Starting your loc journey can be very overwhelming and confusing because you are stuck deciding between whether to just go ahead and loc it or just flex a bit more with other hairstyles. Locking your hair can take a bit of time and requires patience. They can be started with two strands of twists. After you’ve worn this hairstyle for a while, that might be enough time for you to finally decide if you still want to continue with the loc journey. This article is focusing on how to effectively start your locs. Here are the methods you can employ to loc your hair.
Starting Locs With Twists
This is the easiest way of starting your locs because you can do it by yourself. With 4 inches of hair, two strand twists can be done. This is also a go to method for people with long and highly textured hair. The two strands twists create a footing for the locs to develop and create thicker locs which is dependent on the size of two strand twists you decide to make. The two strands twists method gives the developing locs a circular form.
Using the comb coil method is suitable for really short hair. Even while it looks like it can be done on any texture of hair, it works better with 4A hair type. As the name implies, you would be needing a comb to create coil patterns around your head. This method doesn’t work too well on long hair as it might take an even longer time to lock the hair.
This method is for those that do not want to go through the long process of locking their hair. Loc extensions come in human hair fibers, synthetic fibers (a cheaper option) and someone’s grown locs that was cut out from their hair. All you need to do is go straight ahead to attach the locs to your hair which is preferably done by a loctician. The new growth (your own hair) will begin to form the locs and can be maintained with comb twisting, palm rolling or interlocking.
Starting Locs With Braids
This is similar to starting your locs with the two strands twists method except that this time, you’ll be employing the three strands braiding method. You need up to 5 inches of hair to start your locs with this method and it works on any texture of hair. This method is ideal for people who sweat a lot and face the likelihood of having their locs unraveling fast. This method can result in your locs looking more flat than circular due to the form braids take. It might also take a longer time before the braiding pattern will disappear to form the appearance of a locked hair, however, it provides an aesthetically pleasing look – more like a boho braids look.
By letting your locs form naturally without any kind of intervention or maintenance, you are employing the organic method of locking your hair. Your locs can develop naturally when you refrain from combing or brushing your hair, basically just avoiding the act of manipulating your hair. Free form locs grow as they please while you don’t touch them or try to separate them from each other. The thing about organic locs is that you can’t decide what the outcome would look like, you just let it grow with the flow as you embrace the journey. And if we are being honest, this method is the truest form of locking your hair. The only downside is that you might have a rough look but that can as well be managed and the best part is that there is almost no need for maintenance.
The loc journey is like being patient with a plant while it goes through changes and grows so you would be needing to exercise patience and learn to love the process. I hope you find this article helpful, don’t forget to like and share with those who need it.