Ahhhhhh the "Loc Journey." Take a long breath and put on your seat belt (because we want you to be comfortable.) And get ready for the loc journey. It is not for the faint of heart. Nor is it for punks, and it definitely isn't for...well you get me. Right? I've been a natural hair stylist here in Atlanta since 1999. I started at home, in my condo, doing a few heads here and there. So, I would like to think that a know a little something about maintaining and growing healthy natural hair and beautiful flowing Locs.
Deciding to lock your hair is a big deal and it shouldn't be taken lightly. Just as going natural is a big deal! If you are thinking about locking your hair, consult with some one who specializes in Locs (Loctician). Natural hair can be tough trying to figure out what works best on and for your hair. Locs are no different in that way.
In the photograph above (mature Locs) on the left, I started her Locs with a 2 strand twist. She's been locked now for about 9 years. Your hair should be 3 to 5 inches in length before starting the locking process (depending on texture). Here are 6 questions and (short answers), that I get asked often by my clients that are thinking about locking:
1. Should I start from a comb twist, or a 2 strand twist?
Whether you should start with a comb twist or a 2 strand twist totally depends on your hair texture. Always go in for a physical consultation. That way you can get accurate information about YOUR hair.
2. How long will it take before I notice the formation of a loc?
In my experience, it typically takes about 3 months to see the bud of a loc at the base of the twist.
3. What products do you use to maintenance and maintain them them?
We make all natural hair care products, that include a "Cleansing Shampoo" and our "Coconut Cream Conditioner." We also maintenance the Locs with our "Twist & Loc Gel" The gel absorbs into the Loc and moisturizes. It leaves a light, moisturizing hold on Locs or a twist set.
4. How often do I need to come to the salon for upkeep and maintenance?
Every 3 to 6 weeks. Depending the on your lifestyle and budget.
5. How long before I can shampoo them? / Can I shampoo them?
That all depends on the texture of your hair. A physical consultation is needed.
6. Is it okay to color or dye my locs?
Yes, it is okay to dye Locs. Just before starting the locking process, I recommend getting a fresh color touch up.
Of course there are always more questions to be asked and even more to be answered. However, this is a great place to start. Set a Loc plan. Commit to it. And enjoy the journey. Ask me a question or just leave a comment We welcome your feedback!