Thursday, February 7, 2013
Sisterlocks (tm) feels like a scam
I was told "no stress at this address" by one of the Sisterlocks' headquarter representatives. So if one consultant doesn't work out, then just keep moving on. However, similar to finding a good beautician or a good lawyer or a good doctor - it appears that finding a good Sisterlocks technician is also a challenge. Problem is there are a limited number of people to choose from, and they have the right to work independently under the name of Sisterlocks. Some people know that achieving their official certification means automatic "Sisterlocks" revenues whether or not they remain professional or not.
I completed further research on people who converted their Sisterlocks into traditional locks. There is a community out there. Some people were just tired of being tied to a Sisterlocks consultant for their hair maintenance. Some had been tightening their own hair too long and no Sisterlocks consultant wanted to follow behind "DIY" tightenings. Others relocated to an area without a Sisterlocks technician. For some the cost became too great at $200 per retightening at 6 weeks intervals.
So is Sisterlocks (TM) a scam? It depends on how professional your independent Sisterlocks consultant is. The last two certified consultants that I patronized were from the Sisterlocks certified consultant registry, but I am sooo disgusted with my "lopsided" locking session and my follow-up with did not include a retightening session in which I know now that it should have been included. Not to mention the waste of time and money of locking my relaxed hair that will probably be cut off eventually. Let me just stop here. Yes, I feel scammed by the independent Sisterlocks consultants which work under the name of "Sisterlocks" thus far that I encountered.
As a registered Sisterlocks trainee myself, I personally do not seek out Sisterlocks clients because I have had concerns about the process. It is interlocking within small locks. As a cosmetologist, I know that we shed hair strands everyday. I also feel that interlocking small locks should be a task done with some delicacy which the second consultant that I encountered did not seem to take into consideration.
I have been trying to figure out a happy alternative for me. I decided that the Sisterlocks gridding and parting sizes are a good idea, but I think that I will begin the traditional lock twisting for retightening in the future for myself. The small locks are important to me. The tightening method is not as important to me because of my type 4c curl pattern. People with looser curl patterns may not have a choice but to interlock to avoid unravelling. My hair is not prone to unravelling. I will keep everyone posted on my new lock journey direction.