So as of December 22, 2013 I am now a Sister Lock newbie. I showed up at my installment appointment at 7:00 a.m. We started at 7:30 am. Twelve hours later I had 367 Sister Locks.
I have to confess that I was a little nervous a couple of days before I went for my appointment. However I am never one to give in to fear especially when I have paid $500 ahead of time.
The locks look very neat and the grid pattern is amazing. They were a little tight but that was to be expected. I was surprised at how much of my ends were left undone. I think this was due to the fact that I have not had a trim in about 4 years so my ends are very staggered.
Because my hair is very fine at the crown you can really see my scalp. The locks in that location are shorter due to the damage from years of wearing very tight braids.
Today makes one week since the locks were installed and they have now started to “fall” This means they are no longer as tight and rigid as they were when they were first put in. There is more movement to them.
I will be wearing beanies for the first three months because of the appearance of my hair at the crown. I work in a professional location and I do not wish to have my scalp showing. This was another reason I choose to have them installed in the winter.
The picture below shows the locks on the first day of the install. For the first year I have to place my hair in plates while I shower to ensure my ends don’t swell and become frazzled. I will place them in plates at night before bed and take them out once I have showered after my morning workout. This has to be done for the first year until my hair has “locked”
I personally believe I will not have to wait this long because I have not had a relaxer in my hair for 15 years and I have been natural for about 2 years. So I believe my hair will lock faster than most.
I have to return for my two week follow up on January 4. During this meeting I will be advised as to the condition of my hair and have any locks redone that may have come loose. I must also wash my hair for the first time one or two days before my appointment. Once the consultant determines how fast my hair grows she will give me a retightening schedule. I am sure my time will be from 6 – 8 weeks
Thanks for sharing this journey with me.