Sister Locks are a great locking option. One thing that’s really cool about them is, once they’ve locked, you can get them wet immediately after grooming (re-tightening) and your hair will still look fresh. Unlike traditional locks, Sister Locks won’t uncoil at the roots when exposed to water or moisture.
The dilemma is, what’s great about Sister Locks (the re-tightening process) can also be what causes you to lose your hair, if the re-tightening is done too tightly. The grooming should not be tight to the scalp. It’s true that when the hair is tightened to the scalp it will last longer, But when the hair is too tight it can pull the hair right out of the follicle, causing traction alopecia /balding.
While some clients understand this and never want their hair tightened all the way to the scalp (it can also show more scalp than hair), other clients insist on the hair being as tight to the scalp as possible. This is not a good option. Please consider the long-term effects of this if you wear Sister Locks, or for that matter, the long-term effects of any hairstyle. It is our goal for your hair to be styled in a way that is not only attractive, but also safe and healthy.
If you want to aspire to have long, luscious and healthy Sister Locks, like the ones worn by Dr. Joanne Corwell, seen above, then you would want to avoid having your Sister Locks excessively tightened.