The Sisterlocks movement has been in the pipeline for more than 30 years and became a trademark company in 1993 by Dr. Joanne Cornwell. Although women who utilize this method do wear amazing hairstyles that embody beauty as we know it, Sisterlocks touts, “Sisterlocks is not about a hairstyle, it’s about a lifestyle.” Founded at a time when government regulation strictly prohibited women of African or African American descent to practice the cultural art of braiding and locking without registered training under the state. After intense effort, Sisterlocks won their case against the state of California allowing “anyone legitimately practicing Sisterlocks according to the standards our company has set forth, is exempt from the current cosmetology law in California.”
Having a patented technique, Sisterlocks does not follow the traditional methods of locking that most have heard of which includes locking with a two-strand twist or a palm roll. The precision technique requires hands-on training directly from the company and they have done a marvelous job holding onto the integrity of the company.
This precision technique requires a unique Sisterlocking Tool to firmly style the locks flawlessly. When done correctly, the wearer can style the hair just as they would loose hair or even braids or micro braids. However like anything worth doing, it requires commitment for lasting results. To preserve the prestige it deserves, I sought out professional Sisterlock loctician Elaine Hill from Dallas, Texas on how to install and maintain Sisterlocks.
It is essential that you see a certified Sisterlock TM Consultant for the classic technique. A consultant will first schedule a consultation with you to determine how to proceed with your locks. Most everyone with a bit of texture is a great candidate for the method. However if you have straight hair, you would not be a candidate as a curl in the hair is necessary for the technique to work effectively. Also, if your hair is extremely weak, damaged or thinning and sparse hair, this may not be the best choice for you. Your consultation will also determine how long does it take to install and the cost.
According to Hill, “Maintenance is tightening as the hair grows out every 6 to 10 weeks. The wearer can do this process. However, it is recommended that the client should wait at least 6 months after the install to begin maintaining on their own and take the re-tightening class offered by Sisterlocks.”
Is this for you?
There are pros and cons to every hair procedure and doing your research will help you make the best decision for your hair. Consider some of the pros and cons to this technique and your lifestyle. Does it fit the goals you have for your hair? Hill brings up a few things to consider, "Pros are the versatility of it and the lifestyle change is definitely a plus. I can't think of any cons, because you can flat iron the hair, use a curling irons, roller set, color, braid the hair, or wear it loose. Your hair always looks good!”
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