Starting Brotherlocks from Traditional Locs?

Results of Brotherlocks first retightening after major slippage.

After taking the Sisterlocks class, you can only imagine how excited I’ve been about being a Consultant and sharing the Sisterlocks lifestyle. My excitement quickly captivated my beau and he has been contemplating letting me takedown his Traditional Locs and start Brotherlocks. If you read his Hair Story, you know he’s been growing his locs for a little over 6 years now and they’re more than halfway done his back, so it would be a big task and an even bigger change. 

 Long length Fishtail Braid Men's Loc Style
 So about three weeks ago, we decided to give it a try with one loc. It literally took me almost two hours to comb out ONE loc and he lost a lot of length. After I combed it out and gave it a wash, I established one Brotherlock.
 Traditional Locs and Brotherlocks in Ponytail
After being able to actually see the length (or lack thereof) and size of the Brotherlock, he started having second thoughts about doing a full establishment. Last week, I gave him a full-consultation as if he were a client to give him the full picture of what the Brotherlocks lifestyle would be like. For now, he is still on the fence and I am going to continue to maintain the Brotherlock to see how it cultivates on his hair and the rest will be palm-rolled.

This weekend, I have to retighten his Brotherlock because he had MAJOR slippage. The slippage is a result of him constantly getting the Brotherlock wet in the shower and he also messes with it a lot. After I retightened the Brotherlock it looked a lot longer and more condensed than the establishment.
Results of Brotherlocks first retightening after major slippage.
I think his Brotherlock is doing well and if he can prevent it from getting wet and pulling on it all the time I think it would start budding fairly quickly. We will definitely keep you posted as he decides how to continue his journey.
I would encourage you to get sample locs or test hairstyles before making a major change to be sure you’re going to be comfortable with the new style and that you’re getting the look you’re going for.
Can you imagine if we combed out all this locs before we did the test locs?! 
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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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Ha. I don’t know what I thinking Brotherlocks were but when I saw the picture, I made the connection. I hope he keeps it up. It’s so hard to envision with only one lock though 🙂


I did it and it was well worth it. Last month I took down 6 years and 11 months worth of tradional locks and had sisterlocks installed. I took down my first lock in that exact same spot and was utterly disappointed. After months of boo wooing about it, I took one down in the crown and was amazed with the difference in length. It was more than double the length of the first one. So tell your beau to give it a try.

Thank you for sharing your experience! I will definitely let him know! 🙂

is it possible to get brother locks done thicker

I’m not sure what “thicker” is to you but the sizing is small, very similar to Sisterlocks. If you want thick locs, you can start and maintain them with Interlocking, but they would not be considered Brotherlocks.

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