Cons of sisterlocks

Updated April 17, 2017

Dr. JoAnne Cornwell created and trademarked Sisterlocks in 1993. Professionals authorised to install Sisterlocks are certified consultants that have completed an approved training course. Sisterlocks are small locks for natural hair that offer styling versatility. They are worn straight, curly, in an up-do or cut into a trendy hairstyle like a bob. Other advantages include no need for harsh chemicals to straighten hair or the task of combing your hair daily. Some cons accompany these pros, so research thoroughly before deciding to Sisterlock your hair.


It is costly if a certified consultant or professional installs Sisterlocks. Pricing will vary depending on the consultant and length of hair. The average cost of Sisterlocking up to two inches of hair is 400 dollars. Most consultants include a follow-up visit to re-tighten your locks in the initial cost. Sisterlocks look best when installed by a certified consultant or an experienced professional. You can find a certified consultant on


The initial locking process can take 8 to 12 hours for medium length hair. For long, thick hair, installation can take 40 hours. This type of installation is completed in sessions over a few days.


Sisterlocks are meant to be permanent. If you change your mind with the seasons, Sisterlocks are not for you. Sisterlocks are small in diameter; two to three Sisterlocks make up the diameter of a pencil. It is not a small feat to undo more than 400 Sisterlocks from root to tip with a needle. Damage in the process of undoing locked hair is inevitable.


Sisterlocks require re-tightening every 6 to 8 weeks. It is a tedious process to re-tighten upwards of 400 small locks. In the beginning, the process can take 3 to 4 hours; as the locks mature, it will take 2 to 3 hours when done by a professional. You can do this process yourself after completing a paid training class. It will most likely take you longer to re-tighten your own locks; however, it will save you money.

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