopped. As you can see, the sides are thick and full.

My nails are perhaps the biggest benefactor; they are long and strong. While my skin has never been troubled, I am noticing a few more tiny pimples and imperfections. Could just be age spots due to my propensity to drive with the top down, but I am noticing more skin imperfections while using biotin. Two out of three isn’t bad-would you rather have good hair and nails or good skin?

I still maintain that purified drinking water (and lots of it) is the single most advantageous nutrient source for nails, hair, and skin. I keep a case of water in my trunk so that I can grab a couple of waters no matter where I go to ensure proper hydration. I like the convenience of it. It’s so easy to become dehydrated or mistake thirst for hunger. Oftentimes, a 16 oz bottle of water can cure a headache or boredom masquerading as hunger.

By the way, Memphis has great drinking water! Straight from the faucet, even unfiltered, it’s the best hydrating source we could hope for…and it’s FREE!

Check out the three month results of using biotin as a dietary supplement below. Positive results, wouldn’t you say?

May 2016

February 2016

This is the brand of Biotin supplements I use daily. Although they are chewable (cherry taste), most nights, I just swallow them whole: