Sisterlocks Chose Me

sisterlocks journey

sisterlocks journey

This month marks my 6th month Sisterlocked and right before my installation in August, I had a moment of nostalgia and decided to document the last 10 years of my hair journey on my YouTube channel. I took a step back for the sole purpose of commending myself on how far I’ve come, in regards to understanding that I am not bound by society’s standard of hair and have found freedom in expressing this truth.

My Sisterlocks Journey

This month marks my 6th month Sisterlocked and right before my installation in August, I had a moment of nostalgia and decided to document the last 10 years of my hair journey on my YouTube channel. I took a step back for the sole purpose of commending myself on how far I’ve come, in regards to understanding that I am not bound by society’s standard of hair and have found freedom in expressing this truth.

I can look back on every style I’ve ever rocked and honestly say I chose those styles because it was what was cool at the time or because I was trying to fit in, in some form or fashion. While everyone was paying hundreds for bundles, I tried to get away with the $20, 16-piece quick weave and $4.95 edge control for the sake of attempting to slay for a couple of weeks before running to the African braid shop for some Senegalese twists that would last a couple of months instead.

I was never comfortable with my natural hair and didn’t invest the time or money in taking care of it, as I should’ve. I was introduced to Sisterlocks when I was in high school and fell head-over-heels in love. I didn’t know what they were at the time, but it completely enthralled me that a beautiful Black woman could have hair – real naturally-growing-out-of-her-scalp hair – down her back.

Fast forward 10 years and I decide to get traditional dreadlocks for the sake of saving money. I loved rocking my updos, but after 3 years, Sisterlocks came tapping me on my shoulder saying, “Sis, it’s time to join the team.” And it really happened in that sort of supernatural, not-by-happenstance type of way. I met my consultant through my husband and my connecting with her had absolutely nothing to do with Sisterlocks, but when I learned she was a certified consultant – like literally on the Sisterlocks approved consultants page – I knew it was meant to be. I immediately sought her advice about transitioning from my traditional locs to Sisterlocks, and that was that. About 5 months after meeting her, I was in her salon chair, and after 10 hours over a 2-day period I was finally Sisterlocked.

 

Why did I choose Sisterlocks? I didn’t. They chose me. From the first day I saw them in 2007, they’d had a hold on me. The fact that they require little maintenance and have provided me with a full-bodied thickness I’ve never experienced with my loose natural before is just the icing on the cake for me. This hair decision wasn’t  just a new hairstyle for me to try. It has become a lifestyle and it’s one I’m excited to be living. I hope you’re inspired to live your best hair life because there’s no other way to experience true liberation!

 

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B. RADIANCE (also known as Brittney Holmes Jackson) is a national bestselling author, educator and mentor from Atlanta, GA. A graduate of The University of Georgia (Athens, GA), she earned dual degrees in Journalism & Psychology. Founder of R.A.D.I.A.N.C.E. Mentoring, she is an advocate for young girls, creative expression and living your best God-given life. You can follow B. RADIANCE on her journey to #liveRADIANCE on Instagram at @live_radiance and @authorbrittneyholmes and check out her hair journey on YouTube at B. RADIANCE.  

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