Your journey is yours to own! As we all move onward developing and perfecting our purposes, I encourage you to remember that You are Essential! Our work as African American women is the sum total of many undertakings, I can attest to that. My journey to my own core values has been unexpected, enriching and full of conviction; which is why Sisterlocks was created and remains alive today. Great living examples like King; have challenged us to look inward and courageously reflect our inherent worth revealing what is essential and truly authentic.
I have often asked myself what do I want every person who comes to Sisterlocks to learn? And that would be to be un- afraid to retrieve what the world has tried to deny. Celebrating MLK day 2017 in this way perpetuates his intention for us to thrive and strengthens our commitment to his memory. What a sacrifice he gave to us in living his essence, showing us that societal conflict can only be won by resolving inner conflict. Being unsteady with ourselves breeds instability in the world.
II can say that being involved in beauty
activism and using my voice to win battles in our courts was my contribution to our civic struggles. It has been a labor of love and pride. As King has said many times in his legendary “Mountain Top” speech, “The Promise Land” is in our view. The victory is upon us. Sisterlocks I feel has been that beacon of light that so many women have followed to build a solid foundation. That is the victory lap we all can find joy in every day as we look in the mirror.
Looking back at my early writings, I can recall my first volume of the That Hair Thing that our hair fashion techniques are not really about hair. They are reflections of how we choose to live our lives. King compelled us to be the “Best” at all times and devote our everyday living to excellence. The alignment, balance and precision are what all African hairstyles show us. As I look forward to the years to come, as I look back and see our progress, I do see the many journeys that have become my own. What a blessing to be alive and to have been a part of our evolution back to the essentials, the authenticity of what will always carry us no matter where we go. Happy King Day 2017! Dr.C
From the time we stepped off the slave ships with our “curly” hair, it’s been somewhat of an enigma to others. Truth be told, in light of the many years of altering our natural hair texture, our natural hair is a mystery to many of us, too.
If we reflect on some of the words we heard growing up (or even as adults) to describe our hair, we would have a list that included words such as: kinky, nappy, knotty, BAD, etc. Hearing these words that have such deep negative connotations has a horrible effect on our self esteem, over time.
Young girls are sometimes subjected to hair straightening and hair relaxers because Mom believes this will help the child to avoid peer pressure and name calling.
We, at Sisterlocks, embrace an appreciation of natural hair and we believe the way to build the child’s self esteem is to encourage the child to know, love and acknowledge their natural beauty, study hard and strive to accomplish their goals.
The messages the media and society impose on us can sometimes make building self esteem difficult. A thenewsnerd.com article stated, “According to research by cosmetic company Bountiful Hair, women with natural hair have lower self-esteem than women with treated hair. (According to BlackHair.com, natural hair is “hair whose texture hasn’t been altered by chemical straighteners, including relaxers and texturizers.” )
The newsnerd.com article goes on to say, “According to the study by Bountiful Hair, natural hair being viewed as a messy look is causing many women, who wear their hair in that manner, to feel inadequate and less desirable as their counterparts. Those feelings of inadequacy cause women with natural hair to lash out at women with treated or straightened hair, and in turn lowers their self-esteem.”
When so called “professionals” take it upon themselves to proclaim the status of our self acceptance, we must decide: what’s in it for them and why is this message their focus? The answer is plain and simple: MONEY!
The manufacturers of hair relaxers want Black women to feel inadequate with their hair in its natural state. Fact is, women with natural hair are not lashing out at women with treated hair. For one thing, we know there’s room for everybody. There’s no debate.
Conversely, women with natural hair are sometimes on a path of serenity, good health and self awareness. That’s not to say that women with altered hair aren’t on the same journey, they may just prefer to alter their hair.
Remaining positive in a negative environment doesn’t have to create an “us vs them” environment. Sisterlocks thrives to bring a positive vibe to the lifestyle that will translate to wearers and our supporters. We believe in meeting people where they are. The reality is, not everybody is going to make the same choices. Our message is simple: don’t deny me the right to make the best choice for me. Period.
This means we must not succumb to organizations and employers who disavow our natural hair. We must educate our significant others that our well being is enhanced when they support our choices and not just tolerate them. Natural hair has always garnered the status of “revolution.” Why? Because in order for a Black woman to embrace her natural beauty she must be a rebel, right? Damn, right and she’s beautiful at the same time!
We believe there’s nothing negative about natural hair. The Sisterlocks Lifestyle is a positive movement. We’re making natural hair great again! www.sisterlocks.com
As the year comes to an end, we at Sisterlocks want to wish you and your families a very happy holiday season and a healthy, joyful and prosperous year to come. "Tis the season" to offer great opportunities to celebrate the Sisterlocks Lifestyle! Be on the lookout for the many positive projects and promotions we have coming up for you.
Take advantage of our Holiday Boutique sales and various specials. We'll announce those on the web site and social media so, please "like and "share." We are more determined and committed than ever to recycling Black dollars and strengthening the community. This is a crucial time in this nation for us to develop and promote our businesses, products and communities.
Our 2017 Consultant training class schedule has been released. That means we'll be coming to a town near you. Take advantage of our early registration special pricing by registering for a class prior to January 13, 2017. Our training program has developed some of the best natural hair care professionals in the world. The need for Consultants is constantly growing because as our community becomes more developed and self aware, more and more men, women and children are discovering a love of their natural hair and Sisterlocks/Brotherlocks.
We've hit the ground running with plans for the 2017, annual Sisterlocks Homecoming celebration being held July 7-9, 2017. At our 2016 Homecoming we were graced by the presence of Kim Coles as our keynote speaker. Developments for 2017 are guaranteed to bring a spectacular keynote, esteemed guests, classes, entertainment, shopping and so much more. Pricing and information on specials will be released in January, 2017.
And last but not least, share the word about Sisterlocks products. It's still surprising that many Sisterlocks wearers don't use the products or know that they exist. We are all about education and awareness. Sisterlocks products are great for all types of hair and make perfect gifts!
Enjoy the holiday season and stay tuned, we have a lot of great surprises in store. 2017 is going to be a wonderful year to get, do, have Sisterlocks! Click on the links to shop the boutique, find a Consultant or register for a training class. Happy Holidays!
Recently, there was an article in the paper, or was it on the ticker tape at the bottom of the news channel...where you find the "real" news? Anyway, in the Essence article the exact heading read:
"The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed a lawsuit against a company that refused to hire a woman because she wouldn't cut her dreadlocks."
Huh? Are we still being judged on what's on our head rather than of what's in it? Is it not enough to be qualified for a job/position to gain employment, if you're Black? What's next...will it be illegal to be Black in the workplace?
Of course, these are facetious questions. We all know the answers, right? The reality is that there are different answers depending on the day, location and audience being queried. If you're a woman wearing natural hair you've had the discussion, the questions, the glares and stares from the moment you made your decision. "Are you sure you want to do that? What about your job, your man, your mom?" For most of us, we've "won the battle" and have been able to go on about our lives without much fallout. But with precedent setting lawsuits, such as this, it's a definite signal that now, more than ever, we must demand the right to wear our natural hair, if that's our choice. Yes, the freedom of choice to be natural, to be free, to BE!
"African American women in the work place today are still dealing with the perception that certain things we do make us too ethnic." JoAnne Cornwell (That Hair Thing)
Until we demand the freedom to choose for ourselves, we will never be free. That is the Black woman "freedom of choice" movement.
Now, you would think that, in 2016, we would have more significant things to worry about than how a Black woman styles her hair. For instance, shouldn't some judge somewhere determine whether one or more of the presidential candidates is prepared for, capable of and qualified for the job? But no, a Black woman with dreadlocks is a more important issue to deal with and she can even be denied employment which means she's denied the right to earn a living, provide for her family, etc. And for what? A haircare system/style of choice. It's really unbelievable to think that this one slipped through the cracks.
At Sisterlocks, we are dedicated to providing opportunities: wearing Sisterlocks, doing Sisterlocks, and supporting Sisterlocks wearers and enthusiasts. Our training opportunities produce the best natural hair care professionals around. Our Trainees and Certified Consultants provide a service that is literally a rite of passage for their clients and we take this responsibility very seriously - so seriously in fact, that we often find that we're our client's biggest supporters, their "counselor," and strategist!
Grant it, the article stated "dreadlocks" but let's get real: there can be no divisiveness amongst lock wearers. Period. We're stronger together!
What are your thoughts? Did you have resistance in the workplace when you locked your hair?
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It seems like, "all my life I've had to fight!" I had to fight my naps. Everybody knows I had to fight the State for the right to do Sisterlocks, my way. And another big fight has been to get you to see that Sisterlocks products are the best thing for your Sisterlocks. I'm gonna need you to know that...before it's too late!
It happened again and I’m amazed that when it happens, it still surprises me! We received a call at Sisterlocks Home Office from a Sisterlocks wearer, we’ll call her “Betty,” who was unaware of the Sisterlocks web site and that there was a full line of Sisterlocks products. How on earth can this happen in 2016? Well, Betty saw someone in the mall wearing Sisterlocks and was given their Consultant’s contact information. That’s a wonderful way to find out about Sisterlocks. What happens next, is not the way things should happen.
Betty contacted the Consultant and made an appointment to get Sisterlocks. After the locking session appointment the Consultant told Betty about a hair care product that “she loves” and uses on her Sisterlocks. <arg> Betty, who was so happy to have Sisterlocks and she trusted the person who put them in to educate her properly. Fast forward and a few months later Betty met another Sisterlocks wearer who expressed concerns about Betty’s hair and referred her to another Consultant for a second opinion.
Betty made an appointment for a “mini consultation” and discovered that she didn’t have Sisterlocks, at all! She also found out that her locks had product build-up caused by the non-Sisterlocks products she had been advised to use. Betty was shown official Sisterlocks materials and products and the web site. This is what should happen at a Sisterlocks consultation, in addition to sample locks and maintenance education and so much more.
Sisterlocks is a trademarked hair care system, complete with training on steps required to do them correctly. Our trained Consultants and Trainees are required to offer their services as they have been taught. We have on-going advanced education and specially formulated products to address the hair and scalp needs of Sisterlocks wearers.
When you meet with a Sisterlocks Consultant, by referral or otherwise, always check the Sisterlocks web site www.sisterlocks.com to confirm that the person is listed on either the Certified Consultant or Trainee Registry. Also, read our online information packet http://www.sisterlocks.com/online-i.... Finally, please refrain from using non-Sisterlocks products on your Sisterlocks as that is a recipe for disaster. Build-up (lint, dirt, grit, etc.) is best avoided rather than try to get rid of it.
The Sisterlocks system is taught the way it’s taught because we deserve better than someone spying and bootlegging a technique that was designed to empower us natural hair wearers. We deserve better!
We're Taking the Refresher Course Online!
If you're like me you'll agree that some things about the digital age can be maddening! For example, I don't like the fact that I have to remember a gazillion passwords, or that my phone is smarter than me! What I DO like however, is that I get to do things in a way that uses less paper and other precious resources. I also like the fact that I can connect with people almost effortlessly. All in all, even though I had to be dragged into this technological era kicking and screaming, I'M GLAD I'M HERE!
Sisterlocks is 'getting there' too and I'm pleased to announce the birth of the SISTERLOCKS ONLINE ACADEMY! We're starting out by offering an Online Refresher Course for our Consultants and Trainees who need it, but attending a 4-day training class is not the best option. This is just the first phase of a larger plan to involve more and more people with Sisterlocks through online platforms. For example, you'll soon be able to download and file all of your certification and re-certification paperwork online! You will be prompted every step of the way to be sure everything gets submitted as it should.
OK. Enough chatter. If you need to take a Refresher to re-certify or regain your "active" status, or if you just want to create a profile in the Academy now to have access to future activities as we develop them, click here: Sisterlocks Online Academy. Create a "New Account" on the login page, or just click on "courses" to explore our modest beginnings!