Sisterlocks® Frequently Asked Questions
What are Sisterlocks®?
Sisterlocks® are tiny uniform locks that are the result of a precision parting grid and the use of a specialized tool that places the hair into its locking formation. The Sisterlocks® method does not require the use of waxes, oils or gels. The small size and parting grid form locks that are easily styled.
How long does my hair need to be to start Sisterlocks®?
In general, Sisterlocks® can be started with 1 1/2 inches of natural unprocessed hair. Where shorter hair can be caught in a locking pattern, 2 inches is recommended and will ensure that the first stages of locking are easier to manage during your home care.
Do I need to cut my relaxed hair?
No, you don’t have to cut your hair. Sisterlocks® can be started with your relaxed length left untouched as long as you have 2 inches of natural hair at the root. As your hair grows, and it is set into a locked pattern, your relaxed hair will be trimmed away.
How long will it take to install my Sisterlocks®?
In an ideal situation, your “Initial Locking Session” will take about 15+ hours. Your hair length, density, and head size determine the actual amount of time it will take to install your Sisterlocks®. A better time frame will be given at your consultation.
Can I add extensions to my Sisterlocks®?
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, so don’t let the idea of short hair for a short period of time rob you of years of freely growing, healthy, manageable hair.
What should I expect from a Sisterlocks® 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 consultant will 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 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.
Are Sisterlocks® permanent?
During the first 6 months of development, Sisterlocks® can be removed. Removal will likely take more time, and be more costly than your Initial Locking Session. Most Consultants will not lock your hair if removal is a great concern. You should be sure that the Sisterlocks® method is right for you.
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 lock (or 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.
Can I wash my hair the same week that I have them installed?
Yes, but in the early stages of your hair it must be braided and banded to prevent slippage.
To learn more about the Sisterlocks® system, nationally or internationally, should be directed to the Home Office in San Diego. 3807 Utah street, San Diego CA 92104 Phone: 619-291-5116 Web site: http://www.sisterlocks.com