The Sista System was an idea that both Nazy and Bonn first discussed around fifteen years ago. Both having dreadlocks we were more then aware that our dreads required two elements to be both natural and consistent, healthy scalp and hair that would hold and matt easily without breakage. Over the years we have tried many methods to help achieve healthy dreads, and heard many stories from clients, vegemite, honey, sellly’s no gaps, to name just a few, but the most damaging, that is still widely used to help establish dreads, is wax. Wax and palm rolling, not only creates a magnet for all dirt and pollutants, but wax can find its way up inside the dread and even on the scalp, clearly an unsatisfactory way of maintaining or keeping healthy locks.
We were equally tired of the notion that society held, of dreads being a dirty, filthy, unkempt mess associated with “near-dwells”, and felt it time to establish some ground rules around what we today call the Sista System.
Our first dedication was in making sure the scalp was considered in the process and of course sectioning the hair with the size and design the client had in mind was our first need, and we looked at both the African braiding women’s process which adopts triangles and diamonds and the more western standard called brick sectioning, used in sectioning hair for hair extensions. We felt after experimenting with both, that the triangle was more proficient as it not only allowed the benefit of three points which pull into a circle far easier then four points of a square or rectangle, but also, when repeated in the format we will be teaching you, also took on the image of the flower of life, or sacred geometry. We understood, for the scalp to be healthy and produce natural dreads, we needed to start with a process that mimics the structure seen in the very essence of our own DNA. This element of making dreads for us has become one of the most meditative, and satisfying processes, and it certainly allows us, through the geometry, to produce outstanding dreadlocks, that fall and grow naturally and produce a lovely cylindrical dreadlock. This sectioning process, gives us a space with our clients that encourages healing and an wakening of consciousness.
The following stage in the Sista System production, was naturally method. For this, we use a small hook, that weaves and binds the follicle, this in no way mimics the crochet method, seen in Thailand or Bali, which can weaken and break hair follicle.
We began our research on dreadcare and construction, with a very good friend of ours, Lady Dingo, who had recently returned from Thailand and told us of a method involving a tiny hook and gave us a brief description of how the person she met was using it. This tool looked to us like it could help to weave the follicle together, but the method we were seeing online, was breaking hair, and very painful for both the lokktician, and the client. The stabbing method, known as “the crochet method” uses a small stabbing motion producing a dreadlock, that required a great deal of backcombing to take on an instant “look”. Over the years, this method can cause allot of breakage at the scalp which translated as breakage points where the dreads had been maintained and base work that was broken and messy making it difficult to pull into the dreads.
Taking all this into account, we developed a method that used limited backcombing, keeping most of the length and instead used weaving and binding to help first establish the dread, creating a very strong and cylindrical bind without any loss of length, that is involved in crocheting and backcombing. progression.
Being the obsessive compulsive girls we are, the research and development helped us to understand that some hair follicle once bound in a weave dreaded very quickly, whilst other hair types took some time. This brought us to our second element, product, getting to know what dreads require and do not require in a cleansing and care system, has taken many years and now the Weirdsistas have worked together with, our clients and some very clever other weirdos, to produceDreads Only product under the very handsome label “Lock Stock & Apparel” LSA…
The products in this range have a very strong connection to how hair dreads, most hair types these days have been softened and conditioned using products that layer the fibre with silicon’s and chemicals, these make dreading very difficult, if you have every tried to dread your hair, without help, you will know how hard it can be. LSA has been designed to help do two things, the shampoos strip the hair of the silicon’s and nasties, we have used over the years that have built up on our hair, and slightly riase the PH levels to “basic” allowing the hair fibre to absorb the binding sprays that help matt and dread the hair. Both these processes are achieved by using natural products, salt and carbonate crystals and essential oils as astringents, allow for a completely natural range for Dreads Only.
The lack of great products for dreads available on the market worldwide, was evident when we began Weirdsistas and we found it impossible to find a dread product that was - natural - vegan - wax and chemical free, and in some cases free of silicon and of course was Australian made and using 100% recycled containers.
Mythologies and cultural appropriation…
There are so many myths around who owns the process of dread-locking hair and often contention over the notion “ who should be allowed to dread hair”. It is our understanding that previous to the comb and silicon shampoo and conditioners, most people, regardless of cultural background, would have had dreadlocks. Interestingly the earliest known text on dreads is in reference to The Glib, June 26 1579.
There are many beliefs around the dreads and many people are very convinced that they are right, resulting in many misconceived notions and poor information.
These misconceived notions often make one believe that Afro hair is easier to dread then straight hair. The quick answer is, afro or very curly, hair sections easily, but not always does it dread so easily, yes, it has more hooks, but traditionally African people often use silicon based shampoos and conditioners, making dreading difficult. Therefore, any hair type, that uses the correct products and the Sista System, can dread using our method, as long as the correct method is used and the right product, you will be able to weave and bind hair into a dreadlock.
Other Methods of making and maintaining dreads
Rip and Tear method
Hot glues, Selleys’ no gaps, vegemite etc.
Hairdresser, unless trained in dreadwork, are not lokkticians, and most of the hairdressers we have contacted, use either one or a combination of thees methods. Backcombing, perming solution and wax are the three that are most commonly used together, however, we have also found, hot glue gun used in many salons that advertise Dreads.
It is so important that you get a good start in your dread journey, and we believe we are able to help with that, we have spent many years getting it right and we hope to introduce you to a process, that will not only give you the most amazing dreads, but will also introduce you to a lifestyle….
Dreads are a lifestyle, not a hairstyle…
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Nazy and Bonn