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    Hey Everyone!
    I have a question...I currently have sisterlocks (4 years), I was thinking about starting to interlock my locs. Does anyone know the pros/cons of doing so, if any?
    Thanks in advance!

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    What do you mean by interlock? If you mean do self maintenance using latching, then it's the same that a consultant does. It's the same thing.

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    ^Agree with chacha, sisterlock is an interlocking technique.

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    OP, I don't know how much research you've done on the two "subjects", but before you start self-maintaining, you might want to do a lot of research.

    Don't get or be too confused as there are several tools/patterns used to "interlock" hair-movement-not-exclusive-to-blacks\" class=\"hrln\">the hair. Sisterlock "maintenance" uses unique tools, and a common pattern".

    Read (research) on my Sistah!

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    Sisterlocks is maintain by interlocking. Now certain tools are better for maintaining sisterlocks (if you not looking to retighen your sisterlocks by the sisterlock tool), so you should research it some more. There are plenty of DIYers that talk about those tools as well.

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    OP, I don't know how much research you've done on...

    The tool makes no difference to the finished product, it's just "something or other" to pull the hair through. The only difference is that some people find particular tools easier to use than others. Just like some people hold a pen one way other hold it another way, as long as it gets ink on the paper in an orderly fashion, the end result is the same.

    DeBe

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    Try looking at DynamicRunner's videos on youtube. Her vids are really helpful for those that want to diy.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/DynamicRunner

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    The tool makes no difference to the finished product, it's...

    This may not be sure true for the size of the locks. For example sisterlocks are smaller, so interlocks sisterlocks with a latch tool may damage her locks, if they were done in the typical size. A sisterlocks consultant show an example of what the latch tool does on small locks. Now I not against the latch tool for bigger traditional locks since I seen video and blog that show it does beautiful job at interlocking.

    Her blog showing what happen
    http://locks4life.blogspot.com/2008/...ook-is-ok.html

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    ^There are all types of tools that come in all sizes from micro to large. The locks tool has a micro size that's geared toward SL sized locks.

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    Yup, no big deal. Dewdrop comes on here often and she did that. Check her out and go for it if you want!

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    ^There are all types of tools that come in all...

    Denny had previous give a another forum member a link to another interlocking tool http://www.loc-key.co.uk/index.asp. You can try that one as well. I haven't read much on that one, since the nappyloc tool seem to be the most popular option for the DIYers sisterlocks wearer.

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    This may not be sure true for the size of...

    I had SLs started almost 5 years ago and I use a latch hook to tighten. Many of my locks were micro SL size. A standard size latch hook works just fine if I want them loose at the scalp, if I want them tight to the scalp I have a smaller latch hook that I use. Any damage caused would be due to forcing a tool through too small a space, thus risking ripping the hair as you pull it through. This is true regardless of the tool used. The same damage can be caused using a SL tool if you attempt to latch too tightly.

    SLs is not rocket science despite the mystery implied across the internet. In simple terms do not force a tool through a space it cannot easily fit through, whether that tool is a hairclip, paperclip, SL tool, latch hook, nappylock tool etc. They all do the job just as well.

    A couple of things to remember is to:
    1) Always insert the tool through a different direction, so you are not going through the same space twice

    2) start latching closely to the latched hair, working towards the root as you progressively latch.

    DeBe

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    I had SLs started almost 5 years ago and I...

    Do you still use a latch hook to maintain your sisterlocks? And from your comment, did you merge your micro size sistelocks? Also how long does it take for you to retighen your sisterlocks?

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    Do you still use a latch hook to maintain your...

    I've always used a latch hook, I just find it easier. Some people find it awkward to use so they use other tools they're more comfortable with, but for me it's ensures I don't accidently lock to locs together because the hook closes over the hair as you pull it through.

    I've merged many of my locks (from 630 down to about 550) but I've still got plenty of micro sized locks. I tend to leave at least 1cm of loose hair at the roots on these as I know they're more easily damaged by any over tightening. So far (touch wood) none of hem have had a problem.

    DeBe

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    Thank you everyone who offered advice/suggestions!

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    My SLS are 3 yrs old. I started interlocking after 1 yr with my consultant. I use the nappylocs tool, yarn needle or flat lock tool(made by a SLS consultant). They all come in handy for diff parts of my head. I just learned from blogs and tutorials and practiced a lot. You'll save a lot of money,but it does take a great deal of time esp if you're just starting to DIY. My advice would be,watch dewdrops tutorial, don't rush it. Take your time. Don't panic, most mistakes can be rectified. Do them in small sections. It's a great feeling when you complete your entire head.

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