What Are Sisterlocks?
Sisterlocks are a natural hairstyle specific to women with kinky, curly, afro-textured hair.
They are tiny locs installed using a weaving technique called interlocking. The interlocking method can also be used to install larger locs (commonly referred to as traditional locs).
There are other ways of starting locs, in general, but the interlocking method is preferred by many because it doesn’t require product of any kind to start the locs (e.g. gels and waxes).
Sisterlocks, though beautiful, are expensive to install and to maintain. Installation costs are usually based on hair length and start from around £500 upwards. The installation process normally takes 3 days (8hrs per day) leading to the birth of, on average, 350 – 400 skinny baby locs.
Despite their method of initial installation, all locs have to go through the same journey to maturity. Baby Sisterlocks ultimately thicken to roughly double their installation size.
Patience is a virtue.
When it comes to growing locs, never has a truer word been spoken.
During the first year, you will witness an amazing transformation. Some people breeze through all the loc stages to maturity, while others struggle. No matter how frustrated you feel with your locs, at whatever stage you’re at, just hang in there. I promise you, it will be worth it.
Just think of having chemical-free healthy hair that will grow to lengths you never imagined possible. Not to mention not having to spend hours combing and styling your hair or applying endless amounts of unnecessary hair products and still looking fabulous.
I kid you not. You’ll literally be able to wake up, shake it, and go!
So how do Sisterlocks differ from traditional locs?
Well…Sisterlocks are a form of micro locs installed using a patented grid pattern. The grid pattern allows you to style your hair with partings anywhere you want them. This makes Sisterlocks extremely versatile. In fact, they are so versatile, oftentimes they are confused with loose natural hair.
Sisterlocks have been called manicured locs because they require visits to your loctitian every 4 – 8 weeks for a retightening of the new growth. Retightening sessions cost £60 on average and can take up to 3hrs to complete. Ergo the maintenance costs previously mentioned. You can eliminate the costs of maintenance by learning to retighten your own hair. Bear in mind, though, that nothing worth having comes for free. What you save in money, will cost you in time. But, at least then...you have a choice.
So, that’s what Sisterlocks are...in a nutshell.