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It may be a long and difficult process having to decide if you really want to get dreadlocks as it is permanent and high-maintenance, but did you know that it’s not just a question of yes or no?
You also have to decide which technique to use to get those beautiful locs. As of now, there are two methods: First is the traditional way, which dates back to the earliest records of The Vedas, 2500 B.C. The second is called Sisterlocks, which is only two decades old and was created by one Dr. JoAnne Cornwell.
While the traditional locs are usually created by rolling or matting relatively bigger sections of hair with just the use of hands and dread wax, Sisterlocks are created with specially designed tools on much smaller sections of hair and requires precision. These tools are known as the Hook tool and the Clip tool. These tools are also used for the maintenance of Sisterlocks.
While the traditional technique can be pretty easy to learn and do yourself, thus, easier and cheaper to maintain, installing Sisterlocks is even higher maintenance than the traditional one already is.
Only trained and certified specialists can give you Sisterlocks because it is a patented technique, and it also usually takes so much longer. You may have to sit down for 10-36 hours to get it done the first time! For reference, traditional locs require only 2-3 hours to get done.
As mentioned, it’s important to get your Sisterlocks done by a professional because it can cause permanent and serious damage, from breakage to baldness, if not done properly.
Sisterlocks are also more costly to get and to maintain than traditional locs. Depending on your stylist, it can range from 50 USD to 200 USD; it can also be free as you can do it yourself in the comfort of your own home. Sisterlocks range from 500 USD to 800 USD for washing and re-twisting.
When it comes to styling your hair, Sisterlocks emerge as the winner. Traditional locs are a bit difficult to style as they are usually thicker sections of hair. They also get heavier the longer your dreadlocks grow.
Sisterlocks, on the other hand, are lighter and much easier to style in an updo since you have thinner sections of dreads. You can create more intricate styles with them, if your prefer.
When it comes to hair requirements, traditional locks require 100%, completely natural hair. It should not be relaxed. When installing Sisterlocks, it doesn’t matter whether your hair is left untreated or relaxed, as long as they are long enough to start the locs.
It is completely up to you whether you want to get the traditional locs or Sisterlocks, depending on your budget, lifestyle, and your personal style. We hope that these basic comparisons of the two techniques help you decide which one to get.