Loc styles!

Calvin’s loc journey

I met Calvin initially as a haircut client. He used to get a South of France cut. He eventually wanted locs after he got married, getting them approximately one month after. We started off with a full head of locs but soon he wants the sides taken off and faded. So far he has had his locs about four months.

Happy Friday!

Ten things you can do to make this weekend better:

1. Every hour think of one thing to be grateful for.

2. Find sometime to center yourself and breathe deeply.

3. Find a festival to go to, even if alone!

4. Sing one of your favorite songs …in the car lol.

5. Cheer up an older relative by letting them know you are thinking of them.

6. Listen to a motivational speech on YouTube three times this weekend.

7. Clean up!

8. Exercise!

9. Walk on the beach.

10. Make a point to journal your entire weekend one day at a time.

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Client selfie

I love seeing my clients in their everyday life rocking natural hair! My client has had her little Sisterlocks about five years. About a year ago we cut them into layers and it has grown out. She is doing some island vacationing and wanted an updo so that’s what we did…she loves it!

Loc Start: Small Locs vs Large Locs

Smaller locs are more pliable. If you have thinner hair smaller locs would most likely be the best route. Smaller locs can be easier to style depending on stylist preference. Smaller parts means that you can section the hair in smaller sections to achieve a greater variety of style. It is also easier to interlock smaller locks. Smaller locs are easier to set on rollers as well. Larger locs = fuller locs. They take less time to start as well as retighten. Styles can vary with larger locs as well and they longer they get the fuller the style looks. Most lock jewelry is created for medium-large locs. Loc petals look fuller with larger locs.

It is important to determine the size of the lock you want because this is a permanent style. If you want your locks smaller, and they have already locked – there is a way to do this. If you want your locks larger and they are locked there is a way to accomplish this as well. Both of these techniques take a longer time period so it’s best to decide what size you want early on.

6 ways to hair loss and how to deal with it

Typically, forty percent of all people show hair loss by age 35. But when hair loss is continuous and results in the scalp being exposed is when there is probably a hair loss issue. The medical term for hair loss is alopecia. It comes in several forms and can show up gradually. It comes at a pace that you may not even notice the changes right away.
Androgenetic alopecia is due to genetics, age and hormonal changes. Slowly, over time, normal hair (terminal hair) converts into thin, fine (vellus) hair that resemble the hairs of a newborn. This is the result of the follicle shrinking. In men, this is known as Male Pattern Baldness and is usually indicated by thinning around the temples, hairline and crown of the head. Alopecia Areata is the result of hair falling out in round patches randomly. The scalp in the round areas is completely exposed and considered to be bald . Because the follicle is attacked by white bloods cells this is an auto-immune disease. A couple of of other common forms of alopecia is Alopecia Senilis and Traction Alopecia. Senilis Alopecia is hair loss due to old age. It is said that fifty percent of women lose additional hair other than shedding by the age fifty. Traction Alopecia is hair loss due to excessive pulling, tightness of hair due to styles that require pressure and extensions that are heavier than the natural hair. This occurs mostly around the perimeter or hairline. This is one form of alopecia that a stylist can assist in treating by paying attention to the SEEN causes of the problem.

Because most alopecia disorders are blood borne, the best way to approach the problem is to consider cleaning the body as a whole. Getting more oxygen through exercise is a key factor as well as taking vitamin supplements such as Vitamin E, sulfur and biotin. Of course, a dermatologist should always be sought out to determine the nature of the hair loss and prescribe further treatment. If there is no way to naturally grow the hair back, then it would be advisable to find a stylist that is well educated in trichology as well as cranial prosthesis.