How-To Guide for Dreadlocks and Sisterlocks

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How-To Guide for Dreadlocks and Sisterlocks

Before acquiring your own dreadlocks and sisterlocks (the female equivalent of dreads), you should be aware of a couple of things about these hairstyles. While at first glance, sisterlocks and dreadlocks are the same, there are some key differences between them. First, dreadlocks are best used on coarse, thick hair that’s cultivated and intertwined over a period of time as it grows longer and longer. In contrast, sisterlocks are made to look like dreads, but don’t follow the same traditional hair-locking process that dreads require. For example, you can make sisterlocks even if you have straight, relaxed hair (an impossibility for dreadlocks). Sure, it takes longer to form sisterlocks, but the results are aesthetically the same.

How to Get Dreadlocks

When it comes to getting dreadlocks, here’s what you need to keep in mind. First, start with clean hair; natural oil buildup does not help make your hair more open to hair-locking or dread-locking, so it’s best that you go with hair that’s freshly shampooed. Second, you should section your hair into square vectors. Each section of your gridded hair will become one dreadlock strand (since a ropey dreadlock requires quite a lot of hair to work). Third, to delineate the squares, use a wide-toothed comb as well. Also use rubber bands to hold apart the squares or dreadlock strands from one another.

Fourth, remember that half-inch squares create small, elegant locks while one-inch ones create the standard, medium-sized locks. If you want particularly long dreads, you’ll have to acquire a greater amount of hair, or simply adjust existing dreadlocks as your hair grows longer and whatnot. It’s also of note that your hair will take longer to dread the more squares or strands you make. Fifth, to avoid ending up with a patterned appearance, make sure that you’re fashioning your vectors in a  brick or zigzagged format, thus making your attempts at dreadlocks looking more dynamic or natural than artificial or fake. Don’t forget to backcomb the hair sections as well to maintain their integrity.

How to Get Sisterlocks

Before anything else, the curious thing about sisterlocks is that the thicker and ropier the locks get, the closer your sisterlocks are to becoming genuine dreadlocks. With that said, you should be quite aware by now that there’s a lot more leeway when it comes to sisterlocks. It’s best used by women who want to get their dreads without going through the multiple phases required to lock hair. First, you should also start with clean, newly grown hair strands that are one to one-and-a-half inches in length when getting sisterlocks. Doing in-depth online research about sisterlocks and how they work that can’t easily be covered by a 500-word article won’t hurt either.

Second, get a consultation with a sisterlock technician. Unlike dreadlocks, sisterlocks aren’t as well-known or widely used. You need a consultant to guide you through the entire process. He should be the one to assess your hair type and know the most efficient solution to turn it into sisterlocks (he may need to take samples from your hair). Third, you’ll be tasked to attend locking sessions that involve pulling your hair into tight lock formations using less hair that’s typically required of dreadlock grids. This might take up to two days or more than one day to finish. Fourth, your hair will have to be re-tightened every second or third time you’ve shampooed it. 

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