Locking methods



Interlocking (Sisterlockstm)

 

Traditional Locks




Choosing a locking method

When choosing a lock style it’s important to pick the right one for your hair type. Many people don’t take this into consideration, in some cases nor does the locktition putting in the locks. When a client comes to me seeking to start the locking process I take several things into consideration. First and foremost is the condition, texture, and density of the hair. This will give me a clear understanding of what type of locks will best fit the clients hair type. Although there are several hair locking methods, all are not conducive for everyone. The lock of choice these days seems to be the interlocking styles. These are locks that are done by using a tool and a weaving technique. They may be Nappy Locks, Twisty Locks, Braid Locks, Latch Locks, even Sister Locks. Even though these locks can give you a smaller lock and more style ability, on all hair types they may not produce the healthier look.

When consulting a client I take the time to explain the difference in the looks and the outcomes that they will experience. I’m taking into account the way that their hair will perform during the locking session and during their growth process. Even though with the interlocking techniques the locks are designed to be small, over time these sizes can cause big problems. The interlocks over time get smaller. It’s not uncommon for a person to start off with a large lock and end up with a medium to small lock. With interlocking and even with traditional locks, lock size matters. If you are truly set on a small lock size be sure to have your stylist explain the pros and cons.

Usually when locking hair the thicker the hair the more options one has. This hair type allows for a client to decide if a traditional lock in various sizes will work, or a interlock varying in size will work. The client with the thin or fine hair should be very careful when choosing a locking method. The wrong method can result in further thinning or very sparse looking head of locks. When twisting this type of hair, I don’t twist too tight. I leave room for expansion within that lock to give as much fullness as this hair texture will allow. When doing interlocking the hair must be able to support this method. This method will ensure the condensing of the lock over time which can lead to massive breakage. Even if I’m doing a sisterlock technique, I stay away from any three patterns with this hair type. I will use a loose four pattern which I found gives me as much expansion that the lock will allow with out creating holes in the lock like a three pattern. In many cases the holes that are in the three pattern are suppose to give the illusion of fullness. You will find that most often these locks tend to break at the junction of that pattern and cause major problems, especially if the wearer uses a conditioner or color their locks. This is why it’s important to make sure that your locktition is diverse in natural hair, hair locking, and locking methods.

It is also for the potential Locke to know that no two heads lock the same. One person may lock within a month where another can take up to two years. Patience is most defiantly needed.


Below are clients that have a couple of techniques in their heads.  They may have traditional locks and interlocking because of the extra support needed for some of their locks.  The others wanted the tightness of the interlocking which allows them more time between salon visits.  So we interlocked their traditional locks.  (  I want to say that if you start getting your locks re-tighten rather than twisted, you DO NOT have sisterlockstm.  I only mention this because I have been accused of telling people that this is what they have or this is what I'm doing. Now I will tell them that I will use a Sisterlocktm. or a interlocking technique.)


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