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    Should I Braid My Sisterlocks Every Night? Pros & Cons

    If you have sisterlocks, you might be wondering if you should braid them every night to keep them neat and prevent tangling. 

    Short Answer: Braiding your sisterlocks every night is a personal choice that depends on your hair goals, preferences, and lifestyle. Braiding can help you protect, preserve, stretch or style your locks, but it can also cause stress, breakage, shape changes, or dryness.

    Do I Need to Braid My Sisterlocks Every Night?

    Braiding your sisterlocks every night can have some benefits but also some drawbacks. Here are some factors to consider before you decide to braid your sisterlocks every night.

    Benefits of Vraiding Sisterlocks:

    Braiding your sisterlocks can help you achieve some of the following benefits:

    • Protect your locks from friction and damage while you sleep.
    • Preserve the curl pattern or wave of your locks if you set them on rollers or curlers.
    • Stretch your locks and prevent shrinkage.
    • Create a different look or texture for your locks.
    • Reduce frizz and flyaways.

    Drawbacks of Braiding Sisterlocks:

    Braiding your sisterlocks can also have some drawbacks, such as:

    • Causing stress or tension on your scalp and roots.
    • Creating weak spots or breakage on your locks if you braid them too tightly or frequently.
    • Altering the shape or thickness of your locks over time.
    • Making your locks harder to dry or moisturize.
    • Limiting the airflow and circulation to your scalp.

    How to Braid Sisterlocks Properly?

    If you decide to braid your sisterlocks, here are some tips to do it properly:

    • Use a satin or silk scarf, bonnet, or pillowcase to protect your locks from friction and moisture loss while you sleep.
    • Braid your locks loosely and gently, avoiding pulling or tugging on them.
    • Use a small amount of natural oil or butter to seal in moisture and prevent dryness.
    • Unbraid your locks in the morning and massage your scalp to stimulate blood flow.
    • Avoid braiding your locks every night, especially if they are new or fragile.

    What are sisterlocks?

    Sisterlocks are a natural hair care system that uses a tool to create small locks at the root of your hair. They are installed by certified consultants and require maintenance sessions every four to six weeks. Sisterlocks were created by Dr. JoAnne Cornwell in 1993 and have a small size that allows a range of styling options .


    If you choose to braid your sisterlocks, make sure you do it properly and not too often. Consult with your certified sisterlock consultant for more advice on how to care for your locks.

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