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« Thread started on: Sep 16th, 2002, 8:09pm »

Hi,

I've been reading the post about Braidlocs and their similarity to SL. Braidlocs are so pretty why even bring up the SL name?

They look groomed and polished and I REALLY believe you do your product a disservice by comparing the two. In my mind they are diferent but equal.

Don't sell them as a cheaper alternative to SL but as another beautiful way to lock our hair. Most people have never heard of SL and like what you have to offer.

When I started to lock my hair I was looking for someone to hook me up and the first person I met with cultivated locks happened to have SL. Chances are I'd be wearing Braidlocs if the person I met had them.

I've locked my family including my hubby. All of our locks look diferent. When people ask or compliment our hair folks differ as to which head they comment on or like best.
Most people like my daughter's hair best, my oldest son's second. These locks are Nappylocks (though I use my daughter in my SL shots.)

My hubby has standard size SL. People specifically wanting SL like his hair best.

For me Nappylocs was a way to help people get a professional looking lock with way less maintenance. For me 1 to 2 hours top is as much as I want to spend retightening my hair.
Sounds like you've managed to do this.
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Re: Braidlocs
« Reply #1 on: Sep 16th, 2002, 8:29pm »

Hey Deb,

Well, I guess the reason I do that is because so many people end up asking the question anyway..."Your locs look like Sisterlocks, what's the difference"?, they ask.

So, I just lay it out on the table because that's a very common question that I get a lot on forums, through emails and when I meet people in person.

I don't really MARKET Bradelocz as a cheaper alternative, but that's what it pretty much boils down to in the backs of people's minds. Also, I plan to take the SL consultant training sometime in 2003 and I will still offer Bradelocz for those clients who can't afford SL's. It really doesn't matter to me if it's thought of as "cheaper" because as you stated, one is not better than the other, just different.

Bradelocz don't take as much time to put in and don't take as much reliance on me to maintain them (which also means more money).

I've met other SL consultants who have developed "other" methods of starting locs that give people a "similar" look and benefits as SL's and they offer the other service as an alternative to SL's for those who can't afford them.

I'm not sure whether or not it's a disservice or not, never really looked at it that way...but it's something to ponder!

So, if you don't mind me asking, in the offline world, how do you promote your Nappylocs? Do you promote one or the other first and then leave the other open as an alternative or do you just offer them both and let them know that Nappylocs are less maintenance because they're larger and less in quantity?

I believe that once I become SL certified, my marketing methods will change considerably, but who knows? We'll see!

Meanwhile, for the most part in the offline world, I rarely even mention Sisterlocks. I have brochures printed up and business cards and no where on them do I mention SL's. I get people stopping me all the time asking me if I have Sisterlocks; at hair days folks ask me that; I even have met women with SLs who ask me that. I just tell them, "No, I have Bradelocz...I started these with braids".

For the most part, it's only Online that I mention a correlation between the two and not really even then. Mainly when people ask or lead into that direction.

On my website, it's not mentioned with the exception of on the FAQ page at the bottom where the question is concerning starting Bradelocz on relaxed hair. Other than that, I don't mention it.

I mention it in the forums because it comes up without me even bringing it up. But I guess it's good because it's preparing me for when I DO start offering SL's as well to tell people the differences (by then, I'll TRULY know the differences! )

But, thanks for your post. It's definitely something to think about and take into consideration.

BTW...I saw your pics on LockItUp and they are looking FIERCE! Just beautiful! My "untrained" eye sure couldn't tell they're Nappylocs and not Sisterlocks!
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« Reply #2 on: Sep 16th, 2002, 9:01pm »

I know this is going to sound dumb, but what exactly are braidlocs? I have an idea that they are braids that are left in to loc. I don't know. Wouldn't they be hard to maintain when the new growth comes in. I guess I'm asking, how would you rebraid it when the new growth comes in? I don't get it.
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Re: Braidlocs
« Reply #3 on: Sep 16th, 2002, 9:08pm »

on Sep 16th, 2002, 9:01pm, naturalreality wrote:
I know this is going to sound dumb, but what exactly are braidlocs?


Everything you need to know about starting locks via braiding and maintaining them is found here:

http://herspecialhair.com/bl/bradelocz.htm

Cherie has authored another "must have" book for anyone who is interested in locs, IMO.
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Re: Braidlocs
« Reply #4 on: Sep 16th, 2002, 9:42pm »

My question is exactly what are Nappylocs?
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Re: Braidlocs
« Reply #5 on: Sep 16th, 2002, 9:48pm »

AK, follow this link and scroll all the way down to the last message in that thread:

http://nappturality.suddenlaunch2.com/index.cgi?action=display&board=locs&num=1031909625&start=15

Ooops! Forgot to address Naturalreality. Yes, braidlocs or Bradelocz are locs started with braids. I just came up with my own little "twist" to the name for my books sake and for when I provide the service to my clients.

But tightening the roots of locs started with braids is no more difficult than locs started with twists or coils. Some people twist or palmroll their braidlocs and some of us use a latch hook method or crochet method to retighten the growth. To me, with braidlocs, the crochet/latch hook methods cause the roots to look more "in sync" with the rest of the braids but once the locs begin to lock, then it all looks the same...like locs!

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Re: Braidlocs
« Reply #6 on: Sep 17th, 2002, 03:32am »

i also would like to know what nappylocs are

i surfed to lockitup and saw your pics happynnappy
your locks are sooooooooooooooooooooooo
beautifull. I guess you must get a lot of compliments and questions everyday. Wow. Im really impressed.
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Re: Braidlocs
« Reply #7 on: Sep 17th, 2002, 08:53am »

What are Nappylocs?

First let me explain why I started with them. I felt limited as a consultant as to the size of the locks I could offer my clients. I also felt and experienced in certain instances a larger lock was healthier and more flattering for certain clients.

People love the convience of the technique but wanted a more traditional looking dread-larger and less maintenance than SL. It is frowned upon by the home office to do them larger and the tools are not able to do a larger lock.

The use of oils is also discouraged. I can understand why in the beginning but plain and simple some folk need some oil on their scalp.

So I came up with my own parting system, tool, and care system. I use one of the locking patterns but also incorporated the coil methods used in twist.

I am very much against the regular use of claryfying shampoos and any other drying agents which tend to roughen-damage -the cuticle. I have not experienced any delayed locking times when using light oils and good basic shampoos.

While I still do SL on occassion I am able to offer a more customize service by doing both. If aclient comes to me and says I want SL but not "so small" I say SL are designed to be small. If you are looking for a larger lock here is an option. We look at pics to determine the look they are trying to achieve and the maintenance requirements of both.
I hope this helps,
deb
PS thanks for the compliments about the hair color.


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Re: Braidlocs
« Reply #8 on: Jan 19th, 2003, 7:34pm »

i went waaaay back to dig this one up
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