Dr. JoAnn Cornwell created the Sisterlocks hairstyle for people who want a natural, hassle-free option for their hair. They are a smaller type of locs.
The hairstyle requires local installation by a Sisterlocks professional as well as routine tightening appointments.
Although they are a convenient and easy natural style, they are a long term option. If a person wants to get their locs out, it can be difficult and possibly damaging.
People curious about Sisterlocks can find out if the style suits their hair type, style preferences, and lifestyle. Read more to find out what to expect during installation, how to care for Sisterloks and styling options.
In 1993, Dr. JoAnn Cornwell created the Sisterlocks hair care system. She wanted to create a natural hairstyle without the use of chemicals or extensions.
To install Sisterlocks, a certified consultant uses a patented locking tool. It looks like a hook and helps the consultant create neat, even locs.
They use various interlocking patterns to create intricate woven locs.
Requiring minimal maintenance, Sisterlocks are a long-lasting protective hairstyle that gives hair a break from heat and pulling. Hair retains its natural texture, helping locs stay small, flexible and manageable.
Sisterlocks are a small type of locs, which are thinner, string-like locks of hair.
Locs are a common protective hairstyle. People create them using methods such as interlocking, palm rolling, or braiding. They can also mattify, twist or curl the hair.
The Sisterlocks technique uses a grid pattern and an interlocking tool to create even locs. When training locs, a stylist will start at the ends and work your way up to the scalp. This helps reduce pulling and tension at the roots.
Compared to traditional locs, Sisterlocks use smaller sections of hair. This makes them lighter and thinner. In general, Sisterlocks have more options for structure, flexibility, and style.
Installing traditional locs is much faster than Sisterlocks. This usually involves using a balm or wax to mattify, twist or palm roll the hair, starting at the roots. People can do this on their own or with the help of a professional. Locs come in different sizes, and they are generally larger and heavier than Sisterlocks.
The only product locs need is shampoo. However, they tend to unravel more easily than Sisterlocks. They do require regular washing and moisturizing, but maintenance appointments are not necessary.
Popular products include gel, beeswax and shea butter.
Installing Sisterlocks is a collaborative process and involves a consultation appointment. People can search their area to find a certified consultant. They may want to research a few options to decide which is best suited. The stylist must be professional, knowledgeable and trustworthy.
When preparing for their appointment, people may find it helpful to create a digital photo album to show their stylist. Before starting the installation, a person can have a consultation with a stylist. During the consultation, they can discuss their lifestyle and hair care habits.
This gives people the opportunity to meet with their consultant to ask questions, address concerns, and discuss size and style preferences. The consultant can provide information on the maintenance of Sisterlocks, which includes daily maintenance and regular tightening sessions.
Usually, the consultant will install a few Sisterlocks testers in the client’s hair to see which pattern best suits their hair texture.
Then they can describe the installation process, time and cost. These usually depend on the length and density of the hair, the size of a person’s head, and the size of the locs.
Typically, the stylist will split sessions into at least two appointments since installation takes between 12 and 36 hours.
A person should wash their hair in advance and arrive at the installation appointment with their hair free of products. During installation, the consultant will precisely separate the hair to form a grid pattern and use a tool to interlock each section of hair.
Sisterlocks are a long-term or permanent hairstyle that requires proper care.
At first, when tightest, Sisterlocks look like braids and the scalp is more visible. Over time, the locs will mature and take on a more even, matte look.
After installation, a person should have a follow-up appointment within 1 month. The consultant will check and tighten locks, provide maintenance advice and suggest modifications.
After the initial follow-up visit, a person should schedule a tightening session every 4 to 6 weeks.
The Sisterlocks company recommends going to a professional for tightening, especially during the first 6 months. However, they also offer a self-tightening class that trains people to do it at home.
Between tightening appointments, a person should wash their hair every 1-2 weeks with a mild shampoo. Then they should separate the locs.
To protect the locs, some people prefer to use a silk pillowcase or wear a silk head covering while sleeping.
People with Sisterlocks should avoid:
- hot styling tools
- excessive shampoo, which can cause damage
- color your hair within a year of moving in
Sisterlocks are lightweight, flexible and easy to handle in a range of styles.
Options for styling Sisterlocks include:
- deep side part
- high ponytail
- two strand twist
- high bun
- flat twists
- half bun
- space buns
- bantu knots
Sisterlocks are a natural hairstyle that can last for years. Although they offer many benefits, they are not suitable for everyone.
People should carefully weigh the pros and cons before deciding to install Sisterlocks.
Benefits of Sisterlocks include:
- hair styling convenient to wash and take away
- versatile styling options
- no need for hair products
- neat and uniform appearance
- the small size of the loc facilitates the washing of the scalp
- refresher courses are available
Disadvantages of Sisterlocks include:
- long and expensive installation
- regular tightening sessions necessary
- long-term commitment is needed
- tedious and possibly damaging to unblock hair
- sisters too tight
may causetraction alopecia
Sisterlocks are ideal for natural or relaxed afro-textured hair that is healthy and in good condition.
People need to unlock existing locs or cut them before installing Sisterlocks.
Sisterlocks are a long-term or permanent hair care system that offers people in the African diaspora a convenient way to wear natural locks. They require commitment due to the cost, lengthy installation process, and routine tightening appointments.
People may also consider factors such as their lifestyle and style options when deciding if Sisterlocks are the best option for their needs.