Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Top 5 Reasons Why I Cut My Sisterlocks

In my Sisterlocks Big Chop video [HERE] I touched on my reasons, which were many, briefly but since so many people are still asking me "Why did you cut your Sisterlocks?" I figured it was time to make a dedicated response. You can watch the video [HERE] discussing my Top 5 reasons and/or check out the post below...

1. Negative Energy
I truly believe hair holds energy, I even wrote a post [HERE] about this when I first went natural and I still hold it to be truth. With that being said, a lot of negativity and difficult situations transpired in the 2 years I had Sisterlocks so towards the end they felt "weighed down" and I knew it was time for me to let them go.

2. Styling Versatility
As my Sisterlocks began to mature and swell it became hard to style them. It would take hours upon hours for my hair to dry if I set them on rollers and if I tried to recreate a style my Sisterlocks pretty much fought me the entire time. In the beginning my Sisterlocks were very flexible and I could easily style them and recreate almost any style that I found.

3. Appearance / Size
This goes almost hand-in-hand with #2 because my styling woes were a result of the sizing and also my hair care practices. You see when I first started my journey my Sisterlocks were thin, as all Sisterlocks are in the beginning, and I had a lot of versatility with them. With Sisterlocks there are strict regimen practices and guidelines to follow and if you don't follow them you damage the integrity of the Sisterlocks. I am guilty of breaking the "rules by using moisturizing & conditioning products, coloring my Sisterlocks before the were fully-settled, and shampooing very aggressively which led to the "imperfections" in my Sisterlocks [HERE]. While I loved my Sisterlocks regardless, I desired them to look more uniform and I had 337 medium-large Sisterlocks; I would have preferred a greater number of Sisterlocks and mostly the small-medium size to allow for maximum flexibility.

4. Cost
If you follow my personal blog or other social media accounts, you know that I quit my corporate job last year to purse my dreams. While this has been great, my income isn't what it once was so I had to create a strict budget and factoring in over $100 every 6 weeks to get my Sisterlocks retightened was not a priority. Yes, I am a Sisterlocks Consultant, and could have maintained my hair myself, I didn't want to dedicate the time to do so.

5. Lifestyle
Sisterlocks are a lifestyle, not a hairstyle. You have to commit to retightenings on a set schedule, using only Sisterlocks products, and of course the time & cost commitment for retightenings. For the 2 years that I had Sisterlocks this lifestyle was perfect, but now that my life is changing again, my hair needed to change as well.


  1. Hi!

    I am officially addicted to your blog. I just locked my hair a little over a month ago and I am still learning how to maintain it. I thought about getting Sisterlocks but it looked like too much of a commitment. So it is nice to hear someone share their honest opinion. Thanks!

    1. Hehe, thanks for following the blog and I'm glad you enjoyed the post! :) All the best on your new journey!

  2. wow, interesting. I've had my SL for just over 8 years and during that time I was put on disability and for me if it weren't for having the locs I would have no hair! Yes, it can be costly-right now my stylist does me at her home instead of the shop and the fee is greatly reduced because of it...I don't know what i'll do without her when I move, but one thing for sure I HAVE to fit it into my budget because it's the only style I have actually kept and kept up with! Glad for your blog :-)

  3. I have had Sister Locks since 2006, I love them and although they have been great, I am now transitioning to a more carefree style completely natural, so I have not scheduled a re-tightening since June of 2013. I have maybe 2-3 inches of new growth, so at this point there is no turning back.
    Do you think that if I cut my locks down to about 2 inches before the new growth that my hair will unravel the rest of the way? My head is too big to where it really short! LOL

    1. Okay, you already answered my question, I just saw your video, explaining how you cut your locks out. Thank you girl, I'm on it.

  4. I have sisterlocs for 3.5 yrs. ..I AM HAVING MY HAIR RETIGHTENED EVERY 4-5 weeks. I feel this may be to frequent but my stylist does not feel the same. Also my hair is really thinning in the top, any suggestions.

  5. Mine too Anonymous 20/1/14. I need help or I will be getting rid of them. Looking for answers.

  6. I've had mine for almost 5 yrs and they are thinning! What can I do? Is it due to the length? Didn't have this problem when they were shorter. Need advice please!,,

  7. I am considering cutting mine and starting over. They have gotten thin in the crown of my head. I hate that scalpy look! I will look for creative styling ideas before I actually cut them off.


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