How to Create Sisterlocks

Updated April 17, 2017

Sisterlocks is the trademarked name of a company founded in 1993. Sisterlocks is also a hair care method used mostly by black and multiethnic women who desire a manageable and all-natural hairstyle. Sisterlocks resemble microbraids or ultra-thin braids. Certified Sisterlocks stylists know exactly how to create and maintain the style.

Get an assessment from a hair care professional trained in the Sisterlocks technique. The condition of your hair and scalp will be evaluated based on your daily activity level, commitment to caring for your locks, type of hair and how well it will hold a lock.

Schedule 10 to 18 hours free for the style to be completed. Most women who have this style have more than 400 Sisterlocks on their head. They can be removed, but removal is a long and even more labour-intense process.

Part, separate and pin the hair. A Sisterlocks technician will part the hair into four sections, each of which consists of multiple tiny square rows along the scalp. Parts must be perfectly straight so that the hair can be easily and correctly styled once the locks are in place.

Form the Sisterlocks using a locking tool. Tiny sections of hair are gently pulled straight, separated, and teased at the end with a comb. Hair is looped through the tool and around in a clockwise pattern and repeated until every section of the hair is locked. Trained consultants know exactly how to handle each section of hair and make adjustments as necessary.


Sisterlocks need periodic retightening by a trained consultant. Acquiring Sisterlocks should be thought of as a permanent process.


Do not use heated curling or straightening irons on Sisterlocked hair. It can result in damaged locks. Some hairstyles that stress the scalp can be inappropriate to people with skin conditions.

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Aline Lindemann is a health, food and travel writer. She has also worked as a social worker, preschool teacher and art educator. Lindemann holds a Master of Liberal Studies in culture, health and creative nonfiction writing from Arizona State University.