Is it the tool or the technique?
The tool is what I have been told is what makes Sisterlockstm. I was told this by the home office because I use a latch hook. Eventhough I use the patterns that I was taught in class, I was told that I wasn't doing Sisterlockstm. It was said that I was doing "Jeannine" Locks. Well I questioned that because I always thought that it was the technique. I have ran into many people who use the tool and they don't have the technique down. Their clients heads look very bad, but they have the tool. I have seen some beautiful heads of locks that used other tools but the technique is flawless. But if the home office says IT'S THE TOOL then IT'S THE TOOL.
I have had several clients that have had re-tighten classes and have lost their tools and are now using something else. I even suggested another tool because they couldn't get a replacement from the home office. I had two clients that were military and were sent to Iraq. They couldn't take their tools but were able to get latch hooks. They were able to keep up with their touch-ups because they knew the technique. So do they not have sisterlockstm because they didn't use the sisterlocktm tool? I had a client in Afganistan who reconstructed a paper clip and did her touch-ups. Her locks looked great when she returned. Once again it was the technique that got her through. Not to mention the person that contacted me from prison with sisterlockstm and how I advised her to touch up her locks. (let's just say needle and thread goes a LONG way)
Knowing when to change the So not all of my clients have 400 locks in their head. I have been fortunate enough that most of my clients valued my professional opion and trust that I have been doing interlocking for more than 13 years.
Now when I put in a head of interlocks I don't do mico locks. This is something that I make sure that I let potential clients know at the consultation. My reasoning for this is because these locks get smaller as time goes on. I have found that if they are to small you will either loose locks or combine them. This is something that I try to avoid at the onset.
Even though there was a lock number that goes with the sisterlockstm system, I found that this dosen't work for every head; nor does every one who wear them want tiny locks. I will use myself as an example. I have fine hair and have about 250 locks. I started off with close to 300. (below you can see how I lost a great deal of locks and had to combine them because of the shrinkage that occured.)
I have been doing interlocking under the name of Sisterlockstm. for the past 9 years. From November 25, 2000 to around April of 2009, when I asked to be removed from the web-site. I have made some personal discoveries. I believe that it was some of these adjustments that led to me being discussed in the Sisterlock training class that was held in St. Louis in November of 2008. Although I was a bit bothered by the incident it was actually just another sign for me to move on. I had and have no ill feelings. I just want to provide good hair knowledge. Whether it’s interlocking, traditional locks, or any other natural hair style.
Well below are a few things that work for me when I’m doing interlocking .
1.) I don’t do tiny locks. Although the locks can be small, remember that they get smaller over time. So I take that into consideration when consulting. If you see a person that have tiny locks and have had them for some years, ask them how many locks have they lost or how many have they had to combine.
2.) I found that the latch hook works well for me. As I talk to other consultants, I’m finding that it works well for them too. The technique is the same only the tool is different.
3.) I try to avoid bleaches and light colors on my clients hair. I have found that over time the locks that have been with bleaches or light developers tend to unravel and shed.
4.) I don’t use conditioners. I have found that with the interlocking methods over time start to either unravel or have major slippage. I recommend to my clients that they use a moisture spray or a light lotion. If you use products that add moisture there will be no need for a conditioner.
5.) When my clients leave the salon I either give them a roller set or a braid set. This was something that wasn’t covered when I took my training but it was something that I did. It is something that (former clients of mine) that have taken the class now perform on there clients. I couldn’t believe the number of people that passed through my salon that wasn’t advised on what to do with there hair after they received there locks.
6.) Even though they say that you can use a curling iron on your locks, I don’t advise my clients to. A couple of things happen when using a curling iron. First~ if you have a fresh set of locks the pulling of the iron can disturb the pattern and create locking problems. Another thing that I see are locks that have been burned and flatted from curling irons. Be careful and if you aren’t sure do a roller set.
7.) The most troubling thing that I have seen is the line that is being drawn between Sisterlocks, interlocking, traditional or natural locks. It saddens me when I hear people say that their locks are better or neater because they are small. Why can’t we respect the ideal that one person may choose a larger lock and another may prefer a smaller one. I think that all locks are beautiful and it's a personal choice.
8.) I don’t do interlocking locking on small children. Although many parents may want the Sisterlocks or interlocks for their young children. It’s my job to explain to them that their child head may be still growing and putting in locks to early can cause major problems.
9.) Not everyone is a candidate for interlocking. It’s important to have a greater knowledge of hair and scalp not just putting in the application of locks. For those that insist explain to them what they should expect to look like. Many people think that their locks will look like what they see on the webs or that the locks will cure damaged scalps.
Knowing when to change the
So not all of my clients have 400 locks in their head. I have been fortunate enough that most of my clients valued my professional opion and trust that I have been doing interlocking for more than 13 years.
Consultants please be sure to ask your clients the history of there hair. I say this because I have been receiving clients that have done some unhealty things to their locks and are now blaming them on previous consultants. I have seen clients that have been doing deep conditioning to their locks and now they are starting to have slippage and other problems. I have seen clients that have very tiny locks and don't get touch ups on a regular basis. They are now starting to see different variations in there locks and now wonder why they don't look like a person that gets regular touch-ups. Please be sure to advise your clients of the pros and cons of their lock choice.
Color abuse is something that is becoming a big problem. For years I've advised clients on frequent coloring. Those that didn't listen are now having major problems with their locks. Either they are having problems with shedding, breakage, or lack of growth. This can also cause locks to expand and appear bloated.
I am finding that dryness is a big problem with Sisterlockstm and interlocks. There is a big misconception that one dosen't need to moisturize their locks. These locks need moisture. When they go to long with out moisture you start getting breakage and lost of hair follicles. A sign of this is the little white bulbs that are at the base of the locks. Be aware of this because it is really bad durning re-tightening time.