12/23/2005

Small World

Today, after some last minute shopping with my Mom, we decided to get a bite to eat at Red Lobster. Just as we were leaving, I saw a woman walk by and her lovely locks caught my eye. Okay, I was out right staring, okay.

I confess, I keep an eagle eye out for locks and natural styles of all types, and compliment the wearers every chance I get. I think it's important that we natural heads support each other. Nothing against permies. I used to be one ever so briefly, many, many, many moons ago. But going natural isn't always an easy road, and I'd like to believe that a kind word just may come at a time when that person needs to hear it most.

Actually, come to think of it, it's not just hair. I truly believe a random honest compliment can really brighten someone's day. Sadly, I find that other women really don't expect this. Sometimes they're so stunned, I get a look of shock before I get a smile and a thank you. I expect neither, mind you. I'm just trying to be positive, 'cause the negative is all too readily available. But I digress.

So yeah, I see this woman walk by my table and I stop her to compliment her on her locks. She thanks me and says the magic words, "They're Sisterlocks." Well now you know the conversation was on! Ms. Dina is from Texas! (Sorry LaChanda & Blaqkofi, I didn't find out what part.) She's visiting family here in New York and is thinking about moving back! She's had her lovely locks for five going on six years.

We talked retighening, products, curlers (she admired the curls I was sporting from the Soft Spikes), and ultimately exchanged phone numbers and e-mail addresses. Perhaps she'll pay a visit to Lockitup or perhaps (gasp!) become a blogger!

Addendum: The ever observant Brunsli noticed that Dina and I are both wearing hats. That's because today it was a chilly 38 degrees. This reminds me of another great thing about having locks: No worries about hat hair! Step 1. Take off hat. Step 2. Give locks a little shake. Step 3. Go on with your bad self. /:-)

4 comments:

brunsli said...

You are both so cute together with your winter hats on!

This sounds like how I met Ally! And that was in Texas too. Why are there so many locked ladies in Texas?

coco_btrfly said...

Indeed it is a small world!
Very nice picture of two beautiful SL sisters

CoCo
My observation of natural/locked people in TX:

I live in the Dallas/Ft.Worth area of TX and it seems as if there are a lot of natural/locked people, but being that TX is so HUGE, it rare that I get a chance to see natural/locked individuals, UNLESS I'm gettin my hair done at an all natural shop. Just my 2 cents on that...

Creyole's Sisterlock Exodus said...

Leighann,
Ok, I'm happy to hear that you exchanged numbers and told her about the LockItUp Group maybe she can join us for one of our DFW Meetings. What a fab-u-lous pic of the two of you!

You are so right about the compliments, I do the same and some folks are caught off guard...then comes the smile!

Vee said...

I do the same thing anytime I see a locked person! Don't let it be S/L's cause it's on and popping so I feel you!

You hair came out great and I'll be looking into those rollers they seem to be doing the trick!