Fighting hair shrinkage of my Sisterlocks

Jolanda's Sisterlocks

It finally happened. Shrinkage. I enjoyed the fact that my hair touched my collar bone. One day I woke up and my hair was just a little past my ear.  I then stretched my hair by pulling it all to the top of my hair. I pinned it down for 30 minutes. I took it down, shook my hair and went to work. While I knew that shrinkage was coming, I still felt unprepared.  How was I going to style my hair? Is this short hair going to make my face look big?

After my initial panic, I stepped back and realized when the shrinkage started. At my second retightening, my consultant used a great product called DollyLocks. I loved it so much, I bought some from Amazon.

                      Product for locs

I noticed that my hair was less flaky. It is a tightening spray so I used it every other day. But I did notice that on the days I used it, my hair shrunk. Was this a coincidence? I stopped using it for a couple of days. My hair still shrunk. 

I had a luncheon to attend last Saturday so I did a quick bantu knot out (quick meaning I didn’t let it set overnight..only 30 minutes because I am lazy). My hair was shrunken but I liked it. My hair was starting to look full.

                         Jolanda's Sisterlocks

After my luncheon, I went home and looked through earlier pictures of my hair. My hair did touch my collarbone, but it looked thin. 

This weekend, I went out of town. I had planned to stretch my hair or possibly do a roller set. The laziness kicked in and did nothing. I even went to bed without pulling it back or sleeping on my satin cap. This morning, I woke up with a head full of shrunkenness. And guess what? I don’t care. I sprayed some rose water on it, fluffed it and am ready for the day.

Yolanda Baker is a HR professional by day and sometimes kitchen beautician at night. She holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Houston – Clear Lake. She is an active volunteer within the Bay Area Houston community. Yolanda enjoys blogging and experimenting with natural hair. She resides in Pearland, TX with her husband and two sons. You can follow her on Instagram at @yo1011.


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