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.

Celebrating My 4-Year Locs Anniversary

Finally, I’ve reached another exciting milestone in my locs journey. Yes, my 4 years locs anniversary is here, and I am celebrating it by pampering my hair, including getting a scalp massage, retwist, and a different hairstyle.

As the year draws to an end, I look back on my journey and have seen tremendous growth, and knowledge. It is amazing how far I’ve come from this …

Almost a month old dreads





To this, 4 years later.


I can tell you that it was not always easy. There were times when I was questioning myself about whether I should quit the journey, but when I looked at the pros and the cons of having dreads, the pros outweighed the cons, so I decided to continue on my journey.

Many of you may be facing the same situation as we speak. Maybe you are considering locs for this upcoming new year, but you need a little guidance, or encouragement.

Going Through the Different Stages of Locs

At first, your hair may not look like what you want it to look like. There is the starter stages or baby locs stage, budding, locking, etc.

Your locs will transform into their own individual look. It’s like a work of art, and that’s what makes it so unique and special. You just have to learn to embrace the uniqueness of your dreads.

Ignoring Mean Comments During Early Locs Stages

You will encounter a lot of negative comments or stereotypical comments from people about having locs, but don’t let that stop you from doing what you want. At the end of the day, it’s your hair and your life.

Looking Presentable for Work With Dreads

Some workplaces my not allow you to have dreadlocks. Others may be more lenient, as long as you keep your hair neat and presentable. Having locs shouldn’t stop you from having a good job. There are so may ways to style your dreads professionally.

Locs and A Healthier Body

Another great thing about my locs journey, is that I find myself eating more natural food and using natural skincare products. I can see a huge improvement in the health of my skin, compared to when I used to use traditional skincare products.

Eating Healthy And Locs 2018

You see, having locs for me is not just about my hair. It opens up a lot of other doors to eating healthy and living healthier. Your overall health comes into play here. I find myself making fresh juices, and drinking less of the store-bought juices.

I know we sometimes get carried away with just buying hair products and ignoring the fact that we need to eat healthy and exercise too, in order to have beautiful locs. Yes, what you put in your body does affect the health of your hair.

Keeping fit and healthy doesn’t have to be a chore. You can set aside a few minutes to do your exercise, whether it’s at the gym, or using a home gym. Make a difference this new year by taking both the health of your hair and body, in your own hands.