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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 fascination started while I was at work. I worked for a major retail pharmacy and a customer came in to get her mother’s prescription. Her hair was about three inches past her shoulder and full and fluffy. I asked was her hair locked (being unknown to Sisterlocs), she said these are Sisterlocs. I asked for more information and she was very forthcoming. She explained that they are versatile and all natural. I said “that’s how I want my hair”. This was the summer of 2009. Meanwhile, I kept getting my touch-ups and color right on schedule.
Then everyone stopped getting relaxers and started grown their own hair. Next the masses started wearing braids and sew-ins to give the un-relaxed hair breathing room so it could get use to not being relaxed. I did my first big chop in April of 2013; after I started getting twist thinking that I wanted traditional locs. Then in February of 2014 I went back to the “creamy crack”. In January of 2016, I started my transition with braids and Senegalese twist. I asked the African woman that was doing my twist to do my Sisterlocs; she had them and I liked the way she kept them up. She told me I need six inches of hair and that it would cost $500. I went home and did my research on the web to find out that she was not a certified Sisterloc installer.
While on my new job working the tollway, a woman came through my lane with her Sisterlocs and I asked who did her hair. She gave me her number and her name. I went home and looked them up on the website to find that she was certified. I called her and two others to get the process started, One lady told me she was busy helping her sister and to call her back Friday. Another did not answer the phone so I call the number for work and got a consultation. I went to the consultation and was giving information on Sisterlocs along with watching the history of them from the creator. I scheduled my install and went home. That was December of 2016 and my install was February 12, 2017.
I was once a proud product junkie. You know you are a product junkie when both of your bathroom cabinets are full of products and you sneak in that extra curl definer before anyone gets home. I would buy whatever product was hot for the moment. I started with Miss Jessie’s in 2008. The search for the perfect product included Oyin, Uncle Funky’s Daughter, Curls, Karen’s Body Beautiful and many more brands.
Happy 2018! My name is Yolanda. I am a proud wife and mother of two boys. I live near Houston, TX. I am a HRIS analyst by day and hair junkie by night. I have been subscribed to Going-Natural.com since February 24, 2008 (I still have my email from this date with my login credentials). Back then, there were no YouTube videos, Instagram or Pinterest.
This month marks my 6th month Sisterlocked and right before my installation in August, I had a moment of nostalgia and decided to document the last 10 years of my hair journey on my YouTube channel. I took a step back for the sole purpose of commending myself on how far I’ve come, in regards to understanding that I am not bound by society’s standard of hair and have found freedom in expressing this truth.
Braidlocs are the easiest style ever! If you wear box braids, faux locs or any type of extensions more often than you wear your own hair, I recommend locing your hair and getting your styles on! Seriously.
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.
I have wanted to make the transition to natural for a while now, but due to much discouragement from others, I was intimidated to make the move. I was told everything from my hair wouldn’t look right to it would be more expensive to upkeep.
I wanted dreads but then about a year ago I noticed sisterlocks but thought they were a smaller, thinner form on dreadlocks. After reading the article on sisterlocks vs dreadlocks, I determine I needed to do my own research.
I found the pros and cons of both, and desired the sisterlocks more. I dreaded the cost but said its worth it. I saved the money because it was costly. My hair went through an 8 month transition without a relaxer. I cut all of my hair off believing it would be more managable, but it was more expensive to upkeep my haircut than when I had longer hair.
I have loved my sisterlocks since my installation was conducted in March 2012. My hair has grown alot and it’s easy to manage. I don’t put anything chemicals or cremes on it, and I wash it every two weeks.
The only downfall to my sisterlocks is dandruff. I wish I could wash my hair more, but due to the necessity to upkeep style, don’t overwash and follow consultant’s instructions. My consultant is great. If anyone is considering sisterlocks in the future and lives near the area, Stella Walker does a great job. She is located in Charlotte and you can go to her website at www.lockjourney.com. I have had my sisterlocks for four months now and continue looking forward to further progress along the way. One of the best decisions I ever made.
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.
By Terez Howard
My sister (who proudly proclaims her addiction to “the creamy crack”) was recently complimenting my hair. She has been impressed by the way my locs have progressed over the past year.
By Terez Howard
Apple cider vinegar has a long list of benefits to one’s health and appearance. It can be a conditioner, cleanser and germ killer for your natural hair. Apple cider vinegar actually helps to balance your hair’s pH level. But the reason I like apple cider vinegar is to remove any product build-up and dandruff from my hair.
I took the official Sisterlocks Retightening Class about a month ago. I’m proud to say that I completed retightening my entire head for the first time on my By Terez Howard.
It’s official. My Sisterlocks turned 1 year old on Oct. 29, 2011. See what I learned during this past year at my Sisterlocks blog. Check out my Youtube video, which shows my SISTERLOCKS JOURNEY, hair styles and growth over the past year.
By Terez Howard
Loc count varies according to hair density, the size you want your locs to be as well as the size of your head. Typically, women with Sisterlocks can have anywhere from 250 to more than 800 Sisterlocks. And yes, they both have Sisterlocks installed by certified consultants/trainees.