I received the following e-mail last week:
Hi Terez,
I was on your blogsite about your hair. Your hair is gorgeous by the way—and your site is very informative. I just wanted to know a little more about the expense of
sisterlocks. Aside from the initial expense, how much does it cost to maintain them. I am really thinking seriously about getting the sisterlocks but I don’t want to be out of a couple hundred dollars every month.
Thanks for your time.
Shay Frazier
This was my response:
Thanks so much for the compliment.
After the initial expense, you pay for retightenings every 6 to 8 weeks, depending on your hair type, the number of locs you have and how your hair responds to Sisterlocks.  My consultant charges $80 for 3 hours of work (shampooing and retightening) and an additional $25 per hour if it takes longer.  I rarely go over the $80.  With tip, I pay $85 to $90 every 5 to 7 weeks.
I’ve noticed that most Sisterlocks consultants charge somewhere around this amount.  I saw on one Sisterlocks blog that her consultant charges about $30 per hour.
So, you won’t have to pay a couple hundred dollars every month.
I plan on taking the retightening class, which runs $250, after my consultant gives me the go-ahead and my Sisterlocks are mature.  After that, I will maintain my Sisterlocks on my own, and I won’t have to pay anything.  I personally think that it’s worth the money.  I LOVE my Sisterlocks.  But every circumstance is different.

An in-depth look at Sisterlocks’ cost

Sisterlocks will run you a nice chunk of change in the beginning.  Most consultants charge a flat rate for the Sisterlocks consultation, locking day and the first follow-up visit.  In general, that will start at about $500.  Then, you can expect to get retightenings every4 to 6 weeks for at least the first year.  If your consultant gives you the go-ahead to take the retightening class (your locs must be mature for you to be able to take the class), you will pay $250.  So, after 10 retightenings during a year plus the intital install, you are looking at paying a minimum of $1,650 on your hair.
I say a minimum because length and density have to be considered in the $500 charge.  Personally, I paid $750.

Is it worth it?

For me, a resounding YES!  I am actually disappointed that I didn’t have the gull to get locs sooner.  I could not be happier with my hair.  Even though I’ve always been a DIY-er when it came to my natural hair, I have been happy to put that responsibility in someone else’s hands for the time being.  Once I take the retightening class, I will not have to ever pay for Sisterlocks maintenance again.
For those of you that already pay to get your natural hair done and are still gawking at the price, check out this interesting read from Renea.  She took an honest look at Sisterlocks, compared to microbraids.
I’m familiar with a woman who gets her hair done every two weeks.  It costs her $80.  In a year’s time, she’s paid more than $2,000 on her hair.  I know another woman who insists on wearing wigs and weaves.  A wig can cost $75 or more, and they do not last forever.

How I look at it

I plan on keeping my Sisterlocks for the rest of my life.  So, Sisterlocks’ cost doesn’t stress me out.  I will never have to pay like this again, and I get a life-changing hair style in return.  If you’re worried about cutting them out, growing them out, minimal styling options, then don’t pay the price.  It will not be worth it if you set yourself up for failure.
When I first got my Sisterlocks, I decided that I would have to keep them for at least 10 years.  That means that those initial prices would break down to a little less than $200 each year for me.  I would feel like I got my money’s worth.
Now, I’m so in love with my hair that I plan on keeping them forever.

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