#1 There is a difference between Dreadlocks, Traditional Locks, and Sisterlocks.
Many people believe that locks are all the same. But there are key differences in both the appearance of locks and the techniques used to create locks. Although there are various types of locks, the 3 discussed below are Dreadlocks, Traditional Locks, and Sisterlocks™.
Dreadlocks are associated most closely with the Rastafarian movement. Dreadlocks are often very large in size and require virtually no maintenance for people with tightly coiled hair. There is no particular parting structure implemented during the locking process. With dreadlocks the hair simply grows and mats together in random areas throughout the hair.
Traditional locks tend to be smaller than Dreadlocks and require hair products such as gel, shea butter, beeswax or other softening agents to start and maintain. Deliberate parts are made at the scalp to separate the hair and to enhance styling options. Because soften agents are applied to traditional locks, clients are required to wait several months before washing their hair.
Sisterlocks are even smaller than traditional locks. Sisterlocks generally range from 400 to 800 locks and require a specific parting structure that allows for maximum styling options. Sisterlocks are installed utilizing a weaving technique and patented tool. Sisterlocks do not require hair-dressing. Because Sisterlocks do not utilize gels, grease, shea butter, or any other softening agents, the hair remains light in weight as the hair grows longer.
#2. You still have to get your hair done at least every 2 months.
With the exception of dreadlocks, although locks require little to no daily maintenance, monthly maintenance is required to keep the locks neat in appearance and from matting together. The good news is that you only have to touch-up the new growth portion of the hair, not the entire lock. This is accomplished several ways including locking techniques called palm rolling and interlocking. Locks can be maintained by a natural hair-care specialist, locktician, or by the individual themselves. The frequency of lock maintenance varies and is based on how quickly the hair grows.
#3. If you take your locks down, you will loose a great deal of hair.
As you may already know, locks can be taken down. It is a long and tedious process, but it can be done nonetheless. So, if you are considering taking down your locks one day, be mindful that you may experience shedding of the hair, which may greatly reduce your length and thickness. In addition, depending on the method used to lock the hair, you may encounter lint balls and remnants of hair products that shed from within the lock as well. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you consider locks only if you are committed to a long-term solution for hair-care management, and not a random hairstyle that can be undone within a month or two.
#4. You should always color your hair before your locking session.
If you plan on getting locks and you want to add a touch of color, you will need to do it before you lock your hair. This is because there is a waiting period directly after your locking session ranging from 3 to 12 months, sometimes longer, where you can only wash the hair with shampoo - no conditioner. Within that time frame, you may be required to refrain from swimming. In some cases, as in with traditional locks that have been palm rolled, you can not wash the hair for several months. So, always color first, this way you can enjoy your colorful locks while you wait until it is okay to color again.
Tip: If your hair is already locked and you are going to color your hair, you may want to bump the color up a little lighter. You do this because locked hair is compressed so the color tends to show darker than with loose hair.
You should not trim your hair before your locking session.
For the most part, uneven ends are very forgiving and will not jeopardize the health of the hair unlike relaxed hair. With some locking techniques, uneven ends actually help the locking process. So, as a rule of thumb, it is always best to let your locktician decide whether of not to trim the hair.
So, when considering any type of locks, keep in mind the maintenance required, the longevity of locks, whether to color your locks, and what variation of locks is right for you. No matter what you decide, you will be the envy of your peers, for everyone loves a beautiful head of locks.
We are proud to announce that we are now specializing in Sisterlocks and Brotherlocks for women, men, and children. Are you curious about Sisterlocks? Well here is some information we hope will assist in educating you on this revolutionary hair-care system.
Sisterlocks is a natural hair care management system that allows women with tightly textured hair take advantage of a wide range of hairstyles without having to alter the natural texture of their hair. With Sisterlocks, the styling possibilities are endless. You can curl your hair with hot curlers, roller sets, perm rods, or style your locks by putting in braids, twists, or bantu knots. Any style that you can achieve with loose hair, you can achieve with sisterlocks. You can even cut your sisterlocks into a high fashion hairstyle.
Sisterlocks creates a stable, woven, framework in a lock of hair within which the natural interlocking process can take place, so sisterlocks will not damage or thin your hair. In fact, this woven framework makes the locks stronger. This is one of the reasons why the locks can be made extremely small yet grow long and beautiful. Moreover, it is not uncommon for women with Sisterlocks to notice their hair growing back in areas where they believed hair loss was permanent.
With Sisterlocks there are no use of gels, grease, glue, or beeswax to lock or maintain the hair. The Sisterlocks technique simply takes advantage of your natural curl pattern and creates your locks with a patented tool. There are no extensions added which can put tension on the root of the hair and in turn cause the hair to break over time.
So whether at work or at play, from formal affairs to the most casual of settings, sisterlocks will have you looking your best for less than the cost of pricy weaves, lace fronts, extensions braids and chemically treated hair. So now you can run to the gym, then to work, and then to a late night dinner without missing a beat.
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