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Frequently Asked Questions 

  • Q: What is Sisterlocks
    A: Sisterlocks is a natural hair management system that allows women 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.
  • Q: Can I get Sisterlocks if I have relaxed hair?
    A: Yes. Though the transition will take more time, your hair care professional, who is trained in Sisterlocks techniques, can help you make that transition. Your styling options will increase as your natural texture grows out.
  • Q: Do I need to have 'fine' hair for Sisterlocks to work?
    A: Not at all! In fact, the coarse, thick 'nappy' hair is best for Sisterlocks. Your natural abundant texture adds body and makes styling easier.
  • Q: Does this mean that once I get Sisterlocks I can still change hairstyles?
    A: Yes! Sisterlocks is a lot less limiting than extensions because it is your natural hair. You can curl it, braid it, wear a ponytail, cut it, spray or mousse it, wear bangs and parts - You name it!
  • Q: Can Sisterlocks be taken out?
    A: Technically, yes, though the procedure is so tedious, you will not want to get Sisterlocks with that intention. Anyway, once you discover the range of freedom with Sisterlocks, you won't want to go back! Finally, there is a way of celebrating the natural beauty of our hair with Sisterlocks!
  • Q: How long does it take to do Sisterlocks?
    A: The initial locking process takes about two thirds as long as getting extensions of comparable size. For medium length hair this means about eight to twelve hours (maybe longer!). The beauty of Sisterlocks is that tightening them as your hair grows out is extremely simple, since there are no extensions to remove and re-set.
  • Q: Can I do the locks myself?
    A: This is not advised. Not all hair types require the same locking technique. Your hair care professional is the best trained to give you locks that will be best suited to you. By the way, once your Sisterlocks are well established you can take a Retightening Class to learn how to maintain your own hair. This is great for when you travel, or when you have to miss an appointment, or if you just want to save money on long-term maintenance. Caution: We strongly recommend that you see a Consultant 2-3 times a year for to keep your Sisterlocks looking beautiful!
  • Q: Will Sisterlocks cause my hair to break or thin?
    A: 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.
  • What about extensions?  Can I use extensions for Sisterlocks?
    NO. The Sisterlock™ process does not require use of extensions to install Sisterlocks™ or Brotherlocks™. Your natural hair is the ONLY hair used in the installation process.
  • What about my hair type?  Is it right for Sisterlocks?
    Ssterlock™ Consultants work with all hair types with a natural curl pattern. Those with fine or thin hair, no worries, your hair can be locked too. Those with fine hair typically takes longer to lock but with your regularly scheduled maintenance (sisterlocks retightening) your locks will mature and lock as well.
  • I’m a woman and my mind changes often… What if I change my mind and want my Sisterlocks un-installed?
    This is why scheduling and consultation with a Sisterlock™ Consultant is so very important. By detailing your hair habits, styles, etc, with your consultant he/she will be able to detect if Sisterlocks™ are right for you. Ultimately it IS your decision.
  • I have traditional locks, can I still get Sisterlocks?"
    No. Your traditional locks will have to be cut off.
  • What does it mean when the locks settle?
    This means the locks will soon mature. In the beginning stages of your locks, the parting is very visible and there is chance of slippage (locks coming down) depending on the texture of your hair.
  • Should I color my hair before or after I get Sisterlocks?
    Yes. It is highly suggested that you color your hair before your initial Sisterlock™ Installation.
  • What products do I use on my Sisterlocks™, Brotherlocks™?"
    Once your locks are installed the ONLY product you should use on your locks is the Sisterlock™ Starter shampoo. This shampoo is designed to help with the maturing/locking process of your locks. As part of your installation package you will and should receive a full wash 2 weeks after installation. As my client you will receive a full wash and the SisterLocks Starter kit that includes the Starter shampoo. It is imperative that you refrain from using other hair products unless prescribed by a physician. We want to avoid any issues with your locking process.
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