Sisterlock Adoration: Finding True Hair Freedom

This blog mostly follows my hair transition to Sisterlocks(TM), but it also gives me an outlet for my occasional social commentary. I always look forward to hearing from you about my hair or my diatribes. Thanks for visiting! ***BTW- Please do not copy my pictures without permission.***

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Sisterlock Event

Hi Everyone,

I attended the Platinum Grits event with Sisterlock creator, Dr. JoAnne Cornwell yesterday morning. The event was a lecture/book signing hosted by a wonderful grassroots women's network. It was nice to finally meet Dr. Cornwell personally and get to know the Dallas Sisterlock community a little more. The event had a great turnout.

The agenda included a viewing of Dr. Cornwell's response to Chris Rock's Good Hair. Dr. Cornwell completed a short lecture and then opened the floor to Q&A. I was really impressed by the intellect of the sisterlock community. I learned a great deal more about the politization and socialization of black hair.

During the Q&A, I stood up and introduced myself, noting that I'd been sisterlocked for 31/2years and that despite the fact that I love my hair to death, sometimes I found myself in the little bit of a rut, and given how long Dr. Cornwell had had sisterlocks, she'd probably experienced a similiar feeling at points during her journey.

To my dismay, she completely disagreed, saying that she NEVER ever got into a hair rut. She emphatically expressed that she never tires of her hair and didn't feel that the maintenance is cumbersome at all. She also noted that both me and my hair were lovely, and suggested that I look into color, cut or new styles.

I realized that perhaps I didn't effectively communicate what I meant. I guess I was just wanting to feel that it's ok to LOVE your locks but not like everything about the day-to-day maintenenceof the sisterlock lifestyle.

I mean the woman has like 4 feet of hair. That has to be a bit cumbersome to wash and retighten. Otherwise, Dr. Cornwell must have lots more free time than I do, or if not, she needs to at least share her easy hair maintenance secrets...Perhaps she just felt inclined to tow the company line...

What do you think ladies?

Overall, I loved the event and look forward to the start of formalized Sisterlock chapters as mentioned by Dr. Cornwell.