In my Sisterlocks Big Chop video [HERE] I touched on my reasons, which were many, briefly but since so many people are still asking me "Why did you cut your Sisterlocks?" I figured it was time to make a dedicated response. You can watch the video [HERE] discussing my Top 5 reasons and/or check out the post below...
1. Negative Energy
I truly believe hair holds energy, I even wrote a post [HERE] about this when I first went natural and I still hold it to be truth. With that being said, a lot of negativity and difficult situations transpired in the 2 years I had Sisterlocks so towards the end they felt "weighed down" and I knew it was time for me to let them go.
2. Styling Versatility
As my Sisterlocks began to mature and swell it became hard to style them. It would take hours upon hours for my hair to dry if I set them on rollers and if I tried to recreate a style my Sisterlocks pretty much fought me the entire time. In the beginning my Sisterlocks were very flexible and I could easily style them and recreate almost any style that I found.
3. Appearance / Size
This goes almost hand-in-hand with #2 because my styling woes were a result of the sizing and also my hair care practices. You see when I first started my journey my Sisterlocks were thin, as all Sisterlocks are in the beginning, and I had a lot of versatility with them. With Sisterlocks there are strict regimen practices and guidelines to follow and if you don't follow them you damage the integrity of the Sisterlocks. I am guilty of breaking the "rules by using moisturizing & conditioning products, coloring my Sisterlocks before the were fully-settled, and shampooing very aggressively which led to the "imperfections" in my Sisterlocks [HERE]. While I loved my Sisterlocks regardless, I desired them to look more uniform and I had 337 medium-large Sisterlocks; I would have preferred a greater number of Sisterlocks and mostly the small-medium size to allow for maximum flexibility.
If you follow my personal blog or other social media accounts, you know that I quit my corporate job last year to purse my dreams. While this has been great, my income isn't what it once was so I had to create a strict budget and factoring in over $100 every 6 weeks to get my Sisterlocks retightened was not a priority. Yes, I am a Sisterlocks Consultant, and could have maintained my hair myself, I didn't want to dedicate the time to do so.
Sisterlocks are a lifestyle, not a hairstyle. You have to commit to retightenings on a set schedule, using only Sisterlocks products, and of course the time & cost commitment for retightenings. For the 2 years that I had Sisterlocks this lifestyle was perfect, but now that my life is changing again, my hair needed to change as well.