Brunsli Sisterlocks ™ Interview with Sisterlocks Pictures
Sisterlocks ™ INTERVIEW with Brunsli: An All-Natural Journey
Brunsli shares her Sisterlocks ™ journey in a detailed interview to help anyone considering Sisterlocks ™.
1. Please provide a bio about yourself.
I have always struggled with my hair, I suppose in part because I am mixed, and in part because my hair is extremely thick. I have worn my hair in many styles, and wearing locks is the most satisfying hair experience I have had. I still have bad hair days, of course, but nothing compared to the relaxer days. I have styling options as well as the wash and wear “freestyle” too. Traveling is much easier with locks, since I don’t have to worry about transformers for hair appliances or water sports.
2. Describe your hair texture
My hair texture ranges from 3c to 4a, and is different on different parts of my head. It is curliest on top and straightest over my ears. The most striking feature is that it is incredibly thick.
Many women think having thick hair is an advantage, but in my case, it is too much of a good thing. It takes a lot longer and costs more to get my hair done, which is as true for my locks as it was for my relaxed hair. It also takes longer to dry, longer to style, and I generally need two sets of hair toys, such as rollers.
Maybe it is better to ask what I haven’t gone through! I lived with the fantasy of being about to grow out my hair and wear it natural, but it is a little too curly and far too thick. So every time I tried to grow it out, either from a TWA or with braids, I would get frustrated and relax it again.
4. What made you decide to loc your hair with the Sisterlocks ™ method?
Picture of Brunsli with Relaxed Hair
I was tired of the lifestyle restrictions that accompanied relaxed hair, such as running from rain, worrying about humidity, high maintenance hair, having horrible hair while traveling overseas (where my arsenal of hair appliances would not work, even with a transformer). A friend with more traditional locks suggested Sisterlocks ™ to me, and when I met Martine Bernard in Boston, I was ready to give them a try. (Martine’s website is www.bostonsisterlocks.com)
Sisterlocks™ is a trademarked, but not patented, system of hair locking. It was developed by Professor Cornwall in San Diego, who runs a company which teaches and certifies hairdressers, called “Sisterlocks™ consultants.” Maintaining the roots as the hair grows is called a “retightening” in Sisterlocks™ parlance. After six months, the wearer has an option to take a class to learn how to maintain her own hair.
A specific locking pattern is chosen, depending on the hair texture, and the locks are made with a tool, similar to crocheting. Because the locking pattern in looser, Sisterlocks™ (and other tool-assisted locks) can be thinner than, for example, palm rolled and organic locks. The thinness allows for more versatile styling. Official information can be found at www.sisterlocks.com.
6. What process do you use to re-tighten your Sisterlocks ™ (Do you go to a stylist? If not, do you re-tighten yourself and how long did it take you to re-tighten your locs the first time)?
Before Re-tightening Session:
I have not attempted to do my hair myself. I started with 642 locks, and considering it takes my hairdressers 4 to 5 hours to do the roots after a month of growth (and slippage), I imagine that it would take me much longer. I have done my hair in a pinch, for example, when my hairdresser had to stop and there was a 2” x 2” square left to do. I haven’t had any training, and I don’t particularly enjoy doing it, so I will keep going to a stylist. I usually can get some work done while getting my hair done.
After Re-tightening Session:
As a side note, I now have exactly 600 locks. Many have been combined to make them thicker, as it became clear that they were too thin to lock on their own considering my hair texture.
As a point of comparison, most Sisterlocks™ wearers have 350 to 400 locks. Typically, when they are put in the first time, the amount of hair is chosen such that the locks are of the desired size. So, having thick hair means you will have more locks and having thin hair means you will have fewer locks.