Tropical Roots Model Search Winner!
How You Can Style Your Loc Braid-Out
A Look At 29 Different Locs Styles

Remember Kimberly? Check out her Sisterlocks now!

By Terez Howard

You might remember Kimberly’s interview last year.  Check out how she’s doing now!

How have you been enjoying your Sisterlocks?
I absolutely LOVE my Sisterlocks.  The freedom of NOT having to “do” my hair so often is liberating!  I’m a full-time student completing my degree in music education, and hairstyling is not high on my totem pole of to-do’s. 🙂

Do you have any new developments with your hair?
I haven’t had any major developments with my locs besides growth.  I did get them colored by my consultant back in December 2012.  She used the Chi color system, which worked great on my hair.  I thankfully haven’t experienced any drying or breakage.
I also stopped banding around May of this year.  I have SEVERAL locs with open ends, but they’re settled to the point where they don’t slip when I wash them.  I still have to band around six stubborn locs at the front of my head, but washing is pretty care-free now. 🙂

Have you had any challenges along the way?
My main challenge has been finding the time and MONEY for retightenings. As a student with a tight sche20130516_154708-1dule, it’s been hard to find time to drive 1.5 hours for a retightening, and finding a time that works with my schedule and my former consultant’s.  Fortunately, I just found a trainee who lives minutes from me with a much more flexible schedule.  She’s not as fast as my former consultant, but she still does a great job, and her price is reasonable.  I will admit, I’ve been a DIYer in between re-ti appointments, but my locs haven’t suffered because of it thankfully.

What is your current hair routine?
My current hair routine is shampooing once ever one to two weeks (as I can fit it in!), followed by conditioning while still in the shower.  I never did use the SL products and have found success with RenPure and Burt’s Bees products.  Other than occasionally using setting lotion, I shy away from many styling products.  I tie my locs up every night with a loc soc or satin bonnet.
One of your hair goals was to grow your hair long enough to style.  Your pictures show some really cute hairstyles.  Do you have favorite hairstyles, and are there other styles you would like to try?
Thanks for the kind compliment – I normally roller-set or braid my locs after washing for added volume.  I’m not a fan of air drying because my locs tend to dry flat and lifeless.  Once set, I’ll wear the curls or crinkles loose, or play with it until I find a way I like it up.  I’m looking forward to even more length so I can try a pin-up with victory rolls or a pompadour.  I am still extremely tender-headed, so most of my pin-up styles don’t make it through an entire day b/c the bobby pins and tension are painful.  Starting with a set gives me a chance to have multiple styles from one wash.
20130825_094007-1  20130707_195529  20130712_222202
20130721_151827  20130809_223102  20130820_234616

Related Posts:

I Won A 5K Race!

By Terez Howard This post has nothing to do with hair.  My hair looked a real mess.  But I have a good story to share. All I wanted to do was finish today’s 5K in 29 minutes.  I wanted to beat my last race time.  I kept pace with my husband until he booked at the end and finished 12 seconds faster than me. I was surprised to run my fastest time ever, a time that I hoped to achieve in two years, and quit trying to go any faster.  I actually placed first in my age category, 26 to 39 years. Here’s a look at my 5K history: First ever 5K in Aug. 2012 – 34:54 (This one was
Read the Rest…

A Sculpted Style For Micro Locs

By Terez Howard Personally, my favorite hair styles for my locs involve braid-outs and curls.  I’m not a big fan of my straight micro locs.  But I have been experimenting.  (Well I’ve been lazy, and I haven’t taken the time to do curls).  My straight locs help me to create great updos because I don’t lose any length I would lose with curls. So, I did a French roll on the bottom and a loose basket weave on the top.  Since my hair on the crown of my head is shorter than my hair in the back, sculpted styles tend to be very difficult.  But this one worked well.  I think it took me less than 10 minutes to achieve. 
Read the Rest…