Help! My Sisterlocks Are Overdue For A Retightening

“Stay On Schedule. Don’t Miss Your Retightening!

I’m sure that you’ve heard this (assertive) recommendation at least once before, especially if you’ve recently started your Sisterlocks journey. As a Sisterlocks Consultant, I can tell you with certainty that there is definitely validity to this advice. Maintaining a regular retightening schedule helps to keep the length of your retightening appointment short and ensures that your Sisterlocks are locking consistently. However, when a situation comes up in your life and you cannot stay on schedule with your Sisterlocks you don’t just want to allow your investment hair to suffer. Instead, try these 5 tips to help maintain the integrity of your Sisterlocks when you are overdue for a retightening.

Caring For Sisterlocks That Are Overdue For A Retightening

  1. Protect your hair line. The hair that is along your perimeter, especially the hairline and nape, is the finest hair. These areas are particularly prone to thinning and breakage when not consistently maintained. If you have the length, flat twist or braid your Sisterlocks in that area.
  2. Keep your hair in a compression style. Compression styling minimizes frizz, manipulation and encourages the locking process. One of my favorite compression styles for Sisterlocks are braids.
  3. Separate your roots often. I’m sure you are already separating your Sisterlocks after washing, but with an extended period of time between retightening, you want to separate your Sisterlocks even more. This will help to prevent your Sisterlocks from joining together, which could cause damage at the next retightening if they have to be pulled apart.
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  5. Minimize manipulation. I know you want to try all the styles you’ve recently discovered on YouTube or you may want to style your hair to camouflage your fuller roots, but the reality is that too much styling will cause slippage. And too much tension from styling can stress out your roots. Stick to one style a month; or braid and bundle your hair when you wash it, and then let it fully dry before taking it down— voila, a braid out!
  6. Be careful with water. Water, while normally our friend because it helps with the locking process, but during periods when you have a lot of unmaintained new growth the roots can elongate when wet and cause major slippage. So if you’re accustom to weekly washes, try extending to bi-weekly washes. And if you sweat in your scalp often, be mindful to use compression styling and dry your hair as soon as possible.

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Using these 5 tips will help to ensure you return to your next retightening with your Sisterlocks still intact. And if you’re already experience slippage or unraveling with your Sisterlocks, secure the endangered loc(s) until you can get a retightening scheduled. You can do this by braiding the loose hairs/Sisterlocks with a few of the Sisterlocks that are next to it. By incorporating the weaker Sisterlock with a few other neighboring locs you will give it some support, which will minimize the likelihood of it breaking off or slipping out completely.

I would highly encourage you to stay on schedule with your Sisterlocks so that you do not cause thinning or experience entire locs breaking off. The integrity of your Sisterlocks is maintained with a consistent retightening schedule and intentional hair care, however if life gets in the way of your regular schedule use these tips to keep it together.

So, what’s the longest you’ve gone without a retightening?
Let me know in the comments!

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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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Since the Corona Virus and we have to stay in the house. I can’t get my hair done. So what kind of moisturizer should I get also my hair is thinning. I never washed my hair before what kind of shampoo do I use. Thank you

The “Moisture Infusion” is an herbal moisturizer that is really great for all locs, including Sisterlocks. And you can check out these shampoos for at home usage.

Hello, and thank your for this helpful site. My question regards scalp care for occasional flaky, dry scalp. I’m planning to begin the sister loc process soon, but I’m worried about scalp care, and the need to shampoo or how often due to scalp conditions. I currently have natural hair that is turning white as it grays.

Hi Ramona! Your scalp health is very important because healthy locs start with a healthy scalp. I would suggest enrolling in the “Scalp Care & Solutions” workshop to get a better understanding of how to care for locs while managing dry scalp, flaking and/or dandruff.

Thinking seriously about getting sisterlocs; however, my hair is graying and I add apply a rinse. Will I be able to use a rinse if I get sisterlocs. Thanks!

Hi. I got sisterlocs about 6 weeks ago. I think I missed out on all the important stuff before I got them and now I fear I may have damaged my hair and the locking process.

So my loctician told me I could spray in water and add some oils to my hair after installation. I think the first mistake I made was adding a water based leave in conditioner the next day after my installation, because she said it was okay. I think I added a bit of virgin coconut oil too. But immediately after, I realized my locs had started to look different. There was a lot of fritz and the roots started to unravel. I’ve washed my hair twice and had a retightening appointment once and I have laid off on the products (after researching). I rinse my hand with water and rub it in my hair daily because it helps with the itching but I can still feel my roots unraveling. Is it because of the water I use daily? I mean it’s not even a lot.

What do I do?

Are the roots unraveling or is your hair just growing at the roots and you’re feeling new growth? If it is slipping you may need to braid your hair in between reties

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