How To Do Sisterlocks On Natural Hair?

How to do sisterlocks on natural hair

Sisterlock is a great hair-locking technique that has gained popularity over the years for maintaining the beautiful texture of natural hair with a fuss-free appearance. They are very different from all the other types of dreadlocks because of the versatility it offers and the technique it requires to be installed. Sisterlocks are best suited for type-4 afro-textured hair. So, if you also have type-4 natural hair, you can install sisterlocks in your hair. But, how to do sisterlocks on your hair?

As I said before, sisterlocks have a different installation technique. You need to have a special locking tool and skilled hands in doing a specific grid pattern in the tiny sections of your hair. I know, you might be pretty confused about the installation process of sisterlocks but don’t get overwhelmed already. In this article, I have explained the whole procedure of how to do sisterlocks on your hair so that you can have the best-looking locks ever.

How To Prepare Your Hair Before Installing Sisterlocks?

How to prepare your hair before installing sisterlocks
How to prepare your hair before installing sisterlocks

Before starting to install the sisterlocks, there are certain preparations that your need to know and follow for an easier application.

  1. Consider Hair Type: You need at least 2.5 inches of long hair for doing sisterlocks. Shorter hair than this cannot work because the hair needs to twist and turn in a grid pattern with a hair-locing tool. The texture of your hair needs to be thick. Thin hair will expose your scalps more. That is why sister locks are most effective for type 4 hair.
  2. Wash Before Installation: Before installing your sisterlocks, you need to wash your hair very well and condition it afterward so that your hair can have a flexible texture for locking hair. Try to use a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner. Also, a good wash will wear out all the dirt, debris, or build-ups on your hair.
  3. Required Hair Tools: There are certain tools that you need to have beforehand before you start installing your sisterlocks. You will be needing
    • A fine-toothed comb.
    • locking tool.
    • sizing tools.
    • Hair ties.
    • Hair clips.
    1. Stretch If Needed: Natural Hairs are very fragile to begin with. Since they shrink too much if you stretch the hair with any heating tools like straighteners or curlers before installing sisterlocks, they can be very prone to damage afterward. If you really want your hair to look a lot straighter, and stretch it, you can go for heatless methods like banding, braiding, twisting, hair rollers, etc.  You can stretch your hair at least one day before installing, then comb out your hair to get a smoother locking procedure.

    How To Do Sisterlocks Step-By-Step?

    How to do sisterlocks step-by-step
    How to do sisterlocks step-by-step

    Sisterlocks are great for 4c or 4d hair types because they are very difficult to maintain for their density and thickness. But, installing them can also be pretty daunting since it takes hours to put on. Your hair might need 250-400 locs or more based on your hair type. The technique should be done very cautiously for a perfect lock and healthy hair growth. You need to follow the step-by-step procedure to do the sisterlocks properly and precisely. The steps are explained below:

    1. Create Sections

    Part your hair with a fine comb, and divide your hair into sections. The section size depends on your hair type. If your hair has a thick, coarse texture, the section will be larger. If your hair has a thin and fine texture, then the sectioning will be smaller. For sectioning, first part your hair in the middle from ear to ear. Then, part the front section into 4 and the back section into 6. Use elastic bands to hold the hair into each section.

    2. Twist The Sections

    After that, take one section at a time and measure half an inch with your sizing tool and twist it. The front and back sections twists should be vertical and the middle section’s twist of your hair needs to be horizontal. You just need to do a flat twist this time.

    3. Divide The Sections

    After twisting all the sections, you need to divide the lines into further small parts. You need to divide the lines so that they look like a small square. Clip those sections to avoid merging your locks. But you should remember that smaller sub-sections can take a longer installation process.

    4. Lock Your Hair

    1. For locking the hair, take the hair strands of a small square and twist the strands at the end. Then, you need to rotate your hair clockwise and turn those hairs upside down in a grid pattern. Grab the end of your hair and keep doing the twists over and over again.
    2. Until the locs get closer to the roots, you can use your hands instead of the tool. You need to do a 4-point rotation where you pass the fingers through your hair in different directions while holding the hair ends and locking it.
    3. When you are almost near the root, take the locking tool to pass the hair strands into one another cause your hands will not be able to twist them. Insert the tools near the root and rotate them to create a small loop to knot the particular hair strands.
    4. Every time you twist it make sure to tighten a little bit in the locked part to have a firm finish. You need to do the same grid again and again until the hair strands of that are completely locked.
    5. Do the procedure section by section because sisterlocks can take hours to install and might need multiple days to complete.

    5. Final Touch

    After installing your hair completely, you can set your hair with a moisturizing cream or spray to give additional hydration to your locks, it will hold the locks even better. You can also trim off your hair to give it a neat appearance.

    Aftercare and Maintenance

    Aftercare and Maintenance

    1. Daily Care Tips

    Maintaining your Sisterlocks is crucial to ensure they last a long time. You should avoid manipulating your locks too much and avoid using heavy products that can weigh down your hair. Using a satin or silk scarf or pillowcase can also help prevent frizz and breakage. I recommend using a light oil to moisturize your scalp and locks, such as jojoba or coconut oil.

    2. Washing and Drying

    Washing your Sisterlocks is important to keep them clean and healthy. You should wash your locks every 7-10 days, depending on your hair type and lifestyle. Be sure to use a clarifying shampoo that is sulfate-free to avoid buildup. I recommend washing your hair in sections to prevent tangling and to use a light touch when shampooing to avoid disturbing the locks. After washing, gently squeeze out excess water with a towel and let your locks air dry. Avoid using heat styling tools, as this can damage your locks.

    3. Retightening Schedule

    Retightening your Sisterlocks is necessary to maintain the integrity of your locks. You should schedule a retightening session every 4-6 weeks, depending on your hair growth rate. During a retightening session, your stylist will use a tool to tighten the locks at the roots. Be sure to follow your stylist’s instructions for aftercare, as your locks may be tender for a few days after a retightening session. It’s also important to avoid manipulating your locks too much after a retightening session to prevent damage.

    Benefits of Sisterlocks

    Sisterlocks are a popular and versatile natural hairstyle that offer numerous benefits to those who choose to wear them..Here are a few of the most notable:

    Benefits of Sisterlocks

    Style Versatility

    One of the best things about sisterlocks is that they are incredibly versatile. Despite their small size, they can be styled in a wide variety of ways.

    Natural Hair Health

    Sisterlocks are an excellent choice for anyone who wants to maintain the health of their natural hair. Sisterlocks are lightweight and don’t pull on the roots. 

    Ease of Maintenance

    Another benefit of sisterlocks is that they are relatively easy to maintain. you can care for your locks at home with a simple routine

    Drawbacks of Sisterlocks

    As much as sisterlocks have their advantages, they also have some drawbacks that one should consider before deciding to have them installed.

    Drawbacks of Sisterlocks

    Cost Implications

    The cost of installing sisterlocks is one of the main drawbacks. The installation process of sisterlocks is quite intricate and requires a lot of time and skill

    Installation Time

    The installation process of sisterlocks is quite time-consuming. It can take several hours to complete, depending on the length of your hair and the size of the locks. This means that you need to set aside a considerable amount of time for the installation process, which can be inconvenient for some people.

    Final Thoughts

    Sisterlocks are not only a great hairstyle if you love your natural hair texture and want to embrace it, but also a way of expressing your individuality and cultural identity. You might want to install sisterlocks in your hair, but the whole process can feel pretty daunting. It takes a lot of money to do sisterlocks, also, it needs extra time and patience as well. But all these processes and maintenance are really worth it if you love your natural hair and love to have an equally beautiful natural lock. Lastly,sisterlocks have several advantages, they also have some drawbacks that one should consider before deciding to have them installed.

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