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STOP! POLICING MY HAIR

Well, I've been writing about it all fall. Now it's time to talk about it, so we can be about it. Come out if you are local!

Halo-Therapy and Locs

I love to relax. For special days of the year, I am a seeker-a seeker of SPA services! Give me a nice hot stone massage, give me a steam room, give me a hot yoga class and a detoxing cleanse, give me...salt therapy?!

Maybe. The picture looks like a big ole' sauna, why not!?



My son's birthday was a big deal to me this year, he turned 20 years old. Twenty years ago I was a very different person. To celebrate this occasion I treated myself to salt therapy. The moment the technician explained it to me my anxiety kicked in. A stream of salt for 45 minutes will fill the room. My anxiety went from 0 to 100 in 2 seconds, my locks! I started asking the technician who knew nothing about 'my type of hair' if there were shower caps around, towels any type of head covering. No. She tried to assure me that it was a fine stream of salt invisible to the naked eye. That's worse! She tried to tactfully say there had been others 'like me' there. I exclaimed-with locks?! She …
I was the type of person willing to hide behind a marriage for the sake of being married. I pretended that my husband was home - he was not, i believe he had a different family. He came home to change his clothes maybe once every two weeks while I was at work, when he could avoid me. He avoided me, responsibilities, our marriage, church everything. As a solution to that problem, I decided a baby would unite us. The definition of naive- just look my name up, it's highlighted in Webster's Dictionary. Naive: Me. 
Once it was confirmed I was pregnant, he disappeared more, as if that were possible. Now, he claimed he needed to make money for the baby. He began 'traveling' with a moving company for weeks at a time and some how mysteriously keeping his full-time job. Then, eventually, he answered my question and told me he wanted to leave because he was unhappy. I laughed. I had no more emotions to give, he left me too many times. Now, I was preggers and showing and an emoti…

Locked & Professional - December 2016: Shameka Dukes

So many times, virgins to the art of locking do NOT understand the versatility and range of lock installations that are installed. These installations can result in very earthy, freeform, organic and even professional looking locks. For those concerned about locs in the workplace, you will enjoy our featured models who share their professional, money earning lifestyles WITH locks. We begin this series with Shameka from Texas - a state NOT impacted by the US District 11 ruling. If you agree that Shameka is holding it down, classy and professional, please let her know and leave a comment!


Why did you decide to lock your hair? This is my 2nd set of locs, the first started with two-strand twists, small, but not tiny. This set was started with tiny braids, rather small.  decided to loc this time around because I wanted relief from the work and time that went into the care/styling of my loose natural hair. I needed a built-in style while still looking stylish!

What considerations did you have …

Locked & Professional: I Have a Job! Do My Locks Have to Go?

                                                                 mmgeorge©2016
So, Now, what are you going to do?
US District Court 11 Says that employers in the states of George, Florida and Alabama can legally  not hire, and/or terminate an employee with locks if it is within that company's policy.
If you have found this blog and you have locks, you may be wondering if you should drastically change your hair style. Maybe you don't care and you are staying the course. Good! I am not recommending you follow this blog's advice, it may not work for you. You must do what is right for your situation. However, we will attempt to arm you with information that has been researched to make a sound decision for your life.


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A Great Divide in the Locked Community? mmgeorge

Locked & Professional: Divided Allegiance  mmgeorge©2016





Within the social spectrum space, I abide in a closely knit community. A community where brother greets sister with a familiarity that resonates inwardly and outwardly. Unspoken glances whisper of community, commitment, an acknowledgement that transcends words as eyes meet, eyebrow uplifts, corner of mouth parts a head nod signifies an awareness that those within understand best. At the least, there is an acknowledgement of existence  within this complex universe. I have an adopted family, a place that I fit, a body of people that get me, without pause nor concern; without bias. READ MORE!.....CLICK HERE


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What to do When It’s Legal to Discriminate Against Workers with Dreadlocks(Locked Hair):

A Knotty Perspective
MMicheleGeorge©2016


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What Appellate Court District 11 Ruling Means for persons with Dreadlocks in the Workplace

Series I: What the Dreadlock Ban Means to You as a Working Person of Color in America
mmgeorge©2016


This section will host information about locked hair in the workplace. This issue is personal and I can't be silent. September, 2016 the 11th District Court Ruled 3-0 that an individual with dreadlocks has no protective rights. An employer can now choose to not hire me because of dreadlocks or fire me because of them. Please be aware that most of us live in an at will state, meaning if said person wears yellow on Tuesday and someone hates yellow on Tuesday, said person can be fired. READ MORE! CLICK HERE

What Appellate Court District 11 Ruling Means for persons with Dreadlocks in the Workplace

Series I: What the Dreadlock Ban Means to You as a Working Person of Color in America
mmgeorge©2016


This section will host information about locked hair in the workplace. This issue is personal and I can't be silent. September, 2016 the 11th District Court Ruled 3-0 that an individual with dreadlocks has no protective rights. An employer can now choose to not hire me because of dreadlocks or fire me because of them. Please be aware that most of us live in an at will state, meaning if said person wears yellow on Tuesday and someone hates yellow on Tuesday, said person can be fired. READ MORE! CLICK HERE



​The Knotty Truth Series of Books can be purchased online at various outlets including Amazon.com or Createspace.com.




SummerLocked

Hope all is well out there 3+years Sisterlocked Summerlocks

I badly need to wash my hair. It's been 2 weeks, but it's poppin n locking' and I don't want to. I brush my scalp vigorously, then spritzes with rose water. Rosewater is pretty expensive so I try to cut it 1:1 with water. Recently, I started back spritzing with some rosemary n lavender for the scent and moisturizing benefits. I would not if I could hold onto the rosewater, but it's cutting into my budget too much. I hope to still see the benefits of moisturized locks without the greasy feel. I love it. I don't really use Aloe Vera juice anymore, it seemed to leave behind a sticky residue that I grew unfond of as I journeyed along this new journey. I do still condition with infused chamomile or rosemary teas ( no rinse out). And, I rinse OUT with Apple Cider Vinegar, religiously after each wash. I only use the cheapy version, no organic for this. I found the organic has too much particulate matter that…

3 Years Sisterlocked

Four more years of locking, culminating with a three year anniversary
I first locked in 2006, making 2016 my tenth year of being locked via two separate journeys via Braidlocks(7) and Sisterlocks(3). They fit my individuality and season of life. When I was young, I was always that girl braiding and doing my neighbor's hair or dorm sister's hair, often for free because I enjoy hair.

 In the spirit of sharing, I thought I share my 3rd year milestone. My locs have creeped way past arm-pit length.

My regimen:
-Soak locs twice/month for 30 minutes in sink full of water, capful of shampoo, 1.5 cp ACV, 1 cp listerine, .5cp aloe vera juice and 8 drops of rosemary, massage scalp and brush locs with soft-bristle face brush
-Rinse with ACV rinse, Rinse with water
-Condition with infused chamomile, peppermint or detox tea
-Dry with cool setting blow dryer, enough to get the wet out. In the summer I let dry from there. In the winter, I dry a bit longer

Through the week:
-Condition frequent…

Big Changes

July will mark 3 years with my  Sisterlocks. It's Anniversary time! It's a pretty big deal, considering I've been anxiously awaiting the milestone of maturity since install July 2012. I'm posting now, well, because I feel energized to do so with the official welcoming to summer kick-off.


Stats:
Standard/Large in Back Sisterlocks300+ installed over 23 hours by Certified LockticianInstall over 2 days July 27/28th 2012Self Maintenance  
Journey Milestones:
Install was wonderful through month 1Year 1 sucked, big time. I did not enjoy the transformation process from baby locks through teenagerYear 2 it got better, but mehYear 3-loving it and like the outcome better than my BL
I Did It My Way: DIY all the way baby, well after the initial install that is. No one has been in my head (again) since initial install. I love being in control of my journey and my own outcomes. My locks may not look like perfect uniform ropes initially. However, as they mature they continue to develop uni…

30 month Sisterlock DIY Update

Some of you may wonder, how did my Sisterlocks turn out? They're maturing nicely, and I mostly update on Pinterest or the blog on my site, when I have time; and, that's not often due to life's demands and responsibilities. But I sure do click a lot on Pinterest, lol!


I still DIY. I sill have not had anyone else in my hair since installation of this set in 2013. I still use my preferred tool: 2.5 inch hairpin, or plastic sewing needle. I'm still enjoying the journey. I have some epiphanies and learning experiences I'd love to share. Leave me a message if you stop by!

..here ya go!