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Sisterlocks 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: Does this mean that once I have 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! The hairstyles are limitless.
Q: How long does it take to do?
A: The initial locking process takes about 2/3 as long as getting extensions of comparable size. Other factors that will affect the length of the initial locking session are: hair length, density, condition, size of head and lock size desired. The beauty of Sisterlocks™ is that retightening them as your hair grows out is extremely simple, since there are no extensions to remove and reset.
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 your hair or scalp. You will find that with regular care, your locks will grow and grow, and your styling options will definitely increase.
Q: Can I get Sisterlocks if I have relaxed hair?
A: Yes, though the transition will take more time. Your Sisterlocks Consultant 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 course, thick, "nappy" hair is best for Sisterlocks. Your natural abundant texture adds body and makes styling easier.
Q: Can Sisterlocks be taken out?
A: Yes, though the procedure is tedious. 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: Can I do the locks myself?
A: This is not advised. Not all types require the same locking technique, and your Sisterlocks Consultant is the best trained to install locks that will be best suited for you. Also, Sisterlocks Consultants are trained to give you maintenance tips that will ensure the lasting beauty of your locks.
Q: Can you put my Sisterlocks in so that there won't be any parting and how long will it take
for the partings to fill in?
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. Depending on the rate that your hair grows will determine how long it will take for the partings to fill in. Usually within the first three weeks or after your first shampoo you will notice your partings filling in. Thinner hair takes a little while longer.
Q: 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.
Q: Why do some clients' Sisterlocks look silky or shiny and others look dry and more like
A: Each hair texture is different. As you know, we are comprised of many textures and tones. And that's also true for our hair. When looking at a person with Sisterlocks, you may be looking at someone with a straighter texture of hair, or you may be looking at a person 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 relaxed ends are cut off, they too will have a more traditional lock look.
Q: What about coloring Sisterlocks?
A: We recommend coloring before installation or once your locks are settled. Keep in mind, 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 rinsed 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 slipped completely out. If this is the case, your Retightening will take more time and cost more money. Please consult with your Sisterlocks Consultant to discuss your options for coloring.
Q: How will Sisterlocks do on thinning hair?
A: We have found that on our 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, Sisterlocks being the small sizes that they are, give the illusion of fullness. However, Sisterlocks is not a cure for permanent hair loss.
Q: 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...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 your hair.
Q: I've heard that I can use curling irons on my locks, do you recommend this?
A: We do not. When you apply heat to your locks, you run the risk of ruining your locks. We have 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. We find that a roller set is the best for your locks. You can wear a roller set for one to two weeks without re-rolling your hair again. Even though they are smaller locks, they are still locks.