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About No Lye
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"Having natural hair should be exciting and without limits!"
-- Farika, Owner, Natural Hair Artist, Certified Sisterlocks® Consultant
Q & A
Q & A
Before An Appointment
Q: What are Sisterlocks®?
A: Sisterlocks® / Brotherlocks® is a natural hair management system that allows men, women and children with tightly textured hair to take advantage of a wide range of today's hairstyles without having to alter the natural texture of their hair.
Q: How long does my hair have to be to start?
A: With Sisterlocks® / Brotherlocks® the hair should be at least 2 inches to start. With Traditional Locs (Palm or Tool) the hair should be at least 3 inches in length.
Q: What is the difference between Sisterlocks® and Traditional Locs?
A: Sisterlocks® / Brotherlocks® is a natural hair management system made of small stylable locs that are maintained with a interlocking techinque using no hair additions or products to start. Traditional Locs are the normal sized cultivated locs that are most popular. No Lye can create traditional locs using either the palm roll or latchhook/tool technique that may use products to start.
Q: Can I get Sisterlocks® if I have relaxed hair?
A: Yes! In fact, Sisterlocks® is one of the only techiques that allows you to transition into wearing locs without cutting your relaxed hair or getting extensions. A Sisterlocks® consultant at No Lye is trained in the Sisterlocks® techniques that can help you make that transition. With Sisterlocks, you will be able to continue to style your natural hair in styles similar to relaxed hair styles.
Q: My hair is thin/fine/too kinky. Can I get locs?
A: Yes! Although texture does play a role in hairlocking development, No Lye offers 3 hairlocking techniques to help you achieve locs suitable to your hair type. At a Loc consultation you can speak and learn about cultivated hairlocking methods like Sisterlocks®, palm roll and No Lye Tool Locs (latchhook).
Q: How do I prepare for my appointments?
A: It asked that your hair is cleansed before an appointment with no additional oils added to prepare for a service. Product suggestions may be provided upon request.
Q:How much will my services cost me?
A: Prices may vary depending on various factors like length and density. Some services require a consultation before final pricing can be determined. Please, call for pricing information.
After An Appointment
Q:How often do I need to come back for maintenance?
A: For Sisterlocks®, a monthly Retightening appointment should occur every 4-6 weeks tapering off to about every 6-8 weeks once locs are "settled". For Traditional Locs - palm roll, locs should be groomed every 2-3 weeks tapering off to about every 3-4 weeks as locs mature. For Traditional Locs - tool/latchhook, locs should maybe groomed every 4-6 weeks tapering off to about every 6-8 weeks once locs are formed.
Q:How long is a Sisterlocks Retightening?
A: In the beginning, while the locs are forming and "settling", the approximate time will be 3-4 hours. After the locs are settled, the time can decrease to approximately 2-3 hours depending on hair length, sizing, etc.
Q:How do I care for my locs once started?
A: To start, commit to a regular maintenance schedule. Use products as advised consultant. Avoid products with heavy oils like pertroleum and bees wax.
Q:How long will it take for me to loc my hair?
A: The timeframe for hair to loc is based on your texture. Hair that is dense and tightly coiled will loc faster than hair that is soft, fine, curly, wavy or straight. The full locing process (4 phases) can take anywhere from 9 to 24 months.
Q:When am I ready for the Sisterlocks retightening class?
A: The retightening class is designed for a client to learn to self maintain her/his Sisterlocks/Brotherlocks. It's best for the locs to be approximately 6 months or older. Also the locs should be "settled" (no slippage or unraveling).