Let me reiterate, this is my opinion which may be different from yours.
Currently, I am R-Certified through Sisterlocks® which means I can teach a person with Sisterlocks® how to re-tighten their own hair. This is a higher level of certification which means it cost more for me to have. This my full time business and it helps clients to be able to take care of their own hair which is traditionally how we do our hair. Let me also say that I have no plans to discontinue my certifications.
I was a trainee from 2002 to 2006. I quit my full time dream job to do Sisterlocks® and didn't have certification at all. It wasn't till I got serious about doing Sisterlocks® that I even decided to think about becoming certified. I have been the same person providing the same service before and after certification. I thought of myself as a great trainee. It didn't make sense to become certified when my clientele was 3 strong. My price structure was initially based on building clientele for the my first serious year. I charged the same prices before and after certification. Certification didn't make me better. It just cost me more.
When clients came to me, I was able to answer their questions, put in test locks using the Sisterlocks® tool and provide the service within a time frame that they could handle for a price that they could afford. I always give my honest true opinion. Sometimes that opinion hurt. I still remember the first person I ever told that they had to start over if they wanted the Sisterlocks® they envisioned. More importantly, I care enough to tell you no if your hair is not ready or if I sense that you are not ready.
- The person picked to do your Sisterlocks® has to be able to prove that they have taken the class from Sisterlocks.com. They will have paperwork validating that they have taken the class if their name is not on Sisterlocks® website. Currently, your name only stays on the website as a trainee for 2 years if you don't become certified or take a refresher class.
- They should listen to your concerns and answer your questions.
- They should only use Sisterlocks® tools on Sisterlocks®.