To install Sisterlocks into short hair, first make sure there is at least 1 1/2 inches of natural, unprocessed hair available. A Certified Sisterlock Consultant can then install the hair using a predetermined parting grid and a small tool to lock hair in place, a process which can take 15 hours. Unlike dreadlocks, Sisterlocks do not require gels and waxes. The Sisterlocks must be re-tightened every few weeks to ensure proper maintenance and allow for healthy hair growth.
Just as length is not an issue for Sisterlocks installation, neither is hair type. Sisterlocks are available in many parting grids and locking patterns to accommodate different curl and wave patterns. Relaxed hair is also not an obstacle, as long as there is at least 1 1/2 inches of natural hair growth at the roots.
Sisterlocks are made of real African hair that is nappy, kinky and curled tightly. When first installed, hair appears thin and spiraled. Later, small buds appear on the lock as it begins to mat, and the hair may seem wild as it adapts to the Sisterlocks. During the next phase, the lock interlocks, mats, and begins to pull the natural hair down; new growth can be seen toward the scalp. The last stage finds the Sisterlocks fully networked with the wearer's own hair in an intricate spiral pattern.