FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are Sisterlocks™?
Sisterlocks is a natural hair care system and trademarked locking technique developed by Dr JoAnne Cornwell in 1993. Sisterlocks are small, uniform locks that are the result of a precise parting grid and a specialised tool to put the hair into a locking formation.
"Sisterlocks® creates a stable woven framework in a lock of hair within which the natural interlocking process can take place." Dr. JoAnne Cornwell
Does my hair need to be natural?
Sisterlocks can be started on relaxed hair as well as natural hair. If you want to start your Sisterlocks with relaxed hair you simply need to have 1.5-2 inches of unprocessed hair. The relaxed hair will not be locked and will be trimmed away over time.
How long does my hair have to be?
You need to have at least 1.5-2 inches of natural unprocessed hair or longer.
Can Sisterlocks be removed?
While Sisterlocks may be removed before they start to lock (usually before the 6th month mark) they can be removed. However this is a very tedious process and it is important to understand that Sisterlocks are not a hairstyle but a lifestyle. Therefore if you are unsure you should take more time to think carefully and do more reserch before embarking on the journey.
How long will it take to put them in?
It can take 16-20 hours or even longer for the installation sessions. These will usually be split over a 2-3 day period. The length of time will depend on the length and density of the hair, size of the head as well as the speed of the consultant.
How much will it cost?
Sisterlocks are offered as a 3 part package: the consultation, locking sessions & follow up session. An installation will not be carried out without a thorough consultation, the price of which is £25. During the Consultation you will be given a quote for the entire package based on the length of hair, density and size of the head. If you decide to install your Sisterlocks with NSoB, the £25 consultation fee will be deducted from the quote.
How are Sisterlocks different from other locking methods?
Sisterlocks are different from other locking methods because it is an all natural hair system. No oils, waxes, butters or gels are used in the locking process. Neither are any knots or glue used to 'hold' the locks in place. There are several locking patterns and you consultant will decide on the most appropriate one(s) for your hair type and curl pattern. Sisterlocks also utilises a precise parting grid, whereas other locking systems are not parted in any particular form.
How do I find a Consultant?
Visit www.sisterlocks.com to find a trainee or Certified Consultant in your area. You can also get recommendations from word of mouth or through networking on social media. Always make sure that the consultant has indeed taken the 4 day Consultant class to ensure that you are indeed getting Sisterlocks®.
What is the difference between a Trainee and a Certified Consultant?
To learn how to do Sisterlocks you have to attend a 4 day Consultant class. After taking the class the individual will automatically become a Sisterlocks Trainee or Practitioner. In order for you to become a Certified Sisterlocks Consultant, the Trainee must submit pictures and documentation of 3 qualifying clients to the Sisterlocks Home Office to be reviewed by Dr Joanne Cornwell. After assessing the work and contacting the clients, if satisfied, the Trainee then becomes a Certified Consultant.
So ultimately both Trainees and Certified Consultants have learnt the same technique, but the Certified title comes along with taking extra steps to show and prove that you can carry put the Sisterlocks method successfully as taught.
New Trainees tend to have lower prices and they may offer discounts for installations in order for them to build up their client base. It is also worth mentioning that some individuals have taken the class may decide not to pursue certification for various reasons. They may have been doing Sisterlocks for years and are by no means new to the technique.
How do I choose a Consultant?
Once you have verified that they have indeed taken the training to become a Consultant, try to connect with that person so that you can get a feel for how well the two of you may get on. This is very important because you will be spending a lot of time with your Consultant and you will also have to be able to trust them completely.
Some other important things to help you choose are: pictures of work, client testimonies, availability, and location. It is also worth mentioning that a newly trained consultant may not have any clients and therefore no pictures of their work. In this instance it is important to connect with them because you will be able to tell a lot by the way that they carry themselves, answer your questions and generally get a feel and vibe for whether they are the right consultant for you.
There are also Consultants who have chosen not to renew their status and may no longer be on the website. Ultimately it is your job to do your homework and ensure that whoever you decide to go with has actually at some point been trained in the technique.