Here is an update on my DIY project for my SLs.
1. The first tool I purchased is this tool called a latch hooker. It's similar to a crochet hook except it has a loop on one end of it. You slip the loop over the end of the lock and pull it thru in the pattern of your choice. In the sisterlocks world, I have a reverse 4. I prefer to use this pattern or an "X" pattern where I insert the tool in the root of my hair at the end of each line on the "X".
Here are some pics of me using it. 2. The second tool I purchased is the crochet hook. I later had my dad drill holes in the base of it after I had a hard time gripping the lock with the hook. First, I insert my lock in the hole of the tool and then I insert the hook back thru my loc. Easy! I had my dad drill 3 holes because I have shorter locs around my hairline and longer locs in the back. So, it was built to accommodate the varied lengths of my hair.
3. The last tool and favorite tool by far is the latch hook tool. I like this tool because it's the easiest to use. I slip it thru the root and grab the end of my loc. See the pic. Then I pull the tool holding the end of my loc through the root/base of my lock.
I absolutely love the DIY thing because I have never really had a good retightening session. I am still going to make an appointment with a consultant eventually, preferably Carmen. Thoughts, questions, comments?