Trained Locticians always offer Sisterlocks ® as a package of 3 services: the consultation, the locking session, and the follow-up retightening.
The consultation is expected to last at least an hour. It covers your lifestyle as it relates to your past and current hair care habits and how Sisterlocks ® habits are different, especially in the beginning. This includes past hair styling habits, shampooing habits, and daily activities such as exercise. The Sisterlocks ® consultation also covers the progression of the locks from beginning to maturity, and the use of appropriate Sisterlocks ® products for optimum results. In addition, you will receive a cluster of 8-12 sample locks to be analyzed at least 2 weeks later. You should have at least 3”-4” of hair for proper analysis. The purpose of the samples is to determine your natural texture, any changes in texture and density, and to choose which pattern is best suited to your hair type. You must arrive at the consultation with clean hair, free of any oils or conditioners, and without braids or extensions.
The locking session can last approximately 15 to 20 hours or more depending on the length of the hair. It is reasonable to break up this intricate process into two 8hr or 10hr days to guarantee the best work from your consultant. You will end up with at least 400 locks.
The follow-up retightening is at least 3-4 weeks after the locking session. This is a complete retightening where the new growth of each individual lock is re-locked and the regular maintenance interval is established. The typical length of a retightening depends on the speed and skill level of the loctitian or cosultant, but 3-5hrs is a reasonable range.