1. There Are Different Ways To Start Your Locs
There are several ways to start your locs. Traditionally, people do the comb coil method. This method involves sectioning the hair and using the fine teeth of a comb to twist the hair into a tight coil. You can also do mini twists or braids and leave the hair to loc that way. Yet another method is instant locing. This method involves sectioning the hair and then using a steel crochet tool to tangle the hair into a semi mature looking loc. Each of these methods have their pros and cons. You could consult with a loctician to determine what would work the best for you and your hair.
2. Your Parting Pattern Matters
The parting pattern you choose can influence the look of your locs when matured. Most people go for a square, brick lay pattern. Some people with thinner hair go for diamond parts because it can give the appearance of having a fuller head of locs.
Section size also influences the size of your locs. Smaller sections will produce smaller locs, and larger sections will produce larger locs, relative to the density of your hair. If your parts are irregular, your locs will also be irregular in size. It all depends on what you would like your end product to look like.
3. They Sometimes Get Thicker Over Time
No matter what your locs look like when you install them, they’ll most likely look radically different in a couple years time. A lot of the time, the locs will thicken up as they mature. This is why many people with locs urge you to appreciate each stage in your journey. It can change very much over time.
4. Developing Locs Need Water
You may have heard that you aren’t supposed to get your hair wet at all for months on end when starting locs. This is untrue! The advice to avoid washing your hair for the first six months is in an effort to keep you from disturbing the parting. However, you should be giving your locs water regularly. It’ll not only keep your hair moisturized, it will also aid in the locing process by causing your hair to shrink, leading to the loc becoming stronger. Just make sure you’re sealing that moisture with a dissolvable butter or oil. We recommend our POLISHED Hair & Scalp Oil.
5. Your Hair Density Determines The Fullness Of Your Locs
This is something that tends to surprise people when they don’t go into their journey with this information. If you have low density hair, you will have thinner locs, and if you have higher density hair, you will have thicker locs. This can not be changed by any installation technique.
6. Locs Can Take A Long Time To Mature
Depending on your hair texture, locs can take anywhere from 6 months to 2 years to fully mature.
7. Look Out Product Buildup
This is another one that may surprise people who don’t know it going in. You can not care for locs the way you care for loose natural hair. Locs are very prone to buildup. So you should avoid using any heavy products. Try to stick to dissolvable butters, oils, lightweight moisturizers, and water.
8. Watch Out For Breakage At The Root
The biggest threat to the health of your locs is breakage at the root or thinning in your locs. This can cause them to break and fall off. You can avoid this by keeping your locs moisturized and not manipulating them too much.
9. Beware Of Loc Envy
Everyone’s hair is different, so everyone’s locs are different. Loc envy can make it difficult for people to become comfortable with their locs as they are. So be sure to spend lots of time admiring your locs as they mature. Fall in love with every stage of growth. Take tons of pictures. Celebrate your hair as much as you can.
10. Enjoy The Journey!
At the end of the day, this is a new journey, and new journeys are meant to be fun! So don’t forget to enjoy the whole journey.
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