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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