To Start or Not to Start Locs: What You Need to Know

Taking the first step to starting your locs, can be a daunting one. This is a journey that only you can make the final decision. Yes, you can get encouragement from others in the locs community, but it is up to you to do your research, and  weigh the pros and the cons.

Learning More About Dreadlocks

Some people do their homework before starting their locs, so they can learn all they need to know before taking the big leap. This is strongly recommended. It doesn’t matter how long you take to do your research, as long as you are confident that this is something that you want.

Changing Hairstyles With Locs

If you are someone who likes to change hairstyle often, getting locs may be an issue for you, at least in the first year or so. During this period, since your hair is still not fully locked, you wouldn’t want to manipulate it too much.

Unruly Locs Stages

Your dreads will take on a whole new life of their own, almost becoming unruly. When your hair is locked and gain some length, then you can change hairstyles more often.

You may want them to look a certain way, but during this immature stage before they are locked, you may notice a lot of frizz, weird looking ends, not looking full enough, etc.

My starters going on up to the locked stage, was all over the place. Some days my hair looked neat, other days my hair was frizzy, or even the locs looked too fat.

Choosing the Size of Your Locs

When you are starting your locs, size also comes into play.  Many people who eventually cut or comb out their locs, did so because they were not happy with how they looked after they’re locked.

Trial and Error for Starters

One important thing to consider when getting starter locs, is their size. I just did trial and error when I started mine, and around my one year anniversary, I was not really happy with the size.

I started them small, but around this time they became really large. It was really hard to style them the way I wanted.

Older Locs May Get Thinner

The good news is that currently, my 4 years locs are the perfect size for me. They are way more thinner, but healthy looking. I just have to keep taking good care of my scalp by using my black castor oil to keep them strong and healthy.

Bigger Locs Grow Smaller

On the flip side, when starting your locs, if you’re not looking for small locs, you should not part them too small. However, starting them bigger than you want them to be, can still work out in your favor, because as they grow, they tend to get thinner.

Getting Rid of Bumps and Lumps From Locs Safely

Remove bumps and lumps from locsWhen you look at someone’s locs, especially the ones that are fully matured, as in years old, you may notice that the locs are smooth and have very little lumps. How did they get their dreads so smooth? There is a simple trick that will help you achieve that look.

Maturing Locs and  Lumps

Young locs tend to go through different phases when developing. If you wish for smoother dreads, unfortunately, depending on your hair texture, you may have more bumps and lumps than you really care for. This can be reversed over a period of time.

Palm Rolling Away Dreadlocks Lumps and Bumps

A very effective way to get your locs smooth and bump-free, is to palm roll them whenever you are doing a retwist. This will help train the hair to intertwine  smoothly as it grows. This is a safe and effective way to get smooth strands of locs.

Sticking to Your Goal

The palm rolling method may take a while to yield results, but as long as you continue to do it on a regular basis, you will notice that as the new growth appears and your dreads start growing, your locs will be more even and smoother.

Training Your Locs to Reverse Bumps

You may notice that the upper area, starting from the roots, will be smooth, but near to the ends may still have some lumps. This is a sign that your hair is growing the way you trained it, by doing your regular palm rolling.

Rocking Your Natural Lumps and Bumps

Keep in mind that all your locs may not be smooth, but that’s okay. A few loops and lumps is not so bad after all. It just make your dreadlocks take on a more unique look. Think of it as having natural waves.

Locs Roots: Will They Ever Be Fully Locked?

Locs loose rootsThe process of the hair locking still intrigues me to this day. It’s like our hair has sense to know that it should be locked in a certain form, even if you just leave it alone and don’t do any type of re-twisting. The roots however, will always have some looseness, since there’s always new growth.

 

Wondering About Your Loose Roots

Some people might think that it’s just common sense to know that the roots of locs will not keep locked, but if you are new to locs, you maybe ponder on this question a bit like I used to. Mostly because I  used to look at other people’s locs, and they look locked all the way up to the roots.

Budding Stage of Dreadlocks

When you start your locs journey, you will eventually reach to the budding stage, where you will notice that the hair starts locking from the middle or the ends (may vary for some people).  In my case, my locs started to lock in the middle. My ends took a longer time to lock.

Matured Locs and Roots

Although the roots won’t lock,  or stay locked, as your locs mature, you will notice that your hair will slowly lock upwards close to the root. If you don’t have new growth often, the hair will stay locked close to the roots for a longer time.

Training Your Locs Roots

Palm-rolling your locs in the direction that you started them in, will train your hair to lock closer to the roots. Some areas of my hair grow faster than the others, so I sometimes will have about an inch of new growth or unlocked hair, while in other areas, it’s less.

Why Are the Edges of My Locs Loose?

The edges of your locs will almost always be loose. Never force your edges to lock, by re-twisting them tightly, as this will result in thinning edges or bald edges.

Although the roots of  your locs will always be loose, when you get a fresh re-twist, they will look like they’re locked, but as soon as you wash your hair, they will have to be re-twisted again to get them looking locked.