To be honest, when I started my second set of locs, I wanted them to be bigger. My previous locs were smaller, and maintaining them was time-consuming. I aimed for a more manageable style, which is why I chose a larger size. I wanted a hairstyle that allowed me to sit in the chair for a maximum of 30 minutes.
I began with comb twists when my hair was short, and my texture was about 4C. Due to my hair texture, they didn’t take long to lock. Initially, transitioning from short locs was challenging; it felt like my hair wasn’t growing fast enough. I struggled to embrace this phase and even experimented with wigs, but I eventually stopped liking how they looked on me. Styling my locs after each retwist helped me adjust to their appearance and extended the time they looked neat. I also added some variety by coloring my hair. To maintain my locs’ moisture, I used a light loc butter made from a blend of butter, honey, and lemongrass. It had a medium hold and didn’t leave any residue. Additionally, I used a leave-in conditioner to keep my locs hydrated.
Over time, I realized that stress affected the density of my locs. To counter this, I focused on improving my diet to prevent my locs from thinning. I also reduced how often I twisted them, alternating between interlocking and palm rolling depending on the situation. Mostly, I washed my locs and braided them to achieve a wavy look, which I preferred for fuller-looking roots.
Here’s some advice for those starting their loc journey:
● Look at pictures of different loc styles to create a Pinterest board that reflects your preferred looks.
● Schedule a consultation with a professional loctician who can recommend the best technique for your hair texture and lifestyle.
● Be aware of the four different techniques available (comb coils, two-strand twists, interlocking, and instant locs).
● You can wash your locs while they are still locking; a professional loctician can do this without unraveling them.
● In the early stages, you don’t need extensive conditioning since you want the hair to mat quickly. Conditioning too often can loosen the locs. Once your locs are mature, conditioning and hydrating treatments can help maintain their strength.
● Consider detox treatments once or twice a year, depending on the amount of buildup in your locs.
● Choose light products that don’t leave a lot of residue in your locs.
● Avoid twisting or styling your locs too tightly, as excessive tension can have long-term effects on your locs’ health.
● Maintain a healthy diet rich in a variety of vegetables, fruits, nuts, and minimize stress. Finding relaxing hobbies can also promote the growth of healthy locs.
Remember, you can always schedule a consultation for a better understanding of your locs.