Women looking for a uniquely beautiful hairstyle are turning to Sisterlocks, relatively tiny and uniform locks founded in 1993 by Dr. JoAnne Cornwell. The locks are created using a trademarked locking technique: a precision parting grid and a special tool that place the hair into its locking formation. Both Essence.com and Black Girl Long Hair reported on the modern version of locking that women are quickly flocking to for an expensive yet carefree look.

Here are the pros of the style:

-Due to their thin size, they’re extremely versatile and can be styled almost as many ways as loose hair.

-Though the installation process is long, the upkeep is minimal compared to loose natural or relaxed hair. All that’s needed is a retightening of the locs every 4-6 weeks, which you can learn to do on your own.

-Since Sisterlocks is a trademark company, only stylists who have been trained by a certified associate of Sisterlocks can legally install them.

-Your hair doesn’t need to be long for you to try Sisterlocks; you only need at least three inches of hair to get started.

-You can get Sisterlocks no matter your hair texture. Women with both relaxed and natural hair can consider Sisterlocks a viable hair option.

And for the cons:

-The installion costs between $500 to $2,000. Re-twisting appointments can run up to $100.

-If Sisterlocks aren’t installed properly, it can cause extreme hair breakage, tension alopecia and baldness.

-It can take 10-36 hours or more to install.

Is this a style you would try, Clutchettes? Have you worn Sisterlocks? What was your experience like?


Photo Credit: Wariese Therese with Sumptuous Locks in Brooklyn, [email protected]

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