Do's & Don'ts (the beginning stage)
After your installation...You will need to shampoo with the Sisterlocks™ Getting Started Shampoo...This shampoo is specially formulated to assist in the locking process...
Never skip this step or you CAN prolong your locking process.
Sisterlocks™ Getting Started Shampoo, is also great for those problem locs...that don't seem to want to lock..There is never a set time that you will stop using the Sisterlocks™ Getting Started Shampoo.
Everyone's hair texture is different, so will the locking process. Continue to use the Sisterlocks™ Getting Started Shampoo..until locs are COMPLETELY locked...
(after your hair is completely locked) Please do not shampoo with anything you get your hands on...Most Sisterlocks™ wearers have spent $500 & upward on having their locs installed...so please don't use cheap shampoo.
If you are not using the Sisterlocks™ line of products, please do your research and purchase a professional line of hair care products, that will help keep your locs well moisturized.
Have your stylist/loctician recommend styling options...This is very important in the beginning stages. Excessive manipulation (of your locs) WILL prolong the locking process.
Sisterlocks™ will need to settle in the beginning stages, for them to take on their locking form.
Certain styling practices should wait until locks are in the latter part of the settling stage.
In the beginning stages, you should not overly TOUCH or RAKE through locs with your fingers.. We call this " Hands in the Locs" syndrome..Lol.
Sisterlocks™ start the locking process from the tip/end of the lock...down to the root/scalp....Any excessive touching/raking through the locs with your fingers, CAN prolong the locking process.
Instead..just place your locs in the position you choose to style it in.
Sisterlocks™....short or medium length, can be a challenge in the beginning stage to style.
I find free-styling is best for my clients, through the first 12 weeks..than maybe soft braid-outs and roller sets. It all depends on your style.
If your loctician is not a stylist...(I'm just saying!) please find one...or invest in the proper styling tools..You should NEVER use pipe cleaners to style your locs...
Pipe cleaners are..just what they are..for cleaning pipes.
They can weaken and or break your locs and make them very frizzy.
There are so many styling tools on the market (lock loops, wrap-a-loc, perm rods w/end papers)....all are favorable..
Hair color looks fabulous on Sisterlocks™..However, I suggest that permanent color should only be applied before installation or after locs have been completely locked.
Semi-permanent color (not demi-permanent color) on the other hand, should be safe to use, as long as the locs have pass the encasing stage. Note: Applying any hair color (even semi-permanent color) in the beginning stages, can prolong the locking process.
It is always best to wait until locs are mature.
Permanent color should ALWAYS be applied by a lic. professional colorist. If applied by a non-professional, you can run the risk of locs opening and at worst..breakage.
It is worth going to a professional, if using permanent color, to keep locs healthy and looking good.
1. Please cover your locs up at night or before bed...even if your just lounging around on the couch... Lint is almost impossible to take out of Sisterlocks™. So the only way to prevent locs from getting lint... is to ALWAYS cover them, before you start to relax for the evening.
2. Braid outs, twist outs, roller sets, spiral sets, are all fine, when wanting to style locs...as long as they are not pulled too tight...Tension on Sisterlocks™ are one of the leading causes for the locs to thin out and break....
NEVER sleep with hard rollers..This is very important for the health of your locs....
3. Greasy product WILL clog hair follicles, get trap inside and attract dirt to your Sisterlocks.
If you are looking for healthy locs, that will grow down your back...
Keep your locs clean (shampoo at least once every two weeks)... and hydrate your locs between shampoos.
~ Ms Laura, lic. Hair care provider...