The trademarked technique of locking hair, called Sister Locks, has been around for a couple of decades. However, Sister Locks have never been more popular than they are now. Clients often want to know what the difference is between Sister Locks and other Locking techniques? Basically the difference between Sister Locks and other locking techniques are worlds apart when it comes to both technique and results.
The primary difference with Sister Locks is the fact that each Lock is created to be very slim. Because of the slimness / thinness of Sister Locks, it allows for many more styling options. For instance thermal styling with curling irons is easily achieved with Sister Locks. You can also more easily set the hair on rods and rollers with great results. These options can create styles that look like loose (permed) hair – for those who are interested in those kinds of styling options. Also unlike regular Locks, Sister Locks will not pop or break off because of their thinness. The techniques allows each Lock to be strong even though the Lock is thin.
I have also found that because of the smallness of Sister Locks, it’s easier to color (dye) them than it is to color regular Locs. Regular Locs tend to be more dense and require a lot more time and product to achieve the desired results.
In my 40 years of wearing my hair natural, I have had my hair locked three different times. The first two times I had regular Locs and I loved them! I wore both of those sets of Locs in a bright auburn color that my clients as well as strangers, loved. When I cut my first set of Locks off, many clients were responding as if I had cut their hair without their permission! It was very interesting to realize how many people identified with my Locs and used my Locs as a standard for how they wanted their own Locs to look.
Right now I am wearing Sister Locks and I have the tips dyed turquoise (although many call the color green). People never know what to think when they see my hair. Some think I have beads at the end of my Sister Locks, others think I have turquoise (green) yarn at the tips. I must admit the turquoise color at the tips attract a lot of positive attention and has been a great fun for me wearing my hair this way.
I keep saying I am going to take the color out because it’s a lot of maintenance, ( it’s a rinse and a little rinses out with each shampoo) but I’ve grown attached to the color and how it gives my hair a funky edge.
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