Sorry about the sound. What I want to show you is the difference between Sisterlocks and Braidlocs. In this case Yvonne has her locs for 9 years, 3 times as long as mine, her locs are clearly thinner but mine are also curled.
At a glance it is nearly impossible to tell the difference between Braidlocs and Sisterlocks. Even a closer look won’t necessarily tell you the difference because once natural hair is matured and loced, the matted hair strands look the same.
Needless to say, my Braidlocs are mistaken for Sisterlocks all the time. So, to help you understand the difference if you ever have to make a choice, I like to explain difference between Braidlocs and Sisterlocks.
There are five key differences between Braidlocs and Sisterlocks: the installation, the grid, the start technique, the maintenance technique and the price.
- The installation
Sisterlocks are trademarked and can only be installed by a certified Sisterlocks consultant or trainee. So if really want Sisterlocks make sure your loctition is certified. You can check that on the Sisterlocks Website. There are more than a few people out there who claim to do these but are not certified.
Braidlocs are simply started with braids so they can be installed by anyone who knows how to braid. You can braid your hair yourself or go to a salon to have your hair braided.
- The Grid
Since locs the grid determines the look of the future locs, the grid is very important. Sisterlocks have a meticulous grid that takes your texture and density of your hair into account to create locs that are uniform in size and shape.
When you start Braidlocs you can also start with a grid that is perfect for you it just won’t be as meticulous as that of a trained Sisterlocks consultant.
- The Start Technique
Unlike most braiding techniques a consultant will start at the end of your strands and work her way up with a tool to create a Sisterlock in your hair. The technique is comparable to crocheting and it will allow your strands to stay together as one loc from the very start.
Braidlocs simply start with braiding the hair as usual. There is no tool needed nor a special technique. Braids also keep your strands together very well.
- The Maintenance technique
A rotation is really the way locs are maintained. It is basically attaching the new hair growth to the rest of the loc. A Sisterlocks rotation depends on the texture of one’s hair as well as the density.
Although Braidlocs can be maintained with a Sisterlocks rotation they are usually maintained by interlocking which is also a kind of a rotation.
- The price
As they often take more than one day to install, Sisterlocks are pricey. You really pay for the expertise and time of the consultant. So the longer the hair, the thinner your locs, the more hours it takes and the more you will pay.
Since Braidlocs are not trademarked you can maintain your locs yourself, have them interlocked or go to a Sisterlocks consultant.
For products for locs, Braidlocs, Sisterlocks and Dreadlocks, check out the Locs & Stuff store.