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  • What are Sisterlocks®?
    Sisterlocks are a type of microlocks that are created using a specific technique and tool. They were developed by Dr. JoAnne Cornwell in the 1990s as a way to create a more versatile and natural-looking alternative to traditional dreadlocks. Sisterlocks are created by dividing the hair into small, uniform sections and then using a special tool to interlock the hair at the roots. The interlocking process creates a strong, stable base for the locks, which allows them to grow and mature over time. They are a popular hairstyle for people with natural hair, as they are a low-maintenance way to achieve a unique and stylish look. Sisterlocks can be styled in a variety of ways, including updos, braids, and twists. They are also a good option for people who want to transition from chemically treated hair to natural hair, as they can help to protect the hair and promote healthy growth. It's important to note that Sisterlocks are a trademarked brand, and only certified sisterlock consultants can provide official Sisterlocks services. These consultants undergo training to learn the proper technique and maintenance of Sisterlocks.
  • What are Microlocks?
    Microlocks, are a type of hairstyle that involves creating small, tightly-coiled sections of hair and interlocking from the root down. They are a variation of traditional dreadlocks or locs and are popular among individuals with natural hair textures. It is important to note that microlocks, like any other hairstyle, require proper maintenance and care to keep them healthy and prevent breakage. Regular washing, conditioning, moisturizing, and retightening are essential for maintaining the appearance and health of microlocks. Microlocks offer several benefits compared to larger locs. They provide more versatility in terms of styling options, allowing for updos, ponytails, and other hairstyles. Microlocks are also lighter in weight and can be less cumbersome than larger locs.
  • What is the difference between Microlocks and Sisterlocks®?
    Microlocks and Sisterlocks are both types of dreadlocks that are created using a similar technique of interlocking the hair. However, there are some differences between the two. Microlocks are typically larger than Sisterlocks and take less time to install than Sisterlocks. You can easily differentiate Sisterlocks from regular locs by their size: Sisterlocks are thinner and are usually about ⅛ to ⅜ inches in width, depending on what width you prefer. Because of their small size, you can end up getting between 250 - 400 locs. With microlocks you have around 220-275 locks. Sisterlocks has a trademarked grid and system that will be used when completing the install. Microlocks does not have a specific grid that is used or locking system in place such as Sisterlocks. Ultimately, the choice between Microlocks and Sisterlocks comes down to personal preference and hair type.
  • Can I get Microlocks/Sisterlocks® if I have relaxed hair?
    Yes, you can get Sisterlocks/Microlocks if you have relaxed hair, but it's important to note that the process of transitioning from relaxed hair to Sisterlocks/Microlocks can take some time and patience. Here are some things to consider: Wait until your hair is healthy: Before getting your locks installed, it's important to make sure your hair is healthy and strong. If your hair is damaged or weak from chemical treatments, it may not be able to handle the stress of the interlocking process. Transition gradually: If you have relaxed hair, it's best to transition gradually to natural hair before getting locks. This can involve growing out your relaxer or doing a "big chop" to remove the relaxed hair. Be patient: The process of transitioning from relaxed hair to Sisterlocks or Microlocks can take several months or even years, depending on the length and condition of your hair. Be patient and take good care of your hair during this time. Overall, getting Sisterlocks/Microlocks with relaxed hair is possible, but it requires careful planning and patience to achieve the best results.
  • Do I need to have ‘fine’ hair for Sisterlocks® to work?
    Not at all! Coarse hair is best for Sisterlocks®. Your abundant natural texture adds body and makes styling easier.
  • Does this mean that once I get Sisterlocks® I can still change hairstyles?
    Yes! Sisterlocks® is much 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!
  • Can Microlocks/Sisterlocks® be taken out?
    Yes, Sisterlocks can be taken out, but the process can be time-consuming and may cause some damage to your hair. Here are some things to consider: Time: Removing locks can take several hours or even days, depending on the length and number of locks. Damage: The process of removing locks can cause some damage to your hair, as the interlocking process can create knots and tangles that are difficult to remove. Professional help: It's best to have a professional stylist remove your locks to minimize damage and ensure that the process is done correctly. Aftercare: After removing your locks, it's important to take good care of your hair to promote healthy growth and prevent damage. This may involve deep conditioning treatments, regular trims, and avoiding heat styling tools. Overall, while locks can be taken out, it's important to consider the time and potential damage involved in the process. If you're thinking about removing your locks, it's best to consult with a professional stylist who provides this service, I personally do not provide this service, to determine the best approach for your hair type and condition.
  • How long does the initial Sisterlocks® Establishment take?
    The initial locking process takes about two-thirds as long as getting extensions of comparable size. Establishment time can take 12-24 hours, sometimes longer, depending on your length and density. 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.
  • How often should I schedule my retightening?
    To maintain the integrity of your Sisterlocks®, you should schedule your retightening every 4-6 weeks. Your consultant will advise how often they should be scheduled. This service will take 2-3 hours (depending on your consultant) when scheduled within the 4-6 week timeframe.
  • Can I Install Sisterlocks® myself?
    It is not recommended to install your locks by yourself, as the process requires a specific technique and tool that can be difficult to master without proper training and experience. Sisterlocks/Microlocks are created using a specialized tool that interlocks the hair at the roots, and the process requires a high level of precision and attention to detail to ensure that the locks are uniform in size and shape. Attempting to install Sisterlocks/Microlocks yourself can result in uneven or poorly formed locks, which can be difficult to correct and may require the locks to be removed and reinstalled by a professional stylist. Additionally, installing Sisterlock/Microlocks yourself can be time-consuming and may cause unnecessary stress and damage to your hair. It's best to work with a professional stylist who is trained and experienced in creating and maintaining Sisterlocks/Microlocks to ensure that the process is done correctly and that your locks are healthy and beautiful.
  • Will Microlocks/Sisterlocks® cause my hair to break or thin?
    Sisterlocks/Microlocks, when installed and maintained properly, should not cause your hair to break or thin. In fact, Sisterlocks/Microlocks can be a great way to promote healthy hair growth and protect your hair from damage. However, it's important to note that improper installation or maintenance of Sisterlocks/Microlocks can cause damage to your hair, including breakage and thinning. To prevent damage to your hair, it's important to work with a professional stylist who is trained and experienced in creating and maintaining Sisterlocks/Microlocks. As your stylist I will help you determine the best size and placement for your locks and can use a gentle technique and tool to create the locks without causing damage to your hair. Additionally, it's important to maintain your Sisterlocks/Microlocks properly by keeping your scalp clean, moisturizing your hair, and retightening your locks regularly. Avoiding heavy products and being gentle with your locks can also help prevent damage and breakage. Overall, Sisterlocks/Microlocks should not cause your hair to break or thin if they are installed and maintained properly. Working with a professional stylist and taking good care of your locks can help ensure that your hair stays healthy and beautiful.
  • Can I color my hair before my Sisterlocks® Establishment?
    Yes. If you color your hair before your Sisterlocks® Establishment, it will be best to do so at least a month before your establishment date. This way, you can treat your newly colored hair with conditioner, moisturizers, etc. Once your Sisterlocks® have been established, you will have to refrain from conditioners, moisturizers, oils, additional color, etc. until your Sisterlocks® have settled/matured.
  • How long will it take for my MicroLocks/Sisterlocks® to settle/mature?
    The time it takes for Sisterlocks/Microlocks to fully mature can vary depending on several factors, including your hair type, texture, and the method used to create the locks. On average, it can take anywhere from six months to a year for Sisterlocks/Microlocks to start maturing and becoming more established. During the first few months, you may notice that your Sisterlocks are still in the process of forming and tightening. They might appear thinner or more fragile during this stage. However, as time progresses and your hair continues to grow, the locks will become more defined and compact. To promote the maturing process, it's important to follow proper maintenance and care for your Sisterlocks. Regular retightening sessions with a trained Sisterlocks consultant will help maintain the integrity of the locks and encourage their maturation. It's recommended to have retightening sessions every four to five weeks in the initial stages. Remember, everyone's hair is unique, so the timeline for Sisterlocks maturation can vary. Patience is key during this process, but with proper care and maintenance, your Sisterlocks will continue to mature and develop over time.
  • Can I get Sisterlocks/Microlocks with fine hair?
    Yes, you can get Sisterlocks/Microlocks with fine hair, but it's important to note that the process of creating and maintaining Sisterlocks/Microlocks on fine hair can be different than on other hair types. Here are some things to consider: Size of the locks: Sisterlocks/Microlocks on fine hair may need to be larger than on other hair types to prevent them from slipping or unraveling. As your stylist I will help determine the best size for your hair. Interlocking technique: The interlocking technique used to create Sisterlocks/Microlocks on fine hair may need to be adjusted to prevent damage or breakage. As your stylist I can use a gentler technique or tool to create the locks. Maintenance: Sisterlocks/Microlocks on fine hair may require more frequent maintenance to prevent them from slipping or unraveling. You may need to retighten your locks every 4-5weeks instead of every 4-6 weeks. Products: It's important to use lightweight products that won't weigh down your fine hair or cause buildup on your locks. Overall, getting Sisterlocks/Microlocks with fine hair is possible, but it requires careful consideration and maintenance to achieve the best results.
  • Can I color my hair before getting my locks installed?
    Yes, you can color your hair before getting your locks installed, but it's important to do so at least two weeks before your installation appointment. This will give your hair time to recover from the coloring process and will help ensure that your locks are healthy and strong when they are installed. When coloring your hair before getting your locks installed, it's important to use a gentle, ammonia-free hair dye that won't damage your hair or scalp. It's also important to avoid using any harsh chemicals or treatments on your hair in the weeks leading up to your installation appointment, as these can weaken your hair and make it more prone to breakage.
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