Sister Locks


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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226 Responses to Sister Locks
  1. Temi
    March 5, 2008 | 6:13 pm

    What do you advise your clients with weaves do when their scalp itches?

  2. Anu Prestonia
    March 5, 2008 | 6:38 pm

    Dear Temi,

    It depends on what’s causing the itching. Is the itching because there’s a dryness that has nothing to do with the weave? Is it because the scalp hasn’t been cleaned because of the weave blocking the ability to get to the scalp? Is it because there’s a reaction to the weave?

    We recommend that the scalp is cleaned at least once every two weeks and that the weave is totally removed by week 12. If you are using an extension hair that won’t hold up to a shampoo, then we recommend the “Dry Shampoo” method. We also recommend using oils that moisturize and stimulate the scalp. Another great technique is to have your scalp treated before having your weave done. Have a scalp treatment and make certain the scalp is thoroughly cleaned before having your weave done.

    For dryness that is always present and just exasperated by the weave, we recommend vitamin supplements of A & E with a good Multi-vitamin. Also drinking plenty water to keep your system hydrated.

  3. Tamika
    March 7, 2008 | 9:14 pm

    Dear Anu,
    I was so happy to read your article on Sisterlocks it was very interesting. My question to you is I started my locks in June of last year with the Latch Hook Technique. I’m pleased with the results thus far…however I’m a Flight Attendant based here in NYC. I’m SEARCHING for a salon that does this technique. My hair needs to be re-tighten . Please tell me that you can help… I’ve seen your styles in Essence and I’ve heard nothing but goods things about your saoln . Looking forward to meeting you.
    Tamika Willliams

  4. Anu Prestonia
    March 8, 2008 | 11:14 am

    Hi Tamika,

    Here at Khamit Kinks we are certified Sister Lock technicians, which means we offer the traditional Sister Lock technique. If you have Sister Locks, we can give you a touch-up, but it will be with the patented tool distributed by the Sister Lock Corporation. We look forward to serving you.


  5. Shawn
    March 12, 2008 | 11:55 am

    Hello Anu, so nice to see the new location info. Your hair looks great! Love the colored tips! I’m a client from the original Brooklyn location. I did visit the Tri-Beca salon, but my operator was no longer with you – the young lady with the long redish locks on your styles link. Zantu? I’ve recommended your salon to a dear friend of mine because it was Khamit Kinks who started and maintained my locs back in 1992. I’ve since had 2 sets of locs and now I’m wearing my hair natural and short…but I’m in search of a new style that will eventually give me a natural ponytail – without extensions. My friend and I are coming for consultations Friday and I’m hoping to feel that exclusive, comfortable, warm antique dressing table booths atmosphere that you created in your original Brooklyn location. I miss that! That unique touch made me feel like one of your celebrity clients. Your greeting was always sincere and welcoming and the style technicans felt like “sister friends.” Hope my comments weren’t too long, but there is a special warm spot in my heart for Khamit Kinks. I could say so much more but I’ll stop now and look forward to my visit Friday, March 14th. Best regards.

  6. Anu Prestonia
    March 12, 2008 | 1:11 pm

    Hi Shawn,

    Thank you for your beautiful members of Khamit Kinks. That Stylist you mentioned, Zauditu you may remember is also my niece. She was just here yesterday. We look forward to seeing you on the 14th. I am sure you will still experience the Sister Friend vibes of Khamit Kinks.

  7. Crystal
    March 17, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    Hi Anu,
    I have had a natural for ten years, but unfortunately, aside from twisting, cutting and coloring, have done nothing with it. I really want a change, something different, versatile and yes, pretty (hey, I’m a girl after all). I have been thinking about locs for a while, but talk myself out of it when I think of product build up, lent and yikes, a receding hairline due to too much tension caused by the hairstyle. So I did some research on Sisterlocks and was very attracted by the fact that the locs do not cause too much tension on the hairline due to their slimness. i liked their versatility also. However, the price and yes the size are both a concern for me. Also, during my research I found that a few people did not recommend using a curling iron, as it left their hair, or loc, permanently straight- but is that mostly determined by hair texture? I do live in Brooklyn, so is there anyway you can give me more information? Also, what do you recommend, having had both traditional and Sisterlocks yourself.

  8. Anu Prestonia
    March 17, 2008 | 6:23 pm

    Hi Crystal,

    I have never used a curling iron on my Sister Locks, primarily because you can curl Sister Locks without using irons, but by using a setting product and sitting under the dryer.

    I think I pretty much said it all in the above article. For more details, the best thing to do would be to come into the salon for a consultation.

    So please stop by so we can take a look at your hair and go from there.


  9. Amani
    March 19, 2008 | 1:04 pm


    Thanks so much for this valuable space where women can discuss an important issue: our hair!

    OK, I’ve had my sister locs for 14 years, and I absolutely love them. As of late my hair is curling out of my locs (roots only), weakening the base. I’ve had to double up my locs to make sure they don’t break off. The length still looks amazing, but touching up my roots after I’ve washed my hair has become very tedious — and I’m not sure I’m doing it correctly. So here’s my question: do locs have a life span, are mine in their twilight years? Do I need to cut them off and start over or can they be rehabilitated?


  10. Anu Prestonia
    March 19, 2008 | 3:04 pm

    Dear Amani,

    It is a very common occurrence with those who have been locking for a long time and allowing their Lock to grow longer and longer to have their hair thinning at the scalp. The weight of the Locks begin to pull on the hair at the scalp, causing what is know as Traction Alopecia. As we age, the hair grows at a slower rate. This coupled with any kind of stress on the hair can lead to an increased rate of thinning at the scalp /baldness. My best recommendation would be for you to come into the salon for us to see what your hair looks like. You basically have two options if you want to save your hair. Either cut your Sister Locks shorter, much shorter or cut them off altogether and start again. We would need to see your hair to determine that.

    Looking for to serving you.

  11. Jatrine
    March 28, 2008 | 4:31 pm

    Loc Extensions for Sisterlocks?

    Hi Anu, your SL are lovely. I have been wearing mine for about 5 years or so and I love them. However, Many my locs are uneven. Is it possible to do extensions to repair and/or create a fuller look for SL? I currently live in NC. Many thanks!!

    Sisterlocks Sistah!!

  12. Jatrine
    March 28, 2008 | 4:34 pm

    Hi Anu,

    Your SL’s are lovely. I have been wearing my SL’s for about 5 years and several of them have broken off…leaving an uneven thin appearance. Can you make loc extensions to repair SL??

    I sure hope so!!

    Many thank…

    Lovin’ my SL!!

  13. Anu Prestonia
    March 28, 2008 | 5:49 pm

    Thank you Jatrine for the compliment on my Sister Locks. We don’t offer extensions for Sister Locks. In order to make extension Locks they have to be certain size in order to maintain their form. Sister Locks are way too narrow to create extension Locks.

  14. Sandy Padmore
    March 30, 2008 | 10:32 am

    Hi Anu,

    I sent an email to your shop, but I think I should have posted it here.

    I’ve been considering sister locks for my already natural hair (currently braided with extensions), and in doing some research, I came across your website – which is great!

    I have fine hair and one of the things I am concerned about is too much scalp showing, so I’m wondering what, if anything can be done to ensure that it will still look like I have a full head of hair.

    I don’t reside in New York, but I will be passing through later this year and will definitely visit your salon once I’ve made a “hair decision”.

    Thanks for any information you can provide,

  15. Ngoya
    April 21, 2008 | 11:04 am

    Anu, I currently have sister locs and feel like it may be time for a change. Is it possible to transition from SL to regular locs?


  16. Anu Prestonia
    April 22, 2008 | 6:46 pm

    Yes, it is possible to transition from Sister Locks to regular Locs. It’s just a matter of joining the Sister Locks together. It’s funny because a number of clients are asking about the opposite process; how to make regular Locs into Sister Locks, which is not as easily achieved.

  17. elise
    April 23, 2008 | 6:11 pm

    i have my sister locks for about 2 months now.i also have the lock extentions but they keep falling off.could u tell me the name of the bonding glue that i should use to keep them on?

  18. Anu Prestonia
    April 23, 2008 | 8:19 pm

    Dear Elise,

    I have never heard of Extensions being added to Sister Locks. I am not at all surprised that they are falling out though, because true Sister Locks are not large enough to support extensions. We don’t use bonding glue at Khamit Kinks. You might want to seek advise on this from the person who added the extensions.

  19. SheRah
    April 28, 2008 | 11:41 am

    Hello Anu,

    I recently had my SL fixed and re-tightened by Nene. I just wanted you to know that she is great; amazing even. This is the best my hair has looked in a long time. Nene did not start my sisterlocks but I will continue to have Nene maintain them. I have no question. I just wanted to give a complement.

  20. Anu Prestonia
    April 29, 2008 | 10:07 am

    Thank you SheRah, we look forward to continuing to offer you superior services.

  21. Nubian King
    May 1, 2008 | 2:02 pm

    Hey Anu,

    I have been a customer for Khamit Kinks for 2 years. Extremely pleased with my stylist “DIVA NENE”, as well as the other sophisticated ladies at Khamit Kinks. I was wondering if they will be a barber in the near future, since it was convient when there was on at your salon. I remember the female customers enjoyed the shaped up eyebrows and and the stylish design. I am just curious to find if that has been an option.
    On a personal level after leaving from Khamit Kinks i often time wish i had the “line up” with my “goa-tee”. It is like having your hair washed with out no one to style ….not complete.

    Thank you for taking the time to read this email and I hope you read it in good spirit…=)

    Peace and many Blessings!

  22. Anu Prestonia
    May 1, 2008 | 9:13 pm

    Dear Nubian King,

    We are on the outlook for a great Master Barber, who is not only good at barbering skills, but who is also reliable, stable, and able to maintain focus on his career and craft. If you know of such a chap, please let us know. We miss having a barber too.

  23. Bemi
    June 10, 2008 | 10:43 am

    I’m interested in loc extensions, but I began my starter locs about a month ago. Would it be posible for me to get the loc extensions and allow my locs to start from the extensions?

  24. Anu Prestonia
    June 10, 2008 | 2:10 pm

    Yes, if your hair is at least an inch and a half, we can add the Loc Extensions. However, we do recommend that you come in for a consultation in order to book an appointment for Loc Extensions.

  25. Tina
    July 10, 2008 | 12:05 pm


    I have natural hair and went natural for the sole purpose of getting locs. I’m still searching for the right type of locs for my hair but I do like the look and flexibility of sister locs. My question is (or, questions are) how easily do sister locs break off, or any type of loc for that matter? Sister locs are so thin it worries me that it won’t take much to break them off. Does it depend on the strength of your hair? How you treat your hair? How active of a lifestyle you live (I exercise a lot). My hair is thick as crap and tough as nails, so would break-offs really be an issue for me?

    Also, in April I had the remaining perm cut out of my hair, but there is still a tiny bit of permed hair on the tips. Will this affect my ability to get the locks? Also, how heavy will these locs feel? Some times I get braids and feel as if the weight of the world just rested on my scalp. Sister locks look light, but for a big headed, thick haired chica like myself…I never know. I live in Maryland and I wish I could come to you for a consultation? Would you happen to be able to recommend any sister loc stylists in or near Washington, DC?

  26. Anu Prestonia
    July 12, 2008 | 4:55 pm

    Dear Tina,

    Sister Locks are very strong because of the technique used to create them. Most other Locs that are that fine, would break off. Sister Locks do tend to have that light feeling until they get long, then the weight can be a bother. I recently cut my Sister Locks shorter (to my chin) and I am really loving the freedom of the shortness and the coolness from from not having the Locks hot on my neck and the weight of the length.

    So check it out. The perm on the ends can be clipped off but it will not prevent you from getting Sister Locks.

  27. Anu Prestonia
    July 12, 2008 | 5:01 pm

    I do not personally know anyone in your area who does Sister Locks. It would be best to check the Sister Lock website for referrals in your area.

  28. kaye
    July 27, 2008 | 11:04 pm

    Dear Anu,

    I am interested in sister locs for my natural hair however I have some concerns that I hope you would be able to assist with.

    First, I have been wearing my hair in braids for quite sometime and as a result it has become very thin and damaged, would you recommend sister locs for damaged thin hair?

    If so, is there anything that can be done to ensure that it will look like I have a full head of hair?

    If not, is there any style that you would recommend that would allow the hair a break and time to recover?


  29. luna
    September 2, 2008 | 11:04 pm

    Hello Anu,
    I cut the relaxer out of my hair in August of 2007. I have been researching natural hairstyle ideas and when I found Sisterlocks I fell in love . I live in CT. and I really want to find a registered SL consultant who has some experience in doing thin hair, my hair doesnt look thin when its natural but straightened out it looks thin. my question is… is the consultation and the sample locks a part of the sisterlock package in your salon or is the consultation a separate charge?

  30. Anu Prestonia
    September 3, 2008 | 10:12 am

    Dear Iuna,

    Yes, the sample Sister Locks are included in the consultation.

  31. Kirsten
    September 5, 2008 | 11:55 am

    Question, I live in Long Island New York. How can I find a salon near me who can help me sister lock my hair?

  32. Anu Prestonia
    September 16, 2008 | 9:51 am

    Dear Kristen,

    You can visit the Sister Lock website and on there they have a listing of certified Sister Lock technicians. However, the site isn’t always up to date.

  33. robin carter
    October 10, 2008 | 6:31 am

    I have been wearing sisterlocks for 7 months. I started with relaxer on the ends. I recently cut off the relaxed ends. I was really getting tired of the two textures. I am glad to be 100% natural. My hair is short so I don’t know what to do with it style wise. Any suggestions. Also, Which shampoos should I use on my hair. ? I generally use sisterlocks products. However, I have run out.

  34. Robert
    October 20, 2008 | 11:41 am

    This is a question. My wife wants to go sister lock but we would like to know if it can be “unlocked” or if it has to be cut in order to revert to its original form?

  35. Anu Prestonia
    October 21, 2008 | 1:47 pm

    Dear Robert,

    Sister Locks are a locking method, so yes, you do need to cut them off to get rid of them. I am sure there are some people who may have combed them out, but that would be a very long and tedious process. I wouldn’t recommend doing it. The hair will be damaged in the process.

    One solution is to allow the new growth to get long enough before cutting it so that you have enough new growth to do other styles once the Sister Locks are cut off.

  36. Anu Prestonia
    October 28, 2008 | 6:30 pm

    Dear Robin,

    With short Sister Locks one of the best way to style is to curl the Sister Locks with straws or rods to give the Sister Locks some body and shape.

  37. Charlotte
    December 28, 2008 | 2:14 pm

    My SL are about 9 weeks old and I am experiencing just a small amount of slippage and lots of unraveling. Also something that looks/feels like knots or hardness in places my hair. Can you please advise me if and how this can be rectified.

    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Anu Prestonia
      December 30, 2008 | 8:31 am

      Dear Charlotte,

      I would highly recommend going back to where you had your SL started immediately so that they can address the problem. I am not certain what is causing this? I could be the texture of your hair, or what you are doing to it on a daily basis, or it could be that something wasn’t done right from the beginning. Whatever the problem, your technician needs to address it sooner than later.

    • Anu Prestonia
      December 30, 2008 | 8:41 am


      The best thing to do is to go see your SL tech ASAP.

      • Marsha
        September 16, 2009 | 12:34 pm

        I am into my 16th week with SL and you have to follow up each month to check for slippage, etc. Your SL tech will be able to tell you this and ask how are you maintaining your locks and she may ask you to show her. I have some balls at the end that are hard but it maybe that different parts of your hair are different in texture and eventually the balls will fall off and lock. You have to be gentle in your hair washing, you need to braid or twist in sections, fold and rubber band your hair, to keep from unravling when you shampoo.

        Hope this will help. I am from Oklahoma and my SL tech is Blaqkofi and her website is Sisterlocks Natural Awakening.

        There is a site on the SL website on taking care of your sisterlocks. Hope my comment helps.

        Marsha Green

  38. joseph
    December 29, 2008 | 12:33 pm

    I wear regular locks (whatever that is). How often should the scalp be cleaned and with what should I use to clean the scalp ?


    • Anu Prestonia
      December 30, 2008 | 8:29 am

      Dear Joseph,

      You’re so right. Regular means different things to different people. That same concept hold true for cleansing your scalp. In the best case scenario, I would say once every two weeks. But if you’re having your having professionally groomed at a salon that could be expensive. In which case I would recommend a dry shampoo for at home care, in between going to the salon.

  39. Monica
    January 7, 2009 | 9:10 pm

    Hi Anu
    I have been wearing braids for as long as I can remember. With time my hair has thinned out very badly. I’m borderline Alopecia, but I think if I act before the end of this year I may be able to save what’s left. I went from braids which my hair was doin fine to a weave that sent me to the emergency room literaly. My hair broke off and felt as if it was burning internally. I lost a lot of my hair… with bald spots, blisters and extreme breakage. I was on the verge of cutting it all off, but my vanity will not allow it. This is a very depressing and embarrassing time in my life with my hair. I’m so unhappy and do not feel beautiful at all. I put braids back in my hair onto what is left of it… and everyday just one slight pull and I lose a braid with my roots, hairfolicles attached. Would sister locs be ideal for me? I don’t have the courage that most sisters have when they get fed up with what society considers beautiful and cut their hair off and wear it natural… I envy my sister for taking that step.

    • Anu Prestonia
      January 8, 2009 | 4:38 pm

      Dear Monica,

      My advise would be to take those braids out of your hair immediately, since they are pulling your hair out of your head. That can cause irreversible damage. At this point I would recommend anything that doesn’t require you to add extensions. The extensions are causing weight on hair that’s been weakened. So yes, the Sister Locks could be a great alternative. I don’t know if you’re in the NY area? If you are, I would recommend booking a consultation appointment so I can see your hair and scalp in person and give you a better assessment and recommendation.

  40. Vanesa
    January 14, 2009 | 2:07 pm

    Hello Anu:

    I am interested in starting sister locks and have been natural for more than two years. I am located in Atlanta, GA and I would like to know if you have a recommendation for a place I can get the sister locks started? And also, how much does it cost?

    Thank you,


    • Anu Prestonia
      January 14, 2009 | 5:18 pm

      Hello Vanesa,

      The best thing to do would be to visit the Sister Locks website. There they have listings of certified Sister Lock technicians around the country. The link I’ve provided here takes you to their site.

  41. Collette Wright
    February 3, 2009 | 10:04 pm

    Hello Anu,

    I currently have been natural for 10 years. The reason I went natural is because my hair was thinning. I usually just wear a ponytail or weave since I don’t know what else to do with my hair. I used to two strand twist it then take it out and wear it but as it gets longer that look doesn’t look that good anymore.

    I really want to locs my hair but worry about the thinness and my scalp showing. I saw that you do locs weave. Is this heavy on the hair(i am worried about tension) How long does it last? And how is it attached? And does it work with different textures? ( My hair is fine and I have a looser curl)

    • Anu Prestonia
      February 4, 2009 | 1:24 pm

      Dear Collette,

      Many of our Sister Lock clients came to us with very thin hair. Once they began the Sister Lock method of locking their hair, their hair has filled in and looks a lot thicker than it used to. Of course that doesn’t happen immediately. It takes time for the hair to grow in and for your Sister Locks to thicken. Scalp does show in the beginning, no matter how thick your hair is. Some people find it difficult to get use to and wear a wig over their Sister Locks. I personally don’t recommend that. But you need to be comfortable with whatever you decide on. My best recommendation would be for you to come in so we can see your hair and go from there.

  42. Nadine Stith
    February 7, 2009 | 7:32 pm

    What is the difference between sister locs and sistahlocs?

    • Anu Prestonia
      February 8, 2009 | 12:01 pm

      Dear Nadine,

      I have never heard of Sistahlocs. It sounds like someone who is doing the Sister Locks technique, but isn’t a certified Sister Locks technician. Whoever that person is should hope that the founder of the Sister Locks technique doesn’t find out about this, because she will take them to court.

  43. Gloria Ford
    February 9, 2009 | 9:34 am

    I have had sisterlocks for almost three months now. My grey was coming in so heavily, my technician said I could color it, which worked fine when my daughter colored it. My question is do you think the color could have damaged the locks from thickening as they should? My hair is growing because it was very short, but my scalp is still showing and the locks don’t seem to be getting “fat” as they should. I do wear a wig? My hair is very uneven at the nape of my neck, and has always been shorter there. Will the longer locks cover this, and I also itch a lot at the nape. I am 61 years old, but I am beginning to see that I am going to like the freedom of sisterlocks, I’m just anxious for them to lock. How long do you think this will take, and do you advise taking the class for retightening since this is sort of expensive to have done? Thanks for this website. It is a lifesaver.

    • Anu Prestonia
      February 10, 2009 | 4:52 pm

      Dear Gloria,

      Color can having a thinning affect on the hair especially if the person’s hair is fine, weak, or over processed. I’m not sure how often you colored your hair, but if you did it only a couple of times that shouldn’t have kept your hair from locking. Although, I would have recommended waiting since you’re wearing it covered.

      Three months is not enough time for your locks to start thickening. That’s a process that can take up to a year or more. You have to be patient.

      The hair above your nape should cover the nape area. The itching may have to do with the wig? Do you remember if it was itching there before you started wearing the wig?

      The only reason I wouldn’t recommend the re-tightening class is as a salon owner, it doesn’t help my business. However, it seems to work for many who have taken the class. If you believe you can handle it, it might be the answer for you. Check it out.

      You are quite welcome, I am glad to be of service.

    • Anu Prestonia
      February 25, 2009 | 7:55 am

      Dear Gloria,

      In the beginning it is recommended that you don’t color your Sister Locks because washing the color out can loosen the Sister Locks. However, a woman’s preference for coloring her silver hair especially if she’s in a professional environment, becomes crucial, so we do it. It’s just a matter of being careful and thorough. Some times the silver hair grows in at a different texture from the one you’ve had all your life. Three months is not enough time for your hair to Loc depending on your texture. You must be patient. I would say give it a good 6-12 months for your Sister Locks to form.

      I would recommend taking the class if the cost of re-tightening is not in your budget.

  44. mina
    February 17, 2009 | 3:09 am

    I think sisterlocs are absolutely beautiful. I want them but I do not live in the US to get them, I live in the mid east. I do however wear my hair in micro box braids on my natural hair that are identical to the grid that is used to apply sisterlocs. I’ve been researching online and all over here but to no avail, not a loctician in sight. My question is, “Can micro box braids be turned into sisterlocs or tiny locs period? If so, how.
    Thanks in advance

    • Anu Prestonia
      February 25, 2009 | 7:46 am

      Dear Mina,

      Do you ever come to the states or to Europe, where there are also Sister Lock Technicians? If not, then I guess you will have to come up with another solution. You could start off with tiny braids but they may eventually break and pop off. But the real point is that they won’t be Sister Locks. Sister Locks are a specific technique and any other technique can mimic the look but it won’t be the same. But I do think that tiny braids can give you a similar look. The problem is, when your new growth starts growing you would need to have that tightened in order to keep the process going.

  45. Docs Locs
    February 17, 2009 | 9:09 pm

    Great post! Wonderful comments! Just a clarification: sisterlocks is not a patented system, but it is trademarked.

  46. Patty
    February 19, 2009 | 1:16 pm

    I have had SL for two years, my hair texture has changed to soft and my roots are curly or straight. The locs are thin and breaking from the new growth. What do I do to save my hair?

    • Anu Prestonia
      February 25, 2009 | 7:42 am

      Dear Patty,

      You didn’t say what changed your texture? If you are in the NYC area, I would recommend coming in so we can be assess your hair and recommend the right treatment and alternatives. If you are not in the area, I would recommend going to a quality salon that specializes in caring not only for styles but for your hair as well.

  47. Aisa
    February 19, 2009 | 6:01 pm

    Hi!i want to have my hair locked but i’ve used perm on my hair for a couple of months now.I’m wondering if it’s possible to do the sister locks on hair that’s relaxed.

    • Anu Prestonia
      February 25, 2009 | 7:40 am

      Dear Aisa,

      If you have at least two inches of new growth, we can do the Sister Locks on the hair that’s been relaxed.

  48. Grace
    February 24, 2009 | 9:11 pm

    Hello Anu, I have sisterlocks for about four years and my hair has thinned out and brooken off, I have lost a lot of locks which has made me very depressed. I have some braids in the places where I lost the locks and I am letting the hair grow before I get the locks put back in these areas, my concern is that my hair will be very uneven in length Is it possible to have loc extensions put in these areas? I will make an appointment to come in and see you I found this site and was reading the questions and the answers given. I will also have to try and get the number for your salon.
    Thanks for your response.

    Peace and Blessings

    • Anu Prestonia
      February 25, 2009 | 7:36 am

      Dear Grace,

      I am sorry to hear that you have lost some of your hair and that this has depressed you. That’s totally understandable, but there are some alternatives until your hair is back in the condition that pleases you. You didn’t say how your hair thinned or broke off. I would highly recommend that you come in to see us for a consultation so that we can assess this situation and offer you some options. We don’t do Extension Locs for the Sister Locks because they are too small to make extension Locs that thin. But we do have some other options, so give me a call. I can be reach at 718-422-2600.

  49. Anu Prestonia
    February 25, 2009 | 7:28 am

    Thanks for the clarification.

  50. Nadirah
    February 25, 2009 | 4:17 pm

    I am having a consultation today, 2/25/09 and having sample sister locks put in by an official trainee that is active. I’m taking a chance but she has said that she’s retightened her sister’s locs on several occasions, and is the only person listed on the registry in the Pittsburgh Area. I had to travel to Cleveland last time for my consultation so I’m excited about the fact the she’s close to where I live.
    With reading some of the blogs about breakage from length/growth I am a little concerned simply because I want the sister locks so that I can let my hair grow as long as it will with the locs. I know that this will take time, and I’m use to the weight of extensions so that’s no issue. If I want to let them grow very very long like the founders all the way down her back for example what would be your recommendation for care to avoid breakage and Traction Alopecia? Should I wrap my hair up with a satin scarf, should I avoid pulling it back into pony tails, etc???
    Thank you in advance for your expertise and response.

    • Anu Prestonia
      February 26, 2009 | 6:50 am

      Dear Nadirah,

      There should be no problem with your hair. The problems with weight usually come with regular Locs, not Sister Locks. Most thinning and other issues of hair coming out has nothing to do with the Sister Locks themselves, but stem from some other source like health, medication, hormone levels etc. So take the plunge I don’t believe you have anything to worry about.

  51. Nadirah
    February 26, 2009 | 1:32 pm

    Thank you for your previous quick response. The stylist “trainee” was not able to put the lock in all the way down to the end of my hair, only like 1″-2″ of the root. I have been reading other blogs of how there’s a little knot put at the end to begin the natural locking path, and that this is the way to do it; plus Sisterlocks done properly will leave an inch or so of loose matting at the tip of the locks. The blog also said that this is where the locking process begins, so you don’t want to disturb this be trying to smooth it out, or by cutting it off. However it’s not an inch it’s the entire 5-6 inches that just chillin and hanging loose on the top center of my head, and she wasn’t able to achieve the knot and did a manual knot. Will that achieve the same outcome? I can’t imagine walking around with my entire head with only the root treated for sisterlocks. In the past when I was going to start regular dread locs the stylist told me that I needed to cut off the dead ends because the ends weren’t twisting/curling up all the way and we did. I don’t have a relaxer or any other chemicals in my hair and I don’t want to go that route again so please advise if you’ve encountered this with any of your clients and what can be done to bring the pattern down further and closer to the end? Put it like this when I get my entire head done I want to walk away and be able to look in the mirror without feeling like a have an undone, nappy, knotted locking head. I’m thinking that I probably just need to go to someone with years of experience that’s known for knowing how to style and achieve well done looking hair….feel me! Thanks in advance for reading and replying to me. Your response will help me determine next steps.

  52. Anu Prestonia
    February 26, 2009 | 2:30 pm

    Dear Nadirah,

    The small teasing that’s done to create a knot at the end of your hair should be undetectable to the naked eye. It should like one seamless Sister Lock. It is best to start out with someone who has lots of experience because it’s too much of an investment of time and money not to be happy with the end result.

  53. Jatrine
    March 10, 2009 | 1:39 pm

    Hi Anu,

    Since writing you last year I’ve heard of salons that do SL extensions and repair. Is this someting that Khamit Kinks offers…or might consider offering in the future? Many of us with SL are looking for a reputable, experienced and professional salon to repair and/or even out our locs.

    • Anu Prestonia
      March 10, 2009 | 11:12 pm

      Dear Jatrine,

      We do offer Sister Lock repair. However, we will need to see you to determine what exactly is needed for your repair. Please call us for a consultation. 718.422.2600.

  54. iris
    March 11, 2009 | 10:03 am

    i have worn my hair natural and very cropped for 3 years now. I love the way sisterloc looks and have decided to let my hair grow to begin the process. What exactly is the initial process on short hair and since I tend to have straight ends, what product can i use to curl them. my hair is soft and curly.

    • Anu Prestonia
      March 17, 2009 | 11:17 am

      Dear Iris,

      The best thing to do is to let your hair grow long enough (3 inches) so that you have enough length to hold the Sister Lock process. In terms of your ends, there’s really nothing you should do to alter them. The Sister Lock technician should know exactly how to address this.

  55. MJ
    March 12, 2009 | 11:17 pm

    Can traditional locs be transitioned into sisterlocs, if so what is the process?

    • Anu Prestonia
      March 17, 2009 | 11:15 am

      Dear MJ,

      The Sister Locks method can be used to tighten regular locs if they’re not too large. But in short, no I don’t think regular locs can be made into Sister Locks.

  56. Ela
    March 17, 2009 | 6:50 pm

    i got my sister locks about a year ago and for about 6 months, i went to the same consultant but she moved so i got transfered to another person however, i recently realized that over the past few months that i’ve been going to the new person, she has been thightening my hair much thinner than the first person. So now, each lock is uneven. The part closer to my scalp is thinner than the edges. I’ve realized that this is causing the lock to get thinner and only a few days ago, part of a lock(the thicker part) fell out. It just ripped away form the thinner part when i tried to hold my hair in a pony tail.
    What can i do?

    • Anu Prestonia
      March 18, 2009 | 6:57 am

      Dear Ela,

      It sounds like your new tech is making the retightening too tight. The best thing to do is to go see her, explain your concern and ask her how can she remedy this problem. Or you might consider finding someone else in your area who’s more experienced.

  57. Nadiva
    March 23, 2009 | 4:11 pm

    Dear Anu,

    Do you know of any consultants anywhere in the US that will do “MICRO” size sister locks? I know what I want and don’t want to get anything else but….
    Attached is a link to a blog site that has what I’m looking for but her consultant isn’t taking new clients. I’m willing to travel and pay for what I want.

    NaDiva – looking for a someone that wants the $$$ because I will pay top $….:O)

    • Anu Prestonia
      March 24, 2009 | 7:09 am

      Dear Nadiva,

      Micro means different things to different people. There is a limit to how small the Sister Locks can be done without eventually breaking off. I would recommend you come into see us and show us what you consider, micro size. Schedule a consultation appointment with us and we can take it from there.

  58. Grace
    March 23, 2009 | 7:29 pm

    This was my the first time having my hair done at Khamit Kinks salon. I had my sisterlocks re-tightened and those that had brooken off my hair had regrown so I had them put back in. I just want sent out a BIG THANK YOU, THANK YOU to Khady M’baye for the marvelous job she did with my hair and the advise she gave in taking care of my sisterlocks. She made me feel very comfortable, I am very happy with the results I made my next appointment before I left the salon. Thanks again Khady.

    • Anu Prestonia
      March 24, 2009 | 7:05 am

      Thank you Grace, It’s always great to serve clients who appreciate our services.

      • Tia
        August 23, 2009 | 10:04 pm

        I have an appointment with khady next saturday to install sisterlocks. My hair is natural, medium length and thinning in the hairline. I am a bit nervous because I did not do much research on her as a loctician and I did not see her name on the sisterlock website as being certified.

        • Anu Prestonia
          September 1, 2009 | 12:23 pm

          Despite the fact that Khady took the Sister Lock training from a certified teacher of the Sister Locks technique, for some odd reason (that I won’t get into publicly) Dr. Cornwell refuses to list Khady as a certified technician. In the meantime, it’s been five years and hundreds of clients who have left Khady’s chair very pleased with their Sister Lock services.

  59. Denise
    March 27, 2009 | 11:51 am

    Where can I find a sisterloc specialist in the DC, MD, and VA area?

    • Anu Prestonia
      March 30, 2009 | 6:40 am

      The best way to find a Sister Lock specialist is to go to the Sister Lock website where they have listings of the specialist from all around the globe.

  60. Ebony Queen
    March 29, 2009 | 5:50 pm

    Is there anyway to split sista locs.? I have had mine for a couple of years now and mine aren’t thin. I know that it can be done with dreadlocs but i’m not sure about sista locs.

    • Anu Prestonia
      March 30, 2009 | 6:42 am

      Dear Ebony,

      Yes, there is a way to split Sister Locks. You need to let the new growth get to at least an inch or two before doing so. Find a Sister Lock specialist in your area who knows how to do this. I wouldn’t suggest doing it on your own.

  61. Trix
    March 31, 2009 | 6:46 pm

    I have my hair braided in some small braids that I have heard people tell me that they love my sister locs. I have my hair natural almost 3 years now and I love it. I just have them (the braids) taken out and redone. I’ve had it twisted with double strand twist. Braided at the root and then double strand twist til the end. Now, it’s just braided from the root to the end and it’s been done like this now for a little over 3months. The other day I tried taking them out to redo my hair to find that some of the braids have started to loc. When I tried taking braids/twist before, I continued til I got them out and lost a whole lot of my hair. The reason I started braiding – is because where I live in Colorado, no moisture in the air, my hair started falling out and it had already taken awhile to get acclaimated to Colorado. So – I stopped relaxing and all that and just went natural and wore wigs for awhile, then got bold enough to just be me and wear my own hair proudly.

    I ran into this lady in the store who had gorgeous locs and she suggested I just google “sister loc tightening techniques to get tips on how to maintain my own hair “(I’m unemployed – so don’t have funds to pay someone else). Anyhow, that is how I found this site and I loved your website and all the styles that I saw. I would love some advice on what products to use to wash, condition and tighten my hair and get my hair to continue to be healthy (even my stress spot that stays weak and breaks off when I am stressed), grow and start to look even more like locs.

    Where I am actually from – locs are done by nature, (sea and aloe) – but I am female and I would like to look female and wear my hair, where I can style it different ways and stuff. I have used aloe and aloe products as well as olive oil and also jamacia brand type stuff that is sold in the beauty supply shop, that to me just smells nice – it doesn’t do anything for my hair.

    I pray that something will help me.

    Thank you.

    • Anu Prestonia
      April 7, 2009 | 3:19 pm

      Dear Trix,

      Yes, the environment can take a toll on your hair. Our hair tends to be dry in cold, arid climates anyway. To begin with, I would recommend using a good moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. If you want to shop locally rather than order on line, I would recommend checking out your local health food store. One brand that I love and that most health food stores carrry is Nature’s Gate. They have a great herbal conditioner that is a balsam type. After the shampoo and conditioner try a hot oil treatment with a natural oil, like Khamit Kinks hair oils. Jane Carter products are also great. If you want to Loc, Jane Carter offers a product called Twist and Lock. Carol’s Daughter also has some great hair products.

      When the hair sheds after being in braids, twists or weaves the only hair you should loose is the hair that would have shed had you been combing your hair daily. That can add up to a bit of a pile if you have your hair in a couple of months. But as long as your hair is not thinner after wards, that shedding is fine, natural.

      I hope this has been helpful.

  62. Regina
    April 9, 2009 | 6:56 pm

    Hello, I LOVE your sight it’s very educational. I have been researching sister locks sights daily, and now truly convinced to get my hair in sister locks. I have very thick hair, and sometimes a little breakage I want to cry when I comb it because it’s so thick.

    I had an overactive thyroid 20 years ago, and now I’m taking Levothroxine. Sometimes, my scalp itches and will break once in awhile but not much, I thinks it’s because I am allergic to weave, when I get my hair braided the next three weeks it itches. I’m not sure but it could be from thyroid problems. I have been wearing braids for about 20 years on and off sometime perming my hair. But now I have been natural for 15 years and my hair is about 8 inches in length, I also have it cut and sometimes cut myself. I wear my hair in two strand twists, but I don’t really care how it looks on me. My hair shrinks to nothing when I wash it, I am nervous and excited when I go for my appointment in May. Would sister locks be good for me?

    • Anu Prestonia
      April 12, 2009 | 11:08 am

      Thank you Regina,

      I am happy to know you enjoy our website. You asked if Sister Locks would be good for you. That really depends on you and your preference for your hair. You can send a photo of your hair to me at and I may be able to better advise you after seeing your hair.

      The way you describe your hair as being so thick, I can’t imagine any style wouldn’t look good on you. The two strand twist with thick hair is the best. There are two strand twist and then there are two strand twist. What one does at home can not be compared to what we are able to offer you at the salon in terms of consistency in parting, in the size of twist, the different levels of tension in the twist, in the options for putting the twist in. We have a wet two strand, a blow dry two strand, a soft two strand, a Senegalese two strand. So if you really want the two strand I would recommend you having it done by us. Your hair would not shrink up to nothing when shampooed. So check it out. And I hope to see you soon.

  63. Cynthia
    April 11, 2009 | 6:12 pm

    Hi Anu!

    I know from your previous replies to posts that you can not add extension hair to sisterlocks, but is it possible to make traditional locks that are as small (or close to sisterlocks with extensions? I desperatly want to lock my hair, but I don’t really want that “short lock” look (I have 3-4 inhces of natural hair). Have other customers of yours come to you with the same concerns? Any ideas about what to do about that?

    Your website and blog are very informative. In the near future, I plan to set up a consultaion with you at your salon in BK.

    Take Care!

    • Anu Prestonia
      April 12, 2009 | 10:59 am

      Hi Cynthia,

      Yes, the question of extending Sister Locks has come so often that I recently had an idea about how it can be achieved. We’ve extended Sister Locks in the past with other types of extensions that were not Locs but textured hair that was crinkly or curly. But for the loc look at the end of the Sister Locks, I am working on a technique, so keep posted.

      Traditional Locs that are as small as Sister Locks tend to break and pop off.

      We look forward to working you soon.

  64. Cynthia
    April 12, 2009 | 5:24 pm

    Hi Anu-

    Wow, thanks for such a rapid response to my post!

    How many inches of crinkly or curly can be added to the sisterlocks? Are the extension something that can be added during installation?

  65. Nikagia
    April 13, 2009 | 8:00 pm

    I would love to have my hair sisterlocked by one of the consultants in your salon. I’m aware that getting sisterlocks isn’t a “one-time” deal. The consultant and the customer will have to see each other often. I live in Northern VA. I’m willing to travel to NYC to get my hair sisterlocked by TRUE professionals. Would any of your consultants take me as a client even though I’ll have to travel FAR to get to the salon?

    • Anu Prestonia
      April 14, 2009 | 1:44 pm

      Dear Nikagia,

      We care for clients from near and far. The distance doesn’t matter as long as you’re able to make it here. We had someone here recently who traveled from Bagdad! No joke, she’s from the states of course, but she works in Iraq. We have a number of clients from your area who come here on a regular. Please fill out our consultation form and we can get started from there. Here’s the link:

  66. Nadiva
    April 15, 2009 | 9:59 am


    You replied to Ebony that, “Yes, there is a way to split Sister Locks”. You need to let the new growth get to at least an inch or two before doing so. My questions are: do you have to cut of the rest of the length and just leave the 1-2 inches when spliting, and do you have to wait until the locs are mature before doing so. I just got my sister locs in on the 10th (YEAH) and I do like them, and love that I finally stepped over the hurdle to wearing my hair in it’s natural state. I don’t love the actual size yet, I have about 380 locs, not even 400 and I want more in for a fuller look. I do know that they’ll take there own course. I will be in NY this weekend do you suggest stopping in to see if with my texture I could have them split to add more or should I just wait until they actually loc up? I need a 2nd opinion to confirm if I’m best off with the size I have and not to alter it, cause I was advised that with my hair I would end up connecting the locs together if smaller.



  67. Anu Prestonia
    April 15, 2009 | 11:06 am

    Dear Nadiva,

    You don’t have to cut the rest of the length to split Sister Locks, but you do need to have mature SL.

    In the all the years that we’ve been offering Sister Lock services, no one has made this request of us. Therefore, we have no experience in splitting Sister Locks. And so we can’t offer you that service. If you contact the home office of Sister Locks they may be able to recommend someone who has experience with splitting the SL.

    How many SL you have really should depend on how thick your own hair is. It does sound like you did not receive the customary number of SL.

    Good Luck and please keep us updated on your journey to split your Sister Locks.

  68. Nadiva
    April 20, 2009 | 2:25 pm

    I know this is not recommended but please humar me….how long would it take to new SL’s out? I’m thinking about taking them out and having them re-done before they lock up? Is that something that your salon would do?

  69. Anu Prestonia
    April 20, 2009 | 3:42 pm

    It depends on how long they’ve been in and the texture of your hair. For some if they just put conditioner in their hair and then shampooed it, it would unravel. For others it would take diligently going through each SL individually.

    We would have to see your hair first to determine whether or not we could do take you SL out.

  70. Receding Hairline Remedies
    April 21, 2009 | 12:57 am

    I think it is not same for all the hairs. It differs from one person to the other. Only experts can determine it.

  71. j
    May 9, 2009 | 4:37 pm

    i presently have a relaxer. four years ago i had tradional locks. what made me cut them was the drying time, moldy smell, heaviness and greasy feeling felt fron pommades on my hair. Plus i have really thick hair. i didn’t even imagine that my locks would grow to become some thick. I am considering sister locs, but dont want the same experience of traditional locs. how can sister locs benefit me?

    • Anu Prestonia
      May 12, 2009 | 7:20 am

      Dear J,

      Sister Locks are much smaller than traditional Locs but if your hair is thick, there’s no getting around that. With Sister Locks though, they recommend that you don’t use oil, and there are no pommades used at all. Sister Locks do dry faster.
      So all in all, I’d say it’s worth the try. I do believe that Sister Locks will be a much different experience for you than traditional Locs.

  72. Renae
    May 12, 2009 | 9:13 pm

    You have worn both sister locs and traditional locs. Which are better for your hair. I wore sister locs for awhile, but i don’t think my hair ever really truly locked. i had curly ends.
    I am starting over and considering traditional locs but have been advised that it can thin the hair at the roots.
    As for sister locs, i have been told they never really loc. What is your opinion?

    • Anu Prestonia
      May 13, 2009 | 11:37 am

      Dear Renae,

      Off hand I would say neither is better. But I have found that with traditional Locs if they become too long, they begin to pull the hair out right from the roots. I have seen this so much, you wouldn’t believe that people are so attached to length that they let this go on.

      On the flip side Sister Locks (SL) offer a lot of positives. First SL stays looking fresh and groomed much longer than traditional Locs. You can have a SL touch up, go to the gym the same day, sweat, go swimming and your touch up will still be fresh. This is because the SL are basically “crocheted” to the scalp. With traditional Locs, because they’re basically “set” with styling products, moisture can totally unwrap the twisted new growth, making them look like they need to be done over again.

      The other plus with SL is because they are small and fine, there are many more styling options.

      Last but not least, those with fine and thinning hair are able to have SL without further damage.

      I will be Locking my hair again with in the next year or two, and I have no doubt which one I’ll be doing. I’m going back to Sister Locks.

      I hope this has been helpful.

  73. DEE
    May 16, 2009 | 1:52 pm

    I’m going to a wedding in June. Is there any place I can go to get hair jewelry for Sisterlocks? I have small to medium locs and the traditional loc jewlery is way too heavy for my hair. Also I’m looking for some festive colors. Any ideas? I live in NYC.

    • Anu Prestonia
      May 21, 2009 | 5:33 pm

      Dear Dee,
      We carry Loc charms at Khamit Kinks. Also, this weekend is Dance Africa at BAM – Brooklyn Academy of Music and there may be a number of vendors with Loc Charms.

  74. gail
    May 26, 2009 | 12:33 pm

    I have had my SL for 2 yrs and “I LOVE THEM”, but I do have some concerns. I get my SL retighten faithfully every 6-8 weeks and my consultant has not used any conditioner or moisterizer on my hair after she washes it in 2 yrs. I was told not to use any conditioners when washing my hair between my visits to her. At the beginning of my SL journey I was told to use Aloe Vera and a tiny drop of Tea Tree oil mixed with water. She does not recommend any moisterizing products because of being hard to wash out. My locs are very dry and my edges still unravel and also along my front hair line my locs have and are thinning out and breaking in the middle of the lock. This leaves my locs so uneven in the front. It’s summer and I enjoy the water but was advised not to get them wet because my locks on my edges will unravel. I’m not enjoying the versitility of my SL which was one of the reason I got them. This is my question, is this normal in the SL journey for my hair to be so dry, use no conditioners and breaking in the middle of the lock?

    • Anu Prestonia
      May 27, 2009 | 11:28 am

      Dear Gail, I don’t believe in shampooing the hair and not following up with conditioner. The conditioner is use to regulate the ph balance after the stripping of the cleanser in the shampoo. Initially, conditioner may make your Sister Lock have slippage, in which case we use a spray leave in conditioner like Jane Carter’s leave in conditioner. But after your Sister Locks are established, I would recommend using conditioner, most definitely. Without conditioning your hair you’re definitely going to experience breakage and the snapping off of your Sister Locks.

  75. gail
    May 27, 2009 | 5:36 pm

    Thank you for your reply and responding so quickly. Is there any particular conditioner you recommend to help strengthen and moisturize locs? Also is there something I can do OR stop doing that will help the locs on my edges not to unravel ?

  76. Kimberlee
    June 7, 2009 | 6:20 pm

    Just came uopn this site while doing some research on Sister Locs. I’m wanting to loc my hair and I’m thinking sister Locs are for me. I’m not wanting to cut all the perm out of my hair that would leave me with very short hair. Can you Sister loc and have some permed hair?

    • Anu Prestonia
      June 10, 2009 | 1:40 pm

      Hi Kimberlee,

      Yes, the Sister Locks can have some perm on the ends. You should have at least an inch or two of new growth, so that your Sister Locks won’t slip.

  77. Gloria Ford
    June 23, 2009 | 10:11 am

    I have had sisterlocks since November 15, 2008. It is now 7 months and my hair is growing so very slow.l’ve been wearing a wig all of this time, which is why I got sisterlocks because I was tired wearing the wig and wanted my natural hair to grow. I was made to feel that when I got sisterlocks my hair would just grow and grow. Now I am beginning to wonder if it will. My locktician says the braids have not swollen yet. They were real tiny when they were put in. I had ordered the reconstructor and moisture treatment that I thought I would be able to use in 6 months, but she says not to use anything on it. Have you been familiar with any other client(s) with this complaint.

  78. Anu Prestonia
    June 23, 2009 | 2:57 pm

    Dear Gloria,

    No, I have not had any clients with this complaint. Perhaps all you need is to give it a little more time. Everyone’s hair is so completely different, in terms of texture, rate of growth, thickness, and all of those factors will make your Sister Locks uniquely yours as it takes on it’s own Sister Lock look.

    If your hair hasn’t completely locked yet, you don’t really have a full picture of its potential. I would say that perhaps you need to give it at least a year. That’s only five more months from now. So have a little patience and let me know how it goes.


  79. Akua
    July 29, 2009 | 11:22 am

    I recently had traditional locs put in. However, I am concerned about the size they will be. I like traditional locks, however, I want them to be small – about the size of a power cord or half the size of a pencil. The loctician said this size he made is best for my hair but I am ntm covinced I can’t go smaller. I like sisterlocks but I feel they are a bit too thin and waspy for my taste. Is there a way to make them a bit bigger? I am thinking about splitting some of the coils he did to make them smaller. I have abou 140 locs – I feel I should have closer to 200 to achieve the size I want. HELP. Should I come into Khamit Kinks for a second opinion?

    • Anu Prestonia
      July 29, 2009 | 3:03 pm

      Dear Akua, It really depends on the texture and strength of your own hair, but often times when traditional Locs are too small they tend to pop off. This doesn’t necessarily happen at the root, it typically happens down the length of the Loc. When I had traditional Locs, I only had 75 so 200 is more than double that. When I had my Sister Locks I had close to 450 of them. Therefore, it seems like you have a smaller size Loc that is smaller than the typical size. Of course that depends on how thick your hair is. It would be best if you came in for a consultation. Don’t start splitting them yet.

  80. nikagia
    July 29, 2009 | 4:57 pm

    I recently met a women with interlocks/”latch hook” locks. Is there a huge difference in style/technique between interlocks and sisterlocks?

  81. DeeDee Drake
    July 30, 2009 | 5:09 pm

    Peace Sista, I’m a natural stylist in baltimore,
    in the hair business for 32yrs from NY. I would like to have one of my client come in for a consult she is thinking about sister locks. I don’t do them(would like to take the class) she has very very thin hair and is wondering if thats the way to go since shes natural and wants to stay that way. Do you think she should make that trip to the big apple?

    • Anu Prestonia
      July 30, 2009 | 6:15 pm

      Hi Dee Dee,
      Many of our Sister Locks clients with very thin hair have been very pleased with how the Sister Locks turn out on them. Their hair ends up becoming fuller. And because Sister Locks are so light, there’s no worry with causing stress to the hair. Yes, please have her fill out our consultation form and we can talk to her before she makes the journey here. Consultations

      And Thank you very much for the referral.


  82. Heidi
    August 11, 2009 | 11:08 am

    My boyfriend just started his brother locks about 6 months ago. They look great for the most part, but a few on the sides and top are unravaling at the ends some up to a half inch. He’s tried frantically to get in touch with his stylist, but he never calls back. Is there something I can do to help him. I have a hook tool, but need to know how to do it. Thanks HJ

    • Anu Prestonia
      August 13, 2009 | 7:54 am

      Dear Heidi,

      This is common with Sister/Brother Locks. Depending on your texture you could have a few that take much longer to stay together and lock. It’s time to find a new Sister Lock technician in your area.

  83. ebony
    September 28, 2009 | 12:10 pm

    Hello I wanted to know where can I purchase one of those sister lock keys? I have been looking everywhere on the internet.

    • Anu Prestonia
      September 28, 2009 | 10:13 pm

      Hi Ebony,
      Those “keys” are obtained only through the Sister Lock home office as far as I know. I’ve never heard of any place else where they can be purchase. They are difficult to come by even if you are a certified Sister Lock tech. So we definitely don’t have any spare ones around. Best of luck.


  84. rosie242
    November 2, 2009 | 4:11 pm

    I am excited about hearing of you. I love the fact that children and friends are not allowed on the salon floor. I am very self conscious about my hair in front of others.

    I have regular locks, I can sit on them. I have been wearing them for 12 years. My look is dated. The locks are too long to style. I am 57 years old and thin at the temples. How best to begin the transisiton to sister locks?

    A consultation usually would begin at what dollar amount?

    • Anu Prestonia
      November 3, 2009 | 2:55 pm

      Hi Rosie,
      Are you considering cutting your current Locs off? If so, I recommend not having your new growth twisted so that you can grow a few inches of loose new growth and then book an appointment to get started. If you are planning on having the Sister Lock technique used for your current Locs, I would recommend having an in person consultation with a Sister Lock technician to see if your current Locs could transition into the Sister Lock technique of a touch up. I would also suggest cutting some of your length for the integrity of the hair at your scalp, which is probably being stressed from the weight of your long Locs. Let me know what you decide.

  85. Ann
    January 4, 2010 | 9:31 am

    Hi Anu:
    I just relocated to Charlotte NC and would like to find a loctician for my sista locs. Any suggestions? Also I color my hair and it tends to be dry, any special products you can suggest?

    • Anu Prestonia
      January 4, 2010 | 9:47 am

      Hi Ann,
      I would suggest going to the Sister Locks website to find a technician in your area. In terms of dryness, I would recommend using a rich, moisturizing conditioner. You may even consider a leave in conditioner that you can apply daily.


  86. Melissa
    January 17, 2010 | 6:47 am

    I started my locs a year ago, all my hair is full locked but the locing differs. some are puffy at the top and straight in the middle and puffy again at the buttom, most are straight from the root and then gets puffy at the bottom.I have been doing them myself becuase i live in the UK and its hard to find them where i live. any advice you be much appreciated?

    • Anu Prestonia
      January 18, 2010 | 5:07 pm

      Dear Melissa,

      I certainly feel for you. I often recommend that clients start their Locs with a professional and then once they’ve developed fully that would be the time to care for them on your own. I understand though from what you said that you didn’t have that option. England is known to have a population of Nigerians. If I were in your situation, I would try to find a Nigerian sister who knows how to do Thread Wraps and have her wrap each one of my Locs with black thread or black yarn. Another option might be an artist that crochets or knits and would be willing to try this for you. Wrapping your Locs would force your Locs to develop more uniform matter. They shouldn’t be wrapped too tight or it will difficult for them to relax and lay down. But this would be good training for your Locs.

  87. T Boogie
    January 20, 2010 | 8:41 pm

    Hi Anu,
    I did the BC about two months ago because for one, I was tired of relaxing and two I want to grow dreads.My problem is everytime I go to a natural hair shop I tell them I want start my dreads and they say my hair is too curly.I have naturally curly hair and I don’t understand why they tell me this.Also there is one patch in the top front of my hair that seems like it is still relaxed,but I KNOW I have not had a relaxer in eight months.One lady told me at one of the shops to wash my hair with bar soap,but I’m not so sure I want to do that. Please Help!!!

    T Boogie

    • Anu Prestonia
      January 21, 2010 | 1:27 pm

      Dear T Boogie,
      I’m not sure what you mean when you say you did the BC??? If you have soft, curly, hair all that means is you have to find a Stylist who has enough experience to know how to lock your hair. If Japanese and Caucasian people can lock their hair, so can you. I wouldn’t recommend the bar soap method. What she’s really trying to say is, do something that will make your hair dry. Don’t go that route. Continue to look for someone with the right skills. BTW. what city are you located in?

  88. tigress
    February 1, 2010 | 7:57 pm

    Does one start sisterlock extensions from the root or tip?
    When i first get sisterlocks can they be extensions?
    Can i get the type of human hair you can dye to start sisterlocks? How will the ends turn out with straight hair?
    Can i dye my hair right before getting sisterlocks?
    I realize with extensions its not sisterlocks but microlocks.

    • Anu Prestonia
      February 2, 2010 | 5:22 pm

      Dear Tigress,
      We do not offer Sister Lock extensions at all. And yes, you can color your hair before getting Sister Locks.

  89. Doris Canada
    February 2, 2010 | 6:07 pm

    This post is actually the best on this important topic. I absolutely feel the same way with your points of view and will eagerly look forward to your forthcoming updates. Just saying thanks will not just be enough, for the wonderful lucidity in your writing. I will immediately grab your rss feed to stay up to date of any updates. Solid work and good luck in your website promotion!

    • Anu Prestonia
      February 3, 2010 | 7:43 am

      Thank you so much Doris! I appreciate your support.

  90. Cynthia
    February 4, 2010 | 9:57 am

    Hello, I am very interested in starting the sisterlock as a permanent hair style, but have a question, Is it possible to begin this with added hair?, some may view this as “cheating” in a since, but I do not see this as a problem, really, also I am very interested in color techniques for this method. What do you think?

    • Anu Prestonia
      February 5, 2010 | 3:09 pm

      Hi Cynthia,
      If you start Sister Locks with extensions then it won’t be what is considered the trademarked Sister Locks technique. Sister Locks are traditionally created using your own hair once you change that then it’s not Sister Locks. Don’t get me wrong, it can be done, but it would raise the price considerably and it’s already a costly style.

  91. Angela
    February 10, 2010 | 12:30 pm


    I’ve got sisterlocks – have for 8 months now and would like to know if i can buy the sisterlock tool anywhere – i will be doing a course to learn to do my own hair but just a little worried as to if i will be able to purchase another if the one i get after doing the course gets lost or broken.

    How do i get another?

    • Anu Prestonia
      February 10, 2010 | 1:08 pm

      Hi Angela,
      All tools are procured via the Sister Locks company once you’ve taken the course.

  92. Gloria
    February 12, 2010 | 11:08 am

    I’ve had sisterlocks now for 15 months. After about 2 weeks ago retightening one of my locks dropped into my lap. Also every time I go for retightening my scalp shows worse than before. I am still using the starter shampoo as many of the locks have not matured. when I got sisterlocks my hair was colored with a permanent dye and my loctician said I could continue to color because of the grey. I have since changed to a rinse to see if the dye was halting growth, etc., I had about 250 locks installed. My locitician said they were brotherlocks. Would that make a difference about the scalp showing. My hair was about 2 inches long when installed. Should I worry or should I worry my loctician? Will my hair finally thicken up and cover the scalp? Thanks for your help

    • Anu Prestonia
      February 12, 2010 | 12:41 pm

      Hi Gloria,
      None of your hair should be falling out wholesale into your lap. One thing that you might consider is not having your hair tightened to the scalp. Ask you technician to leave an eighth of an inch of your hair un-tightened. It’s some times too stressful on your hair and scalp to try to have your Sister Locks tightened to the point that nothing can come between your hair and your scalp. Tell her to slacken it up a bit.

  93. Gloria
    February 18, 2010 | 11:19 am

    Thanks for answering so promptly. I will take your advice and ask my loctician to slacken up a bit with the tightening. Have a blessed day. Thanks for the opportunity to ask questions.

  94. India
    February 25, 2010 | 1:51 am

    Hi there as of 1hr ago I hadnt made my decision on what kind of locks I wanted. I had been researching for years, now I know Id like the sisterlocks. Just wanted to thank all the women and men willing to share it helped a great deal you all are beautiful. Thank you

  95. Keri
    March 22, 2010 | 12:07 pm

    Dear Annu,

    I’ve had sisterlocks for 19 months now…..i’ve noticed that some in the back of my head have been thinning out. When i feel the lock the ends are locked, while the middle to the roots re soft and get very fuzzy. I’m gettin a bit frustrated with that aspect. I’m now feeling as if i should just cut down those locks about 10 of them and start over.

    • Anu Prestonia
      March 22, 2010 | 6:19 pm

      Dear Keri,
      What is your Sister Lock tech saying about what’s happening with your hair? It might be worth it to let her try to repair it before just cutting them off. Often we have different textures of hair on different parts of our head. And the softer hair will take longer to Loc. Have patience, don’t cut them off just yet. See if they can be saved. Because you may cut them off only to have the same problem reappear.

  96. Ben
    March 27, 2010 | 6:24 pm

    Hello Anu, love you hair and enjoy your Q&A session. I have recently installed sisterlock about two month in, recently had to combine every two lock, now noticed that my ends are very freezy, i was advised by my consultant to use the baby shampoo without any shampoo. What can i do about my freezy end, should i use moisture? if so what moisture can i use?

    thanks your feedback would be very appreaciative

    • Anu Prestonia
      March 29, 2010 | 1:07 pm

      Hi Ben,

      You said use baby shampoo with out any shampoo. Confusing right. I’m thinking you might have meant without conditioner? I don’t follow those protocols. When I had my Sister Locks I used conditioner and hair oils, my own of course. If your Brother Locks are still forming and you are concerned about slippage, then I’d recommend a water based leave in conditioner like Jane Carter’s Solution.

  97. lele6t3
    March 29, 2010 | 10:12 pm

    can you get SL if your hair is permed?

    • Anu Prestonia
      March 30, 2010 | 1:10 pm

      Dear Lele,
      Yes, you can have your hair done is SL if your hair is permed. It’s just a matter of whether or not you will like how it looks. With permed hair the SL tend to look a bit stringy.

  98. jacqueline
    March 30, 2010 | 2:45 pm

    how do you unlock sisterlocks?

    • Anu Prestonia
      March 31, 2010 | 1:13 pm

      Dear Jacqueline,

      It depends on how long you’ve had them. If you’ve had your Sister Locks for over a year and they are firmly locked, then it’s just a matter of a painstaking process of combing them out little by little, one by one from the ends up.

      If you’re SL are fairly new, then you could use a generous amount of balsam conditioner to loosen the hair and comb it out.

  99. Kim
    April 13, 2010 | 8:36 pm

    Hi Annu,

    I’m new to the world of Sister Locks (about 14-15 months). When my hair stylist retightens my Sister Locks, she doesn’t do the ends. She says these will lock up on their own, when the perm grows out. They just seem to be unraveling to me. Can you give me any suggestions on how to make them look neat? Mine doesn’t look like other I see on the website or people I meet.


    • Anu Prestonia
      April 14, 2010 | 1:28 pm

      Dear Kim,

      The ends should have been doing when you first had your Sister Locks put in. It would be difficult to do them now. You might consider curling them with rods or straws or rollers. That would be like have a roller set and that will help them to stay a little neater.

      BTW, where did you find that old spelling of my name?


  100. Linda Scott
    April 25, 2010 | 1:49 pm

    Iwould like to have my sisterlocks dyed. Will that damage them?

    • Anu Prestonia
      April 25, 2010 | 4:12 pm

      Dear Linda,
      Coloring your Sister Locks won’t necessarily damage them. It depends on how it’s done and how often the color is applied. Color should not be applied to the area of your hair that’s already been dyed when you go in for your touch up. That’s one good way to weaken your hair no matter what style you have. Only the new growth should have permanent dye applied to it.

  101. Ashton
    May 13, 2010 | 11:28 am

    Hi, I am a sophomore in college in North Carolina. I am thinking about getting sister locs to save money on going to the salon every other weekend. I had micros in and my hair grew and then i got a relaxer and my hair began thinning on the sides so i put kinky twist in and when i took them out and washed my hair. My natural hair knotted at the end of my perm hair. I want sister locks but i don’t know if my hair can handle it. What is the average price and maintenance of sister locks?

    • Anu Prestonia
      May 13, 2010 | 8:23 pm

      Dear Ashton,
      please visit our website for prices on our Sister Locks. I’m not sure if there’s an average price that others charge. Permed hair does tend to mat when it sits in braids or twist styles.

  102. kedar
    May 14, 2010 | 8:59 pm

    im a guy who is interested in doing my hair in d sister locks way etc,how cud i go about of doing so?im living in montegobay jamaica.

    • Anu Prestonia
      May 15, 2010 | 7:59 am

      Dear Kedar,
      You could fly to NY and we would be happy to begin your Brother Locks. On the other hand, I have heard that there are Sister Lock technicians in Jamaica. Check out the Sister Locks website for SL Techs in your vacinity.

  103. Aduni
    May 25, 2010 | 5:18 pm

    To the lady that needs a new loctition and willing to travel. My loctition is the BOMB and she comes to my home to do them! Where do you live?? I am in Oakland California. Email me at and I will give you her info.

  104. Sasky
    May 25, 2010 | 6:16 pm

    Hi, I have texterizer but whenever I take out the gel in my hair it looks natural. Can I put sister locs now or do I have to let the texterizer grow out?


    • Anu Prestonia
      May 25, 2010 | 11:08 pm

      Dear Sasky,
      You should be able to have the Sister Locks put in now, but it would be best to see your hair in person to determine that.

  105. Ms. Turner
    May 26, 2010 | 11:28 pm

    Hello Anu,
    I am 26 years old and I have had sisterlocks for 2 years now. I had a baby in december and about 2 months ago I noticed that some locs were thinning at the edges/sides/temples. Since then some have actually thinned at the root so bad that they came out completely…I’m also having thinning on several other locs throughout my hair. I am in the process of going to a dermatologist, but I am worried that all of my locs are going to thin…if that were the case would you recommend trying to take the locs down, or just cutting them completely…I just had a baby in dec, and Im hoping that it just relates to that but at the same time Im horrified that I may lose all of my locs and its depressing me. ;-( any help u could give would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you

    • Anu Prestonia
      May 27, 2010 | 10:32 am

      Dear Ms. Turner,
      Hormonal changes from child birth can have an effect on your hair. It’s good that you’re going to see a dermatologist though, because your hair lose could be caused by another factor. I would say to wait until you see the dermatologist before decide whether to keep your SL or to cut them off. Please get back to me and let me know her diagnosis.

  106. Ms. Turner
    June 4, 2010 | 5:53 pm

    Hi Anu,
    thank you so much for taking the time to respond to me! I went to the dermatologist today, and she is very confident that it is directly related to the hormones post delivery as well as the depo shot. She recommended that I take biotin and flaxseed oil supplements along with the hair, skin and nails vitamins that I have been taking for about a month now. She thinks I probably have about 2 or 3 more months of my hormones leveling off, which still leaves me with the same question of what I should do about my locs thinning at the root….My main goal is to save as much length to my hair/locs as possible do you have any suggestions from the info I have gathered so far?

  107. Bernice V. Burgess
    June 17, 2010 | 10:25 am

    This question was posted by Nikagia on July 29, 2009. I noticed that there is no reply.


    I recently met a women with interlocks/”latch hook” locks. Is there a huge difference in style
    /technique btween interlocks and sisterlocks?

    My question is similar if not the same. I have had the sisterlock since Nov 2009. I recently had someone retighten my hair whom I was told do the sisterlock and half way through my hair said she do not do the sisterlocks but she do interlocks and I noticed the difference in how my hair looks and to me it’s not the same. She sprayed oiled and palm it and it kinder looks like dread. I don’t like it so now I have to go back to the person that knows about sisterlocks and is certified in it.

    • Anu Prestonia
      June 17, 2010 | 11:11 am

      Dear Bernice,
      Many Stylist use similar names for the same and some times for different techniques. Because Sister Locks are patented, if you are not a certified SL Tech, then you are unable to use the Sister Locks name so they call it interlocking. Also, interlocking is now a name commonly used when the SL technique is used on traditional Locs. I hope this isn’t confusing. I’m trying to add clarity here. Let me know if you still don’t get it.

  108. Linda Scott
    June 17, 2010 | 3:32 pm

    I would like to have my sisterlocks cut. Do I need to go to a certified sisterlocks technician, or would a beautician be able to cut the locks into a style? I guess my question is there a special way to cut the locks.

  109. Charise
    June 18, 2010 | 10:22 pm

    I came across your site while researching sisterlocks. The site is very informative, thank you. I am 8 months into the process of growing out my perm, going natural. My goal is to start locking it without cutting it too short. I am still having my hair washed and set, then blow dried to straighten, on a weekly basis. Will doing this lengthen the timeframe to start the sisterlock process? From my research, I know that I can start the sisterlock process prior to completely growing out the perm; however I would prefer to wait until my hair is completely natural.

    • Anu Prestonia
      June 19, 2010 | 7:22 am

      Dear Charise,
      Thank you for the compliment regarding this blog. It’s a labor of love, for I have always loved helping others.

      You can continue doing what you’ve been doing, I just would caution you regarding the heat from blow drying. I’ve noticed that many heating tools today don’t allow the hair to revert back to it’s natural texture. So be careful about using too much heat and make sure your hair is reverting back when you shampoo, to it’s natural texture and not staying straight.

      All the best!

  110. Ms Turner
    June 28, 2010 | 11:36 pm

    Greetings Anu!
    I don’t know if you accidentley overlooked my other response for you but so far my dermatologist said that she is confident that it is a result of the childbirth and the depo provera shot that I had one dose of. My new consultant who is a master trainer has me trying the nioxin products and I am still taking vitamins to help as well. My big concern however at this point is that the roots seem to still be thin and I am afraid that if the thinning doesnt stop soon I will have to cut them and start all over again. I feel so sad right now and I would truly love your opinion or advice on the matter, even to the extent that I would be willing to travel to ur shop from Cleveland if there was something I could do to ease my transition if that is what I end up having to do. I look forward to hearing back from you and thank u for taking the time to read.

    • Anu Prestonia
      June 29, 2010 | 5:50 am

      Dear Ms. Turner,
      Since you have a new consultant and she is able to see your hair in person, What did she suggest?

      In the meantime, please email me pics of your hair so I can see it and go from there.

  111. Ms Turner
    June 29, 2010 | 6:29 pm

    Well she suggested I use the Nioxin products but thats abt all…she said she didnt think I would need to cut them…however I am now noticing that it is quite a bit of the locs all over my head that are weak at the roots…I will try to get some good snaps of the roots but I think it may be hard to see. What is your email address?

  112. Wapa
    August 20, 2010 | 8:34 am

    I have been natural all my life but always strugled hard with the detangling and styling of my hair. I now live in Costa Rica’s caribbean side near the ocean. Ocean is my life! I have decided to loc my hair since january I strted this new adventure which yes has chnge me in many ways. Patiences to the people that loc hair in CR for they have NO IDEA what they’re doing. I have loced and un loced my hair twice. put on some extention. Now I have a mixture of what is tiny braids, sisterlocs and dreads!!!! I need to get in touch w someone willing to come to CR train, teach and style lots of women here who want to be natural but can’t for the lack of info and know how about locing…Can you help and get us a connection!!!

    • Anu Prestonia
      August 23, 2010 | 8:48 pm

      Dear Wapa,
      I feel you. Being somewhere that offers no loving care or expertise in grooming your hair can be challenging. Please contact me directly at so that we can discuss this further.

  113. Kay
    September 12, 2010 | 11:09 pm

    Anu…I am currently in Seoul South Korea. Would you happen to know a certified SL consultant here. I am currently wearing two-stranded twists and have been contemplating SL for over a year now. Unfortunately I am living/working in Korea.

    • Anu Prestonia
      September 14, 2010 | 10:08 pm

      Dear Kay,
      I haven’t a clue to anyone who does hair period in South Korea. My cousin lived there for several years and she said the Korean women braided her hair. Have you checked the Sister Locks website? If there is someone in Korea that does SL they would know.
      Best of luck to you.

  114. Gene
    October 9, 2010 | 11:32 am

    I live in Fort Worth Texas, would like to know where I can go to get my hair done.

    • Anu Prestonia
      October 10, 2010 | 8:31 am

      Dear Gene,
      There are a number of natural hair care salon and stylist directories on line. Check Google for that and Google natural salons in your area.

  115. hblpn
    October 16, 2010 | 9:32 pm

    I recently had sister locs installed. I’ve had them for about 1 1/2 months. I have 2 concerns. My parting is kinda off. My loctician parted my hair in a semi cricle, from ear to ear. Then she did the crown of my head from right to left. When i part my hair in different directions the parting is totally off. (ie. from front to back) I kno that the griding can not be perfect. But I was under the impression that the intricate parting was a trade mark of sister locs. My loctician told me that there are different gridding techniques, and that the ones i may have seen were likely done in a different parrern than mine. Is this true?
    Also I am concerned about the ends of my hair. I was told by my loctician that they will lock up on their own. However a friend of mine was told by her loctician that at the right time the loose ends should be “pulled down” and locked by the loctician. Are these simply two different methods? If so which is better? I’m afraid of having the matted look at the ends if they loc on their own.
    Thank you in advance for your reply

    • Anu Prestonia
      October 18, 2010 | 9:08 pm

      Dear HB,
      I only know of one grid pattern for official Sister Locks. And it is primarily a square parting that is very straight and even.

      Depending on the texture of your hair your ends will lock on their own. Some times there will be curls on the ends for a while. Everyone’s hair is different and that difference is even seen in Sister Locks. Some will have curls throughout the life of the their Sister Locks, where others, like myself only had curls on the ends for a few months. In terms of the loose ends being ‘pulled down’, I’m not sure I know what you mean by that. However, your ends should not mat. That would only happen if your hair were bone straight. It should lock, like the rest of your hair.

  116. Dee
    January 13, 2011 | 5:49 pm

    Greetings! I have had my Sisterlocks for two years. However, I see thinning areas at the roots and in between some locks that my current consultant cannot repair. Some of these locks have broken off. Do you use techniques that will strengthen or repair thinning locks? Thanks.

    • Anu Prestonia
      January 14, 2011 | 1:25 pm

      Hi Dee,
      We do have techniques and services for strengthening and repairing Locs of all kinds. But we would need to see your hair to determine what would be the best course of action. Please fill out our Consultation Questionnaire and we can proceed from there.

  117. Tanya
    January 23, 2011 | 10:25 am

    Dear Anu,
    My sisterlocks are 8 weeks and I’m starting to see little balls at the end of a few. Should I cut the little balls off or will they fall off during the locking progress? I was not sure if that is the same as budding or not. Thank you in advance.

    • Anu Prestonia
      January 23, 2011 | 5:52 pm

      Hi Tanya,
      Have you been back to see your SL Stylist since first having your SL put in? In any case, I recommend seeing your Stylist so that she can determine what should be done. If these knots are hanging off your SL then yes, carefully clip them off. Otherwise, it may be a indication of how your texture is locking. But I’d need to see your hair to determine which it is.

      • Tanya
        January 23, 2011 | 11:10 pm

        Thank you for the response. I only had one retightening done so far. I was told my SL are looking good. I have reverse 4 pattern with three different texture going on. Thank you again.

  118. Jazmin Blacwell
    February 6, 2011 | 10:05 pm

    Hi my name is jazmin i have been natural now for 7 months and have recently thought about getting locs. I am in love with sisterlocs!!! However i am also a college student and can’t necessarily afford the hefty price tag this brand of locs cost. I would like to know is there a way i can get the same look and quality without paying the expensive price????

    • Anu Prestonia
      February 8, 2011 | 4:00 pm

      Hi Jazmin,
      I thought I had a solution for that. We did tiny single braids on my sister and then we’re going to use the interlocking to touch up her new growth. Here’s the thing, it took just as long to do that as it would have to put in Sister Locks. It took two Stylists 8 hours. But we did her braids the same size as the parting for the SL. You can consider that option. Have the tiny single done and then have the SL touch up when your new growth comes in. To do the tiny singles here at Khamit Kinks would be $400.00 starting at five inches and it goes up from there. I don’t normally quote prices on the blog but since we don’t have this on our website, I’m making an exception this time.

  119. Sharee
    March 3, 2011 | 11:03 am

    Hi. I am thinking about getting sisterlocks.My hair is all natural soft kinky and about 5 inches long. I have been told that i need to keep the locks dry for the first few months inorder to keep them from unraveling or else I could be putting in alot of extra money to redo them. I work out alot and sweat alot in my hair so I was wondering if you think that I could still get the sisterlocks or if you think that it would be a waste of time and money or require alot of extra attention to upkeep?

  120. Ingrid
    March 7, 2011 | 7:03 pm

    Hi I was wondering if you had any opening the weekend of the 25th of march for sl, I had them before but got sick a few years ago and had to cut them off. I really loved my locks. Please let me know and how much you charge, because I’m going th atlanta this summer and want to have them before I go.

    • Anu Prestonia
      March 7, 2011 | 9:52 pm

      Hi Ingrid,
      Our schedule changes from hour to hour and often from one minute to the next as clients call in to book appointments. So it is best to call in and make appointments. Our weekends book up in advance, so I’m not sure if we have anything available, but it would be best to call first thing Tuesday morning to inquire. Our number is 718-422-2600.

  121. Joy
    April 10, 2011 | 12:23 am


    I like the way you pin up your locks. But I am rubbish at pinning up mine. How do i achieve the style you sport in the above photo and how do I learn to pin up my hair in nice styles?



    • Anu Prestonia
      April 10, 2011 | 9:09 am

      Joy, I think that you have to stop saying that you are not good at something to start getting better at it. Make sure you have the right tools. I prefer hair pins to bobby pins and suggest you get the large ones sold in beauty supply stores, as well as the small ones and get to practicing. Practice makes perfect. I would also like to suggest getting pictures of styles that you like whether they are Locs or not and try to copying what you see.

      In the style above, there are no pins involved. I just took the front of my hair and put it up in a scrunchie, and let the back hang down. I also let a few in the front hang down too. It’s easy and you can certainly do it. So add, good srunchies to your list of tools.

  122. AJ
    April 27, 2011 | 11:19 pm

    Can you please answer the question posted by Sharee on March. My question is almost identical regarding new SL and working out.

    Posted by Sharee on March 3, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Hi. I am thinking about getting sisterlocks.My hair is all natural soft kinky and about 5 inches long. I have been told that i need to keep the locks dry for the first few months inorder to keep them from unraveling or else I could be putting in alot of extra money to redo them. I work out alot and sweat alot in my hair so I was wondering if you think that I could still get the sisterlocks or if you think that it would be a waste of time and money or require alot of extra attention to upkeep?

    • Anu Prestonia
      April 28, 2011 | 4:42 pm

      Dear AJ,
      I would have to see and feel your hair to make that determination. One technique you can use is to cornrow your SL in before working out to keep them from unraveling. Also, when you have to have your hair shampooed your should have the SL braided to keep from unraveling. Was this a SL certified Stylist that said your hair is too soft for this technique? Are you able to come in and let us see and feel your hair? That would be step one in determining whether or not this is a good option for you.

  123. Tanya
    May 24, 2011 | 10:16 pm

    The sisterlocks starter shampoo is like two or three months on back ordered. Everyone I talked to including my consultant have been waiting for months for their order. Is there another shampoo that will lock your hair out there?

    Thank you
    5 months lock

    • Anu Prestonia
      May 25, 2011 | 4:59 pm

      Dear Tanya,
      I am not sure why the Sister Locks administrative office functions the way it does. I can only say that their shampoo tends to not have any moisturizing agents. I don’t find it necessary to shampoo your hair with that particular shampoo. Just make sure you braid your hair before you shampoo and use the shampoo of your choice. I recommend natural shampoos and there are plenty of those on the market.

      • Tanya
        May 25, 2011 | 5:14 pm

        Thank you so much for your help.

  124. Tanya
    July 25, 2011 | 2:07 am


    I’m 8 months locked, wondering how come I still have slippage. I do not wash rough, I’m still banding, I’m a reverse 4 pattern, I’m just doing everything correctly. I was told it’s normal even after two years to have slippage. Is this true? I’m so ready to go back to perm, it’s driving me crazy!

    Thank you.

  125. Lovena
    January 28, 2012 | 11:46 pm

    I had natural traditional locks since 2002. I cut off my locs because I wanted to get SL. However, my hair is short now and I want to add length. Can length be added to SL? What is the difference between SL and Micro Locks? and can you add length to Mircolocks?

    • Anu Prestonia
      January 31, 2012 | 5:07 pm

      Dear Lovena, I would not recommend adding length to Sister Locks until they were all the way, definitely locked; which they are not when you initially have them installed. It takes months for them to fully lock depending on the texture of your hair. The difference between micro locks and SL is that SL is a patented technique using the SL tools to create the SL. Micro Locks are done using the Palm Roll method and you could possibly have breakage which doesn’t happen with the Sister Lock technique.

  126. YAMI
    February 20, 2012 | 7:10 pm

    Hi wher can I get sister locks doen in toronto ? How long does my have have to be …mine is rather a big afro , I dont want to have to cut it though. i have heard you have to start from short hair

    • Anu Prestonia
      February 21, 2012 | 4:43 pm

      Hi Yami,

      You should check the Sister Locks website for SL Technicians in your area. I think a good length to have is at least 3 inches. You do not have to start from short hair. It just takes much longer for the initial installation if you hair is long.

  127. Nataliw
    February 28, 2012 | 10:20 pm

    I was wondering if micro breads could be turned into sister locs? and if so how do I do it?

    • Anu Prestonia
      February 29, 2012 | 1:03 pm

      Hi Nataliw, are you referring to micro braids with your own hair or with extensions? We did SL from Micro Braids with a client’s own hair. Here is a link to that post – Go Ahead And Sweat

  128. Tru
    February 29, 2012 | 5:28 pm

    Hi, Last week I had 280 sisterlocks installed. Originally when I had my consultation I expressed my concern about my fine hair and was assured that I’d have around 450. I’m concerned that the 280 won’t swell enough for me to wear them without always curling/styling them. Given what I see online, I would never have agreed to 280 SLs. Is 280 unusually low? Do SLs double in size when they eventually swell? Should I wait and see or get a second opinion in the even that I have to split some? I’d appreciate any advice you have to offer.

    • Anu Prestonia
      March 4, 2012 | 7:37 am

      Dear Tru,

      I am sorry to hear that you are unhappy with your Sister Locks. Did your SL Tech explain to you that if one’s hair is thin, your Sister Locs will appear all the more thin in the beginning? As the SL develop, they do become thicker and fuller. We have found that clients with very thin hair who decide to get SL with us, usually have their hair appear and get thicker as time goes by.

      Please take pictures of your hair, showing the parting so I can see if your SL could have been done smaller. BTW, have you contacted your SL Tech to let her know your concerns?

  129. Tebea
    March 27, 2012 | 8:48 am

    hello I getting SL in a year because i have a part of my hair that is very short in the front. is there anything i can to start traing my hair for SL.

    • Anu Prestonia
      March 29, 2012 | 11:43 am

      Dear Tebea,
      The only thing you need to do to prepare for your Sister Locks is to take care of your hair and make sure that it’s at its healthiest. That’s all you need to do. Be certain to condition after each shampoo, have your ends trimmed once a season (4 times a year) oil your hair and scalp and do nothing to add stress to your hair.

  130. Latifa
    May 17, 2012 | 11:25 pm


    I have been searching online to find out what classes I should or need to take to become a master loctician. Can you help me with some information. I live near Atlantic City, NJ.

    • Anu Prestonia
      May 18, 2012 | 6:34 am

      Dear Latifa,

      We offer classes on Locs. Please contact our Manager Taeisha Black by calling the salon at 718-422-2600 or send her a direct email to

      • Tebea
        May 18, 2012 | 1:59 pm

        Hello i live in south bend in are there any lock tech/ classes near me

        • Anu Prestonia
          May 22, 2012 | 4:16 pm

          Dear Tebea,

          I’m not sure where South Bend is? What city or state is that in? I suggest you Google, natural hair directories for salons in your area.

  131. Sarah
    June 18, 2012 | 10:34 pm

    Hi Anu,
    While your hair is lovely, I would like to say that you are a beautiful woman. What an electric smile. If you’re not married I have a terribly handsome and successful nephew that would love you!

    What locktician would you recomend in Denver or Aurora Colorado and if there is a certain pattern I need to ask for, I like the pattern that you are wearing in your pic?

    • Anu Prestonia
      June 20, 2012 | 10:31 am

      Sarah you made me smile bigger and even laugh out loud with the proposal of your handsome and successful nephew! Does he know his Auntie is marketing him? Thank you so very much for the compliments. You made my morning!

      Unfortunately, I know of no natural hairstylist in Denver at all. Have you checked the Sister Locks website? Have you seen any others in Denver with Sister Locks who can recommend their technician? Also, the other option is to check google for natural hair directories. There are quite a few good ones including and The Coil Review.

      Let me know how it goes.

      • Sarah
        August 1, 2012 | 9:50 pm

        Hi Lady,

        I am so enjoying your blog. What amazing dedication you have to educating your sisters. I SO APPRECIATE YOU!!!!!

        I had my test locks installed two days ago and I’m am so excited about this journey. I’m 53 and always had bouncing and behaving hair. After 50 my hair changed probably because of hormones. I developed some sensitivites to caffiene, nuts, seeds and chemical sweetners and even aloe. They all make my hair dry as straw and matt. I’m organic and it’s easier that I thought to avoid these items.I did the big chop and hopefully sisterlocks will give me back my length and some degree of a healthy crown.

        I reviewed the ingredients on the sisterlock products and each product has at least one ingredient that I’m sensitive to. Anu do you think I can continue to use NEXXUS therappe and humectress shampoo and conditioner? When I wore my hair straight I used these two products and no other oils and my hair thrived. If I avoid the foods that I mentioned my hair doesn’t break. I used both the shampoo and conditioner prior to my appointment and my hair is not slipping so far it’s even beginning to lock on the ends. Yeah, you guess it…my hair is super kinky without relaxer. I would be sure to use it diluted and sparingly, rinsing thoroughly. Your input is appreciated!!


        • Anu Prestonia
          August 4, 2012 | 8:30 am

          Hi Sarah,

          Thank you so much for the compliments on my blog and for appreciating me. That made me smile!

          I do think you can continue with the NEXXUS if it worked for you in the past and your hair thrived. That’s an easy one. And then if find for some reason it’s not working, you can just discontinue with it.

          Let me know how it goes.

  132. Sarah
    September 27, 2012 | 10:36 pm

    Hi Anu,

    I had 365 sisterlocks installed approximately one month ago. My hair is thin and kinky and only 1 and 1/2 inches long at the time of installation. My hair grows about 1/4 of an inch a month so length to my locks will be a long process. What about hair extensions. I’ve read through some of your blogs and it seems as though extensions are possible at your salon once my locks are mature which I think would take about six months. I would like to consider extensions. Can you educate me? I would consider coming to your salon for extensions, but would I be able to continue my maintenance with my current locktician if she is not done extensions on sisterlocks before?
    Thanks for your time!!!!

    • Anu Prestonia
      October 2, 2012 | 2:20 pm

      Dear Sarah,

      You mentioned that your hair is thin, so I would not recommend extension Locs for you. You may further thin your hair. What some of our clients have done is a Baby Curl Twists onto their Sister Locks. It’s a very light weight, human hair extension, though it looks nothing like Locs, but can give you the length you’re desiring for now.

      In addition, we are unable to make Loc extensions the diameter of Sister Locs, so we don’t offer that service.

  133. Susan
    October 3, 2012 | 9:16 am

    Dear Anu,

    Great website. I have regular locs and i recently did my repair using sisterlocks technique and so far it looks great. My question is it says only use water on the hair to keep it moist spritz water on it morning and evening. Is this sufficient enough? I love my dreads wouldnt want theem to thin out. Any products you can recommend? or water is really all i need?

    • Anu Prestonia
      October 5, 2012 | 10:21 am

      Dear Susan,

      I could swear that I answered this question from you before… You will need more than water. As we well know water by itself is great, but it dissipates and you will need to keep adding water. so my suggestion is to add a water based substance that is infused with conditioning ingredients, like a leave-in-conditioner. Also, doing deep conditioning treatments and hot oil treatments are great for your Locs. Let me know how it goes.

  134. Victoria
    May 10, 2013 | 10:04 pm

    hi Anu!! :-) I know I’m really late to this blog, I have been contemplating sisterlocks fora long time, im just hesitant because of stories of hair thinning and receding hair line and loss of edges. im very very scared. my hair used to be past my shoulders but I cut it trying to look like rhianna( never again lol!) and the . perm eventually thinning my hair esp at the sides hairline. I have been transitioning for about 7-8 months. I use minimum heat. when my hair nkt straight I put it into a bun.

    I understand that when sisterlocks are long they have to be cut, if I wanted to wear my hair natural again after x amount of years, can sisterlocks be cut and taken out our I have to start from scratch all over again. I am in the new York city area

    thank you so much for your patience, and happy mother’s day

    • Anu Prestonia
      May 19, 2013 | 7:09 am

      Dear Victoria,

      It really depends on your hair and how “locked” your Sister Locks are. We don’t take out any Locs at Khamit Kinks, so that wouldn’t be a service we could offer you. But many people just grow the new growth out without re-tightening it and that way they have some length when they are ready to cut off their Sister Locks.

  135. Missy
    July 15, 2013 | 8:10 am

    I am so glad I found you. I need to ask this question to someone who would not be loosing money if they told me the truth. I have kinky/curly hair that I want to SL. I would love to avoid slippage while locking is happening initially. Is it possible to have these type locs started via box braids/small braids for the install and then maintained afterward the way conventional SL are maintained. I had some locs started this way before and it was great b/c I didn’t have to worry about them coming down, and I could just cut off the braided parts after awhile. I know that SLtm would not recommend this but please help, the install is $$ and I know I will have tons of slippage or at least have to be in my consultants face too regularly in the beginning which is a prob because I have to travel far to get to one.

    Thanks so much for your honesty! God bless!

    • Anu Prestonia
      August 17, 2013 | 9:12 am

      Dear Missy,

      Please pardon my delay in getting back to you. I have been unable to access my admin panel on my blog for weeks now and it was finally fixed last night. Give Thanks! To answer your question that is the exact technique I used to SL my own sisters hair.

      To my surprise it didn’t take less time than installing Sister Locks. But three years later her Sister Locks look like they were installed in the traditional way that SL are installed. She loves them. We did her hair that was thinking it would be less time and therefore we could charge clients less money. But putting those tiny singles in the right was took time and skill and so lesson learned. But that just might be a good solution for you. You just have to make sure the person doing the single is making the weave of each braid firm. In other words, the braids should be tightly woven with no gaps at all in the weave and no slackness in the braid.

      I hope this has been helpful.

  136. TKSweeney
    July 19, 2013 | 1:01 pm

    Hi There!

    I am having an issue with my five year old Sisterlocks. They are really fuzzy on top, I have tried the grooming but it seems to be non-stop. I don’t want to always cut my new growth for fear that it will thin the hair. My hair grows fine, I use only organic products on them and water and I usually have wear them roller curled or braided-out and I let them hang so I don’t stress them. This is an ongoing issue, I know my hair is soft and has a looser curl. Please, do you have any suggestions? Thank you

    • Anu Prestonia
      August 17, 2013 | 9:04 am

      Dear TK,

      Please pardon my delayed response, I have been unable to access my blog for weeks now. It was finally fixed last night. When your hair is fuzzy this is going to be an on-going issue. The only way to address is by using heavy products (beeswax based) that will hold it together. I’m not sure if I can really recommend that as a way of dealing with it because beeswax has it’s own issues that it will create; which is mostly attracting lint and weighing the hair down. Other than that you would just need to groom your hair more often and have patience with training your hair.

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