Lot of my clients ask me what is the difference between sisterlocks and microlocs. So, I thought that I should write a blog and share with those who do not know the answer. To jump directly to the difference, let us first understand what are microlocs and sisterlocks.

What are Microlocs?

What are Microlocs?

Microlocs are locs that are relatively smaller than ordinary locs. They are so small that the average size of the locs is like the diameter of your pencil. Also depending on your hair density the size of microlocs may vary it can be from shoe lace to a straw size diameter. As the size changes the maintenance of the locs changes too.

You need to maintain your microlocs every 4-6 weeks so that your roots are well tight, also it depends how fast you have hair growth.

How Many Types are Microlocs?

Interlocking, braids, and twists are the most popular ways to start microlocs. Microlocs can, however, be initiated with coils, but this is uncommon.

Microlocs with Braids

It is a common process to start microlocs with braids when you have long hair during installation, and if your hair texture is good then the twist will hold properly.

Microlocs with Interlocking

Start microlocs with an interlocking method to keep the texture on point, or if you want smaller microlocs.

Microlocs with Twist

Microlocs that begin with twists are suitable for medium to big microlocs and maintain well in a variety of hair textures. Beginning microlocs with twists has the advantage of making them large enough to preserve with interlocking or palm rolling.

Microlocs Pros and Cons

Microlocs Pros

  • Easy installation, can be self installed, anyone can do it.
  • Cost less than sisterlocks, experts do not need certification or any special products to maintain and install.
  • You will be able to combine microlocs by twisting two stands together to produce larger strands.
  • The technique of retwisting is simple. Thus, the style can be maintained.
  • Requires less time, Installing with the coil approach takes 2-4 hours. It all depends on the speed of your hairdresser, as well as the length of your hair.

Microlocs Cons

  • The lack of a definite grid pattern might result in an asymmetrical head of locks with irregular partings.
  • Because it does not require any training, it is possible that it will result in errors or even holes along the strand, causing breaking.
  • Microlocs might be a little tricky to work with. They also become heavier as they grow longer, which impacts your locs’ styling abilities.

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What are Sisterlocks?

Sisterlocks are small locks that were created by Dr. JoAnne Cornwell in 1993 and they are still popular and in use today.

A qualified sisterlocks expert is required to install this hairdo, as it requires a certified consultant. The consultant will use some interlocking tools on your hair at the time of your consultation. It will give an idea of which hairstyle will suit your hair type.

Sisterlock Installation 

Sisterlocks feature a certain grid layout and interlocking procedure that must be maintained when they are installed.

The locking technique of hair from the tips to the roots guarantees that each lock has the least amount of strain at the root. There is no need to use any hair products like wax, oil or even gels. Installation can take anywhere from 24 to 36 hours or more, depending on your hair length and the speed of the expert.

How to Maintain Sisterlocks

It’s advised that you meet your sisterlock consultant within 2-4 weeks of installation to discuss any concerns you may have.

How well your locks mature is determined by how well you care for them once they’ve been installed, as well as the texture of your hair. It can take around 6 months of time.

When employing the sisterlock (interlocking) approach, maintenance is required after 4-6 weeks. It’s not a good idea to go more than two months without retightening your locks because they’ll get brittle and thinning.

Sisterlocks Microlocs Dreads Interlocking Tools & Products

Dreads Locs Hair Moisturizer, Shampoo, Conditioner, Glue

Sisterlocks Pros and Cons

Sisterlock Pros

  • Sisterlocks are one-of-a-kind to the person who gets them, as they are customized to every hair type
  • The style of lock that is done to your hair is determined by the texture of your hair.
  • It is said that sisterlocks are more manageable and to style because they are lighter and have a flatter root texture. As they are thin it is easy to style your hair. 
  • Sisterlocks are considerably inexpensive to maintain compared to other hairstyles. Hair products are not required for them.
  • Compared to the classic dreadlocks, they are more aesthetically pleasing.
  • It is possible to accomplish this with relaxed hair, but the transition to natural hair will take longer.
  • Because the locking is done from the ends, there is very little stress at the root.

Sisterlocks Cons

  • The initial investment is quite high. Sisterlock installation can be more expensive than microloc installation.
  • In the early stages of unfolding This is especially true if you are constantly touching your hair.
  • If you wait too long between re-tightenings, the locks will become thin and start to break.
  • Sisterlocks take longer to install than microlocs.
  • Installation duration is typically 24 to 36 hours long.
  • how long it takes to implant it will determine on your stylist, hair density, and length of your hair.
  • Sisterlocks can only be installed by a sisterlock consultant who is certified.
  • Sisterlocks are designed to be as thin and sleek as possible. It is possible that poor installation will result in further hair loss.

Microlocs vs Sisterlocks: Difference

ContentSisterlocksMicrolocs
ExpertiseCan be installed by a sisterlock consultantEasy to install, no expertise
TimeIt requires 24 to 36 hours installation time.It takes  takes 2-4 hours
CostCost for sisterlocks installation can cost anywhere from $400-$1000 & maintainence service can cost between $100-200Priced between $150-$400 depending on where you are located
Weight Sisterlocks are lighter in weightMicrolocs are heavier in weight
MaintainenceSisterlocks maintenance is required after 4-6 weeksMaintain your Microlocs after every 4-8 weeks
DamagePoor maintainence will result in hair lossCan cause holes along the strand, and hair breaking.
Style Sisterlocks are customized for your specific hair texture and pattern.Asymmetrical locks with irregular partings
PatternSisterlocks  are unique for every personBecause there is no defined grid pattern

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