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What do Sisterlocks look like?

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Sisterlocks look like thin dreadlocks. Sometimes they can also look like small individual braids. Women who are locking their hair often get Sisterlocks to transition their hair into a dreadlock style.

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Sisterlocks were created by Dr. JoAnne Cornwell in 1993. To create Sisterlocks, a special tool that creates grid-shaped parts in the hair and a twisting device that shapes the hair into locks are used. Sisterlocks are considerably thinner than traditional dreadlocks and can be styled in a number of ways, including up-dos and French rolls. Sisterlocks is a trademarked company, and the hair can only be installed by stylists who have been Sisterlocks-certified.

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    What types of services does Sisterlocks offer in Washington DC?

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    Sisterlocks offers hair styling performed by certified consultants, one-on-one training for those interested in becoming consultants and a line of hair care products. Primarily marketed to African American women, the company features a natural hair care program inspired by African culture. Locations are available in over 30 states and Washington, D.C. as of 2015.

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    How do you start Sisterlocks?

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    Sisterlocks are started by creating a precise parting grid all over the scalp, and using a locking tool to move the natural hair into a locked formation. Unlike other forms of hair locking, this does not require the use of hair gels or pomades. On the average head, Sisterlocks creates about 400 locks.

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    How do you create Sisterlocks?

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    Because Sisterlocks are created using a patented technique, the only way to create genuine Sisterlocks is to either see a trained and certified consultant or to become one yourself. Sisterlocks are created using a Sisterlocking Tool that makes small locks. The Sisterlock consultant examines each candidate's hair and determines if the hair is capable of holding up to the technique. Weak or damaged hair does not hold up to the technique and results in tension alopecia or balding.

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    What are Sisterlocks hairstyles?

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    Sisterlocks hairstyles are a modern version of the traditional locks worn by Rastafarians. Ebony Magazine states that unlike traditional locks created by rolling or matting a medium to large amount of hair with a balm or wax, sisterlocks use much smaller sections of hair and require a special tool.

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