How to Make Sisterlocks

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How to Make Sisterlocks
Due to their uniqueness and versatility, sisterlocks popularity is on the rise as a healthy alternative to perms and relaxers. (Jason Merritt/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

A smaller, more uniformed version of the dreadlocks, sisterlocks are a beautiful, stylish, low maintenance hairstyle for naturally textured hair. They are crafted by strategically taking tiny sections of the hair and locking them into tiny spirals of dreaded coils. Due to their uniqueness and versatility, sisterlocks popularity is on the rise and are a healthy alternative to perms and relaxers. Void of any chemicals, waxes or gels the process can be daunting for the unskilled stylist and hiring a professional is recommended.

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Things you need

  • Hair locking tool
  • Small comb
  • Hair clips

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  1. 1

    Start with freshly shampooed hair, free of oil and products. Apply a light conditioner of your choice, to prevent the hair from becoming dry and brittle.

  2. 2

    Part the hair into four sections and secure three of the sections with a large hair clip, leaving one section out to begin the styling process.

  3. 3

    Part the loose section into perfectly straight rows to give the locks a flawlessly uniformed pattern. Each row should consist of small grid like sections, about the size of a knitting needle. These sections will be locked into tiny spirals.

  4. 4

    Grip one of the tiny sections of hair and begin to tease the end by combing it vigorously but gently in a back and forth motion with a small comb. Be careful not to snag or pull at the hair too roughly, as this may cause breakage.

  5. 5

    Loop the hair through the locking tool and begin twisting the hair in a clockwise motion until the entire section is twisted. With the help of the locking tool, natural hair will remain twisted without the aid of any additional products.

  6. 6

    Repeat the same process with each section of hair.

Tips and warnings

  • Allow up to 12 hours to complete the entire process.
  • Be sure to keep parts straight and inline.
  • Locks need to be re-tightened at least every 3 months.
  • Wash and condition your hair as often as you normally would.

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