What To Expect When Starting Sisterlocks With Fine Hair

Yes, you can start your journey to Sisterlocks with fine hair textures. However, the outcome of your Sisterlocks with fine hair may be slightly different than what you may have seen or envisioned. I’m going to share a brief transformation video of a recent salon guest that started Sisterlocks with fine hair to give you a little insight into what you could expect.

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There are 3 things that generally are present when starting Sisterlocks with fine hair textures— your scalp being visible, battles with slippage, and fuller hair!

The Amount of Scalp Shown

When starting Sisterlocks, on any texture of hair, in the beginning months you’ll see a lot of your scalp. However when starting Sisterlocks with fine hair your scalp will be even more visible. For some, this is an issue and for others it is not, but what’s important to understand is that after every retightening you’ll see your scalp. There is no way around this fact, especially not retightening less to give your hair the “appearance” of fullness. I encourage you to think critically about whether you’re comfortable with the “scalpiness” of Sisterlocks.

Slippage is a Common Issue

Did you know that when you experience slippage with Sisterlocks is it the hair unraveling at the roots?! In Sisterlocks with fine hair textures this occurrence of slippage is a common issue because the hairs are so small that they have to work a little harder to intertwine and begin the locking process. So this is definitely where patience comes into play; so that you’ll experience one of the most rewarding benefits of Sisterlocks.

Your Hair Will Be Fuller

Overtime when your hair is left alone, with minimal styling and low manipulation, it will thrive. I’ve seen many women start Sisterlocks with fine hair and become amazed by the growth and fullness of their hair as the months progress.

Hopefully this article was helpful in your decision to start your journey to Sisterlocks, even with fine hair. If you’re still debating, I would highly recommended checking out “What To Consider Before Starting Sisterlocks” or consider microlocs that are similar to Sisterlocks for your new journey.

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Jocelyn Reneé

Jocelyn Reneé is a Licensed Cosmetologist, Loctician and Textured Hair Educator. She was born and raised in the Washington DC area and is a graduate of the Aveda Institute Cosmetology Science program. With over 14 years in the Hair Care Industry, from Salon Assistant to Natural Hair Blogger to Professional; Jocelyn is passionate about cultivating healthy hair.

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I am considering sister locs and I do have fine soft textured hair. Because i may not be okay with the scalpiness, will it be okay to wear caps during this time? And also is it okay to swim during this time?

I would not suggest wearing caps or wigs often because this often leads to slippage and can slow down the locking process. You definitely are able to swim in the beginning stages of locs, you just have to do the bundling technique before getting in the water and preferably wear a swim cap. I share more swim related tips in this article, “Products for Swimming With Locs“.

Hello I’m interested in getting sister locs I haven’t had a perm in 4 months I have try to cut most of the perm out
I was interested in starting my siser locs in January

Hi Engrid! Make sure you visit several Sisterlocks Consultants to feel the vibe of the person installing your locs and be sure that you can find someone in your budget so that your Sisterlocks are a blessing, not a burden. Best of luck!

Got very short hair can I start with the sister locks?

Hi Judith! You’ll need at least 3-4 inches of loose natural hair (not chemical processed) to start Sisterlocks.

Just got my sisterlock install and one of the locs have come undone. I have really fine hair. Is this a problem that can wait until my retightening?

Thanks for these insights. I’ve been wearing wigs for about 2 years – just for work (possibly 12hrs a day) and was planning to continue doing so during the locking process. I appreciate that there’s likely to be slippage however my concern is more on the visible scalp which I can’t stand. I’d consider being under a wig for even 1 year if that’s what it’d take. My question is would this impact on the end result ie the eve ness of the locks, growth etc. I have fine hair which seems to be err so slowly thickening possibly because I’ve left it alone ?
What happens after the locking? What does maintenance entail?

Im very new to this hence very ignorant but love love love the SLs.


Hi Njeri! I definitely do NOT believe that Sisterlocks are for you. Sounds like you did not get a thorough consultation before starting them. You will ALWAYS see scalp after retightening them (every 6-8 weeks) and having them under a wig will cause slippage, slow down the locking process, and change the fullness and consistency of locs. I would suggest that you either embrace the locking process or wear your hair loose and in protective stages until you are ready to start because currently it does not sound like locs are ideal for you.


I’m currently locd, my locs are in cornrow because they kept unravelling at the back before I go for e reloc. My loctician isbt isn’t doing much of a loc so I have decided to put it in cornrow will I wait for a reloc which I am planning on my own.

My question is, does loc grows the hair a lot?
And I don’t have a problem with the scalpiness at all but I wear wig just 3 days a week when I go to uni otherwise I don’t.
But since you said this is not good.
I was wondering would it be ok to wear protective styles like crochet? Would this affect the growth or cause slippage?

Hi Sue, you should allow your locs to be down and not put wigs or crochet over them. It will cause problems over time.

Is there a fee for your service?

Yes, this is my career.

Looking at the picture, the hair looks fuller, and a caption says, your hair will be fuller. I am also new to sister locks, and I am looking for my hair to be a little fuller. I have thin hair as a result of chemo. My hair texture came back baby soft, curly, and thin. Can’t do a thing with it, no perms, no color. I became a slave to wigs. It was suggested that these locks may open a different door for me and I’m being patient and hoping for the best. It’s only been a month.

I am in the beginning stages of micro locs (2 weeks in) and I have fine hair. Yes you see the spacing in my hair, and it did bother me at first, but I got so many compliments on my hair that it doesn’t bother me. Even my boyfriend said he likes my hair, and thought it was Beautiful. So, if you can get past the spacing you will be fine.

I love your articles and so blessed to have found you. Okay, here’s my question. I took the Sisterlocks Consultant course and all my notes as well as all the research I’ve done says that the 3 point pattern is best for fine thin hair. I found a sisterlocks Consultant who will most likely install my Sisterlocks and she is very knowledgeable but she strongly feels as though the 4 point is better for my loose curl hair. She believes that it will keep it from slippage and contain the hair. I thought a 3 pattern would allow my hair to have a fuller look sooner. Please give me your opinion on this. I’m perplexed. Thank you!

I have very curly fine hair and started almost 2 months ago should i leave my hair alone or keep twisting it? It tends to unravel if i put anything in it

I just got sister locs I love them I want to keep them

Hi I’m considering sisterlocs.. I am natural been natural for 3 years but I wear my hair in a silk blow out wrap unless I have weave or braids.. when washed my natural curl pattern form, it’s shoulder length.. would I have to cut my hair to get thee lock since I blow it out all the time

I have very fine thin hair and was wondering if the locks needed to be smaller or slightly bigger with thinner hair? I am aware of the scalpiness look, but wonder if thicker locks would help prevent slippage in my thin hair. I wish I had healthy thick hair to get the many mini locs but my thin fine hair would just unravel constantly.

I’m looking to start locs on my 10yo sons hair. He has loose curly soft hair. I tried back combing and palm rolling at first. He went swimming days after and all his hair came out ‍♀️ Idk how to restart his locs! Help please!!!

Hello Joycelyn, I am starting my sisterlocks journey tomorrow God willing. I have been reading around alot but just want to know if you have any admonition(the size, pattern etc) for me because this is a huge investment and i really want get it PERFECT

None at this time, I just can cross your website.

Hi i don’t have no hair on either side of my head at top very thin in the back it thick and there are few bald spots so how is this problem be taken care of

Hi, I am thinking of having sister locks installed and I do have fine hair. I am also getting married in 6 months and I am concerned about stying my hair for the wedding due to the ‘scalpiness’ you mentioned.

I would definitely suggest waiting until after the wedding so that you feel comfortable and confident because with any new journey there is an adjustment period and shocked involved.


Will wearing a wig 4 or 5 hours a day hurt the sister Loc journey

Will wearing a wig 4 or 5 hours a day 3 days a week damage the sister Loc journey

I am considering getting sisterlocs but I have 2b/3a hair. I haven’t seen many pictures of them on anyone with my hair texture so I was wondering if it’s something I should do still

Any texture of hair can start Sisterlocks, but with your texture specially the journey to get to mature Sisterlocks is going to be very long, 3 years minimum before they’re fully locked if starting with more than 6 inches of hair and you will have to stick to a strict product usage (or restriction rather) during that time period. So it would be up to you if you are willing to commit to the process of Sisterlocks.

You mentioned in one comment. That a strict product usage was necessary. What type og product do you reccommend.
The girl who did my install finished in 4 hours now they are already loose. Help please.

I am interested in sisterlock n want to know if you know where in NYC that does sisterlock. Thank you

How long does it take for micro locs to fill in. What can I do in the mean time

I’ve had regular dreadlocks twice so far and got them cut off for a change. But now i’m Thinking about sister locs but my hair is fine and my hair line is thin so can I still be successful getting sister locs?

The best way to determine if Sisterlocks will work for your hair texture is to having a Sisterlocks Consultation with an approved trainee or Sisterlocks Consultant and have the test locs installed. This will give you a true idea of what Sisterlocks will look and feel like in your hair. I also recommend reading this article “What To Expect When Starting Sisterlocks With Fine Hair“.

I really appreciate your honesty especially regarding thin and thinning hair. Now I know that Sisterlocs are not for me. I’m sad but feel freeingly educated. Thanks so much

Hi,I’ve been thinking about starting the Sisterlocks journey for a few years now but the main concern I have is hair breakage. I’ve seen a few elderly ladies who say their Sisterlocks are a few years old & they have hair breakage especially around the hairline. Is this always the case or does it depend on the maintenance of the individual?

Hi,just saw your blog now and it’s so helpful.I had sisterlocks installed 3 days ago after using someone who has done some friends own.But am so concerned to see that I have only 160 locks as it seems too small and she told.me not to wash my hair for at least 3 months and also applied a locking cream during installation.Pls what can I do?

You do not have Sisterlocks. If you want Sisterlocks I suggest that you take those braids out and find a Sisterlocks Consultant from the Sisterlocks website.

I have two questions. 1. Should you color your first before getting sisterlocks? 2. Will your hair lock quicker on natural type hair?

I would not recommend coloring your hair BEFORE starting Sisterlocks, and yes having natural hair is a requirement for the hair to begin locking.

will adding extensions a good idea when starting sister locks?

Definitely not! In fact, there are no such thing as Sisterlocks Extensions. And if you do see someone offer it, RUN!

Hi i texturized ny 4c hair several months back. My hair is still very thicķ and about 4 inches long now. Can i do sisterlocks when half my hair is natural and the other half part texturized? Thanks

Yes, Sisterlocks can be started with relaxed/texturized hair.

I have had my Sisiterlocks for 2 months. There is a lot of strands that are not incorporated into the lock so my hair looks frizzy down the entire shaft. Is there a way to fix this? Thanks!

Peace Teaira! Your locs are still very new, so I would not suggest messing with the hair along the shaft. Eventually, it will condense into the locs. Have patience! Also, check out this post “Trimming the Frizzy Ends of Locs” it may help!

I’m a 53 year old woman with very very thin hair at the top of my crown and this is hereditary for me!! The rest of my hair is thin but not as thin as my crown. My question to you is over time will the top of my hair get thicker and maybe catch up with the rest of my hair if I was to install sister locs in my hair. Also I color my hair several months ago will it be ok for me to still install the locs in my hair now or do I need to wait until the color grows out ?

Peace Teresa! Sisterlocks will not result in your hair thickening up. And it may not be a good idea to install Sisterlocks if your hair is as thin at you’re describing. With starting locs, you can do so with colored hair so there is no need to wait for the color to grow out. I hope that helps!

Hi Jocelyn, I have fine hair and have been considering sister locs now for a while. My friend just got hers done recently, she has thick hair and they did 630 locs in her hair. I was wondering for fine hair on a medium size head what would be the appropriate # of locs that should be done?

Every person is different because of the shape and size of the head, in addition to the different textures. Roughly with low density, fine hair 300-350 is about the maximum range. The “minimum” for Sisterlocks is suppose to be 400 but again everyone is different.

Got sister locks I have thin hair ended up with only 100 there is no volume I’ve had my lock about 3 years and was thinking about cutting them off and starting over I was told I have enter locking pattern . My locks does not look like anyone else looks

I am currently growing my hair out from a pixie cut I’ve had for 2 years now. Is it ok to use extensions when installing new sisterlocks?

There is no “official” Sisterlock option that can be done with extensions. The closest you can get with extensions is microlocs. You can learn more about the difference between the two in this post, “What Are The Different Types of Microlocs?

Hi Jocelyn, I had my Sisterlocks for six months now and I wear my hair braided a lot because of exercising. Does the braiding slow down the process of the hair locking?

Yes the braiding can slow down the locking process if your hair is long. If your Sisterlocks are under 4 inches you shouldn’t have anything to worry about.


My name is Loretta and I am thinking about sistalocks. I have thin hair and I’ve seen pics and has heard that even though I will see scap, which. I’m not worried about. Just wand to know if it will thicken up and grow?

It won’t thicken up much, so I would not recommend Sisterlocks if your hair is already fine.

Hi, i just started my sisterlocks yesterday and my hair is very soft and thin. my hair was permed but I didn’t cut it off so the proceeded hair is going to lock. Will this cause any problems with my locks?

The processed/relaxed hair will not lock. You will have to gradually cut it off. This will slow down your locking process and may make you feel like your locs aren’t progressing but have patience and trust YOUR process!

I have had my sisterlocks for a year. Is it OK to have your locs retightened every 3 weeks? My loctitian is suggesting this but I am concerned that this is too soon?

That is too often, in my opinion. Are they presenting this as a short-term solution to remedy some issue or do they just want you to come every 3 weeks, just because?

She basically says it reduces how long you have to take to do the retightening. I am not going to do 3 weeks. My hair grows fast, but not that fast.

I think that is a good decision.

My scalp is dry. Can I put oil on scalp only in my 4 weeks of sisterlocks ?

I would not advise it, but check with your Consultant!

Greetings Jocelyn Reneé
I’m just starting my sister locks journey. My question for you is can I continue to do braid outs on my fresh little babies that I love. I’m currently 4 weeks into the process and the reason I do braid outs is I workout a lot and sweat from my head. Will these braid outs slow down my locking process and if so do you have any suggestions.

Hi, I just started my Sisterlocks, my hair is light. i had only 272 locks. Is that good enough.

You’re always good enough. Having only 272 locks sounds like you have fine, low density hair which can happen. Did you have a consultation prior to installation to ensure that your hair texture and type were ideal for Sisterlocks?

I had Sisterlocks installed about a week ago? Is it okay to have it in a lose ponytail like 8hrs a day and keep it loose at nyt ?

I have super fine and thin naturally curly hair. I got my hair sister loc’d in September and I love them. I have had a few that came out. I don’t have any where close to 300 to 400 locs. They look very bare. Will they thicken out? I’m kinda afraid that my hair type isn’t right for locs. Are there any types of hair types that shouldn’t be loc’d.? How often should they be retightened? How can you keep them from getting tangled? Should my hair be shedding? Please help!

How do you feel about adding sisterlock extensions? After install… when can you start styling? I hate my forehead so that’s what I’m afraid of

Sis! You should love every part of yourself and embrace your natural beauty. And even if you don’t at the moment, locs will get you there!

Now, to answer your questions, you cannot add extensions to official Sisterlocks, but some people that offer “step-sisterlocks” have figured out how add an extension. As a Sisterlocks Consultant, I would highly recommend against it. And as for styling, it is advised to wait at least a year or until they settle before styling regularly.

I have very thick shoulder length natural hair. Can I start sisterloc or do I need to cut it short?

You can definitively start with your length, just know it will be VERY expensive.

Hello Dear,
I’m curious if you know the gauge size of the picture above? I’m trying to find pictures of 3/8ths examples for my mirco loc install.

Thank you

Hi! I am not certain of the gauge. I would suggest that you have a Loctician advise you on what would work best for your hair vs being set on a particular size that may or may not work well.

I have fine hair and although it wasn’t my intention to have Sisterlocks my starter Locs are thin. I’m 7 months in AND have been wearing hats while I work (I work in the outdoor industry). I definitely see frizz, CAN IT BE REPAIRED or do I need to chop and restart?

Can the frizz be repaired? If that is what you’re talking about, frizz is a part of the process and you don’t want to “repair” it. However, if you’re talking about the size of your locs you can combine them to be thicker or yes, comb them out and restart bigger.

Hi I’m thinking of starting sister locks, my hair is naturally curly, my curl pattern is 3a-3b, my hair is not real thick and I have a small head, I wear braids a lot, and they often slide out, do you think sister locks are for me.

I want to start sisterlocks but I have thinning hair in the top. Can I get a consultation?
Thank you,
Helene Jones

I have fine curly hair and started the micro locs process for 8 months now. They are not fully locked but I see the process. I tend to retwist between my appointments. Should I just leave them alone?

It depends… if your appointments are 10-12 weeks out then a retwist inbetween is okay but if you’re going every 6-8 weeks than retwisting in between is too much.

Hi. I’m new to all of this loc’g community but I’ve been interested for awhile now to get SL. However, since reading all of these reviews, questions and your answers I really don’t know what to get. In describing my hair, it’s thick in the back towards my ears. Very thin but a little length on the sides and almost balding at the crown and all of it is about 3 inches. Is it best for me to get SL or ML? I have a consultant, date set that I will be meeting with but how would I know if she knows what best for my hair? To spend $150 at first meeting when should I know not to get them? I’m just really concern if this will work for me. Can you help me with your knowledge on the matter, please? Thanks in advance.


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So I’m considering starting sisterslock,my hair is slightly a fine texture hair , thin and awkward length .I’m having my sister do a diy installation but how much do you think I would spend on maintenance regularly and is my hair suitable enough ?

I would need more information than what you shared to offer a recommendation. However, typically microloc maintenance is $200-$250 every 6-8 weeks depending on where you live.

I am considering sister Loc and have very thin edges and my hair is scalpy in the front. Does the locks stay scalpy after growth or do they puff put where thin parts are not as visible as they grow?

No they don’t puff up.

I’m a 69 yr old women I want my hair locked. I have Curly hair. My hair is soft . Can my hair be locked. Sister locks. Whatever all I know is I want my hair locked.

Hello! My microlocks are a yr & 4 months old.. & I ABSOLUTELY love them. I’m always on time for my 6wk retightening & They have definitely thickened up but I feel like my growth (length) has stopped.. is this normal? Is there something additional I can do? Also I read a reply you posted about locs “settling” what does that mean?

I have sisterlocks they are very small I have had them for 7yrs and the sides have completely broken off I had it cut in a mohhawk and im very depressed about the way it looks .is there an issue with too small susterlocks

I am sorry to hear that you’ve had that experience. Yes there is such a thing as too small locs.

I got sisterlocks but my stylist didnt twist all the way to the end, so my ends are pretty loose, are they supposed to be loc to the end

Yes they should have but some done because of the time it takes…

Can I wash my freshly locd hair? I have had them locd for 2 weeks and its really itchy….


Just started my sisterloc journey today is day 2. I’m so excited however I’m also afraid. I have shorter hair in front longer maybe 6 inches in top and back can i braid my hair? should I just leave the locs alone? . I’m so afraid I’m going to mess up.

My hair is natural but is balding in the top very thin but the sides and back hair is good. Can I start sisterlocs or would that make my hair in the top break off. I thinks locs are so beautiful.

I would advise against it if your hair is actively thinning.

Can I start sister locs on hair that been bleached?

Yes, you can but it may be difficult for your hair to lock and for the Sisterlocks to thrive because all of the care necessary for bleached hair typically goes against the “Sisterlocks Regimen”

I’ve decided to get sisterlocks. My hair is natural and is cut into a short nob. My hair is also fine mean I have less hair per square inch than most. I do not like a scalpy look and I am wondering why the loctician need to make the section so tight at the scalp. Why must it be so tight like that. What is the benefit vs the downfall of having the hair so scalpy tight at the root.

It shouldn’t be “tight” but it does need to be groomed to the root to support the weight of the Sisterlocks as they grow due to their small size. Also, having less hair per square inch is referencing your density, not texture, which is an important distinction. Also for low density hair Sisterlocks may not be ideal. Check out this article “”What Are The Different Types of Microlocs?

i’m a 74 yr great grandmother who has worn wigs for the most part of 4-5 years. I’ve cut my hair myself twice because of a very bad quick weave. Over time the very top of my head is very very thin & now it’s growing back slowly. My hair is coarse,thin & mostly grey(which i love).
So do you think my hair is a candidate for sistalocks?? I want them so badly, i love the way they look & how i’ve seen the growth & thickness on some friends i have. Thank you

Thanks for reaching out. If your hair is already thin, I would NOT recommend Sisterlocks. You can possibly explore microlocs, but Sisterlocks would be way to small for your hair.

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