5 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Got Locs

After completely ruining my first set of Sisterlocks, you’d think I learned a lesson on proper care for locs— nope! It wasn’t until about 14 months into my new set of Traditional Locs that I began to take better care of my locs and realize that what I was doing was not working. I know quite a few people that have cut their locs off after learning things that they wish they knew in the beginning. And while I personally don’t plan to cut my locs off, because I’ve learned to love my perfectly imperfect locs, there are 5 things I wish I knew before I started my new set of locs…

5 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Got Locs


1. Hair color is A LOT of work (and damage). I’ve colored my hair 5 different colors – green, red, blue, violet and jet black – all before my budding locs were fully mature — and my locs were so unhealthy. Now I choose not to put my hair through the stress of hair coloring/bleach and I add my Clip-In Loc Extensions whenever I want some color.

Two-Strand Twists for Locs

2. Two strand twists make thicker locs. In the beginning, I wasn’t sure how to achieve thicker locs, especially because my hair is not naturally thick. I started with backcombing and palm rolled every two week hoping for my locs to miraculously become thicker. After learning more about the journey’s of a few of my loc crushes, two-strand twists would have been the way to go.

Read: Starting Locs with Two-Strand Twists

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3. You don’t NEED products. In the beginning, I always had to have some type of product to retwist my locs and that caused a lot of build up, especially because most commercial products “for locs” are horrible. I’ve found that you truly don’t need a lot of products to cultivate locs— just moisturizing products on both a daily basis and to retwist homemade aloe vera gel for locs will still get a good hold and clean results.

LEARN: How To Make Natural Locking Gel for Locs At Home

Loc Jewelry on Starter Locs - CURLYNUGROWTH.com

4.Hair jewelry is not recommended. I have so many lumps in my locs from where I wore loc jewelry and it prevented areas of my locs from filling in and having a uniform appearance. I definitely wished I had listened when a Loctician told me this early on, but I thought I was fancy. Learn from my mistake, NO LOC JEWELRY for at least 6 month but after that adding some LOC CUFFS to your locs will make you feel like you have an entirely new hairstyle!

READ: How Loc Jewelry Tarnished My Locs

C-Shaped Partings for Starting Locs - CURLYNUGROWTH.com

5. C-Shaped Parts are more natural. After having Sisterlocks, which are established based on really meticulous square grid partings, I thought square parts were cool, but after seeing thicker locs with c-shaped partings I changed my mind. I love the natural look of locs with c-shaped partings but it’s way too late to go back now.

Another thing that I really wished I had before starting my locs were the lessons I shared in “5 Things You Should Know Before Starting Locs” because those tips definitely would have saved me from the rollercoaster ride I experienced in the beginning of my journey.

Read: A Closer Look At Parting Systems For Starting Locs

5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting Locs

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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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Yes, I researched enough I thought. I wish I would have known about the different patterns to start locs. Thank you for sharing. I am enjoying all the good help you are sharing.

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I want my loc ‘s to grow past my shoulder. What can I do or what kind of product is good to use? I love my twist.

Check out the article “Products for Retwisting Locs

Growing locs is about patience. I’ve been growing mine since 2006, and mine are down to my butt now. Of course, I absolutely love them. Good luck with your locs endeavors.

Hi! I work out 6 times a week and wonder how you keep your locs clean without drying them out. I’m concerned about sweating, which I do a lot.

Check out this article, “How to Relieve Itchy Scalp After Working Out” for tips to use while and after working out to care for your locs.

My hair has been natural for about a year and four months, I have 4c type hair with low propensity. I have decided that I want to loc my hair but I’m unsure if I should use comb coils or interlocking method to start. Are you about to advise ? It would really be helpful

Hello. I am on my 3rd set of locs (won’t cut these) which I started in Dec of 2017. They are healthy and I maintain them well however they form balls at the end that I either pull off or break off on its own. Is there a way to prevent that?

I’m a 51 year old white female, hair is shoulder length, and I have always wanted dread locks, help, I don’t even know where to begin. Thank you.

I am 1 week starter locs and did not get 2 strands. Can I change my style in 4 weeks at shampoo/retwist or go back sooner.

How do you maintain your starter locs when they start to unravel?

I wish I had taken the time to do some research, I didn’t know there were so much technicalities to locing, My sister started the process for me, she’s not a stylist, she used the crochet tool to start it, now I’m stuck as she has lost interest in helping me with retightsning. I’ve not had a retighten since June it’s now it’s September 2023, Im torn between cutting it off and keep going. I had dryness issue and used black Castor oil, now my hair is gunny, I checked Youtube found out I need detox. Hoping to get one soon.

Yes definitely do a detox and if you are willing to learn to groom your hair, definitely check out my academy for DIY workshops.

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