Sisterlocks FAQ: Installation Day UPDATED

Most people are aware of how to care for their hair (and sample locs) in preparation for their installation session but I am frequently asked what they should bring to their installation session in terms of food and amenities, so here's my advice.


I provide my clients with access to Netflix and LoveFilm during their appointments, it's worth checking whether your consultant provides a similar service.

If there are no online streaming services available, you should ask whether you can bring your laptop or whether you'll have permission to use their DVD player/PC.  If so, bring along your favourite DVDs and settle in for a good old-fashioned movie marathon.

Please be sensible in your film choices, X-rated and R-rated movies are probably not appropriate - especially if your consultant's children will be in the house (even though they may not be in the same room).

Your installation session is also a great opportunity to dive into that book you've always wanted to read. If you're a reader then by all means bring along a bunch of magazines, newspapers, books or your Kindle to keep your happy.  If you do want to read, it's wise to let your consultant know - that way she won't keep trying to draw you into conversation or think you're ignoring her when you just wanna zone out!


Another Frequently asked question pertains to food. Check with your Consultant as to whether a cooked meal is available to purchase or already included in your installation package. The provision of hot meals is not covered by my public liability insurance, but there are several takeaway outlets on our local high street (just a short walk away), many of whom will deliver.

As a holistic therapist, I am always aware of the stresses that sitting in one position for long periods places on my client's spine and supporting muscles, so I always encourage them to use their lunch break as an opportunity to stretch their legs either by walking to one of the local green spaces and enjoying the sun (weather permitting) or by walking to and from the high street.

If you prefer to avoid fast food or pub fare, you should bring a packed lunch or keep your meal in a flask (where it doesn't need to be heated up - unless your Consultant has microwave facilities).

You should bring with you enough snacks  (energy bars, granola, fruit, carrot/celery sticks etc) to sustain you for the duration of your session (up to 12 hours per day), you'll also need plenty of water to keep you hydrated. 

At Almond & Avocado complimentary English (black) and Herbal Teas are available and are usually served in the morning after the parting session is complete and in the afternoon around 'tea time'. Check with your consultant whether tea/coffee will be available.

Suggested Snacks to take to your Installation (loc start-up) session
  • energy bars or protein bars
  • granola bars
  • nuts and/or raisins (don't bring nuts if your consultant is allergic)
  • grapes, bananas, apples
  • 1 litre of water (or a selection of water and juices depending on your preferences)
  • boiled sweets if you are prone to low blood sugar
  • sandwiches
  • cold/raw salad (veggie, pasta or combo)


If your Consultant does not have a purpose made adjustable salon chair, you may wish to bring along a bolster or small cushion to provide additional support for your lower back or extra cushioning for your bottom.  You are going to be seated for a very long time (up to 12 hours a day) so it is very important that you are comfortable. Don't be afraid to politely let your Consultant know if you need to change position or adjust your chair. Sometimes placing your feet on a foot stool or your bag will help reduce pressure on your lower back so bring your own stool or ask whether one is available if you suffer from back pain pain.

I've added this small section after feedback from a Facebook Forum

Are you Tenderheaded?

The ethos of most Consultants is "it should not hurt". The last thing you want is heavy-handedness or rough-handling of your hair when you have to sit for so long. Your hair should be handled gently but firmly, with confidence, competence and respect so that the structure of your locs is tight but the hair is not being pulled and your follicles don't feel assaulted.

If, however, you are tender-headed, then even the gentlest touch may cause you discomfort due to the sensitive nature of your scalp. If this is you, then remember to bring along your pain killers as your hair is going to be manipulated for at least 7 hours each day (maybe more depending on the consultant).  I remember my Consultant talking about a lady who would take her painkillers before she arrived because no matter how gentle the touch - she always felt discomfort when her hair was styled (even before she had locs).

It is also a good idea to fully detangle your own hair before you arrive, this way you won't have to worry about any snagging or snaring when your Consultant begins sectioning and parting your hair into the Sisterlocks grid. Just remember NOT to blow dry or straighten your hair as this will impede the loc establishment process.

I hope this helps you have an enjoyable installation experience.

Feel Better. Be Well.

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