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Frequently Asked Questions

What are Sisterlocks™
Sisterlocks™ "creates a stable woven framework in a lock of hair within which the natural interlocking process can take place." Dr. JoAnne Cornwell
How long does my hair need to be in in order to have my Sisterlocks™ installed?
Sisterlocks can be installed with just 1½ to 2 inches of natural unprocessed hair.
Will I have to cut the perm out of my hair in order to have Sisterlocks™ installed?
You do not have to cut the perm out of your hair in order to start Sisterlocks™. You need 1½ to 2 inches of unprocessed hair to transition from a relaxer to Sisterlocks™.
What happens to my relaxed hair after Sisterlocks™ are installed?
Sisterlocks™ are installed on the new growth portion of the hair, not the permed portion. Once installed, you style your hair as you normally would. As your locks grow, you slowly cut away the permed portion of your hair. This way you do not have to start your locks with a very short length of hair.

How do I choose a Consultant to install and maintain my Sisterlocks™?

Sisterlocks™ is a trademark Hair Maintenance System that is taught in an approved training class by Master Trainers or Certified Training Associates that have been handpicked by Dr. JoAnne Cornwell. A list of those who are certified to install Sisterlocks™ may be found on Certified Sisterlocks™ Consultants and Qualified Sisterlocks™ Trainees must maintain their certification to stay in good standing with Sisterlocks™ Home Office in order to be listed on the Sisterlocks™ Website.
What does the Sisterlocks™ Package Consist of?
Certified Sisterlocks™ Consultants and Qualified  Sisterlocks™ Trainees offer the Sisterlocks™ as a package that consists of at the least 3 visits. The first appointment being your initial consultation, the second being your locking session which can be split into 2 or more sessions and third the follow up appointment in which your Sisterlocks™ are retightened.
How long does the Consultation last?
You can expect to spend approximately one hour with your consultant. During the consultation, you and your consultant will discuss the hair locking process. You will also discuss your lifestyle as it relates to your hair care practices.
Will my install look exactly like the client’s you last did?
Although there are particular traits that are pertinent to Sisterlocks™, there is no stencil to ensure that every grid is “perfect” and that every part and line is “straight.”  Every head is different with differing textures, shapes and densities throughout. Sometimes adjustments have to be made within an install.
How long does it take for the initial installation of Sisterlocks™?
The initial install can range from 16-20 hours, sometimes it may take longer depending upon the length and density of the hair.  Installations are broken up into 2 - 3 day increments. Your installation is the 1st and only time you will sit that long for Sisterlocks™ services. Unlike extensions, the hair does not have to be taken down, only the new grow is retighten and that usually takes anywhere from 3-5 hours. You should schedule retightening services very 4 - 6 weeks.
What is the cost for the Sisterlocks™ Package?
Sisterlocks™ are offered as a 3-part package; Consultation, Installation and Follow-up visits. The cost can begin at $1,100 for up to 3 inches of natural unprocessed hair and may increase $50-$100 per inch of hair thereafter. The cost of the consultation is $60 and is due in advance in order to schedule the appointment. A 20% deposit is required to secure your installation dates. The balance of the cost of your installation is paid in full on the first day of the installation prior to starting.
I have Traditional Locks; can I start Sisterlocks™ with my existing locks?
This is not recommended for many reasons, here are a few; the exquisite look of Sisterlocks™ is due in part to the way Sisterlocks™ are started. With Sisterlocks™, the hair is sectioned according to a pre-set parting structure. Parting for most traditional locking methods are not as detailed, and may not produce the same results.
In addition, when you change locking techniques within a single lock, for example going from a twisting palm role method to a woven interlocking method, you create a vulnerable area at the transition point. This weak area will tend to open up over time, exposing individual strands of hair that are prone to breakage. The weak area doesn't show up right away, but will begin to show from 6 months to 2 years down the line!
With Sisterlocks™, the hair is pulled into the lock formation more tightly than with most traditional locking methods. This means that the size of the traditional lock will decrease noticeably at the point where you begin the Sisterlocks™ method. Also, because the parting size for traditional locks are too large for Sisterlocks™ to begin with, this shrinkage results in too much scalp showing.
Will Sisterlocks™ damage or thin my hair?
Sisterlocks™ will not damage nor will they thin your hair.  Sisterlocks™ incorporates a woven pattern that makes the hair extremely resilient. Because there are no chemicals, beeswax, or gels used to install or maintain the locks, the scalp and hair have the most ideal environment to thrive and restore itself naturally. With Sisterlocks™ you may actually experience hair growth in areas that had once stopped growing altogether.
What is the process of settling?
Often times you may hear the phrase, “your locks have not settled yet.” Basically what this means is, when you have Sisterlocks™ installed, your locks will have a beautiful woven pattern that may be mistaken for braids. The hair can slip and slide within the structure or framework of the Sisterlocks™ pattern causing an undesirable look called slippage. After several months the locks will settle/mature which will cause it to be less prone to slippage. Signs of settling/maturation are when your locks starts to look more like uniformed matted locks and less like a braid. The settling phase is different for each individual and can range from 3 months to a year, sometimes it may take even longer.
How will my Sisterlocks™ look after they are mature?
Sisterlocks™ work with your natural hair texture.  Your natural hair texture affects the appearance of your Sisterlocks™. They have a unique look on each Client.

Will I have loose ends when my Sisterlocks™ are established?
Sisterlocks are created with a back combing method starting right at the matting. They are not plaits or twists. Therefore there is no way to determine how much hair will actually be in the locking formation during the establishment. Factors that can contribute to the amount of loose ends during the establishment are as follows:

  • Straight/permed hair
  • Damaged ends
  • Chemically treated hair

It is strongly recommended that you have your hair trimmed prior to the consultation and install for the most accurate measurement.

Will my Sisterlocks™ always appear as a “tiny braid”?
Your Sisterlocks™ will not remain as small as they appear after they are first installed. Sisterlocks™ will mature over time. The initial look of your Sisterlocks™ will change. Depending on your hair type, it may take anywhere from 2 weeks to up until a year for your Sisterlocks™ to settle in.  Your Sisterlocks™ will increase in thickness after a few washing by about 100%. The ends will always remain a little thicker than the root.
How will I know when my Sisterlocks™ have settled in?
You will know that your hair is completely locked as it increases in volume. The ends will become defined and your locks won't slip. At this point, you may stop using the locking bands.
How can I wear my Sisterlocks™?
Though the daily routine and care habits of your hair will change. You may wear your Sisterlocks™ in many of the same ways that you wear your unlocked hair. You can wear updo's, roller sets and or free style. You will have to use your Starter Shampoo in the beginning until your Sisterlocks™ mature. You will have to avoid heavy products and you want to avoid heat styling initially. Always use gentle styling techniques.

*Please Note: Frequently Asked Questions are general questions and answers in relation to the Sisterlock™ process. Visit the Official Sisterlocks™ Website for more information.           
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