Two words: protective styling.
Naturally Curly writer Senora Harris explains protective styling keeps the ends tucked away as a means to combat split ends. Protective natural hair styles include twists, Bantu knots and braids. Senora mentioned that constant combing and handling of tightly coiled hair can cause breakage. Ladies with tightly coiled hair types achieve long hair growth by utilizing protective styling.
What does this have to do with Sisterlocks?
Simply put, Sisterlocks are the ultimate protective style. Your natural hair is never combed through like loose hair. Once mature, your sealed ends are always protected. Sisterlocks’ low manipulation experience gives your hair the best environment in which to grow long. In fact, all different forms of locs experience exponential growth due to the fact that they are basically a permanent protective hair style.
They can’t grow long if they snap.
Obviously. I have seen numerous ladies with Sisterlocks across the world wide web with very long locs. This long hair growth doesn’t happen overnight, and it certainly doesn’t happen without effort. Your locs will snap off and break if you don’t care for them properly.
Naturally Unique Locks examined two major causes of Sisterlocks breakage. The first was neglecting the locs. Failing to separate your root bed regularly weakens the roots. Also, very infrequent retightenings can cause breakage since all the new growth might make your original partings seem nonexistent. In an effort to find them and retighten them, the locs can get weak and break.
Ready for the second cause of Sisterlocks breakage? Over-manipulation. That’s right. This permanent protective hair style can be overly manipulated. How so? One way is by setting your natural hair on rods every single night. That constant pulling at the scalp can weaken the locs and make them break, thus halting natural hair growth.
Currently, with my immature Sisterlocks, my consultant advised me to avoid over-manipulation because it would slow the locking process. I still braid and band (a process used to protect my ends when I shampoo), so I can get a crinkly texture. My consultant said that if I want to achieve a particular style, like a braid-out, to only braid once within a shampooing cycle. That means I don’t re-braid my Sisterlocks every single night. Since I shampoo once a week, I only braid, twist or Bantu knot my hair once a week. If I’m going to see any Sisterlocks growth, I know that I’ve got to manipulate my locs as little as possible during these early stages.
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