Stages of Locs: How Locs Evolve From Beginning to Maturity


Curious how your locs will change during the locking process? The easiest way to see how your locs will evolve is by looking at the stages that locs grow through.The 4 stages of locs that you experience as you grow through the hair locking process are the starter lock stage, the baby lock stage, the teenage stage, and the adult stage. On average, moving through all these stages can take upwards of 18-24 months; but depending on your texture, density, product usage, and hair care regimen, your hair may move quicker or slower throughout the locking process.


What Happens In The Starter Locs Stage?

With your starter locs, you are establishing your parting system and the ideal starting method that works best for your hair texture to achieve your desired result. No matter which starting method that you choose, even loc extensions, you will still experience the 4 stages of locs. In the starter locs stage, you’re waiting for your hair to form buds; and these buds can essentially form anywhere in the hair. On average, you can stay in the starter locs stage from 3 to 6 months.

Starter Locs With Diamond Parts

Starter Locs With Diamond Parts

Characteristics of Starter Locs:

  • Small in size
  • Neat
  • Clean Parts


RELATED ARTICLE: Why Loc Jewelry Is Dangerous In The First 6 Months


What Happens During the Baby Locs Stage?

Once the majority of your hair has begun to bud you will be in the baby locs stage. In this stage, your hair is characterized with a lot of frizziness and swelling— think “pregnant locs”. It is very important in this stage for you to make sure that you are thoroughly cleansing your hair and properly cultivating it on a regular basis to avoid lumps, bumps and weak spots. You will also notice in this stage, if you choose to start your locs with twists or braids, that your starting patterns (those lines in your hair) will start to diminish. On average, you can be in the baby locs stage from 3-9 months.

Locs Budding in Three Months

Buds Forming In Locs

Characteristics of Baby Locs:

  • Frizzy
  • Budding
  • Swelling in size


RELATED ARTICLE: How Long Does It Take For Locs to Start Budding?


The Teenage Stage or “Ugly Stage” of Locs

Once your hair has fully budded, across the entire length of the locs, and they’ve swelled up to almost twice their original size, you have entered the teenage stage. In the teenage stage, a few characteristics are unruly hair, and you may feel like your hair is shrinking or not growing lengthwise. The illusion of the lack of growth is because, during the teenage stage, your locs are becoming denser and they are tangling on the inside.

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As you can see here in this video, there is an internal structure to locs that naturally happens in which all the hairs tangle together. During this stage it is a good time for you to start experimenting with pressure styles, such as rope twists and curly sets, to help control some of the swelling. On average, you can expect to be in teenage stage anywhere from 6 to 18 months.

Locs In the Teenage Stage

Locs In the Teenage Stage

Characteristics of Teenage Locs:

  • Double Original Size
  • Wild
  • Shrinkage
  • Adult Stage of Locs

    When you’ve reached the adult stage, your hair will have gotten really dense and you will start to notice your hair growing lengthwise. Your locs will also begin to normalize in size. From the beginning size when they were really skinny to swelling up to almost twice their size, they will now start constricting and be a lot more dense rather than puffy.

    Locs In the Adult Phase

    Locs In the Adult Phase

    Characteristics of Adult Locs:

    • Dense
    • Sealed Ends
    • Growing exponentially
    • Minimal / No Frizz


      As you can see, it can take anywhere from 12 to almost 36 months to enter the adult stage of locs, which is why patience is key. You also want to ensure that you’re using the right products, to prevent buildup and unraveling; and that you’re properly retwisting your hair to avoid weak locs and excessive frizz once they’re mature.

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Jocelyn Reneé

Jocelyn Reneé is a Licensed Cosmetologist, Loctician and Textured Hair Educator. She was born and raised in the Washington DC area and is a graduate of the Aveda Institute Cosmetology Science program. With over 14 years in the Hair Care Industry, from Salon Assistant to Natural Hair Blogger to Professional; Jocelyn is passionate about cultivating healthy hair.

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Thank you for sharing this knowledge! I started my 9 year old son love by twists 11 days ago. I notice frizz and it flattening out due to wearing a durag at night. Is it ok to wash or rinse his hair yet? If it’s ok to wash, do I need to retwist or palm roll yet? His hair is about 2.5 to 3 inches in some area and 1in in others.

Nope, no retwisting yet but you can definitely shampoo the hair now.

I interlock my hair and I moisturize it every other day at least I try too. But my hair is still frizzy no matter what. My roots are soft so my question is what can I do because my hair is sooooo frizzy a the root it’s making me unhappy with my locs now?

I have soft fine hair. How long before my hair start budding

Thanks for providing such an informative article!

So glad to find this site and your help.
I’m “Only” 30 days in with the loc journey. However, I settled for the free -form locking process. Any advice? Does other locking do’s and don’t’s still apply?
Thanks ,

Are the stages different when comparing locs maintained with interlocking and locs maintained with palm rolling (how each stage looks, length of time each stage lasts, one stage with one method that might not be present in the other method, etc.)?


I’m 2wks in so I’m in the starter stage. I love them and look forward to the various stages. I enjoyed reading the post and watching the video. Thanks for sharing.

I’m in the baby locs stage….it’s slowly budding out ATM…I’m 14 n this is all so new

Thank you so much for this! This has helped me.

Happy to help!

Thank you so much!! This was so helpful.

Im 1 year in. I have had a fairly easy time. But now im experiencing frizz and loose ends. Any good tips to tame the frizz and sealing ends?

I started my locs a little over a year ago with gel twist. I have really soft curly hair it took forever for my hair to start to lock. They have started to lock now however my roots are so fizzy I hate it I can get my hair retwisted and in about a week its back fizzy. I’m starting to think locs aren’t for me. It’s there anything I can do to help the fizz??? Or I’m I still in the beginning stage and need to just trust the process???

I am in the baby loc stage. I hv been natural for 5 years and decided 3 months ago that I want to loc my hair. What type of oil should I use on my scalp? My scalp has always been extremely dry. How many times a week should I oil it? Lastly, I go once a month to get maintenance.

Hello and thank you for taken the time responding to my question (Concerns).
Before making any appointment I always all ways well it be any trouble if I asked be able educated on how to take care of my hair…No problem she said. (Never did)
I’m on my 4th week of starter locs.
The first loc was 3wks. Then my appointment for the retwist. The stylish and looked at my hair with disappointment and asked what happened…I was puzzled because with her reaction and told her my hair has grown and I sweat a lot I have (hot flashes) she told me on the first appointment she would wash my hair and hand palm on the next visit. To my disappointment and frustration her did neither. Just used some kind a gel and solution and the comb for the new growth. Plus, she charged my more for doing less then the first time.
Well not be returning.
Very disappointed and upsetting.
My husband, daughter and I have been watching tutorials so I don’t have to go through all that disappointment anymore.
Thank you for your site for inspiration.

Great article. I’m 12 months locked and would like to know what natural products to use in my hair. I retwist my locs every two months and only use sunflower oil and aloe gel. I have extremely curly hair, so most of my locs still have curls at the end, which I do not mind.

Looking for some helpful tips. I live in Baltimore.

I started my locs in diamond part when I get it retwisted would they be the same I always wait along time to get my hair done

My locs are palm rolled…I wash my hair twice a month. Is that to much stress my hair? Also, my scalp is irritated – I am having struggles with solving this issue…help!

I’ve had had buildup recently I’ve had my dreads since June on this year what do I do??

Halo, Joycelyn

The Texture of my hair is very tough and it coils thus managing it is very hard.

I wish to keep it natural without any relaxers, kindly advice how can i manage it but on a low cost budget.

I don’t believe that conditioners should be used on baby Locs .. especially wax’s balsam because the attract dirt lints n extra weight . . I believe that’s Locs should be properly cleansed as well scalp . N lightly oiled . Maintenance is contingent on hair texture

I agree, no conditioner on baby locs!

I got 2 months down and I’m using two strand twist method not all of my locs are the same size because I did it on my own. I use jel to resist and I also us coconut oil to oil my roots but I wanna know how often should I oil my scalp

I’m at 9 months & started on a long tapered cut. The back where my hair was shortest have pretty much loc’d with the very ends not being dense. Overall I have experienced budding throughout most of my locs & they have started to become more dense, but where my hair was longest, towards the last inch to two inches, budding is still apparent. I’m wondering how long it can take ends to seal & if it’s safe to do loc sprinkles at this point or if I should wait longer.

I would definitely encourage you to wait until your locs are more mature so that you don’t disturb the budding process.

Hi Jocelyn I am in my growth stage after my big chop and now I’m doing cornrows with fibre I will be taking it out next weekend. I also did the finger coils just to see how it will look as dreads so I am super excited to have the starting process and to Se how it will evolve thank you for your help and process guidelines.

Rastafari dreadlocks way of life nah hairstyles.

Thanks for the info on locs this is all new to me I just got my locs a week ago my hair is very short
I was wondering is 8 weeks to long to wait for retwisting

Thanks for the info on locs this is all new to me I just got my locs a week ago my hair is very short
I was wondering is 8 weeks to long to wait for retwisting

How do you wash and condition locs

You shampoo locs using cleansing shampoos and I would recommend using an Herbal Hair Rinse for conditioning, not cream-based conditioner. Here is a digital download for shampooing locs that will help as well: “Cleanse Your Locs” Shampoo Reference Guide.

I’m 2 weeks into my comb coils for my locs. This site is so helpful. Thank you!

Congratulations on starting your new journey with locs Ashleigh! Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you were able to joining the mailing list so that you can get more helpful tips right to your inbox!

Hello! My lock is just 2months and it was a crotchet method that was used for me and it’s kind of big because I love big dreads. But then I can’t stop applying products on it because it’s a little bit soft whenever I touch it. I just hope all is well.

I have post (possibly a series) on maintaining locs with the crochet method. I hope you’re signed up for the mailing list! If not, you can subscribe here.

I’m 4 and a half months into my loc process. I’m loving them so far. They haven’t started to grow in length just yet but I’m waiting patiently lol. Thank you for this post.

My locs are 3 weeks old and they are adorable. I’m very happy for this blog can’t wait for my babies to mature

I have wanted locs for years,but am very skeptical bc my hair is fine amd 4c. O live in MD and am looking for a GREAT and patient sytlist. Are you in the DMZ area?

Thank you for this information. I’m 2 weeks in and thought some was wrong with my locs

Starting micro locs today. Had a pass alopecia last all my sister locs. So I’m trying this praying i make it. My hair hasn’t grown much since the locs came out been 2yrs.

Wishing you luck on this new set Beverly! I hope you are under the care of a Dermatologist or Trichologist for the alopecia and are keeping up with the treatments to regrow your hair. If you are not, definitely wait on a new set of locs so that you can heal your follicles.

How much washing do I need to do in the summer time? I exercise 5 ×’s a week

Can’t locate anyone to keep locs up

Hi Jocelyn Renee, I want to start my locs soon and have been natural for a very long time. My hair has length and wanted to know if I should start my locs with coils or two strands? Will I still have that puffy/swollen and frizzy look with either methods? Thanks.

With both methods you will experience the puffy/swollen (teenage) phase of locs but with coils it will be more drastic. I prefer two-strand twists for starting locs with longer hair.

I am six week into my loc journey, and feeling a little defeated. I started with coils and I have a lot of unraveling. I refuse to give up because I think I will love my locs once I get pass this stage. Any suggestion for unraveling locs? Your information was very helpful. Thank you!

Im going into my 2nd week. Im so excited about the journey! Thanxs 4 the info

Hey I have instant locs I’m 3 months in can you tell me when the stiffness goes away it does not shake I stated them at 7 inches of hair

If they are still stiff it likely will not go away. Whomever did it probably over tightened them. Keep washing them and with more length it will blend better.

Which method is better for starting locs with neck length hair? Coils or two strand twist ?

My personal opinion— twists.

Hello i am 12 months in on my journey and the ends of my locs are still frizzy and not sealed. I started my journey with the two strand twist method. Washing and retwisting every three weeks. What can i do for my ends?

You should be grooming the entire shaft of your locs/twists to encourage the ends to loc. If you haven’t been doing that up to this point, start now and just have more patience. I also teach a workshop on how to properly groom/retwist locs if you are interested, I’ll link it below: How to Retwist Locs At Home

Hi, I’m a little over a year and my hair WAS in the adult stage, it was still very soft and poofed up when wet. While the pandemic happened I let a friend who I feel didn’t know what she was doing in my head and I think she twisted improperly which left lumps and bulges on the locs. Also i feel she twisted to hard cause after the fact, My locs got very firm and tight and they don’t seem to poof up when wet anymore. I understand this will happen with time but I honestly feel like she did something wrong because it wasn’t until after that, my hair was completely different. Is there away I can get the bulges out or it to soften back up? I was to the point where I thought about starting over but I put a lot of time in my hair and they were very beautiful before I let her touch my head. They still are beautiful just a little bumpy. When I finally got to my regular loctician, she assured me that they don’t look bad but I think she’s saying that out of guilt from not being able to do my hair for months which forced me to go to someone else. Any advice please?!!!

Hi I’m a week in on my journey of dreads couldn’t be more excited to find and read this page thank you so much for the great information.

Which product should i use to re-twist my starter locs after I shampoo them?

Hi, I am one week in to having starter locs. I started them myself by finger coiling and then continued the coil into a Bantu knot so they are much, much tighter than the comb coil method. My natural hair is waist length and I see you suggest twist to start for long hair. What obstacles will I face since I started with coils?


Kearstin shanelle Williams

yeah, I made the mistake of conditioning my starter locs and it untwisted some of them because it made my hair so soft. I am on week 6. I have done them myself and been studying hair heath oils. it has been a fun journey.

I’m a Loctician and have just started my second set of locs. Love to see how descriptive you are with the phases.

Hello, I’ve had my locs for a year and a few months. I’m getting conflicted advice about the ends of my hair! The ends (about an inch or two at the bottom) are poufy and I just thought that it was because the ends took longer to lock! But some stylists have told me that they will never form and I need to cut them off. As an FYI I have really thick and kinky hair. Any thoughts or advice on this?

I’m finding that my locs, in the adult stage, condensed more than I thought they would. Even after combining locs the two locks condensed to look like one of the smaller locs. I’m thinking of giving up and moving on to something like Senegalese twists. I have fine, non-dense hair and too much scalp showing. I don’t even think starting over with a diamond parts will prevent the extreme condensing that will occur.

I’ve been suffering from dandruff for a while now, I am on natural hair a d wash my hair once a week. I want to start loc journey, please what’s your advice?

I started my locs this past August with coils. I have natural curly hair and it seems that when I go in for a retwist, they seem to unravel in the back. Any suggestions for my stylist? I’m trying not to give up because I love my hair. Any suggestions

its been almost a year since i started my locs, and i am so happy of the progress. I am in the budding stage now.

I have fine soft hair my hair is long with dreadlocks one fell out and I’m thin and should I cut it all off and start again

Hello, I’m 3 weeks in. My hair started budding the second week and now my hair is looking messy. My loctician told me not to do anything to it for the first month. I feel like I should be putting something on it especially my edges. My hair is looking crazy like it ain’t be done. I have a lot of new growth. I can’t wait for my first retwist. Is this normal?

I’m have trouble keeping my hair oil. It’s always dry. What do you suggest?

Thank you all I am a cosmetologist us to work with relax or straight hair I am now transitioning to my natural curly hair this has been very helpful for me because I started my cousin log with comb coil and it just a month but it is still straight so I was wandering what was rown. Thank you for the information I usually do all type of twist but I have never started a log process on hair and has never been interested in till now so thank you very much for chairing.

Good afternoon, I’m three weeks into my locs and I was wondering if you have any recommended products to help with growth and cleansing? Thanks for your expertise.

I am in month three. Definitely entering teenager stage and I have been rocking a LOT of scarves lately. It sounds weird but I am totally falling in love with my locs. I originally was gonna start faux, but then I decided against it. I am glad… I’m in love with this journey… even though I want to cover up my head and run away some days. Thank you for this information, it reminds me to be patient in my journey.

Hi Jocelyn Renee

My locs are about 21 months old ,so I think they might just be at the beginning of the mature stage. I twist them every 3 or 4 months, wash them once a week, and do hot-oil treatment every second weeks. I always sleep with my satin scarf.But my concern is that after washing my hair after twisting, hair comes out of the locs, as in there is loose hair on my head. Is this normal at this stage of the locs, or is it the way my loctician is twisting my hair? Or am I washing them too frequently, or not twisting frequently enough?

Greetings Jocelyn!
I’m considering starting a loc journey. My hair is currently about an 1-2 inches in length. I have been natural since 2012 and cut my hair a month ago to restart after back to back pregnancies. I do have coarse hair which I was told would loc well. Would you suggest coils or twists? Which parting system would you suggest?


Great site! It had all the information I was looking for. Although the teenage stage video is no longer accessible. I’d love to see it. Question what are your thoughts on using the interlock method on shoulder length hair?

What if your hair isn’t parted perfectly

Hi, I’ve had my locs for close to 2 years and they are still budding. How do I get the buds out?

Hi Joceyln, I believe I am in the baby stage of my locs. I’m just wondering what kind of shampoo can I use to wash my hair.

I’m starting my loc journey this weekend I’m so excited. I have shoulder length hair and I’m starting with two strand twist.

I’m in my budding stage.I really cant afford to go to my beautician as I would like and as she wants me to so I wash and retwist myself at least twice before I see her again. Do you have any suggestions to me that would help.

I am in my 3rd week comb coil loc journey. Any suggestions for daily maintenance such as, light moisturizers, washing, retightening schedule? Love your site!

I am a little over a month in and i’ve seen a little budding starting. I was wondering how often should I be oiling my hair? I’ve only done it once when i was two weeks in.

I really like the locs but not sure if this is for me. Been natural for a long time my hair is gray all over but I love the style of love just unsure not at my age( 58) please help

im 15 in homeschool and im 1 and a half months in i started with 2 strand twist and also have a youtube channel Jayda Amari where i share my home school experience or anything else i want to share but i enjoyed this vlog cause recently i have been thinkjng about untwisting my locs but this has motivated me to just be patient and it will get better

Thank you for this this really helped me. Everyone keeps telling me patience but it kind of hard when you started from the really short stage of baby locs. Reading blogs and looking at YouTube videos on locs really helps reassure me that my hair is growing and changing the way it Should. This blog helped me realize that I am now in the baby loc stage, but I’m slowly turning to the teenage stage. So far I am 5 and a half months in.

I’m just few days in. So still at the infant stage of locs. I sure wanna enjoy the various stages. I would love to know how to maintain them as well.

I’m 3 mos in with loc my hair only last 5 days after retwist then they coil up into little spirals help

Yes, shrinkage still happens with the locking process. If you need more guidance and/or reassurance on your hair care practices with your new locs considering visiting my website and scheduling a “Virtual Consultation”:

I’m 6 months in and my locs are not swelling. What can I do? I’m scar

Thanks a ton for the education on locs. I’m from Ghana, west Africa, and six months into my locs journey. Want to know more on how to have neat and beautiful locs.

How amazing that this post reached you in Ghana! Congratulations on your new loc journey!

Thank you so much for this information. It answered all of my concerns about the loc process! Looking forward to started my loc journey next month!

Thank you for reading! Wishing you all the best on your new journey as well!

I understand budding, but sometimes I get little beads of hair which hang from the end of a loc by one or two hairs. Are these safe to cut?

Yes. They are like “split ends” for locs.

Im 6 months into my loc start how do u keep them hydrated

Peace Cheryl,

Welcome to the loc journey, please refer to this video on youtube for a hydration treatment.

How to retwist locks at home what type of mousse to use and moisturizer. Is it okay to keep a satin cap on your head most of the time?

This is a great beginner friendly workshop for retwisting locs at home: HOW TO RETWIST LOCS AT HOME

Just got my two strand braids to start my journey. They are short, so definitely feeling self conscious, but I know I have to be patient.

I was wondering if its okay to have braids on top of my locs

I would not advise it, but it has been done before. With braids over locs, you are more prone to buildup, lumpiness in the locs, and overall dryness.

I’m having trouble figuring out what stage I’m in at 6 months. I started on a tapered cut & my locs started budding 2 weeks in. I already have areas that feel dense and some areas that have buds throughout the length of the loc but my locs haven’t really double in size.. at least not to me. I want to start experimenting with styling but I dont want to impede the process if it’s too early

I would suggest styles that don’t choke or slow up the locking process like bantu knots, curls, pin curls.

I’m 3 mos into my journey. My problem is I’m 70 & have a few bald spots (from age & medication).basically in the center of my scalp. My hair has always been thin.
My question is will my hair eventually cover my bald spots as it grows & thickens.
Other than that I’m loving my hair.
My Niece keeps telling me to stop worrying & let my hair do it’s thing.

Hello! Is it healthy to use water of guava leaves in locs?

I’ve never heard of or tried, so I can’t advise on this.

Hello im just in 3 weeks and absolutely love my locks. I am allready seeing the puffiness and swelling i havnt yet washed my hair but am using a tightening spray and a refreshing spray by dollylocks. I was told to try and go a month before washing. I expireinced alot of discomfort after getting my dreads with bumps at the base of almost all my locks it has eased a bit as far as the soreness goes. Im sure it was just the process of hetting them to begin with. Thanks for your site it is a great place to come for answers. I didnt really ask many questions before. So ot has been a great help!


Sonya Renee Harris

I’m in my 10th month of locs and loving it. I do have concerns of my hair unraveling just below the new growth. Is this normal? It seems to happen when I’m trying to put my hair up or different styles.

So tomorrow will be my 3 week mark for my comb twist. I’ve been doing research on different stages and how they should look. I’ve asked around about how mine look because I think they are too spaced out, but everyone seems to think they are fine and that’s how they should be. So I’m trying to embrace this journey. My edges and my back became unraveled because of the line of work I’m in… But I may have to stay away from the hat. Also should I go to a loctitian only or a stylist that knows about locs?

heyyyyyyyy! My preference would be a Loctician that is well-educated in hair care.

Hello your locs are beautiful! I have a question concerning my hair bring damp fromm sweat all the time. My hair is very soft but I sweat in my hair a lot. I did the comb twist one week ago and I had to go back because a lot of my twist came loose on the top. When she redid my twists, she said they looked good and that they would continue to lock with each retwisting. I asked her to leave the clips in this time bc she said I need to wait 3 weeks before I can retwist to avoid damaging my hair. How long can I leave the clips in bc the keep my hair in place when I’m working out and the twist are not unraveling at the top. I need guidance on my beginning journey! Thanks

I’m 2 weeks in 2 strand twist very glad to run across info like this

I think a few of my locs are budding already but I’m only 5 days in my starter Loc but my natural hair will tangle quickly on its on. I have what looks like swelling in the middle of my Loc and close by the root. Some ppl tell me it’s unraveling but it’s still coil at the end and root of my Loc and some say it’s budding. Is it possible to start budding this soon?

It is highly doubtful. It was likely unraveling but that is totally normal at this stage.

I’ve really been nervous for a while now about getting my locs. Mainly because of the starting length for my locs. I know they won’t be very long and I’m scared it will lower my confidence a lot. Also, I’m not sure what people at my school will think. I know .. It doesn’t matter what they think or I shouldn’t care but, I do and I’m really nervous. Since I don’t think I’ll be going back to school because of the virus problem, my om has really been trying to encourage me to go get them not, I was going to wait till summer so I wouldn’t have to go through the self-conscious stage at school but since I might not be going back, there is no sense in waiting. But I also don’t want to take the chance of going back and having to deal with it. Please give me some advice or something … I really want to do this for myself, I have wanted to for a really long time, but my low self-esteem is eating at me. It sucks.

Hi, I started my journey February 7 n the stylist that did my retwist trim my fizz because it wasn’t neat for her, so I want to maintain my hair myself but feel that I will not twist the same as her, so will that affect my locing process

Yes, how you groom your locs does directly affect the outcome of your matured locs. However, if you are comfortable with simply achieving loc’d continue to retwist regularly and your hair will lock. Alternatively, if you are seeking uniform matured locs with minimal frizz I would suggest learning how to properly retwist at home. The workshop “How to Retwist Locs At Home” will guide you step-by-step.

I am starting locs on my 7 year old daughter’s hair with double strand twists any suggestions as to the product I should use to make them not coil back up. Is gel ok and if so your recommendation? Thank you.

Two-strand twists is definitely the method I would suggest for such a young child. The “Divine Hold” product is great to use on starter locs and for ongoing maintenance:

I smiled while reading the article 4 Staged of Locs. How enlightening! I am new to the process and the article and pictures really helped.

Yay! I am glad that this post brought you joy! Congratulations on your new journey!

I’m day 1 into my loc journey, because of my hair type I started with the instant loc method. Will my locs still double in size(teenage phase)? I’m hoping they do.

Peace Shakema! Congratulations on your new loc journey! With instant locs, started with the crochet method, they do not swell like traditional locs.

Thanks so much for the response! What about instant locs started by backcombing?

Did your locs swell any by now?


Grace Owusu-Ansah

I want to lock my hair, which method do you think is the best.

There are so many factors to consider that are unique to you that I would suggest checking out the article— “” to learn more about the different methods and which would be best for you. 7 Methods to Start Locs: Drawbacks & What to Expect

Hey I’m 2 weeks in the starter locs and want to no how to tell when my hair is transitioning

One week starting my loc journey, this is also spiritual journey for me as well. I was going to put in extensions but something in me said trust this process. I enjoy your page. I am using Cantu ACV cleansing shampoo is that ok?

Congratulations on starting your journey with locs! What an amazing time to cultivate the collective energy around you! I am not a huge fun of Cantu, but I honestly have not had any experience with their ACV Cleansing Shampoo. If you’re curious what shampoos I recommend, they are available in the “Cleanse Your Locs” e-Guide.

Just started my locs a couple weeks ago I twisted then used a crochet needle to lock them a lil more. So they’re locked together but not tightly. I don’t like taking care of my hair so I’m going to let them free form and just wash every week or two

Congratulations on your new journey with locs!

I started my loc journey couple of days ago. Still feeling conscious because my hair belong to the light hair category. Any recommendations on when to do the first washing and what product to use? I really can’t wait to explore with the journey.

I just started my loc’s a month ago. It is frustrating because some of my loc’s come completely loose, some are starting to lock with hair that is not twisted in middle, just loose hair, I have loose strands of hair all over that won’t stay on the dread. It is driving me crazy! I find my self retwisting often and I know I shouldn’t. Please help

I know the beginning stages can be tough when you are unsure of what the process is suppose to be. If your starter locs are coming undone, you can simply put them back in. I am available for Virtual Consultations and/or you can learn how to properly retwist and care for your starter locs in the online academy by clicking here.

My dreadlocks are 13 months old and have not yet locked on the ends,please help me what to do

They may never loc at the ends if its been at least a year. Did you keep your hair styled when you first started? if so that may have stunted the budding from reaching the ends.

Hi, I’m a little over a year and my hair WAS in the adult stage, it was still very soft and poofed up when wet. While the pandemic happened I let a friend who I feel didn’t know what she was doing in my head and I think she twisted improperly which left lumps and bulges on the locs. Also i feel she twisted to hard cause after the fact, My locs got very firm and tight and they don’t seem to poof up when wet anymore. I understand this will happen with time but I honestly feel like she did something wrong because it wasn’t until after that, my hair was completely different. Is there away I can get the bulges out or it to soften back up? I was to the point where I thought about starting over but I put a lot of time in my hair and they were very beautiful before I let her touch my head. They still are beautiful just a little bumpy. When I finally got to my regular loctician, she assured me that they don’t look bad but I think she’s saying that out of guilt from not being able to do my hair for months which forced me to go to someone else. Any advice please?!!!

Thank you so, SO MUCH!

I do agree with all of the concepts you have offered on your post.
They’re very convincing and will certainly work.
Still, the posts are very short for novices. May just you please lengthen them a little from
subsequent time? Thanks for the post.

Two days ago i got my hair done in two strand twists and decided to let my hair loc up in this style. Can someone give me advice on how to maintain it and take care of it as this is my first time growing locs and I play football and am very active.

Congratulations on beginning your journey with locs! You want to invest in this workshop that will teach you everything you need to know to maintain and retwist them at home:

I have just started my locs this week but I started with instant locs as I have shoulder length natural 4b/4c hair. My hair is not very thick especially at the top and front so I have added 100% afro kinky human hair to the full length of my instant locs and crocheted it in. Will my hair still loc properly?

Yes it should as long as the hair that was used is human hair.

Yes, it should as long as the hair that was used in human hair. I will have a video and article about instant locs and the crochet method post within the next few weeks! Make sure you’re subscribed to the mailing list!

You’re so kind share this information and For taking the time to reply to everyone. Thank you! I’m a day into micro locks and the ends are Extremely puffy. Can I tame them with wax?

Of course! Please DO NOT use any wax on your hair. You can watch a recent video of mine, Is Hair Color Wax Safe For Locs? , that shows you what wax looks like inside of locs. It’s pretty gross!

I’m 2 months plus on my locs, I started with coil and there were kinda thin. And I fear it make cut off and secondly at this stage do I need to apply wax to keep the locs together or gel?

I’m 2 years and a couple of months into my loc journey and I’m super depressed about how my hair looks. When I initially got them twisted, I wanted thick locks, so the stylist had to do my hair twice because the first time, the parts were really small. 2 years later, I have like 34 locks that don’t seem very thick, with large parts in my head, making my hair not look full. Like it looks like I don’t have enough locs for my type of hair (very fine) and the size of my head. LOL!! I’ve been maintaining my hair myself for the past 2 years and I’ve made some mistakes throughout which I’m learning from. I’m trying to stick it out to see maybe the longer they get, the better they’ll look, but i feel very discouraged about how my hair looks 2 years in. Any advice?

I love how thorough you explained everything. I also love the pictures you added along with your explanations and the bullet points with each phase. Love love love. I’m day 1 into my love journey and I’m ready for this ride!
Thank you. God bless you.

How often should I shampoo my locs??

As often as you need to but definitely do not wait more than 4 weeks!

im a month into my loc journey, i have two different hair types. Is using cream of nature products good? How ofter should i wash my starter locs, and how?

Congratulations! I would not recommend Creme of Nature products, they are mainly for loose natural hair. It is ideal to wash your locs every 2 weeks, but please do not go beyond 4 weeks. You can check out the post “HOW TO SHAMPOO & MAINTAIN STARTER LOCS” for tips!

when should i start self twisting my hair ive had it done for about 2 two now so how long should I wait to do that?

Why do you say not to go beyond four weeks of not washing hair? I started my locs on 9/10/20 the two strand twist and I go back to salon for a touch up on 10/16. Was there something I should have been doing while I wait on my next appt? I have oiled my scalp with Jamaican Black Castor Oil Formula Hair Food with Jojoba Oil

Hi! I’m about a month in. My dreads have blunted ends, but a few of those hairs get loose and hang at the end of my dread. Can I trim that off? Also what can I use as a substitute for dread wax when I don’t have any at the moment? And last thing, should I be scared of any locs falling apart when I wash them?

Hi.Im from kenya.My locs are in the budding phase.I love them.However,my locs in the middle part are thicker while my hair on the front is really thin because of the way I was styled.Do you think I should stop styling it or they will also thicken with time?

How do u maintain loc while working out and they’re getting sweaty everyday will this affect anything?

I’m 5mos into my journey and my hair locked pretty fast. However, I have maybe 10 locs that refuse to lock! Will it be bad if i instalock those that are left since the rest of my hard is locked?

No, I wouldn’t say that is “bad”.

I just locked my hair this week … am happy I stumble to this page

Welcome to the journey!

How long should my hair be before starting my locs.

It depends on the method that you’re using to start.


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I just started my loc journey 2 days ago, and I did the coil method. Now they are short but I keep my head wrap all day around work and let it loose at home. Am I damaging the coils or affecting it from locing? Also, when do I register and wash my hair? I’m use to washing my hair once a week.

Welcome to the journey! You definitely don’t want to cover your new locs consistently like that because it will interfere with the locking process, but that is not to say they won’t loc if you continue to do so.

As far as washing, I am an advocate for washing as often as you need to so if you want to wash once a week, go for it! You should only retwist once per month though.

I originally started with Microlocs but by the 8th month I combined them. I’m currently at 13 months and still aren’t satisfied with the size. If I were to combine again will they swell anymore then what they have?

I cannot say for sure whether your locs are beyond the teenage phase without a consultation, but I would question why you started microlocs and then started combining them? Did you really want them to be traditional locs? If so, why not restart with the size you’re desiring?

Hello! I am 13 months loc’d and I’m experiencing slight thinning at the root of my hair. Not sure if this is unhealthy or not. I teenage locs at the shaft of each loc but still in the budding stage at the ends of my locs. The very ends are sealed. What can I do to thicken the root of my locs ? I don’t style or do high updos because I get headaches so I leave my locs down all the time. Also what products can I use to detox and break down the buildup? Thank you !

Can I wet my hair everyday and not use any products to lessen build up ?

I would not recommed wetting your hair everyday but every few days should be okay.

I remember when I was in the teen stage and my aunts would make fun of me saying “my type of hair isn’t for locs…” and all that stuff. I’d be worried, but I found out later that it’s all a matter of time. Because now I’m in the adult stage and I love my locs.

Hi, I am 10 months loc’d. I started with small 2 strand twists. My locs thicken a little bit, shrunk up. Now they hang but are very skinny to me. Skinnier than when I started.. what stage is that? I’ve been googling and haven’t heard of anyone complaining or commenting that their locs have done this similar thing.

Sounds like the adult stage or thinning. I have more questions though!

I am 2 months into my loc journey and when i started I had some perm on the ends how long will I have to wait for my hair to bud and loc some already have started to bud

Hi I started my locs few months ago, I started
At the salon with gel and twist and style afterwards. I recently removed the style on my own and washed it on my own. My hair has now started locking but they are very soft and some not locked. I was considering switching to crotching my locs but I don’t know if it’s a good idea

Thank you very much. Am really helped because I wanted to give up am only 3 months old in my loc journey…

Im on day 3 my locs are getting fat at the roots is this normal?

lol, yes that is normal!

Rastafari dreadlocks way of life nah hairstyles.

I started my process 6 months ago and I’m currently in the Baby loc stage. Upon reading your website I never knew it was 4 stages. I wanna thank you for your website and being very informative.

Hello..I just had my 5th hair is a fine texture which I realize it will take longer for them to some budding going on. Not giving up and shampooed it for them first time since July.(scalp was shouting…lol). My hair gets so frizzy that I find myself covering at up causes to me it looks so bad…what should I do if anything???

Hi can you dye you hair with locs.Thank you..!

I have started my locs in June. It started to look really weird, so in August I did a retwist and the Loctician basically combed out the locs and restarted them over. I’m just having a hard time because it budding in spots and the shrinkage is to real. It’s unraveling I’m not sure it that is part of the process. I’m told so many different things about washing every six weeks to not washing for months. Little insight would help. I’m sorry if my post is all over the place.

You want to shampoo your hair every 2 weeks or at minimum once a month. Shrinkage is normal as is unraveling. If they come out just put them back in and keep going. If you are maintaining them yourself and need guidance, I do offer Virtual Consultations or you can enroll in the “How to Retwist Locs At Home” workshop that explains all the care and grooming practices.

I’m in 9 months of loc mine are frizzy can’t
Seem to get the sleek look I want because I sweat a lot in my head all my oils come out.

Locs have to be frizzy in order to lock. They will only look less frizzy after they mature, typically 18-24 months after they were started. Embrace the frizz!!

I’m 15 years old and I’ve had my locs 2 weeks before august 1st and it is currently October second is it ok that I’ve only been able to wash them or do you have and idea when I will be able to style them by tieing them up?

Welcome to the journey! Definitely make sure you’re shampooing your locs every 2-3 weeks and wait to style closer to a year.

I just started micro locs using the interlocking method. I have no clue on how to maintain them. I loved reading your content, because right now my locs are so thin and not dense , not the look that attracted me and made me wanna do locs but since you said they will grow denser I’m relieved now.

I am excited for you! You definitely need to keep them healthy and get your retie on schedule to see that thickness you’re looking for! I invite you to join the Loc Goals Club so that I can support you along your DIY loc journey!

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