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  • My Sisterlocks Will Cost $900?!?!?!?!

     

    i think i posted a number of a woman in ny that will come to you for sister lock give her a call and see how much she charges

    here is the post with the number

    Pro-style Jungie

    i got the number from a woman in pathmark one day her hair was so pretty i had to ask her who did it

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    As much as I want to see folks doing their...

    I have to agree with the majority here. I started with comb coils, however, SL doesn't sound that complicated to do. I suggest you grab a sister, friend or husband (whoever can braid) and start to braiding :P . It sounds cheaper to order a book or dvd that will show you how than to pay off someones debt. Good Luck and keep us posted on how things turn out for you.

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    LOL that's funny. To the OP: What comes w/ the $900 price tag? I say if you got it like that and want it it is totally up to you and more power to you. I was just wondering what are all the services included in that rate.

    As much as I want to see folks doing their...

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    ditto. i started with sisterlocks and although it was on the lower end of the scale ($400), i don't regret spending my money on them, or the money that i will spend to get them retightened. i don't pamper myself (massages, manis and pedis, etc.) any other way, cosmetically speaking, and i have never liked doing my hair, so it works for me. i do believe in learning to DIY (if nothing else, for in case of "emergency"), so i'll most likely take the retightening class when i can. but for now, i enjoy having my locs maintained and i've set aside the money to do it.

    that being said, $900 sounds like a lot to me for sisterlocks, but i do understand all of the labor, precision and time that goes into them.

    OP, are there other consultants that live in your area that could give you quotes? i think it'd definitely be best to get a second opinion, since the first quote was so high. if not, i'd take the opinion of the other ladies and research other ways to start your locs. good luck!

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    DANG! thats a little too much. Why not look at another method or trying just locing your own hair.

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    ROTFLMAO!!!

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    I respect the fact that it is labour intensive and you are pretty much guaranteed a certain standard of quality because these persons who do SL are certified. However if $900 is making you gag then its not the style for you. If you can afford it go ahead if you want that look. If it is going to be a financial burden then do not put yourself into debt for a hairstyle research similar options. They won't be sisterlocks but you will not stressing over money.

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    That's too rich for my blood! _eek13:

    Like the others said, there are other options to locing your hair. For example, I started mine 2 years ago with 2-strand twist and have been maintaining them on my own by just washing, conditoning, & latching. Way cheaper than spending $900.

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    That is freakin insane!!!!!I say do your research and find different locticians! The pit falls of our hair is that someone is always trying to rape us at the cash register!!!!! :Angry:

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    You must research research and do more research. No sisterlocks are not cheap but if they're what you REALLY want find a trainee, they usually do them at a discount. If not do more research. I paid $500 for mine almost 2 years ago and went back for 6 retighting (never costing more than $75), my hair was always done in 3 hours or less. Took the retighting class and i have been doing my own hair ever since. Takes me a week to do what my consultant can do in 2 1/2 to 3 hours but i like doing my own hair and i liked having an idea of what the outcome would be with my hair. Sisterlocks aren't for everyone just like Couch purses and Jordans aren't for everyone. Don't feel bad that you don't want to spend that kind of money it's allot and it's not worth it to everyone. For me, it was worth it. HTH

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    Neva!!!!!!! I started my 2 strand twists 7 years ago with a fabulous loctician-charged me I think $180.00 I went to her for a year then basically did my own hair.. That is an insane amount of money.. No way man....

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    I can't by any means justify paying $900 for a hairstyle. That's a mortgage payment to me. If I needed sisterlocs that bad, I'd either have to find someone cheaper or have someone put in microbraids in my own hair and let that loc.

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    My starter locs are going to cost me $65. For ME I wasn't willing to spend more than $80 for what I want and the length of my hair.

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    It was $90 for me to start in 1998 and I had them maintained for about a year by a professional (I never paid more than $50 for an appt) -- and I still didn't hit $900 cummulatively.

    You can have really beautiful locs without that kind of expenditure. But if you've got the loot -- and you're sure you won't have buyer's remorse...

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    Thanks so much for everyone's advice. I really appreciate all of the feedback.

    I took some time to really think about it and discuss it with my fiance. Sisterlocks are what I want. I prefer them over the look of traditional locs and so does he so he is willing to compromise. I have decided to pursue Sisterlocks but to find other price quotes. I have three more consultations next week with certified sisterloc braiders. If their prices are still too high then there are about 6 trainees in my area who I will contact next and so on.

    No, I am not going to pay $900 but I am going to pursue the style until I find a more reasonable price. This is a hairstyle for life. I don't want to settle for traditional locs if in my heart I want something different. I would rather save the money each month and afford them that way. I am not going to go the cheap route just to be cheap and unhappy with my hair. Traditional locs are beautiful but not for me.

    Thanks for all the tips!

    oh and that price quote included the initial locking day - a tutorial on how to wash the locks - starter products and the first tightening session

    Carmenec - thanks for your thoughts!

    For my next 3 consultations I think I will have a strategy. I am going to let them know I have already had another consultation so that they know I mean business and can't be taken advantaged of. I will let them know that I really want sisterlocks but am only willing to pay XYZ for them. And If they agree with the price quote and I like their services then I am willing to make a deposit THAT DAY and make the appointment. If not then I know there are other options and trainees in the area. I am not being rude, or trying to cheat them for their time but I am the customer and am only willing to pay XYZ. If they need/want my business then they will accept and if not then I have many other options. Thank you so much for the idea because I feel in my heart it will work.

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    I took some time to really think about it and...

    That sounds like a plan..Make sure u let them do a sample loc on u to make sure u feel confident with them . More than a few people have gone and done the whole deal and then they find that the consultant was not good or their locks slipped out or whatever. If you have not already make sure u get on the sisterlock groups on Yahoo and read thru all the posts.

    Let us know how they turn out . Post some pics.

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    Well if you were going to spend 9k, you might as well find someone in another state whose cheaper and make a vacation out of it.

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    I've never seen a hairstyle including all the friends I have with sisterlocs, that looked worth $900, just my opinion. I'd go with a different method if I couldn't find anything cheaper.

    NAPPYLO

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    So do you ladies out there with sisterlocks think it...

    10 inches? Sounds about right..it will probably take her almost 3 days...that's 3 days of working on your hair...that's a lot of work.

    Newly Sisterlocked here and yes it's worth it. I wish I had done it sooner. If the price really scares you, shop around, talk to some people, visit folks' blogs and start saving. You can save up 900 in a year and go back and it wont' hurt ya so bad then.

    Think about it...you'll never have to get your hair done again...and once you learn how to retighten you can do it on your own...

    There are also other lock options..but if you want to Sisterlock, it's worth it IMO.

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    If it's what you really want then go for it! Try to get the best price you can though!

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    how much had you budgeted for?

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    Sisterlocks are comparatively expensive. I've had my Sisterlocks since May 1999 and my locs are quite beautiful. They were well worth the price and if I were to start my locs again, I'd have Sisterlocks or freeformed locs. I never buy anything outside of my budget, however.

    If you really want Sisterlocks, save up for them and do as mentioned above -- seek a consultant who will give you a better price.

    There are other, less time consuming, ways to start beautiful locs and many people have posted alternatives in this thread.

    In any case, "sour grapes" comments knocking Sisterlocks are beneath all of us.

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    To the OP, sounds like you have a solid plan to achieve your goals. That is the best way to go about it - methodically and thoughtfully. Expensive is relative and for those who can't afford it that is cool, there are alternatives.

    For those who can afford it and find value in it - I say go for it. Do what makes you happy. No one else can tell you whether it is worth it or not but you.

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    $900 sounds like the cost of a SL seminar. I used to receive mail from the home office, and the refresher seminars run around $900.

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    I took some time to really think about it and...

    Well congratulations on your decision, and we wish you the best of luck!

    Definitely come back with pictures to show us how everything went.

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    Girlfriend,

    That is high! I believe in saving money and DIY. There are plenty methods on here to achieve the look. I must say the Sisterlocks are beautiful method for natural hair but so are other that are less expensive.

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    I started almost 3 years ago with micro-braidlocs. I was...

    Nice do!!

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    I had to pay $750 for my locks.... I had extremely thick shoulder lenght hair.
    It does seem like a lot of money and to be truthful, it is---especially the way the economy is going now.
    My consultant let me divide the payments up, so It wasn't quite as painful. I paid a $200 deposit, another 200 at installation,and another $250 at my follow up appt. I am extremely cheap so I must have wanted them real bad!!! lol
    I'm going to be 100% honest here..... I have sister locks and have taken the retightening class as well as the consultants class. I refuse to do new installations!!!!!!! This is tedious and backbreaking work!!!!!! My fulltime job is an RN, and believe me the money does not compare. $900 sounds like alot, but if she is not the owner of the salon---boom! she has got to pay 40-50% commission. Maybe you can get her in a corner and offer her 700 cash to do it in your home.... you save a couple hundered and she makes a couple hundred.
    After the retightening class and the consultants class, I felt jipped because it was so simple.--That was in theory. The practice of doing sisterlocks is a whole 'nother game!!! Parting straight, doing the pattern perfectly (it does show up if its not), Maintaining the grid, etc.
    Yes, you can have smaller locks that look good without paying that amount of money or you can get true sisterlocks. That's your decision to make. The average lay person may not be able to tell the difference between the locks, but a Sl consultant can spot them from a mile away. I'm not saying that sisterlocks are better, but there are some specifications that are unique to sisterlocks. Its kida like a real coach versus the fake coach.... a fake coach can be made of fine leather and look like the real thing, but ther are subtle indications that are exclusive to coach. They both look good and serve the purpose, but one is a coach and one isn't.
    Now that the $750 is gone.... I probably would have pinched it off and spent in on "little" things here and there with nothing specific to show for it. I don't regret it. I will gladly pay $750 to sleep in an extra 45 minutes per day, to not have to sit under the dryer for 4 hours a week, and to run for cover every time it rains. I don't have to buy shampoo but maybe 2 times per year, no oil sheen, wrapping lotion or other little things.

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    $900 is a lot of money!!!!, have you tried shopping around for cheaper consultants? I paid àƒ‚à‚£350 not sure what that was in US$ back then. To me it was an investment and a treat cos for that money I could have gone on holiday or paid someone rent for a month. :P Perhaps if there is no cheaper consultant you can try another method that is similar?

    Good luck (thumbs up!)

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    UPDATE:

    I FOUND A CERTIFIED CONSULTANT WHO OWNS A SALON IS CHARGING ONLY $575 AND SHE DOES BEAUTIFUL WORK. I AM SOOOOO HAPPY! THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR THE ADVICE AND THOUGHTS. IT REALLY DOES PAY TO SHOP AROUND FIRST.

    GOT MY SAMPLES PUT IN TODAY. I START MY SISTERLOCK JOURNEY ON MARCH 19TH!

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