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Eleven years ago, when I began my research on Sisterlocks™, I came across
these maintenance tips on one of the many websites that I visited. I honestly do
not remember which website these tips came from but they are excellent! I have
copied them here in order to help those of you who want to learn more about
Sisterlocks™. The author of these excellent maintenance tips is credited at the
end of this document.
Sisterlocks™ Maintenance  

Once you have made the investment in getting Sisterlocks™ you will want to protect your
investment.  Sisterlocks™ are LOW maintenance, not NO maintenance.  It is very important to
the development of your newly formed Sisterlocks™ to get regular re-tightenings.  On
average every 4 - 6 weeks is recommended in the beginning.  Your hair texture, rate of growth
and the care you give your new Sisterlocks™ will determine when that maintenance schedule
can be extended to every 6 - 8 weeks.  Re-tightening should only take 4 hours on average.  
This may vary depending on the amount of new growth and size of your locks.  A re-tightening
session should never last more than 6 hours.

Why is Re-tightening so important?
Re-tightening assists in the development of uniform locks.  It provides the opportunity for your
consultant to monitor development and make changes if any are needed before the locks are
completely settled in.  It controls slippage better; the longer the hair is loose in the
Sisterlocks™ the longer it will take to lock.  Your consultant can review your shampooing
technique and advise if changes are necessary.  For example, rough shampooing can disturb
your locks creating lots of loose hair around the base. Your consultant may advise you that
you need to be more gentle, and may ask you to demonstrate how you shampoo and make
suggestions about how to reduce disturbance.  Lots of loose hair around the base of the locks
can create a "fuzzy" appearance.

What could happen if you don't regularly maintain your Sisterlocks™?
Bunching locks.  An inconsistent appearance.  Locks that develop more like traditional locks
instead of the very unique Sisterlocks™.  The integrity of your Sisterlocks™ can be
compromised and you could end up with locks that may break or shred due to spaces that
may develop in the locks from infrequent re-tightenings.  Some of us are not diligent about
separating our locks after shampooing; a regular re-tightening can see to it that locks remain
separated as well.

A relationship with your consultant is very different from the one you may have had with your
stylist when your hair was chemically treated.  We would do whatever we wanted with our
hair, go to the salon, sit in the chair, and the stylist had to make everything okay again.  The
relationship with your Sisterlocks™ Consultant is different.  From the time you have the
Sisterlocks™ put in, until they are completely settled in and on their way to locking, your
cooperation is mandatory.  You have a responsibility to work with your consultant to achieve
the results you desire, beautiful Sisterlocks™.  This means following your consultant's
recommendations for regular re-tightenings and periodic groomings.

How long is it necessary to get re-tightenings?
Depending on the look you desire, always.  However, you are able to learn how to do your own
re-tightenings through a Certified Training Associate.  Some will find it exhilarating while
others may choose never to maintain their own hair and only want to understand the process.  
Whichever category you fall into, remember, that the only way to achieve beautiful,uniform and
healthy Sisterlocks™, is through regular re-tightenings and maintenance whether you do it
yourself or have the maintenance performed by a consultant.

Moyosafi Ajabu
Copyright 2000
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