Sisterlocks Clinic: Bunching & Big Fat Ends!


If the ends are truly bunched, time will not make them become 'less bunched' or smoother or thinner. 
They will continue to lock up 'as-is' leading to what we call 'fat ends' syndrome. 

Sisterlocks should generally be one size from root to tip. In the case of bunched locks with 'fat ends', you have a slim loc from the root and a big head/big butt/big foot at the ends. 

The problem with this is that the  big bunched section can be painful and even impossible to push through the narrow base at the root of the slim loc during retightening.  

Every time you do so, you'll be placing unnecessary stress on your follicles and could even accidentally be popping some of your hair out at the root. This is why we try to avoid bunching or consistently repair (as and when appropriate). NB: bunching tends to be less of an issue with palm rolled locs as there is no need to pass the ends through the loc base. 

If you're distressed at the thought of losing locs you can always take down the bunched sections of each loc and ask for them to be repaired/repair them yourselves. 

In this picture you can see the loc has curled back up on itself. This type of bunching is fairly easy to resolve (as long as the hair hasn't locked itself in this position). 

Located the centre of the coiled loop and very carefully insert the end of a rattail comb into this epicentre - and gently pull downwards. This should free the loop from the surrounding hair and allow the loc to hang straight again. In most cases you can do this with your fingers. (See next pic)

Please note that if your bunching is severe you may choose to resort to scissors to remove the matted sections. Please note: even after cutting off bunched sections you will need to take care so as to avoid recurring bunching in the newly exposed sections - unless of course, they're fully sealed. 
The best way to do this is to adhere to a strict braiding and banding routine whenever you swim or wash or your hair.

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Sisterlocks FAQ: Can You lock Short Hair?

For Sisterlocks purposes, 'short hair' is defined as hair less than 3" in length. Can it be done? Of course it can!

Sisterlocks can be started on hair as short as 2" and - in the case of permed ends - we can work with as little as 1.5".

When the hair is this short, it is difficult to start the loc via the traditional method (using our fingers); therefore we rely heavily on the hook tool to grab the short hairs and form each loc. 

In the pictures below my client had previously rocked a shaved side which she grew out prior to her installation date. We established locs in the longer sections of hair first, then created a matching grid in the shorter section of hair; ensuring that everything lined up neatly.

The client left with 444 locs. #client40

The client below, started with approximately 3" of hair and is the shortest 'full head' sisterlocks establishment I've done to date. This client walked away with 493 locs #client20