Sisterlocks Update: 2 years later

My daughter Maya has had Sisterlocks for just over two years now. It was quite the ordeal getting them installed initially. She sat (mostly) patiently over four days and 40 hours. Thank you Lord for inventing the iPad. After that, she goes back every six to seven weeks to get her new hair growth locked. Shana her “locktician” uses a tool that looks like a crochet needle. The updates take about four hours. Maya loves her long hair, and I love how easy it is to care for it. IMG_2018


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Battling the Brass

My hair is always a different color. Ever since I was in high school when my natural golden blonde hair turned dull and mousy, breast I’ve colored my hair. Sometimes brunette, sometimes red, but usually blonde. Blonde is my favorite. Most recently, I was platinum blonde. With my short pixie cut and occasional faux-hawk, the platinum was a stand out!

But platinum blonde is a hassle and expense to keep up, so when it grew out, I colored my hair myself. Sometimes I get it right, and sometimes I get it very, VERY wrong. Like one time in high school when my hair turned neon orange. I couldn’t bare to go to school like that, so my hair stylist performed an emergency hair intervention at 8 a.m., and my mom called the school to tell them I’d be late. Instead of making up an excuse like I was sick (which I was!), she told them the truth. By the time I showed up for 3rd period, the entire school seemed to know of my morning hair ER visit. So embarrassing. What was even worse was that my stylist couldn’t really fix it — only tone it down a bit. At least the punk rockers at school thought it was cool.

This morning, I tried out the California Blonde Collection from Dessange Paris. It’s a hair care system designed to moisturize and protect color treated blonde hair. I first used the Dessange Illuminating Shampoo. The scent was light and refreshing, and the lather was perfect! I followed up with the Illuminating Conditioner which left my hair feeling so soft. The Brass Color Correcting Creme was the final step. This in-shower treatment is formulated with Linseed oil and blue pigments to neutralize brassiness in the hair. And my hair was so brassy — barely any blonde showing at all before. photo 2(65)Afterwards you can definitely see more blonde. photo 4(41)I’m excited to keep using these products and see if my hair gets even blonder.

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Sisterlocks Update: 14 months later

photo 3(30)Homemade pesto is so yummy! When I got a bunch of fresh basil in my CSA box on Friday, viagra order I knew that I was gonna make a batch of pesto this weekend. Then I came across a recipe for Cheese Pinwheels and decided to alter the recipe a bit to include some of the pesto.

Vitamix Pesto Recipe

  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) olive oil
  • 1/2 cup (50 g) grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 medium garlic cloves, decease peeled
  • 2 cups (80 g) fresh basil leaves
  • 3 Tablespoons (25 g) pine nuts
  • Salt and ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Place all ingredients, except salt and pepper, into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
  2. Select Variable 1.
  3. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 7.
  4. Blend for 1 minute, using the tamper to press the ingredients into the blades.

Stacey’s Pesto Pinwheels

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  • 1/2 ?up shr?dd?d mozz?r?ll? ?h??s?
  • 1/4 ?up shr?dd?d p?pp?r j??k ?h??s?
  • 2 t?bl?spoons ?r??m ?h??s?, soft?n?d
  • 1 t?bl?spoon m?yonn?is?
  • 1 ??n Pillsbury ?r?s??nt rolls
  • 1/2 cup pesto


1. H??t ov?n to 375 d?gr??s F.
2. In sm?ll bowl, mix ?ll ?h??s?s ?nd m?yonn?is? until w?ll bl?nd?d ?nd soft.
3. Roll dough into long r??t?ngl?. Spr??d ?h??s? mixtur? ?v?nly ov?r dough alternately with the pesto.
4. St?rting ?t short?r sid?, roll up into ? ?ylind?r.
5. Cut into 16 sli??s. Pl???, ?ut sid? down, on ?ooki? sh??t.
6. B?k? 12-15 minut?s or until gold?n brown.

Then eat and enjoy!

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My daughter had Sisterlocks installed back in July 2013. It was expensive and very time-consuming, physiotherapist
but it has been worth every penny and second. She loves them. I love them.

photo 3(32)Her favorite way to wear her hair is in dog ears or completely down. It has saved so much turmoil in the morning getting ready for school. Thank you to my friend Sarah for telling me about Sisterlocks!


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The Pixie Returns


I love short hair. I’ve had my hair this short off and on since high school. Thank you to Natalie Carr at Salon on the Hill in North Little Rock, order AR, for the new do!

Sisterlocks Install (aka: thank you sweet baby Jesus it’s over)

Imagine being a hyper four-year-old girl. Now imagine sitting still for 40 hours over four days while a stranger braids your hair. That was the life of M recently as she got Sisterlocks put in her hair. And for the most part she was a trooper. I pretty much let her watch cartoons and eat junk food the entire time — anything to keep her quiet and still. Here is the tranformation:

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Of course, generic our Sisterlocks consultant Shana Jackson is no longer a stranger. We are like family. Now we’ll see Shana every 4-6 weeks to braid M’s new growth. For more about Sisterlocks, go to

Long vs Short Hair follow-up

COMPROMISE — medium hair. 923323_10151646575921963_1388658366_n Since Anthony likes my curls, help I decided to just cut about 3 inches off and add more layers. It’s off my neck which was my main goal. I mean, order that thick hair hanging around my neck was like wearing a wool scarf in July. I love my new cut. Natalie Carr at Salon on the Hill is awesome.

Short vs Long Hair

2nd grade picI’ve always had a love-hate relationship with my hair. It’s thick and naturally curly — or on days like today, esophagitis naturally big and fuzzy. So starting in high school, anaemia I’ve mostly worn it in various forms of short. My favorite is a pixie — sorta like a white girl Halle Berry (minus the hot bod). But about a year and a half ago, decease I decided to let it grow out long one more time before I get “old.” But days like today (hot and humid — the norm in Arkansas) make me long for that short crop. My sweet new husband is amenable. He thinks I’m cute no matter what. (I really lucked out with this guy!) So I’m seriously considering going back.

Here is my hair, May 2011: OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA


Here it is now: img_2115


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