What are Sisterlocks™?
Sisterlocks™ is a natural hair management system that allows those with tightly textured hair to take advantage of a wide range of today's hairstyles without having to alter the natural texture of their hair. Sisterlocks™ are tiny uniform locks that are the result of a precision parting grid, and the use of a specialized tool used to place the hair into its locking formation. The Sisterlocks™ method does not require the use of waxes or gels. The small size and parting grid form about 400 easily styled locks.
How long does my hair need to be to start Sisterlocks™?
In general, Sisterlocks™ can be started with 1 ½ inches of natural unprocessed hair. This will ensure the first stages of locking will be easier to manage during your home care.
Do I need to cut my relaxed hair?
No, you do not have to cut your hair. Sisterlocks™ can be started with your relaxed length left untouched (as long as you have 1 ½ inches of natural hair at the root. As your hair grows, and is set into a locked pattern your relaxed hair will be trimmed away.
How long will it take to start my Sisterlocks™?
The initial locking process takes about 2 to 3 times as long as getting extensions of comparable size. Other factors that will affect the length of the initial locking session are: hair length, density, condition, size of head and lock size desired. The beauty of Sisterlocks™ is that re-tightening them as your hair grows out is extremely simple since there are no extensions to remove and reset.
Are Sisterlocks™ extensions, or can I add extensions?
No, Sisterlocks™ uses your natural hair. Without extensions, your hair is free of the extra weight that puts tension on the roots. Over time this sort of tension can lead to permanent hair loss. Without extensions, your natural hair is free to grow to its fullest potential.
What should I expect from a Sisterlock™ Consultant?
You should expect to receive your Initial Consultation, Locking Session, First Follow-Up visit, and Customer Starter Kit as a package. Expect to be educated during your Initial Consultation, and test locks set in. Your Sisterlock™ Consultant should give you an idea of what to expect as your locks mature, then be available to celebrate every phase of your development. Expect a caring and knowledgeable professional.
Is my hair type right for Sisterlocks™?
All natural hair with a curl or wave pattern is the right type for Sisterlocks™. Sisterlocks™ has developed several "locking patterns", one of which is just right for your hair type.
Will Sisterlocks™ cause my hair to break or thin?
Just the opposite! Sisterlocks™ is a gentle technique that requires no chemicals, no excessive tightening, and causes no damaging abrasion to the hair or scalp. You will find that with regular care, your locks will grow and grow, and your styling options will increase.
Are Sisterlocks™ permanent?
During the first six months of development, Sisterlocks™ can be removed. Removal will likely take more time, and be more costly than your Initial Locking Session. I will not lock your hair if removal is a great concern. You should be sure that the Sisterlocks™ method is right for you prior to having them installed.
How do Sisterlocks™ differ from other locks?
Where Sisterlocks™ are true locks (a matting of African, kinky, tightly curled, nappy hair), they differ from "dread locks, dreads, or traditional" in the technique used to form them. The Sisterlocks™ method uses a precise parting grid, and a tool to produce small easily styled locks. Sisterlocks™ does not use any waxes, gels, creams or hair extensions, so everything that can add weight, stress, or hamper your hair growth is removed.
Are Sisterlocks™ expensive?
Some people will say that Sisterlocks™ are expensive, and claim to have found a less expensive copy cat lock that "look just as good". Be aware, many ladies who have tried the less expensive route end up removing them and replacing them with Sisterlocks™ by a Sisterlocks™ consultant to avoid long term dissatisfaction. Pay the few extra dollars and get a Sisterlocks™ consultant to start your locks out on the right path.
Do I need to have 'fine' hair for Sisterlocks™ to work?
Not at all. In fact, the course, thick, 'nappy' hair is best for Sisterlocks™. Your natural abundant texture adds body and makes styling easier.
Can Sisterlocks™ be installed so that there won't be any parting?
No. With a fresh head of Sisterlocks™ you are going to see some parting. Even if the client has very thick hair there will be some parting.
How long will it take for the partings to fill in?
It depends on the rate that your hair grows. Usually within the first three weeks or after your first shampoo you will notice your partings filling in. Thinner hair takes a little while longer.
Exactly what is meant by filling in?
Filling in is the process where your hair starts to grow and your locks start to expand.
What should I expect during maintenance (re-tightening) visits?
In their early stages, you should expect your consultant to troubleshoot your locks as potential issues arise. Most of the time, these issues are merely a part of lock development, however, if not corrected they can lead to weak, breaking or mis-shaped locks. This type of troubleshooting is routine and should be a part of your maintenance sessions including establishing new locks on an emerging hairline.
How often can I wash my Sisterlocks™?
Sisterlocks™ can be washed as often as needed. If your hair is dirty, wash it! There is no "minimum time" before new locks can be washed nor is there a standard time for how often your hair should be washed. Before shampooing, ensure that hair is braided and banded properly and that the bands are NOT pulled from the hair. Your locks will remain beautiful and healthy if they are free from products, lint, dirt, etc.
What is the cost of Sisterlocks™?
All Sisterlocks™ Consultants are "independent consultants" so the investment varies from person to person. If you find that a consultants prices are too expensive verify with the home office at sisterlocks.com and they can probrably find someone else to refer you to.
For more about the Sisterlocks™ brand, visit www.sisterlocks.com.