The 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.