locks - Horsham Victoria

Ethical Lokkticians

My name is Lani and I run Namaste Dreadlocks in country Victoria in a town called Horsham. 
 

My dread business began entering my consciousness when I was fired from a previous job as a waitress because I needed to be by my fathers side during a triple bypass operation. During my families hospital stay in Melbourne I visited Weirdsistas for some dread love and was both overjoyed and surprised by the pain free experience that when they mentioned to me that they train people to learn how to become lockticians through learning the Sista System, I let the thought sink in. I wasnt long home when I messaged them to let them know that yes, I would like to begin training. After completing one dreadlock and realising that yes, I could do this, I went about planning the opening of my very own business. It was a dream come true...my own boss, my own hours, great money, a way to support my daughter and all while doing something I had developed a love for! Winning!
I have found that since opening, I have been treated very well by the general public, clients, family and friends. A huge amount of support has surrounded me and many dreadheads are rapt with having me in the town as it means they dont have to travel hours and hours to the nearest locktician. My business works in with other businesses around Horsham with us helping to promote each other and sending clients to each other for example, hair colourists, tattoo artists and my business provides sponsorship to both Ambulance Active and Bluelight Disco. 
It didnt take me too long to get up to speed and come to some degree of 'mastering the art' of dreadlocks. I practised on a few people and swapped maintenance sessions with another woman who was training in the Sista System and also at the beginning of her business.

 

Weirdsistas train lockticians all over Australia and even some abroad in the Sista System, which I have to say is the most gentle technique I have ever come across when it comes to dreadlocks. My first set of dreadlocks I can only liken to childbirth on my head. It was so painful and a lot of the methods out there for creating dreadlocks are unfortunately this way. I have had clients too experience the WOW moment of 'I cant believe Im not in excruciating pain,' while I have done their maintenance. 
 

The Sista System group that I am a part of due to my training is something that has become a very dear part of my life. I know within the click of a button, I can have support, advice, encouragement and in general, love from a group of people who are all on the same journey. I love these people...they are truly a part of my soul group and the support is never ending once you become a locktician.
My first paying client was probably my most memorable...though I do have memories of crying from laughter and barely being able to continue dreading due to giggling with a client while we watched a comedy festival during maintenance and one client in particular who just makes me belly laugh every visit and various younger people who have blown my mind with their insight into the world, my first client was a father. A blue eyed, dreadheaded, gemini man who I felt at ease with and thank goodness because my nerves were through the roof waiting for him to arrive. But it was memorable because I was laughing at the universe....he was a taken man, but at the time, my idea of a perfect man. I cant tell you how many times I had willed a single father, blue eyed, dreadheaded, gemini man into my life and here he was as my first paying client! 

 

The Sista System uses products from Lock, Stock & Apparel, which is brilliant because these products are designed for dreads, designed to help them lock up, smell great and fight problems that can sometimes arise from having dreads like dandruff, psoriasis flare ups and itchiness. And that's not the only great thing about them. They are 100% Vegan made products meaning they are both natural and good for the planet! Its hard to pick a favourite product...as a locktician I would say the Lokk Up Spray is amazing and despite what my clients tell me, I can always tell if they have been using it or not ha! It really does help to lock the dread up and smells amazing. As a dreadhead myself, I would say I love the Bloke Blokk shampoo. It is so easy to use, fits perfectly in my hand while washing and soaps up great in the shower, leaving my dreads smelling and feeling amazing!
When asked about cultural appropriation when it comes to dreads, I now have to laugh. I didnt realise it was a thing until I was browsing through twitter one day and saw a comment that said, 'if another white person with dreadlocks uses the word 'namaste' Im going to smash their face in.' Yikes! I thought, Im in trouble!! But now I just laugh and think, really??!! Dreads are for everyone man... Namaste

Ethical Lokkticians Using the Sista system

Ethical Lokkticians

I have been asked so many times to write a blog that contains information on Lokkticians in Australia, who are ethical, have been working with us for some time, and deserve your patronage.

Bonn and I have spent many years teaching our skills, many have thought us crazy for giving our technique away, after all, we have perfected a system that is natural,  pain manageable, is easy to apply (most maintenance session take between 1 to 2 hours to complete) and gives stunning results, without loss of length or damage of hair. This is not an easy process and the people I am going to spend the next few weeks introducing you too, have been practicing this art for many moons.  The Lokkticians you will meet have not just run with the idea and spent five minutes watching a Youtube video in the hope of making a bit of cash... these professional Lokkticians have polished the art, have pride in what they do and are at the top of their industry. These lokkticians using the sista system, are all over Australia and have all trained with us.

Once you start to do your research into dreads,  you will find many lokkticians who say they have been trained by us and some of them may have started to work with us, but have not completed and are not of the high standard we expect form our branding.  To be a part of our team, Lokkticians need to be here, have a certificate and use the Sista system, of process and products, 

We have spent years perfecting our technique and products, using only dreaded people to test on,Lock Stock & Apparel our dread product rage,  does not test on animals, our packaging is ethical and we insist on our lokkticians constantly improving their skills with an ongoing forum we host online. This is our promise to you, that when we recommend a lokktician, you will be sure of excellence. 

Should you be interested in one of these lokkticians in your area, please feel free to contact them from the information you gain from the blog.

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DREADed tales FROM THE BUNKER

My Name is Nazimova Alla Dada, or Nazy if you know me well,  and I am one of two directors at the Weirdsistas and part alchemist at LSA the fabulous dread range, made and designed with DREADS ONLY in mind.  I thought it would be a great idea that we start a story, a dreadlocked story.

This story  will feature different dread houses, and talk with them about method(s) and process.

There are so many myths, thoughts &  faiths around dreads, so many ideas and processes, so many discussions with so much passion,  we would like to travel them all, waging… responsibility, love and respect.

My journey with dreads began along time ago, it was neither successful nor really committed, I think it was a rebellion punk response, to a very homogenized normative world.  I wanted to fuck with identity and wore dreads as a palimpsest, myself a nomadic gallery, that was adorned with never ending constraint.  This story is cyclical, I see self in so many stories of rebellious youth, I see self as a lifetide of matted hair and fenny legends,  and I see a never completed weaving of thierstory.

 I feel completely innocuous,  identifying as a women who weaves her hair and stories into time, I place myself as timekeeper of my time and dexterities. Therefore I have so many multitudes of minutes to share with you as I unravel the weave of dreadlocked time.

Dreads are a lifestyle not a hair style… Tis so very true, You will determine alone, the way in which you will matt your hair, no matter, dreads are sculpture that invade our life, the outside being in and the inside being out.  Taking into account that we have many processes available to us, which process is the best… This question can not be answered, but I can say, The answer is in choice and as we drift this never ending rope we see that its stories are many and legends deep, the dread, belongs to so many, and is embraced by so many more. 

So lets begin, legends of dreads.

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