Frequently Asked Questions  

Q: What is Sisterlocks™?

A: Sisterlocks™ is a trademark company founded in 1993 by Dr. JoAnne Cornwell after years of research to perfect this unique hair locking system. This technique simply creates a stable woven framework in a lock of hair within which the natural interlocking process can take place. It uses your own natural hair — no glue, waxes, gels, chemicals, or extensions.

Q: Once I get Sisterlocks™, will I still be able to change hairstyles?

A: Yes! Sisterlocks™ is a lot less limiting than extensions because it is your natural hair. You can curl it, braid it, wear a ponytail, cut it, spray or mousse it, wear bangs and parts – You name it!

Q: How long does it take to do?

A: The initial locking process takes about 2/3 as long as getting extensions of comparable size. Other factors that will affect the length of the initial locking session are: hair length, density, condition, size of head and lock size desired.

Q: Will Sisterlocks™ cause my hair to break or thin?

A: Absolutely not! Just the opposite! Sisterlocks™ is a gentle technique that requires no chemicals, no excessive tightening, and causes no damaging abrasion to the hair or scalp. You will find that with regular care, your locks will grow and grow, and your styling options will increase.

Q: Can I get Sisterlocks™ if I have relaxed hair?

A: Yes you can! That’s how I started. I can help you make that transition. Your styling options will increase as your natural texture grows out. You can view my journey here.

Q: Can you put my Sisterlocks™ in so that there won’t be any parting?

A: The answer to that one is no. With a fresh head of Sisterlocks™ you are going to see some parting. Even if the client has very thick hair, there will still be some parting.

Q: How long will it take for the parts to fill in?

A: It depends on the rate that your hair grows. Usually within the first three weeks or after your first shampoo you will notice your parts filling in. Thinner hair takes a little while longer.

Q: What about coloring the Sisterlocks™?

A: I don’t recommend coloring before your Sisterlocks™ are installed. You should wait until the locks are settled in or well on their way. If you color your hair before your hair is locked you will run into trouble trying to touch up your color while your locks are settling.


Don’t settle!

Many people claim to provide Sisterlocks™ or something “just as good” for a much lower price. Don’t settle for a copycat, or StepSistah locks.

If you are dealing with a reputable Sisterlocks™ consultant, your quoted price should include the Consultation, Locking Session, and Follow-up Visit/1st Retightening.

The consultation should include… installation of sample locks, viewing of at least one of the original Sisterlocks™ DVDs, a review of the Consultation Portfolio, explanation of the starter kit which will be given to you after the installation, and as many questions & answers as it takes to make sure you have a good understanding of the process.

Your consultant should have Sisterlocks™ hair products available for you to purchase. If a consultant can’t sell Sisterlocks™ products to you, that’s a big RED FLAG! She may not have gone through the proper training, or she may have become inactive and no longer in good standing with the Sisterlocks™ home office.

These are standard practices for a good consultant who is in good standing with the Sisterlocks home office, cares about your hair, and wants to make sure you understand the requirements to care for your Sisterlocks® /Brotherlocks®.

Make sure you are dealing with an officially trained Sisterlocks™ consultant or trainee.  There is no substitute for the real thing!  

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For more info, or to find an officially trained consultant (certified or trainee) in your area, visit the Official Sisterlocks™ web site, or feel free to contact me at I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, or to set up a consultation appointment.

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