Will Sisterlocks(tm) cause my hair to break or thin?
A: Just the opposite! Sisterlocks(tm) 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.
Can I get Sisterlocks(tm) if I have relaxed hair?
A: Yes, though the transition will take more time. Your hair
care professional that is trained in Sisterlocks(tm) techniques
can help you make that transition. Your styling options will
increase as your natural texture grows out.
Do I need to have 'fine' hair for Sisterlocks(tm) to work?
A: Not at all!! In fact, the course, thick, 'nappy' hair is
best for Sisterlocks(tm). Your natural abundant texture adds
body and makes styling easier.
Can Sisterlocks(tm) be taken out?
A: Yes, though the procedure is tedious. Anyway, once you
discover the range of freedom with Sisterlocks(tm) you won't
want to go back! Finally, there is a way of celebrating the
natural beauty of our hair with Sisterlocks(tm).
Can I do the locks myself?
A: This is not advised. Not all types require the same locking
technique, and your hair care professional is the best trained
to give you locks that will be best suited to you. Also, hair
care professionals are trained to give you cuts, styles and
grooming tips that will ensure the lasting beauty of your
questions below came from my friend Jeannine (www.jeannineshair.com)
who is also a Certified Sisterlock Consultant in St. Louis.
These are questions that people are always asking or just
thinking and don’t want to ask so I thought it would
be great to add them.
Q: Can you put my Sisterlocks in so
that there won't be any parting?
A: The answer is no. With a fresh head of Sisterlocks you
are going to see some parting. Even if the client has very
thick hair, there will still be some parting.
How long will it take for the partings to fill in?
A: 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
Exactly what is meant by filling in?
A: Filling in is the process where your hair starts to grow
and your locks start to expand.
Why do some clients' locks look silky or shining and others
look dry and more like traditional locks?
A: Each hair texture is different. As you know, we as black
people are comprised of many textures and tones. And that's
also true for our hair. When looking as a client, you may
be looking at someone with a straighter texture of hair, or
you may be looking at a client that is transitioning from
relaxed hair. In any of these cases their hair is going to
have a different look than a person with more kinky hair.
Regardless, once the locks have set in and the permed ends
are cut off, they too will have a more traditional lock look.
What about coloring the Sisterlocks?
A: I recommend coloring your locks once they are set in or
well on their way. This is because if you color your hair
before your hair is locked you will run into trouble trying
to touch up your color while your locks are settling. For
example, when coloring your hair you must make sure that all
of the color is out. This means numerous shampoos. The more
you shampoo your locks the looser they will become. This means
that when you go for your retightening you will have very
loose locks and even some that may have come down. If this
is so, you can be out of a lot of money. (I have a client
that did just that. She had only had her locks in for two
months. When she came back for her retightening, which usually
took two hours, it took six, and at $25 an hour she was out
of $150. Needless to say, she waited for here hair to settle
before she colored her hair again).
How will Sisterlocks do on thinning hair?
A: I've found that on my clients with thinning hair, it has
been the best. In most cases the Sisterlocks have covered
the thinning areas greatly. Even in those situations where
there is permanent hair loss the Sisterlocks, being the small
sizes that they are, give the illusion of fullness.
When my Sisterlocks were put in, my hair was longer, now it
appears to have drawn up. Why is that?
A: Different hair textures react in different ways. Even though
you have Sisterlocks, you still have locks. Regardless of
what type of hair locking system you have, one fact holds
true. For one the bulbing stage. This is the stage where the
DNA of your locks swells together to form the locks and then
relaxes. Another way to explain it is like baking a cake.
When you put your cake in the oven to bake, it swells while
the mix is cooking. When it's done, the swelling is gone and
you have the size of your cake. Well it's the same thing with
I've heard that I can use curling irons on my locks, do you
A: I don't. When you apply heat you run the risk of ruining
your locks. I've had clients that used curling irons on their
locks and actually singed their locks. The irons were too
hot and they ended up with a press. Even after they shampooed
their hair the straightness was still there. I find that a
roller set is the best for locks. You can wear a roller set
for one to two weeks without rerolling your hair again. Even
though they are smaller locks, they are still locks.
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