Five years ago, one day before my wedding, I woke up with a pain in my scalp and a brand new problem. A few months later, it was diagnosed as alopecia and I had to consider how I would continue my life wearing a wig and extensions. I stopped wearing my hair up and found the sisterlocks hack I’d been looking for.

What Are Sisterlocks?

Put simply, “Sisterlocks are a finer, thinner version of traditional locs,” says Kimble. Created and trademarked in 1993 by (Source: www.cosmopolitan.com)

What Is the Difference Between Sisterlocks and Traditional Locs?

The main difference between traditional locs and Sisterlocks lies in the application method. “Traditional locs are most commonly created through palm rolling or matting medium to large amounts of hair using balm or wax,” says Johnson. Sisterlocks, on the other hand, are created with a latch hook tool and don’t require any styling products. And because Sisterlocks are so thin and intricate, your first appointment can take anywhere from 24 hours or more, versus the standard two to five hours with dreadlocks. Depending on the length and density of your hair, you can expect to finish the process with 100 to 400 Sisterlocks. (Source: www.cosmopolitan.com)

How Do You Prep for Sisterlocks?

Before your appointment even begins, you’ll kick things off with a consultation, during which your stylist will run you through the basics and install a few Sisterlocks to decide which locking pattern is best for your hair type. After about two weeks, you’ll go back in for the installation—and, again, you want to make sure you’re fully on board with the plan, since this style takes a looong time to install. (Source: www.cosmopolitan.com)

How Long Do Sisterlocks Last?

Like most protective styles, how you care for and maintain your style will affect how long it lasts. Generally speaking though, you will likely need to get your Sisterlocks retightened every six weeks as your hair starts to grow. And if heading back to the salon every couple months sounds overwhelming, classes are available on the Sisterlocks official website to learn how to retighten your locks at home (although Johnson recommends waiting at least six months after the initial install to start maintaining your locks on your own). (Source: www.cosmopolitan.com)

Can Sisterlocks Be Reversed?

Just like any natural hairstyle, sisterlocks can be undone. Typically, you can get the style removed successfully during the first six months. However, after that initial period, it can be pretty tedious to un-install. It’s important to decide if this is the right hairstyle for you before starting the process. (Source: www.lorealparisusa.com)

Everything You Need to Know About Sisterlocks and Traditional Locks • Ebony

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