Starting Your Locs
No loc journey is exactly alike. No. Journey. Each one is unique in its own pathway. Some say its mystical, soul-purifying, frustrating, horrific, trying and challenging, easy, enchanting, and a whole dictionary of adjectives that describes their journey. But you, starting out will understand this soon or already have experienced what this is like. Enough of the intro, let’s get to it.
Starting with Relaxer
Yes folks, this can be done. Proof, you say? Well, unbeknown to you, I started my locs this way. I was sick of spending my money on a process that I was going to sweat out. I guarantee my perm would stay in three days–tops! And that was on a good week. I wanted locs since I was a young gal. Now was my chance to get ’em. BUT…I didn’t want to let go of my length just yet. So I started my locs…with permed ends. At first, it looked funny–especially since I had highlights. Secondly, I still looked funny because I was trying different ways to loc my hair. Two-strand twists help my hair to loc even with permed ends. People say your hair won’t loc while it is permed. Like my psychology professor used to say, “Bullshit.” If you don’t comb your hair, wash as is, and palm-roll it will eventually matte and lock. The only factor that you have put in the equation is PATIENCE.**Updated (1/14/2010) I used the TST to start my locs while my hair was permed. I noticed that I did not want my locs as thick, so I untwisted the twists after a couple a months, which they had already started locking as two individual locs; and I’ve kept them that way ever since. I’ve used different methods to keep my ends together, such as using hair glue (lol).
Starting without Relaxer
Some have the patience to grow out the chemical in their hair (whether texturizer, perm, whatever) and do a BC (the Big Chop). I didn’t have the courage or the patience. You can see many rocking the TWA (teeny-weeny afro). Starting from scratch makes the process easier.
Before you start, you want your hair to be clean, moisturized, and healthy. You may want clip those split ends! I would not recommend using beeswax or petroleum/petrolatum products. They do not make your locs lock up any faster. These products will attract dirt, lent, dust, and other pollutants to your hair. They give a nasty buildup! Clean locs lock faster than dirty ones. Use products that you can wash out, such as gel and natural products.
Two Strand Twist (TST or 2ST) This is the method I used to begin my locs. I used beeswax, like an idiot and could not understand why my cotton-picking twists would not stay together. Too much product and having a perm did not help. So, uh, I stuck with it. At times I used rubberbands to hold my ends, but it is a no-no because it pulls your hair out. I definitely did not put them around my root. I also used hair glue to keep my ends twisted. Caution: It kept my twists together, but like hair glue, it will start to clot after a while and you will find little beads on your shirt and everywhere else. After a while one or two things happened: (1) the twists loc’d (2) one or both of the strands within the twist loc’d. Also, if I felt that the loc was too thick I could easily separate the twist and voila! The method: Part your hair with desired thickness. Take two strands of the boxed area (make sure the strands are even as possible) and simply twist one around the other. It’s like braiding, just without the extra strand.
To my understanding, this is done by taking strands of your and twisting it around your finger, while using some product (like gel) and twisting them. You can part your hair into little boxes and do this with a rat-tail comb, but I guess it would be better to simply let your fingers make natural parts.
This basically means locs with no manipulation. The most you are doing is washing your hair and letting it matte on its own. Some people use a dark towel or a sweater and rub their hair in circles around their whole head. This is giving the hair the sole responsibility of forming into any size or shape it wants. I’ve seen a lot people start this form when their hair is shorter or closer to their scalp. The rubbing helps the hair makes little buds around their head.FreeformIt’s pretty much like organic, but it is palm-rolled into the different sizes according to the individual bud/loc.
I live by this method, especially since my locs are longer. For beginner locs, it will train your hair and give your locs the direction it needs. It will make your locs more uniform and/or even. With more mature locs, it wraps stray hair back into the original loc and reduces the frizz. If you simply twisted your locs using your thumb and pointer in the same area over a period of time, the spot will start to wear and thin. Palm-rolling is the least offensive method for your locs, in my opinon.The method: Roll each loc between both palms of your hands in one direction; NOT back and forth. You want to make sure that each occasion you are twisting your locs you are twisting/palm-rolling in the same direction every time. Doing otherwise will reverse the process.
Basically, you get your hair microbraided–without the artificial hair. As the braids stay in over a month or so, frizz/stray hairs will start to unravel from the braid. To create the loc, the braid is then palm-rolled (as mentioned above) to return the hairs back to the braid/forming-loc. Over time, a loc will form and there you go.
I’m not really familiar with this method, however, I have read that it is done by: (1) Parting the hair in boxes in desired size (2)Twisting the hair until it makes a “knot” (3) Wear the style as is for several months (4) After the several months, unravel the knots and the hair should be loc’d.I guess the trick behind this is just like regular locs. You leave your hair as is, wash it in the form that it is in and keep it that way for some time. I heard that this method creates very pretty locs.
Your guess is good as mine. This method is copyrighted/incorporated/whatever (lol). For your hair to be loc’d in this form, you must find a loctician who has been specifically trained. I’ve read blogs about them and by the looks of it, it is: (1) outstandingly beautiful (2) expensive to get them done and maintained (3) price varies by loctician (4) thousands are proud of their sister/brotherlocks. Want to know more? Head over to http://www.sisterlocks.com for information.
It’s basically taking a bundle of hairs (the widthe depends on how much you have in this bundle), holding the end, and (by using a comb) you lightly comb/tease the hair towards the scalp. This encourages the hair to matte up. It can be done on any type of hair. This method can create more instant dreads; especially with those who have long hair. Here’s a vid that explains it little better through a demonstration:
More to come:
- Latch method
- Comb coils (I think it’s called?)
- Three-strand Twist
- and the Shoe-string method (yes, shoestrings).
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