Growing locs could be very intimidating especially with no patience of seeing it grow. I’ve had my locs for 4 year now and sincerely the journey wasn’t that easy.
I’ve got a lot of questions and emails on my hair but here are some little advises I have on growing locs.
1. Forget Everything You Think You Know.
Many people believe that they have to maintain their locs every two weeks, they have to use products made specifically for locs, and they have to palm roll their locs (the list goes on); however, all of these notions, among others, are common misconceptions that actually prevent you from attaining thicker locs because those practices are more commonly used on small traditional locs.
2. Find a Good Loctician:
LOL “Loctician” I don’t if that what they’re called. This is so important especially in your beginning stages of growing locs. You want a loctician that can give you great advice and recommend healthy products. If you’re cutting off the last of your perm and going natural so that you can start locking, or if you are twisting your already natural hair, please have a real conversation about your hair objectives and your desired look with your potential new stylist prior to them twisting your hair. Make sure you feel comfortable with her or him, and get a sense of how knowledgeable they really are about dreadlocks. For example, a good loctician will share small but important details like: the size of your initial twists is a good indication of the width of your final locs.
3. Don’t Retwist Your Hair Too Much:
We all like the fresh look of a retwist, but if done too often it can start to create breakage and thinning at the root. This is the most crucial factor in cultivating thick locs. It is also healthy for your hair and scalp if you don’t cause undue tension through constant retwisting or style manipulation. When you leave your hair alone, your locs are able to flourish and thicken up because they’re not constantly “made” into condensed retwisted or interlocked bundles.
4. Taking Care of Your Hair at Night:
Just like with any other hairstyle, sleeping with a night scarf (a silk wrap to avoid breakage) is so important. Locs tend to shed a lot, and protecting your edges and your scalp is crucial. A silk night cap helps keep the moisture in your hair and scalp, as well as protect your hair from pillow friction. Make a practice of never going to sleep without protecting your hair.
5. Change Your Diet:
Your skin, nails, and hair are all part of the integument system, which works closely with the circulatory, digestive and nervous systems, but only benefits when the aforementioned systems are working properly. In other words, you need to be healthy on the inside first to see the benefits like, continuous hair growth, length retention and thicker hair, on the outside. Increasing your water intake to at least half your body weight in ounces of water per day, buying organic food, and consuming a lot of vegetables are great habits to implement into your lifestyle.
6. Avoid Products with Harmful Chemicals:
Products with harmful chemicals can destroy your scalp and/or hair. Rule of thumb, if it’s not safe for kids or your skin, then it ain’t good enough for your hair.
7. Don’t Use Many Product on Your Hair Simultaneously:
Some products are basic others are acidic while others are neutral, if you mix all of them on your hair, there will be reactions taking place and something will end up burning, stinking and having build up.
8. Always Rinse out Your Locs Until The Water is Clear:
Regardless of what you put into your locks. Unlike straight hair, locks are like sponges that suck up everything into them, so squeeze out any residue that maybe left in the lock. And always wash your locks regularly to avoid stinking locks. They stink because of sweat from the scalp.
9. Be Patient:
By far the hardest lesson I’ve learned when dealing with my hair. This isn’t a process that will happen overnight. Locking your hair is a journey and it’s a little different for each person. Some people’s hair locs faster than others. Thicker hair tends to lock faster.
Article By: BiKe Ojomo