Hi Dewdrop, i'm thinking of answering comments as a new post. Because some of things i share, others can benefit from the info. So here goes. The first 5 years my locks were groomed (not near the root though) by a sisterloctitican every 6-8 WEEKS at my retightening sessions! who knew what foolishness i was doing to my locks back then. Funny thing is when i started taking care of my hair, my own retightenings i discovered a lot about my hair. i never bothered with grooming it simply because it added more time to my sessions. that just didn't make any sense to me. i remember calling Dr. JoAnne Cornwell and asking her advice on how to manage my own hair since i was now living in Germany, how to remedy or fix the front of my hair that wouldn't lock for 5 years. Her answer basically was that she couldn't help me and that that problem should have been taken care of by my Sisterlocktitician. To me she was more concerned that my locktitician had separated from her. I was really suprised and take aback that she wouldn't help a fellow human being. I couldn't help but think, 'man, this is just a business for you.' Through the phone lines from LA to Germany, there was no compassion, nothing like, 'let's see what we can do.' more like, 'you're on your own kiddo.' After that i was no longer 'patriotic' to "Sisterlocks". hair is hair and you shouldn't have to have a job or be working in order to care for your hair, have healthy, nicely styled, long, short, medium, voluminous hair. What about the people who can't afford it? Why can't i, if i learn how to do it, share this info with my MOTHER, or my SISTER, or help another person who isn't working. why are we on this planet if not to help one another? No, i was not going to support her 'empire'. Lots of women are sharing their knowledge for free on how to care for our hair on Youtube. Thank God for them. You are one of them Dewdrop. Thank you. I used to think that Sisterlocks was superior to other locks, that if it ain't Sisterlocks, it ain't all that. boy was i stooopid! As long as you wear your hair that makes you feel confident, beautiful, loved, who cares how you wear your hair or what you wear on your head, be it natural, locks, weave, perm, braids, wig, wraps, you name it, etc. Wear it with pride.