This post is in response to a question I received from a reader with newly installed Sisterlocks. She wanted to know if she could start roller setting her new locks. I decided to make a post and respond to her question here so that more readers can benefit from the answer I gave her. You can read it below.
Hi Darlene. The only time I ” roller set” the Sisterlocks is after the initial installation and only if the locks are straight. Some of my clients have very coily, highly textured hair and require no roller setting after the initial installation. I then encourage my clients not to do too much additional styling during the first several months so that the locks have a chance to settle.
Over the next several weeks your new Sisterlocks will change in their appearance. They will loosen and “draw up” giving a shorter appearance to your locks. Your hair will become more full and your parts will be less noticeable (until your next re-tightening). Your locks may develop little spirally ringlets on the very tips and overall your locks will be more “fluffy”. This is normal. But, if you continuously style, by roller setting, plaiting, twisting, pulling it back, or any type of additional styling, you may be stressing the locks and hindering the locking process. It’s best to leave your new Sisterlocks alone doing the least amount of styling as possible. When you’re manipulating your new Sisterlocks to obtain a style, you’re pulling and stretching at the lock that should be in a natural “contracting” stage, which is a stage that occurs before the hair starts to mesh together to lock.
So in a nutshell…less is more when it comes to your new Sisterlocks. Enjoy them at this stage and allow them to develop so that you will have healthy, uniform and consistent looking Sisterlocks down the road.
Just a little side note…hair that is highly textured, kinky and coily – You know, the good ol’ “nappy” hair, can withstand more styling early on than hair that is smoother and softer in texture. I have a few clients that have been able to curl and style their hair from day one. I also have one client that comes to mind who suffers from major slippage because of the smooth, silky texture of her hair. Click here to read her story
It has been my experience, however, that the more you manipulate your new Sisterlocks, the more slippage, unraveling and stretching of the locks will occur and you don’t want your locktician upset with you, especially when she’s already in you head for hours:) Great question, Darlene. Have a great hair day!