are still relatively uncommon in the UK and I wanted to find out as much as I could before I took the plunge. My obsessive personality meant that I had
to find the best SL
in the UK, conduct a one hour telephone interview, award them marks out of 10 and then sleep on it for several weeks before coming to a final decision.
Well it didn't quite come to that because I found a great locktician
in Marie of Cammalocks
. As soon as I spoke to her on the phone I knew she was THE ONE. It's a 2 hour drive but it was well worth the trip for my initial consultation. She is personable, patient, honest and beautiful. She has the most beautifully long and cultured microlocks
that I have ever seen and I instantly knew that she would be the person I wanted to do my installation. Her grids are sheer perfection and her work is flawless. She patiently answered everyone of my questions.
The following information might be useful so here goes. Before my consultation I had no idea about my natural hair. Let's face it, it was hidden
beneath horsehair for the majority of my life.Before that I'd permed it to infinity and beyond.
My hair is jet black and soft. It is what Jamaican elders call 'good hair'. I have no idea what 'grade' it is. It's wavy and shrinks mercilessly when wet. Look at the before and after pics below. Ignore the face!! I just cannot believe that I took pictures of me looking like this. But I did it for humanity. That and shameless self-promotion.
I was trying so hard not to laugh out loud when taking this picture
Marie informs me that my hair type will take about a year
or more to lock. A year? You gotta be kidding right? No. It's definitely
a year and this means that until it does lock she will have to handle my retightenings
. I think I'd better get a second job right now. Taxi anyone?
My natural textureAnyhoo
, Marie has installed 6 tester locks of various sizes and techniques. The differences between them only being visible to those possessing superhuman powers of detection.
Week One and tester locks
Marie explained the braiding and branding formula for washing. I held out as long as I could because I hate washing my hair. I did really well 'cos I washed my hair in week three of having the testers installed. Despite the shrinkage my lockettes
held up extremely well and didn't seem to shrink at all.
Washing: Braiding and Banding
So now all I have to do is sit and wait. I might
not have explained
before but I am the most impatient person in the UK - no, the world. I will have
my locks installed at the end of June. That will
have been a 9 week wait. Nine weeks! Empires have been built and destroyed in less time. Who'd have thunk it, but I can hardly wait for the 'plucked chicken' look. But no. That's not the attitude. Everyone knows that good things come to those who wait and wait and wait and Marie is certainly worth waiting for. Until then I am still intrigued by these stringy things. They don't seem to have plumped up yet and I've had them for 5 weeks now.
Until then my new found friends. Adios. See you at the end of June. Y'all take care now.