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The Difference Between Sisterlocks and Traditional Locs Do you know which method is best for you and

Deciding to lock your hair is a huge decision, not to mention permanent one. But did you know that there are two different types of locking techniques that you can choose from should you decide to rock the locs?

In additional to the traditional locking method, many naturals opt for Sisterlocks. To give you the quick rundown: the traditional locking method has a rich history dating centuries back to the Rastafarian culture. Sisterlocks, on the other hand, were created a little over 20 years ago by Dr. JoAnne Cornwell and are a smaller, modern twist on the traditional style.

Here's a quick breakdown so that you can figure out which style is best for your hair (and wallet).

What is the primary difference between traditional locs and Sisterlocks?

Traditional locs are most commonly created through palm rolling (or matting) medium to large amounts of hair, using a balm or wax.

Sisterlocs are installed using a special tool and much smaller portions of your hair.

What is the difference in starting and maintaining traditional and Sisterlocks? Traditional locks are fairly easy to begin and maintain. The re-twisting process (which helps preserve the style) isn’t too complicated and can be self-taught as well. Starting the traditional locking process can take anywhere from 2-3 hours, depending on the pace of your stylist and the size of your locs.

Sisterlocks are a trademarked style and only trained certified associates can give you official Sisterlocs (find one here.) Your first treatment can take anywhere from 24 hours or more.