Sisterlocks are a natural, fuss-free hairstyle invented by Dr. JoAnn Cornwell. They are smaller locs.
The hairdo requires a Sisterlocks specialist to install the locs and tighten them regularly.
They are a long-term alternative and a convenient natural style. Taking out locs can be difficult and even harmful.
Sisterlocks enthusiasts can learn if the style suits their hair type, styling preferences, and lifestyle. Read on to learn about installation, Sisterlock maintenance, and style options.
What are Sisterlocks?
Dr. JoAnn Cornwell introduced Sisterlocks in 1993. A natural loc hairstyle without chemicals or extensions was her goal.
Consultants use a unique interlocking tool to install Sisterlocks. The consultant uses this to generate clean, homogeneous locs.
They weave complicated locs using interlocking patterns.
Sisterlocks are a low-maintenance protective hairstyle that protects hair from heat and pulling. The natural texture of the hair keeps the locs small, flexible, and easy to style.
Sisterlocks vs Locs
Sisterlocks are a sort of loc that is smaller and more rope-like.
Locs are a common protective hairstyle. They are made by interlocking, palm rolling, or braiding. They can matt, twist, and coil hair.
To create Sisterlocks, a grid pattern and an interlocking tool are used. A stylist will start at the ends and work their way up to the scalp. This reduces root pulling and tension.
Sisterlocks use smaller hair portions than typical locs, reducing their weight and size. Sisterlocks are more structured, flexible, and versatile.
Sisterlocks take much longer to do than traditional locs. Starting at the roots, a balm or wax is used to matte, twist, or palm roll the hair. It can be done by oneself or by a professional. Locs are larger and weightier than Sisterlocks.
Locs only need shampoo, but they unwind more easily than Sisterlocks. They also need to be washed and moisturized often. While no hair appointments are required for them, many women use gel, beeswax, and shea butter to nourish their locs.
Sisterlocks installation is a team effort that begins with a consultation. Find a trained consultant in your region. They may want to research a few candidates. The stylist should be competent and reliable.
Create a digital photo album to show your stylist before your appointment. Schedule a pre-installation consultation to share your lifestyle and hair care routines throughout the appointment. This also allows you to ask questions, express concerns, and discuss size and style choices ahead of time. Your stylist can then advise you on daily care and setting up regular tightening sessions.
The stylist usually places a few test Sisterlocks in the client's hair to determine the optimum pattern. From there, she or he can estimate the installation process, time, and cost. These mainly center around the hair length and density, head size, and loc size.
Installation takes between 12 and 36 hours, so the stylist usually splits the procedure into two appointments. Arrive at the installation appointment with clean hair, product-free hair. During installation, the consultant will separate the hair into a grid pattern and interlock each area using a tool.
Caring For Sisterlocks
Sisterlocks are a long-term hairdo that requires maintenance. At first, they look like braids, and the scalp is more evident. Later, though, the locs will mature and become uniformly matted.
A follow-up visit should be made within a month of installation. The consultant will check and tighten the Sisterlocks, and then recommend modifications. After the initial appointment, retightening sessions are required every 4 to 6 weeks.
It's very important to note that Sisterlocks recommends expert retightening, especially in the first 6 months. However, the company does also teach self-tightening classes.
Wash your hair every 1–2 weeks between retightening treatments. Post-wash, you should then separate the locs. You may also want to use a silk pillowcase or a silk head cover to protect your hair.
Above all, with Sisterlocks you should avoid: Using heated hair tools, over-shampooing, or dyeing your hair within a year of installation. Each of these will dry and strip your hair, potentially making it more brittle and harming it.
Hairstyles for Sisterlocks
These lightweight, flexible, and easy-to-style locs are beautiful worn in many different ways, from a deep side part or high hairpin with a two strand twist, half bun, flat twists, space buns, or Bantu knots.
Sisterlocks are a long-lasting natural hairdo. While they have many advantages, they are not for everyone.
For women who need a wash-and-go hair option, Sisterlocks can be wonderful. However, they are also expensive and take a long time to install. Once they are in, additional Sisterlocks cannot be added in without first unlocking or cutting the existing locs. Finally, too-tight installations can cause hair loss.
That said, if your hair is healthy, natural or relaxed Afro-textured; you choose a great hair care professional; and you follow her or his advice to the tee, Sisterlocks might be a beautiful and practical style option for you!