February of 2022 marked 10 years natural for me. Over the years, I’ve worn my hair in a plethora of styles, such as twists outs, teeny weeny afro (twa), crotchet braids, fro-hawks, up-do’s, puffs, knotless braids, Senegalese twists, box braids, faux locs, feed-in cornrows, silk press, slick back phony ponytails, makeda twists, wash-n-go’s, coils, flat twists, etc. Not only have I enjoyed experimenting with different styles, I’ve enjoyed trying different products.
For the first 3-4 years being natural, I was super excited, wanting to try all kinds of things with my hair. After a while though, I got kind of bored, and no longer wanted to devote the time it took to style my hair. I became a lazy natural, and mostly wore my hair in protective styles for the past six years.
After ten years of being a loose natural, it was time for a change. I got Sisterlocks! As of January 8, 2023 I’m now six months in. I never thought I would be interested in locking my hair. Not because I didn’t think locks/locs are beautiful, but because I only considered traditional locs. When it comes to the condition of my hair, I like to wear it in ways that offer versatility. I feel out of all the types of locs, Sisterlocks offer the most changeability. In my opinion, Sisterlocks mimic loose natural hair in that you can manipulate them several ways.
I knew Sisterlocks were right for me for three reasons. My lifestyle has changed. Now that I’m a mother, I don’t have the time to devote to doing my hair, or getting it done all the time, nor do I have the desire. I’d much rather spend my time doing other things. Establishing Sisterlocks does take a long time (mine took a little less than 24 hours over 2 days), but that is only for the initial installment. For a style that can be kept forever if you choose to keep it that long, that isn’t bad at all. In my opinion, the upkeep that comes with Sisterlocks is minimal too. Depending on your schedule, you may only need to get a retie every 5-8 weeks (although it may vary depending on the rate of hair growth). Going to a loctition every 6 weeks is ideal for me. Also, washing my hair every 2 weeks without having to do much to it beyond that is a game changer.
Another reason why I knew getting Sisterlocks was a good decision for me is the “hair freedom” you get with them. I feel locks are a low maintenance style, which is exactly what I desired. When I was a loose natural, sometimes I would wake up to do my hair, and it just wouldn’t do what I wanted it to do. This happened too many times that I’d like to count. For the most part, Sisterlocks (or locs in general) don’t require much to look nice. A lot of women fluff and go. With hair freedom, I can workout without worrying if my hair is going to look crazy afterwards.
Lastly, with Sisterlocks, I hope to kiss the pain of detangling and tight braiding/manipulation good-bye. I’ve always been tender-headed, but it seems like it’s gotten worse over the years. Or, perhaps stylists have not been gentle when handling my hair. Either way, I hope the pain will be a thing of the past. I’ve heard some ladies say that their retie’s are painful, but so far that has not been my experience. My loctition has been pretty gentle, and I am thankful for that.
If your lifestyle has changed to the point where you’re limited on time when it comes to your hair, you desire hair freedom, and/or want to eliminate the painful detangling/manipulation on your hair, Sisterlocks may be ideal for you. Would you consider Sisterlocks? Comment below and let me know your thoughts.