1. Whenever you wash your new Sisterlocks, always ensure that you braid & bundle to protect your baby locks. Braid sections of the hair together, leaving a gap at the base that your fingers can get into, tuck the ends and secure with a rubber band PRIOR to shampooing. This will ensure that you keep unravelling to minimum (yes your Sisterlocks can unravel!) and will help to keep your ends uniform. Continue to braid & band until your Consultant advises otherwise. Rinse using a low pressure.
2. Always separate your locks from the root after you wash. This is important to keep from locks joining together.
3. Avoid oil based products For at least the first 6 months (but possibly more) after getting your locks you are in a “settling in” phase. Softening agents found in moisturisers and conditioners can cause your hair to resist the locking process and cause build up especially if they are not water soluble.
4. Stick to your retightening schedule. You will need to get your Sisterlockes retightened every 4-8 weeks. Your Consultant will decide how often and this may change with time. i.e. in the beginning you may need to come more frequently so she/he can keep an eye on slippages or unravelling. After your locks begin to settle and mature she/he may decide you can come less frequently. It is very important that you keep this schedule as this will ensure that your locks will develop into uniform, strong, beautiful Sisterlocks. How you treat your hair will effect the way that it develops so make sure you keep up with your maintenance to avoid locks that are lumpy, bumpy and uneven in tension.
5. Cover your hair at night with a satin bonnet or scarf. This will not only help to prevent anymore unnecessary frizz from the friction of your pillowcase but it will also help to avoid lint and keep your locks from drying out.
6. Avoid lint heavy jumpers, scarves or sweaters as the materials will transfer into the locks especially those at the nape and cause a build up of lint that can be difficult to remove once it is in there. If you must, check your hair to remove any lint before it becomes embedded.
7. Do not pick at the little balls at the end of your Sisterlocks. These are buds and it is a normal and essential stage that your locks will go through during the locking process.
8. Do not compare your journey to others. The wonderful thing about Sisterlocks is that each persons will look different dependant on density, texture and curl pattern. Just trust the journey and accept that your Sisterlocks will be unique to you.
If you have SisterlocksTM and have since been struggling with an itchy scalp, click here* to read a note from Dr JoAnne Cornwell about why this may be. It's also a good read if you are starting your journey soon so you know what to expect and how to deal if this becomes an issue for you.
*This link takes you to a note on Dr Cornwell's Facebook account - you will need a Facebook account to access it. If you don't have one click here for the transcript.