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Many people wonder exactly what is the difference between traditional locs and Sisterlocks. "Sisterlocks are thin locs that are about half the size of traditional locs. They are created using a trademarked locing technique that does not require the use of any hair care products," says Sisterlocks consultant and salon owner Wariesi Flores.

If you're considering Sisterlocks, you should first find a certified consultant who can guide you through the process to ensure optimal results. "Certified Sisterlocks consultants have been approved officially by the creator of the technique, Dr. Joan Cornwell herself," says Flores. Since Sisterlocks are so thin, improper installation can lead to severe hair breakage and even baldness.


Once you decide you want to get Sisterlocks, don't fret about the length of your hair. "You only need at least three inches of hair to start the process," advises Flores. "Also, you can install Sisterlocks with relaxed hair but your transition phase will take more time."