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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

The Future of Sisterlocks: Extensions?

I don't feel like arguing or being verbally blocked by anyone. LOL! But I am not a fan of this at all. Alas, my blog is about information regarding natural hair especially. So here you go. Please comment. I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Here it is. The installation of "Sisterlock" Extensions:
http://video.aol.com/video-detail/how-to-install-sisterlock-extensions-the-abridged-version/854395535

15 comments:

S0uthernGirl said...

Hmmm... On a positive note, the extensions allow those who have thinning hair or bald spots a chance to start locks and rebuild their self confidence. Take a look at the Hair Gallery on this site for examples:

http://myhairitage.com

While I don't think it's the best way to lock, I would be concerned that the extensions would put unnecessary stress on the locks leading to breakage. I do think of lock extensions as another method of transitioning to a head full of SLs... similar to those who started with permed ends. Not everyone is ready/willing to BC or wants to delay locking until they can grow their hair out to a length that they're comfortable with. I know I wasn't :)

onyxcherry said...

I don't have a problem with the Sisterlock extensions because going natural can be a difficult process that many women never do for fear of looking like a "bald headed boy". Sisterlock extensions can provide a less traumatic transition for some women who want to get locks.

That being said, I do have a problem with the quality of the lock extensions that I saw on this video and others on youtube. When I saw a closeup of the actual "lock" it looked like a sisterlock with a microbraid on the ends. That to me is sub-standard.

If you are going to create a sisterlock extension it should actually look like a sisterlock, and not like a braided weave thing on the end of a sisterlock.

Anonymous said...

Not liking it at all. I think it just defeats the whole purpose of adorning your own natural hair, which is how I feel about my own hair.

On the other hand, Southerngirl has a point when referring to people with "thinning hair or bald spots" apart from that, I am all for your own hair, no extensions thats it.

muslimahlocs said...

just when you think you have a point someone else makes a valid and compelling counterpoint. impulsively, i thought "huh, that's crazy" but then
s0outherngirl comments helped me consider this from another perspective. but knowing us like we know ourselves and our love for OPH i am back on the fence...

Goodnapps said...

If it's done for a good reason, then nothing wrong with that. But I suppose folks do it for the same reason that folks start Sisterlocks with permed ends or 8+ inches of natural hair.

QueenLi said...

To each her/his own. I do not have SL, and this will be my 2nd set of locks. This new set is with braid ext. but I call them braids, and after the first year, I'll call them braidlocks. :)
I won't tell people I have SL "KNOWING" that I don't.

BeautyinBaltimore said...

To each his own but I would not do it. I would feel like a fraud.

SeZ said...

I didn't know this was something available to do now. If someone assumes I have a lock weave I may not receive that so good.
Each options on this one would have to be completely based on each persons personally experience with their own hair. I'd questioned if the bulk of individuals getting the lock extensions would be doing it based on needed it because of thinning or balding. It seems that it would be done solely for the length and not for the need after being locked.
Q: If the hair is having issues prior, won't locks extensions cause them more problems or the same problems had before with having a weave in place daily?

If a person has natural, no chemicals present, long hair and decides to lock I don't see that as the same as getting extensions. No matter the length, your hair will go though the same process as if it were 4 inches long.
However if this weaving process will help with the needed persons self esteem then they should do what is needed for them. :-}

Anonymous said...

Once again, african american women find fault in each other. Why must we always be so critical and judgmental when it comes to the way we wear our hair. It shouldn't matter if a person wears extensions on their locks for any reason. If it is what they want to do, so be it. It's not enough to be judged by the world for our choice of hairstyles, we continue to unfairly judge one another. Sisters unite and accept each other, unconditionally. lol :-)

Anonymous said...

I've discovered that there ia a sisterlocks extensions underground. It's not so underground anymore thanks to blkbuttaflies youtube video - and it's growing. To her credit, she does admit that they are NOT sisterlocks and that they are not INSTANT locs (just instant length).

Traditional locs are often started with extentions using natural (not synthetic) african type hair that locs beautifully and seemlessly with natural hair over time.

Like it or not, it was just a matter of time.

Anonymous said...

Salkis' youtube video is pretty awesome as well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KERuTkrF-Y

Anonymous said...

are you serious this is a discussion about how you feel about someone elses hair.. wow so let me get this right is it the whole sisterlock extension thing that is upsetting or the fact that you didnt think of extending your locs first. one to grow on. i wonder if white women have debates on whose a real blonde. sis stop loosing sleep.

Anonymous said...

I live my life before an audience. And after years and years of weaves, braids, perms, cuts, colors and stress, I am ready to go natural and lock it up. However, I CANNOT live thru the transition "little boy" look with thousands of people looking at me each week. So for those of you who oppose locks with extentions...understand that some of us NEED a seemless transition due to the nature of our work. That being said, who in Los Angeles can lock me up and add some lenght at the same time???

Nappturall said...

extensions people are upset about loc extensions...are you serious...how mnay ladies have locs and use chemical dyes to dye there
"real natural hair" shoot i should be upset with ladies with natural "grew their own locs" putting chemical dyes on their hair...but I'm not cuz its silly...shoot i should be upset with ladies that "grew there own natural locs" using unnatural shampoo/moisturizers/conditioners etc instead of natural products...but agian it silly...if you grew your own locs good for you..if you didnt GO girl...and be happy!

Nicole76 said...

I live in the NC area and would like to know if you know of someone who can do sisterlock extensions?