Sisterlocks Terms & Stages

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You landed on this pages because you are researching about sisterlocks or my already have sisterlocks, and you wondering about the terms that are constantly being used in the Sisterlocks community.


Sisterlocks (Brotherlocks) - are a patented interlocking technique which are maintained exclusively by retightening the roots, or "new growth" with special made too provided by sisterlocks.com

Bundling - are locks that is either braid down or twisted, proceed by adding a rubber-band to the end, to preventing unraveling locks due to washing of the hair.

Bunching - are very common in looser hair pattern. They are usually un-even, lumpy/dumpy, and have gab in-between. The only way to fix bunching is to unravel it and retwist or reinterlock. Note: If you have bunching locks and are concern please inform your consultant she is train to fix these type of issue.

Two Heading Dragon (2HD) - are two locks, join purposely to create bigger locks or are join as a result of thinning hair, which is saved by merging the two thinning locks together. The result is one bigger lock with two locks attached.

Retighten (Retightening) - is a term used for the maintenance of sisterlocks. It is when an individual who has Sisterlocks or Brotherlocks goes in to tightening their new growth.

Consultant - is a person who is certify or is a trainee, that is certify to do sisterlocks and has been train to provide and render the sisterlocks services.

Unraveling
- is what happen when locks are undone by its own (very common in the baby stages) at the end of your locks. This may be cause by washing the hair or by cutting the sisterlocks ends or buds. That is why your consultant always recommends to bundling your locks in the early stage to avoid these types of issues. Unraveling should not be confused with slippages, since unraveling locks are more common at the end of your locks.

Slippages - is when your locks are unraval or loose at the base of your scalp. Note: You can have slippages but no unraveling or unravaling but no slippages or both.

Essential Oils - are use by the sisterlocks wearer to provide some type of moisture as well as help reduce issue related to dandruff, hair thinning, or any type of scalp related issue. I talk in detail about essential oil and carrier base oil in a previous post. I can't stress enough to learn more about essential oil before applying it to your hair care routine.




I also included the stages of sisterlocks, because there are misleading information that Sisterlocks are instant dreadlocks. This is not true. We go through stages just like regular locks. Got these phase from the Goodnapps Blog.

I. PRE-LOCK PHASE - The hair is in thin, tightly coiled spirals. Its appearance is along the lines of either ringlets or Shirley Temple curls. This is the infancy stage (baby locks).
II. BUDDING PHASE - During this phase a small bud (like a pea in a pod) begins to emerge about three quarters down the lock. The matted, interlocking imprint begins at the bud and then expands like a bubble because it is beginning to loosely mat. It is an enlarged microcosm of a lock. At this stage the lock is no longer tight and thin. It is rebellious, has a mind of its own and is discovering its own way (Teen locks). It acts like a teenager in a sense.
III. SHOOTING PHASE -After the budding phase, the entire lock begins the process of interlocking and matting. The direction is downward from the bud to the end of the hair and back upwards toward the scalp (similar to how some plants develop). The hair closest to the scalp is not locked; this is where you have new growth. During this phase, the hair increases in density because it begins to replicate itself like DNA. Your hair remains in this phase for the longest period of time (Adult locks).
IV. CONTRACTING PHASE - This is the final stage in which the hair becomes mature adult locks: an airtight interlocked, spiraling, network system. The locks become consistent, tight and fairly solid at this point. It will probably be fairly long in length at this point, as the hair will grow extraordinarily once the spiral form has been established. (Elder locks).

Last picture is the creator Dr. JoAnne Cornwell. For more information please visit sisterlock.com

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20 comments

  1. Hey Kreyola, if it is okay with you I am pulling some data from this post and other sources for my blog. I will make sure to list you as a source.

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  2. Ah no problem...take any information you need. The right information needs to be spread out for all the ladies or gentlemen that want or are considering sisterlocks.

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  3. Hi Kreyola, I have been reading your blog for the past 3 days..I just wanted to let you know that you have provided me with so much infomation and I'm so excited about stating my sisterlock journey in a few weeks June 24...OMG i cant wait I hope mine be as beauiful as yours..Thanks for sharing your journey.. Pics to come...

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  4. I'm happy this blog was able to help you along your new journey. If you happen to create a blog, please let me know, so I can subscribe :).

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  5. I plan to create one and will let you know. thnks

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  6. Hi Kreyola!Why are there white buds on my locks, mainly in the front? Some people say that its due to retightening too often, is this true?Have you seen this before?

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    1. That is the root (bulb) of your hair after it has shedded. With locks, you will notice it because when our hair sheds, it just get trap in our locks. SO frequent retightening is not the necessary the main cause of it. If you seeing too much of it, then your consultant may be handling your hair too roughly (you would know this do if you experiencing extreme pain after getting your hair retighten). There is no way to avoid the white bulbs, but if it really bothers you, and you don't like it, then you can do a color rinse to hide them.

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    2. Thanks for the info. :)

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  7. Thanks so much for the info! During the budding phase did the bulbs at the ends come off??? I am having that issue and I don't know whether to be scared or maybe I'm over reacting. Please let me know if this is normal.

    Thank you!

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    1. Most of my bulbs came off naturally, a little were taken off, and others were accidentally ripped off when I did braid outs. As long as you don't take them off, they will naturally just fall off.

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  8. I need help...I have had my beautiful locs for over seven years. I have notice that my hair is unraveling at the ends. What can I do to stop the for contuning and why is this happening???

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    1. Did you recently cut them? Have you bleach or dye them in anyway? What have you done recent for them to start unraveling? Once I know that, I can maybe guide you better.

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  9. Thanks for your response. I have not done anything different to them. I have a soft texture hair. The last time I colored my hair was in December 2012.I use Jane Carter Nourish and Shine once a week maybe. I use teatree leave conditioner every other day. I drink plenty of water and exercise 3-4 days out of a week.

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    1. It may be your shampoo. You may have to change to a shampoo that is a little more striping and less moisturizing. If you don't want to go back to the Sisterlocks Starter Shampoo, then get something like the Rosemary Shampoo (without the Conditioner) I mention on my blog, which will make your sisterlocks a little less soft.

      I'm assuming you are maintaining your sisterlocks yourself, so I don't know if you would be able to fix your unraveling locks, but if you continue to use the more striping shampoo, the locks should hopefully fix it self. I would recommend having a consultant fix them for you in order to prevent bunching or thicker lumpy locks at the ends, but that is up to you.

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  10. Thanks again for your reply. I will look for the Rosemay Shampoo. No, I have a consultant. I like to have more than one opinion on my hair situation. It sound like the hair unraveling can be repaired.

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  11. I thought I was getting sister locs installed. I don't know what I have. They were done 17 days ago. How can I take them out without damaging my hair? I can't wear them down. They look straggly like a mop. Is it suppose to look that way?

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    1. I don't know how your sisterlocks looks to tell you if they supposed to look that way. Have you look back into my blog and compare how my sisterlocks looks in the newbie stage? That may give you an idea. If you check out YouTube you can see ways to take them down without damaging your hair (and it may be easily since your locks are not mature yet).

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  12. OOOO how'd I miss this post? Good stuff! I will reference it!

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