Everybody loves luscious voluminous curls. They turn heads no matter your hair type but finding the perfect rollers can prove to be challenging. This is because most rollers on the market just aren’t made with natural hair in mind, let alone locs. Read More “In search of the Best Curlers for Braidlocs, Locs and Natural Hair”
When I began researching sisterlocks, I also researched other loc methods like traditional, two strand twist, and braidlocs. These are more affordable options than sisterlocks and equally beautiful. What I did not know then that I know now, is that you can get the same look as sisterlocks starting your loc journey with braid locks (or two strand twists). Let’s go over some of the basics about braidlocs. Read More “The Economics of Braidlocs – An Alternative to Sisterlocks”
Sisterlocks is quickly becoming a lifestyle choice by many black women. Their beauty, ease, and convenience are what most women find appealing. For one, you can still style these small locs the same as you would your loose natural hair. Also, the upkeep of sisterlocks is very low maintenance. If you’re considering getting sisterlocks, I’m sure the main questions you may have is “How much do they cost and can I afford them?”
If you haven’t already done so, get yourself educated on the sisterlocks brand and process. You can do this by visiting the official sisterlocks website http://www.sisterlocks.com/ Once you’ve read all of the pertinent information on the website, you can start searching for a certified consultant or qualified trainee in your area. Some, if not most, consultants charge a consultation fee, so be sure to ask before you schedule your appointment.
Price Factors & Hair Length Requirement
It is important to remember that the cost of sisterlocks varies from city to city and state to state. What your friends or family members may have been quoted for their sisterlocks installation may not be the same for you. Below are some important factors to keep in mind that will impact your sisterlocks price quote:
- The length of your hair
- Your hair density (your hair thickness/thinness & how much hair you have)
- The time/labor needed to install your sisterlocks.
You are required to have at least one inch of hair in order to have sisterlocks installed. The base price for sisterlocks in some areas is $500 and $100 for each additional inch of hair you have. For myself, I was measured at having seven and a half inches of hair (in it’s natural, unstretched state) at my consultation. I was quoted $750, and my $30 dollar consultation fee was applied, so my final price came to $720. Remember: the installation of your sisterlocks is the only time you will pay such a high fee. This fee is your investment.
Maintenance & Fee Comparisons
Your consultant will decide during your first follow up appointment after your installation how often you should come back for retightening’s or reties. Depending on how your hair reacts to sisterlocks being installed and your hair type, your reties can be anywhere between every 4-6 weeks. There is a separate fee for reties, and your consultant will discuss his or her fee with you during your consultation. Some consultants charge a base price for reties while others charge by the hour.
You can also think of it this way – your retightening fee is comparable to you paying your beautician $80 (give or take) every 3-6 weeks for a relaxer touch-up and style/cut, plus tip. The only difference is with sisterlocks, you pay a one-time investment fee (the installation) for a lifetime of hair freedom. During your retightening, there is maintenance involved which includes keeping the sisterlocks grid intact and correcting any issues you may have such as bunching, slippage, breakage or loc reattachment. All of this is time-consuming and is factored into the retightening fee. As your locs mature, you and your consultant will come to a mutual agreement as to how often you need to come in for your reties.
If you were like me and got your hair braided regularly while a loose natural (either at the shop or by someone you know), you know how expensive that can be. Depending on the style and length of braids I wanted, I spent $150 – $200+ (including tip) on braids that I would try to keep at least 3 months. Unfortunately, I would have to take my braids down after 2 or 2 ½ months because of new growth or because the braids themselves were starting to frizz up. When I couldn’t afford to go to the shop regularly, I would have my sister-in-law install crochet braids or box braids for a cheaper fee. All in all, I was spending upwards of $600+ a year on temporary hairstyles that took 8-10 hours to install each time. That is not the case with sisterlocks. Sisterlocks is a permanent style that is taken down if and when you decide you no longer want them.
Can I Afford Sisterlocks?
Do the math and crunch the numbers. Most people get sticker shock at the installation price. Yes, it’s expensive, but it’s also a lifetime and lifestyle investment. You are investing in your hair freedom, and it’s a one time fee. You’ll (hopefully) never have to pay this fee again. When I knew without a shadow of a doubt that I wanted sisterlocks, I right away talked to my husband and we worked it into our budget. So yes, save your coins. Start a budget that includes installation and your monthly reties. Think back to all the years you were getting relaxers and how often you had to go back for touch-ups, color, or a cut and style. Be sure to include the tip you added. Think about how often you went to the shop or to someone’s house to get braids and how much money was spent on something that only lasts a few months. Trust me, investing in sisterlocks is well worth the money spent.
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My Braidlocs journey started in May 2013. Ready for a different stage in my life, ready for a different hairstyle. Looking back now, the Braidlocs were the easiest part of the journey. Not only was it super easy, it was and still is lots of fun!
It was already three years ago when I started to prepare my hair for locs. Time surely flies when you’re having fun because I haven’t had a bad hair day and all of a sudden my hair is thick, full and shoulder length. This is probably the easiest hair journey I have been on. So far so good!
Invited by Sabine’s Hallway for their yearly event The Natural Aristocratic Tea, I had to style my hair a little differently. After all it was a Royal Affair, so even if a hat was likely to be part of the outfit, the natural hairstyle underneat also had to be upscale and on point.
Another way to style natural hair is to put your coily strands in Bantu Knots. The beauty about these African hair bumps is that not only are they a style in and on itself, they work for all hair types and if you take them out you have just another fabulous style.
Have you evern wondered what the differences are between all of the types of locs for Black Natural Hair or did you think they were all the same? If you answer yes, read this article and watch the video where Traditional Dreadlocks, Sisterlocks and Braidlocs is explained.
It almost passed me by: my 1 year locaversary. 12 months passed by so quickly with hardly any issues or maybe I just don’t make much of an issue of small little things.
After half a year I already felt that my braid locs settled in but now that it’s nine months I realize it will be an ongoing process for at least two years to come. Basically until my hair reaches a certain length at a point where it doesn’t change your face as much. Right now my hair seems to be growing like weed and that changes your look constantly.
I can’t believe it’s already five months ago that I started my braid locs. There is so much going on that I hardly have time to think about my hair, let alone blog about it. The best thing about it is that I don’t have to think about it. I am happy with my hair just letting it do what it wants to do. This is the easiest hairstyle ever!
One of the reasons I choose for braid locs is because I think it’s the easiest way to start locs. My hair is naturally frizzy, so single twists were out of the question but even two strand twists would be hard to manage. Another reason is that I wanted micro locs.
I have been ready for a while but creating samples, testing natural hair products and updating my websites made it nearly impossible for me to start locs. There is a bright side to this though, I had extra time to research. So if you’ve ever considered locking and want to join me on this loc journey,
By Terez Howard
The following photo shows how I recently wore my hair. This hair style can be adapted for short locs, traditional locs, even the loose natural.
Check more pictures on this Sisterlocks hair style here.