How I Celebrated Loc Appreciation Day – A New Journey

My Freshly done Braidlocs

Loose Greying Hair

This year’s Lock Appreciation Day was June 28, 2014 and I woke up like you see in that picture above. Due to some needed lifestyle changes, I haven’t been able to manage my hair in a way that I’d like. I usually just rock a wash n’ go but that was starting to affect my end and I really needed a style that allowed me to get up and go. I’ve known for a very long time that I need to lock my hair up to accommodate my lifestyle needs. So, I headed over to Vonessa’s Salon & Spa to  commit to a new set of locs that I have decided to start with plaits (called Braidlocs).

Vonessa's Salon, St. Andrew, Jamaica
Vonessa’s Salon & Spa in  St. Andrew, Jamaica

Vonessa’s is easily one of the most comfortable salons in Kingston and St. Andrew, Jamaica. Vonessa herself was there with her warmest greetings and it is easy to see how her staff represented her in their professional but warm demeanor. I was connected to a young stylist, Talia, who took very good care of my and made no complaints about trying to give me the exact result that I needed after giving me the most comfortable shampoo and condition of my life.

Hair Washing Station at Vonessa's Salon & Spa
Hair Washing Station at Vonessa’s Salon & Spa

Vonessa’s Salon and Spa is on Instagram @vonessa_salon. You can also contact them at (876) 924-7588 or vonessa.salon@gmail.com.

Freshly Washed Type 4 Hair
Freshly Washed Type 4 Hair

 

 

My curls were clearly moisturised and popping as she slowly detangled, blow-dried and parted my hair for the plaits.

Freshly Washed Type 4 Hair
Freshly Washed Type 4 Hair
Blow-dried and parted for locs
Blow-dried and parted for locs

I showed Talia a few pictures and videos of the type of block/sisterlock style parting I wanted but I didn’t expect perfection. I just want to be able to achieve specific styles. She did a great job and I’m mostly happy with the parting. CLICK HERE for more information on Braidlocs and how I plan to maintain them. Keep scrolling to see how my plaits were parted then watch the video below if you’d like.

My Freshly done Braidlocs
My Freshly done Braidlocs
My Freshly done Braidlocs
My Freshly done Braidlocs (Great Top Parting)
My Freshly done Braidlocs
My Freshly done Braidlocs (Perfect Side Parting)

The parting isn’t perfect, but somehow I still love it. BUT, I still found a major flaw. One row of plaits/locs is significantly larger (wider) than the other. I’m actually sufficiently worried about whether there will be a significant disparity in the outcome of my locs. Will I have random huge locs next to thin locs on my head? Is it worth changing? I don’t fault Talia at all. She was a great stylist and would have made any change I requested. Still, should I fix it? I’d love to hear from the locked ladies and locticians out there. I’ll also post this pic on Instagram @diedrecallam for comments.

Inconsistent Parting
Inconsistent Parting

Anyway. I’m still in love with my future locs and look forward to your comments.  Watch the video below. (UPDATE – I split the first 3/4 of the large row and it’s not perfect but I’m very content.)

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