What They Didn’t Tell You About Retightening Sisterlocks
By Terez Howard
Did you ever feel like Sisterlocks were a hush-hush form of locs? When I first got mine, I couldn’t find enough information. Before I took the retightening class, I could only find one Youtuber using the Sisterlocks tool.
There was a reason for that. The retightening class agreement which explicitly states, “This instruction does not authorize me to train others, or to offer any Sisterlocks services to clients,” means that you cannot tell anyone about what you do with your hair.
I posted a 3-minute Youtube video showing what I did to retighten my hair. Within a week, I was contacted by a Sisterlocks Training Supervisor who said that my video qualified as training because people could learn to do their own hair from the video.
It’s not as hard as you think.
I didn’t know that I could train anyone to do their own hair in 3 minutes. I must be totally naïve because I looked at ‘training others’ to mean sitting people down and promoting the technique as training. I did not realize I could not tell anyone what I do with my own hair. I better blindfold my husband when he passes by the bathroom during my retightenings! In all seriousness, I take full responsibility for my own negligence. On the other hand, apparently it’s not as hard as I thought because that supervisor said that I taught the technique, and in 3 minutes no less!
It takes forever.
How long does it take you to retighten? That’s been a prevailing question, and I believe that I am authorized to give you the answer. Well, it took my consultant 2 hours, and a trainee 4 ½ hours. For me, I spend at least 8 hours total. I only do a few hours a day because my arms get tired, and when I do the front, my eyes burn from focusing on those tiny locs. It’s easier to retighten the back because I can’t scrutinize over what I can’t see. I will pick up speed with practice. For now, my focus is on accuracy.
You won’t know everything after the class.
I’m not saying that I had a bad teacher. But I certainly didn’t feel confident in what I was doing when it came time to retighten my hair. I researched and asked other lockers about latching and what they did with their hair so that I could better understand my own.
I learned from one DIY-er who latches how to know when I’ve retightened enough and what I could do about catching stray hairs. Now, the Sisterlocks Police might argue that I learned this in the retightening class, but I didn’t see their unit at the salon. I can’t tell you exactly what my teacher said, but I can tell you I did not know what to do about those issues after I took the class. I preferred turning to people that I felt were in my situation, real people who were maintaining their locs.
One DIY-er said something to the effect that the obsession from consultants on practicing the exact technique is way over the top and that their real intent is keeping you dependent.
I thought I was going to destroy my hair.
It’s funny what this one DIY-er said because I felt like if I made a single wrong move with the technique, my hair was going to be irreparably damaged. I left the class with a sickening feeling in my stomach. I had paid a lot of money on my hair over the course of a year, and I did not feel like I could successfully maintain it.
But I was wrong. Apparently, I learned the technique so well that, after watching my video, the Sisterlocks Training Consultant encouraged me to join the family and become a consultant. I have to be honest. The last thing I want to offer people is an overpriced product.
I thought that Sisterlocks were steep from the start. I also thought that I could not maintain micro locs without spending bukoo bucks. After this experience, reading countless blogs and watching a bunch of Youtube, I can see that it’s entirely possible to have cute micro locs without the Sisterlocks name. You’re thinking, well, that’s obvious. Allow me to rephrase. I believe that I could have maintained micro locs from the start without the Sisterlocks name. For me, that was an epiphany.
About the author
Read more about what Terez is doing with her micro locs at her blog.